Dr Howard Jeffrey reports from Ripley:
A good Otley AC turnout for the challenging Guy Fawkes 10 from Ripley Castle with conditions pretty near perfect for racing, and Scott Harrington stormed away from 814 others to win the race in 57:00.
Mark Hall was not far behind in fourth (and first MV50) in 59:49 and with Rogan Ashton finishing 27th (1:05:20) OAC took the second team prize. The first lady was Lindsey Clegg (Horsforth Harriers) who came 51st in 1:08:53.
Meanwhile, Neil Charlton was 77th in 1:11:08 and I had a solid run in 1:13:40 in 121st place. Andrew Rayner came in at 1:27:08; and Jane Butler lead the Otley ladies home in 1:31:04 and they were split by John Cowan in 1:32:12 then creditably no less than five more Otley ladies in close order; Julie Dorling (1:37:55), Laura Hind 1:39:15, Joanna Hobson 1:42:04, Hannah Mallinson 1:42:23 and Debra Brown 1:48:23.
I thought my category would be won in around 1:10:00 going on previous results and knew I was not in that kind of shape. Did feel pretty good most of the way round even though there is a mercilessly steep hill around four-miles and other leg sapping climb around the eight-mile mark. What goes up does come down and I felt good on the descents!
Came third in the category but was well pleased to be within only 23 seconds of the winner so competitive and a couple of minutes faster than last year.