The Snape 10K is the Bedale and Aiskew Runners’ local event and also part of their club championship. The weather was good for running, with the strong winds of the previous week having calmed down. The rain was not enough to make the ground soft, and in fact the race director described the going as firm. In total there were 105 runners with 7 men and 3 women from the local club. All finished well with a number of personal bests on a multi terrain course which is certainly not easy.
First to finish for Bedale was Will Retchless who is proving to be strong over the 5K and 10K distances. He posted a PB of 41 minutes 22 seconds to beat his previous fastest 10K by 1 minute 20 seconds, to take 9th overall. Second in for the club was Chris Lees who had a great run in his debut on this course to record a PB of 42.21 for 14th place. Next was Paul Simpson in 43.46 and 17th which amazingly equalled his PB at Tholthorpe two weeks earlier.
Ben Smith was also running for the first time at Snape and was pleased to finish 19th in 44.10. Dave Fenn, running the race for the third time, had a good finish to take 29th in 47.50. followed by Raymond Lightle, who has suffered the last two weeks with a calf injury, finishing in a time of 50.21 for 38th position. Tony Clark finished in the top half of the field in 39th position, in a time of 50:50.
Nicola Simpson was the first Bedale lady in a PB time of 45.05 for 22nd overall, and winning the prize for 1st lady finisher. Becky Morris was the next club member to finish, also recording a PB time of 51.22 for 45th overall. With Vilma Campbell finishing in 51st position, in a time of 52:43.
The next day, last Sunday, saw the new Fells and Castle 18 mile fell race, organised by the Wensleydale Railway, take place. It started at Castle Bolton with a big climb to the top of Carperby Moor and then back through Askrigg and Aysgarth Falls. The early start meant the initial conditions were cold and the first half of the race, which included the climb, had a very strong head wind, that got stronger the more the runners climbed.
There were three runners from the Bedale club taking part, with a total of 42 from across Yorkshire and the North East. Paul and Nicola Simpson ran together to help each other navigate the course, finishing in a time of 2 hours 44 minutes 34 seconds for positions 9th and 10th respectively. Nicola completing the course as the 2nd fastest lady to take her 2nd prize of the weekend.
Henry Anderson used the race as part of his marathon training and ran strongly to finish under 3 hours in 2-56.33 and a position of 21st overall. Henry also won the prize for the 3rd fastest senior male (18 – 39 years).