Report from Howard:
A new ‘figure of eight’ course for this 31st running of the JHJ and a first time sell out, with a field of 796 finishers. The weather was mild and sunny. I am up to my full training schedule albeit with a few bits of downtime over the festive period. There was no zip in the legs from the start so it felt like a hard grind on not a disagreeable route or surface till about 7K. Then it got tougher with a long steep hill through the woods that previously you came down and then down through a wet and muddy field to the road that leads downhill towards the finish. A welcome bit of encouragement from Tom coming out of the woods but I could make no inroads into John’s lead which he had from 1K despite a reasonably strong finish. The race was won by Matthew Grieve of Leeds City AC in 34.37, first lady was Charlotte Mason of City of York AC 21st in 40.56.
Yorkshire cross country championships next Saturday and the first outing for the new year and a happy one to all.
Fellow black and whites and white and blacks today as follows:-
77 24 John Armitstead M60 Otley AC 0:45:22.2 0:45:17.9
116 480 Howard Jeffrey M60 Otley AC 0:47:25.8 0:47:19.1
282 739 Philip Robinson M70 Otley AC 0:55:32.4 0:55:21.5
304 109 Chris Brunold F50 Otley AC 0:56:32.9 0:55:53.3
327 23 Carol Armitstead F60 Otley AC 0:57:27.9 0:56:47.8
441 308 David Fox M60 Otley AC 1:01:30.7 1:00:57.3
502 547 Hannah Lupton F40 Otley AC 1:03:43.0 1:03:04.1
513 240 John Davis M50 Otley AC 1:04:29.6 1:03:51.3
523 720 Sara Richard F50 Otley AC 1:04:59.2 1:04:20.2