Sean O’Halloran reports in:
I did this race last year and suffered in the exceptionally high summer temperatures so I decided to give this race another go this year. We (wife, child and Mum) arrived in Burton Leonard amid a torrential rain shower, thankfully this soon passed leaving near perfect running weather. Due to a summer fair the normal finish on the village green had been moved to the cricket field past the car park. The change to the finish location now made the race slightly longer than a l10k, but only slightly.
The race is a testing one lap undulating (hilly) course on paths and country lanes with a ford to wade through (avoiding the bottleneck to cross via the foot bridge) and plenty of muddy sections. I had a great battle with a work colleague who runs for Harrogate Harriers, he really pushed me on during the race, both wanting office bragging rights. With just over 400 metres to finish he eventually he ran out of steam as I increased the pace to the finish line to be the first OAC over the line for this year (I was the only OAC).
This was my first race in my new trail shoes and a big thank you to Gilly Wright for knowing her onions and recommending the shoes. They were perfect on every way and have equal grip both on and off the road. (Other sport shop managers are available for advice)
Results available soon from here.