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Saturday 3rd June – Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon


Report from Tamara Weatherhead:

Myself, Neil Charlton, Nicky Gifford and Richard Hamer turned up at Wharfedale RUFC for this beautiful but tough race. Also in attendance were the Saturday gang: Colin B and dog, Tom H, Phil R, Jackie and Andy and Wetherby’s Ann and Mark – but they were sensibly just trotting up around Conistone.

The event was very well organised – easy parking, free tea and biscuits during registration, decent facilities, chip timing, well marshalled and well signed, with stunning scenery thrown in for free. The only problems were the hills, far too many of those. I made it about 2000ft of climbing. The weather was also a tad warm for me, but what can you do about that?! Overall, an excellent, very picturesque and challenging half – and it only takes 30 mins to get there.

This was my first open race in two and a half years and my second half marathon. Neil had signed us both up, on the sly, so his punishment was having to wait for his old lady all the way round, hah! There were 4 well manned and coordinated checkpoints on the way round, all with water most gratefully received. Jelly babies also available. It was lovely to get a cheer off the Saturday gang at the first checkpoint.

The race was won by Kyle Greig, Metro Aberdeen RRC, in 1.24.38 – a course record i believe – and first lady was Lorena Lozano, North Leeds Fell Runners, in 1.45.06, 37th. Neil got us over the line in 2.16.17, finishing 222nd and 223rd. Nicky and Richard finished 375th and 376th  in 2.45 bang on. 411 finishers, results.

  1. #1 by neil charlton on June 5, 2017 - 10:10 am

    I really enjoyed this race. Sufficiently tough to be of a challenge, short enough not to cause pain the day after. Glorious views and route. Next year I will race it properly, but a fantastic choice for a ‘re-introduction’. Has it really been 2 years since my last race?

  2. #2 by Richard Hamer on June 5, 2017 - 11:13 am

    Third time for me at this race and it was truly hideous; far from running fit and aching from Thursday’s Harrogate League. About two miles in I had to eat the energy bar I was saving for Mastiles Lane. If it hadn’t been for Nicky forcing me to carry on I’d have packed in at Conistone.

    I might be back next year though!

  3. #3 by Antonio Cardinale on June 5, 2017 - 9:05 pm

    What a fantastic place to run , I hope to do this trail race next year . Tamara W. and Neil C. had a good day running with a super 2.16 , also if Richard H. was struggling a bit , it was good for him to have Nicky G. pushing him all the way , 2.45 is brilliant for such a tough course .

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