Report from el presidente:
Well it doesn’t get much better than that. Fabulous day with Sun at the end and underfoot conditions much better than the recce, though I still managed to fall in the mud on the moor. Loads of Black and Whites in this. It was a right social event before the start. Not fully sure of results yet, but Graham Pearce managed to beat Frank to the win (Frank had an issue on the Chevin). But Graham was impressed with him and wants him to join Pudsey and Bramley!
People seemed to finish in groups, Frank, Edward, Graham L. Shane, and Neil early (low 3hrs) followed by Me, Jim and Laura (around 3.40), Saw Hugh arrive after us and Sara R who felt guilty as she had lost Sean! Many others were out and about. Sarah F did it with her dad; and her Husband was well fast finishing near the front – must get him to join the B& W’s. Liz F was there walking it with Sarah McB, and I’ve probably missed others. Cakes were well up to standard and bacon butties and tea were available en route. This is a fabulous trot out and if you played it right you could have put on weight. Great support on the course from the Robertshaws, Tamara and many others. All in all a good day out with most people grinning at the finish. Hope Sean got round OK. Results soon.
Full results are now available here.
1st Graham Pearce, P&B 2:38:38, & 1st Lady Jane McCarthy, Ilkley H 3:05:57, 2nd Frank Beresford 2:39:39, 9th Edward Davies 2:56:07, 23rd Shane Ewen 3:09:36, 34th Ross Armstrong 3:19:113, 43rd Graham Lake 3:22:44, 50th Neil Charlton 3:27:59, 73rd Matt Podd 3:40:09, 77th Jim Sneath 3:42:16, 122nd Laura Martin 4:02:09, 171st Hugh Pearson 4:23:41, 198th Will Turner 436:48, 238th Sara Richard 5:19:18, 267th Richard Clarke 5:42:43, 294th Sean O’Halloran 6:04:34, 319th Sarah Fuller 6:31:55, 335th Liz Fawcett 6:53:48.
More of Jack’s photos here and for his spectator’s view of the morning .
A shorter Rombald Stride Experience
As my left knee was giving me problems we decided to catch the bus to The Fox Menston and follow the said route towards Burley Woodhead. We were somewhat surprised on the path over the Railway line to be met by Graham Pearce and Frank coming towards us. Both looking as fresh as a daisy. If the start was 9 o clock they had reached this point in two hours five minutes. Too late to catch them on camera Two or three runners had sped past us by Fairfax Road, with a few more before Bleach Mill Lane. Mark Hall and Shane Green were chatting on the road side. Turning into Bleach Mill Lane Edward arrived looking as if he was on a morning training run.. A number of competitors past us on the lane and Shane was not recognised soon enough, as he was not wearing a club vest. I got a rear view shot in as he disappeared from sight. Next to appear was Ross wearing his Northern Ireland Club Vest. Not far behind, on the narrow path by Bleach Mill, Neil Charlton and Graham Lake can into sight both running strongly. Graham offered to stop so I could get a better photo but I declined the offer. By this time there was a steady stream of runners. A lady came through wearing the same vest as Ross. The narrow path up from the Hag Farm was covered slowly in order to stand sideways to let the runners through. By Richard Whiteley’s old house Matt, Jimmy and Laura bobbed up. Good packing. The camera let me down. Not fast enough. The stiles and gates from here to the Burley Woodhead checkpoint slowed us down having to frequently stop to let people by. Rather than standing still we proceeded up onto the moor. Next through was Hugh but again as he was not wearing a club vest I could only manage a rear view photo. Finally a familiar sight came into view. It can’t be. It is. Its Dale Foster. By this time the frequency of runners became somewhat reduced. Groups of three or four then nothing.