Graham Lake reports: Went up to Great Ayton to help my Dad move house this week, and, oh look! A fell race is on just down the road!
Whorlton Run is part of the summer series organised by Dave Parry, and is a trail race really (under FRA rules) of exactly 10k. It was a gorgeous warm evening, and the climb up to the top of the moor was steep, but mainly runnable. There followed a fast run across the tops battling with the super fit Kay Neesam of New Marske Harriers. After hurdling through some heather, there’s a full mile downhill on forestry tracks, sub-5 minute miling mid-race looks good on my Strava stats ;o)
There’s then a lovely run through the woods on the Cleveland Way which kept the heat down. Managed to finish strongly on the slight drag up to Whorlton Castle in 12th place 45.45.
Lewis Rogers of Loftus & Whitby won by some distance in 39.27. Cat Taylor of CLOK (no idea) was 1st female in 5th in a brilliant 43.25. Full results
P.S. The course had been marked 2 weeks before, but hardly any of this was still there as the RO proudly told us at the start! Probably why Mike Jefferies who was out front ended up way down the field!