Bedale and Aiskew Runners (BAR) club members were taking part is several events last weekend.
Heading into the last 5 races of the club championship, a number of BAR members were at Grewelthorpe multi-terrain race. After a wet rainy night there was a break in the weather for the race. Setting off up Hutts Lane for just over 1k, before heading over the fields then descending onto a gravel path and continuing to descend to cross the ford at Wreaks Beck. Now beginning the second and biggest climb on the route up to 265m over 3k being greeted at the top to panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales. Descending through Nutwith woods on a gravel path then starting the final ascent within the woods passing onto woodland trials and into the mud. Emerging on Hutts Lane again for the final descent to the finish. First home for the BAR team was James Bartram in 58:31 and 5th overall, followed by Stuart Black in 1:14:49 and Raymond Lightle 1:20:29. Leading the ladies home was Louise Baker in 1:24:55, followed by BAR 2nd claim member Lena Conlin 1:31:26 and Ann Harrington 1:31:32.
Many BAR members were out at Parkruns this last weekend across Yorkshire, at Fountains Abbey there were 5 in total and Personal Bests (PBs) for Julie Elsey in 29:32 and Helen Banks in 29:58. At the local Catterick Parkrun there were 6 BAR members out and another at Northallerton. Two more runners travelling a little further to Darlington South Park and both achieving PBs were Gemma Wardle in 34:18 and Ruth Hancock in 34:19. Out on the east coast near Bridlington Caroline Pounder was at Sewerby.
In other events Paul Berry took on the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, with spectacular scenery on a point-to-point course. Setting off on the tough route in moorland along the world famous Loch Ness’s south-eastern shore across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands. Paul finished in a fantastic time of 3:15:30 and a stunning PB.
In contrast down on the south coast there was a lovely sunny day for the Bournemouth half marathon, though strong winds added to the challenge. However, the winds didn’t stop Wendy Kelvin, who finished in 2:57:37.