Many Bedale and Aiskew Runners (BAR) took on the Darlington 10k this last weekend with its combination of fantastic support and a fairly flat course, it is one of the fastest 10k races on the calendar. The conditions were also perfect: despite the threat of heavy rain, strong winds and even baking sun, the race started with an overcast sky and cool but gentle breeze. When the rain came, it too was light and refreshing.
The start was its usual melee as the 1,500+ runners made their way up Houndgate and Coniscliffe Rd before beginning the two laps that make up the bulk of the course. Spectators lined the streets for almost the whole course, and nearer to town were three deep cheering everyone on.
The “gentle undulations” tested the legs and caused the runners to dig deep for the last kilometre down Skinnergate, Bondgate and on to High Row for a noisy finish to the cheers of the crowd and commentary from TFM radio.
The benefits of the course and supports saw many BAR runners achieve PB’s, congratulations to Ben Smith 42:48, Henry Anderson 45:10, Alison Grayson 52:18, Kat McCann 53:00, Ann Harrington 54:27, Claire Temple 56:34, Alison Barron 58:56, Jude Newell 58:33. Other BAR members also taking on and successfully completing Darlington 10k were Kevin Gaskell 41:37, Becky Smith 46:37, Chris Lees 46:38, Paul Bainbridge 50:04, chased home by Raymond Lightle 50:20, Laura Hewitt 54:47, John Hunter 59:41, Jane Wilkinson 1:02:05, Sam Craggs 1:08:54, Wendy Kelvin 1:10:53.
Hardmoors Farndale starting in Hutton-le-Hole on a circular route over the North Yorkshire Moors, a total of 29.2miles and 4500 feet of climbing in a hot and humid conditions 2 BAR members of on the route. Paul Ellis finishing 15th overall in 5:40:59 and Stuart Black in 6:37:29, finishing 53rd of 127 finishers.
Allerthorpe Triathalon near Pocklington an Olympic distance triathlon, 1500m swim, 40km cycle from Allerthorpe pass through villages of Melbourne, Foggathorpe and Bielby before returning to complete with a 10km run on a flat & fast course. Taking part were Paul Berry and Ben Smith, Paul finished 57th in 2:27:46 and Ben finished close behind in 65th in an overall time of 2:30:32.