Abbey Dash & Trail running taster Fremington Edge

This last weekend saw Bedale and Aiskew Runners (BAR) taking part is several events.

On a lovely bright sunny Sunday morning a group of 8 BAR members took a trip up to Reeth to explore a bit of trail running on Fremington Edge. After a short stretch on roads, the remainder was over a mix of terrains: grass, stony tracks, mud and water with challenging uphill’s and steep downs. A steady run keeping the group together with technical coaching from experienced ultra trail runner Stuart Black and club head coach Chris Lees – and as always fun for all. They returned feeling wind battered and weary legged but full of accomplishment and ready for the amazing cakes at Overton House Cafe!

While in Leeds a few members were taking to the roads for the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash, a 10k road race setting off from the Headrow. On an out and back route heading away from the city centre on the A65 to the turning point at Kirkstall Abbey and returning to finish in front of the Town Hall. In her first 10k Ruth Hancock finished in a fabulous 1:06:48, continuing some excellent development Katy Bamber finished in a personal best (PB) of 1:04:43, Wendy Kelvin in 1:14:22 and BAR 2nd claim member Nicola Simpson in 42:46 for 6th in F45 category.

Having some fun slip sliding about at Ormesby Hall on a ‘Trust10’, Jude Newell took part in this 10k trail run on a 2 lap course in the grounds of the National Trust’s Ormesby Hall. Setting off from the front of the house heading away on tracks and field boundaries up and down the hills. Turning away from the house heading down tracks and through the woods before passing the house and repeating the lap of the fields, finishing in front of the house with supporting crowds. Trust10’s are free to enter runs take place at National Trust properties across the country, with the emphasis on taking part and having fun while experiencing spectacular scenery.  (

On Saturday a few members took part is local Parkruns, at Catterick 4 BAR members attended Paul Simpson, Raymond Lightle, John Hunter and Michelle Dinsdale. At Darlington South Park BAR club chairman; Paul Ellis was out achieving a PB in 19.39, maybe a practice run ahead of the Championship Parkrun date at Darlington South Park on 2nd November.

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