Round Ripon Ultra & Lakes in a day

Round Ripon Ultra is a 35-mile circular route which starts and finishes in the pretty North Yorkshire village of Studley Roger. The undulating route follows the northern section of the Ripon Rowel and takes in varied terrain including the trail, woodland and moorland of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The race finishes with a wonderful downhill run through Studley Royal deer park and back into Studley Roger. Congratulations to BAR members Helen Shields 3rd female finishing in 6:38:05, Tony Clarke in 7:10:20 and 2nd claim BAR member Lena Conlin in 8:07:05.

‘Lakes in a day’ travelling from Caldbeck, on the northern edge of the Lakes, to Cartmel, in the south. On a 50 mile route with 4000m of ascent taking in the summits of Blencathra, Helvellyn and Fairfield before descending to Ambleside and following the western shore of Windermere. BAR club chairman Paul Ellis finished in a fabulous 13:56:49.

The Spires & Steeples Challenge is a successful charity run/walk following the public footpaths and bridleways along the Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail. The trail runs from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church, Sleaford, passing through beautiful countryside and picturesque villages, many with their own village art trails, along the way. The name refers to the Spires of the churches being the landmarks to which visitors make their way and to the rural sport of Steeple chasing. From BAR taking on the challenge walking the route Jude Newell in the company of her husband Stephen, Jude finished in 7:55:40.

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