On a mild day for the time of year 14 BAR members were out at Jolly Holly Jog burning off the Christmas Turkey! A testing undulating route mainly on fields and tracks, with much mud along the way, sometimes felt like one foot forward 3 backwards! Setting off from Hell Wath Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Ripon, into the stunning scenery of Studley Royal Deer Park over the seven bridges looping right handed and heading out through the main gate at Fountains Abbey. Returning up Plumpton Lane for a second time before turning left for a short steep climb in Mackershaw Woods and back to finish at the start on Hell Wath Nature Reserve. First home for the BAR team was Paul Ellis in 42:18 followed closely by James Bartram in 42:52, then Ben Smith in 48:17, Becky Smith and Chris Lees in 51:18. In the M70 category Paul Bainbridge finished 2nd in 54:32 and Raymond Lightle 3rd in 57:49, next home was Claire Temple in 59:03, Andy Gibb in 1:01:54, Louise Baker in 1:02:32, Julie Elsey in 1:04:53, Ann Harrington in 1:08:04, Laura Hewitt in 1:10:52 and Joanne Sinnott in 1:12:28.
Fourteen BAR members were out Christmas morning for Parkrun at Catterick, on a crisp morning good to blow away the cobweb’s ahead of the over indulgence of the day. Christmas day brought personal bests for Beth Grayson in 27:06, Alison Grayson in 27:15, and Julie Elsey in 29:09. Other BAR runners were Paul Simpson, Nicola Simpson, Chris Lees, Paul Berry, Will Retchless, Paul Garyson, James Wigglesworth, Raymond Lightle, Laura Hewitt, David Fox, Ruth Hancock, Joanne Wigglesworth.
Keeping it up at Parkruns after Christmas 9 BAR members were out and about at five different Parkruns across the country. Locally at Northallerton runner were Paul Bainbridge, Nicky Harland, Ann Harrington, at Darlington South Park, Raymond Lightle. A little further from home at Albert Park, Middlesbrough Laura Hewitt was running and at Fountains Abbey; Michelle Dinsdale, Joanne & James Wigglesworth. Down in the South Matt Randall was running at Bracknell. Roll on the New Year, good luck everyone in 2020!