The conditions were good for the first club championship race of the season down at Ripon this morning. Perhaps a little chilly at the start line but the eleven club runners soon warmed up once they started, helped by the great support from the BAR spectators.
First home was Chris Lees (44:19, placed 35) who last night collected the runner-up prize for the 2018 male championship and takes an early lead in the 2019 competition. Less than a minute later Paul Simpson (45:10, placed 44) came in, and less than a minute after that Ben Smith (46:01, placed 51).
Nicola Simpson (47:04, placed 66) led the women home continuing her winning form from the 2018 championship into 2019, taking top spot in both the female championship and female handicap. Rebecca Smith (49:21, placed 98) came in next smashing her 10k personal best time by over 3 minutes, even on this challenging course, and just a few seconds ahead of Kev Gaskill (49:28, placed 105).
Paul Bainbridge (52:56, placed 137) was next home and won a prize for first in his age category with a time that puts him at the top of the male handicap, and successfully completing the race without aggravating his injury. Raymond Lightle (53:36, placed 147) was hot on Paul’s heels, with Alex McNairn (53:48, placed 153) just a few seconds behind, despite nursing a hip injury.
Jennifer Wilkin (1:08:01, placed 355) and Chris Appleton (1:08:15, placed 358) were next back, meaning all the BAR runners finished the race.