Report from Andrew Robertshaw:
First the excuses… I left my ‘eyes‘ in Silsden & keys to the house in my car, & travelling in Caron’s car it was glasses or semi blindness, at least I had some studs to grip on the slippy muddy descents, not so unfortunately for Liam, of course without these excuses Otley would have had a 1,2 finish but hey ho 🙂
Bunny runs are laps rounds Penistone Country park, Haworth, a short fast, flattish, ‘egg stage‘ to start, followed by a large lap with a couple of steeper descents & climbs, finishing off with an extra bit of downhill, & climb before a short sprint down to the finish line. As the route is a bit less than 3 miles the races are very popular with the juniors, whose enthusiasm at the start makes it difficult for veterans to keep up with, but hope to catch later on..
Star of the night for Otley was Graham Lake who had a great run to finish 21st, 18:12, (although brother Andrew to the family honours in 13th, 17:27). I was 31st, 19:01 followed by Liam Dunne 38th, 19:27, (inc. a couple of falls), Caron Ralph was next home for Otley, 160th, 24:34, just ahead of Bob Baker 164th, 24:46 & a fast starting Rob Fearnley, 189th 25:51, (nearly 3 mins, faster than race 1). Thoroughbred Don Buffham unluckily pulled a fetlock on the ‘Egg Stage‘ lap so wisely decided to call it a day.
Bob Baker & Rob Fearnley both ran in last weeks Bunny run 1 finishing in times of 25:29 & 28:37, a race also won by Mr Adams, 15:35. 1st lady Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth H. 18:26. Lots of photos & results of the agony on Woodentops here.