Report from Howard Jeffrey:
The area up around Fountains Abbey is probably my ‘favouritest’ part of the world and I still lament the demise of the Black Sheep/Yorkshire Dales series of races of which the Fountains 10K was a relatively late addition and still going strong. Easy week of training with Wetherby parkrun as a primer to try and sharpen up for next week with a bit of a push today. The weather was exactly as predicted cool with a gusting breeze making it feel like 5 degrees. 240 started the race which climbs out of Grantley up a tarmac road (watch for potholes and loose gravel over the first mile) up to a trail across the moor.
Today it was relatively dry with maybe a couple of areas of real slippery mud and some standing water but on the whole I think as favourable as I have seen it. There is a deep rutted and stoney undulating path which you have to carefully pick your way across (metalled road is more for me) which takes you to about two and a half miles. A sharp right turn and you are back on the tarmac and a mile of descending (bliss!). Then up, then down, then up the sting in the tail up to six miles to finish downhill into the school and a loop around the playing field at the back.
A testing course won by Toby Osman of Ripon Runners in 34.49, only 15! First lady in 7th place, Sharon Barlow of Ripon Runners in 38.36. Only 10 (+ above 60!) year vets categories and being the youngest and having a good solid race managed first in M60 in 44.37 (two and a half minutes faster than last year) in 36th place. Fellow Otleyans: David Fox 99th in 49.37, Phil Robinson 137th in 52.51, Toni Midgley 189th in 59.20, (Tom saving himself for London but cheering us on) and Gloria Jackson 221st in 1.05.59. Full results here.
At the finish we got some home-made flapjack (yum) and some tight tights (yeh!)…Spain next week so…Hasta la vista baby!!!