The first weekend of the New Year, Bedale & Aiskew Runners (BAR) are off to a flying start with running challenges. A recent newcomer to BAR with vast experience, David Adams has been tackling the challenging terrain of Kielder Forest. Kielder Winter 10mile trail run takes in amazing trails of Kielder Forest crossing the Kielder viaduct before taking on some single track, open forest tracks, sections of the old railway, with 320m of ascent the route provides some testing climbs & exhilarating descents, David finished in a fabulous 1:31:39.
BAR members have been busy at Parkrun’s this weekend 20 members running both locally and further afield. At Catterick 13 BAR members were running and 3 volunteers, essential to enabling Parkrun’s to go ahead thanks to Paul & Sally Bainbridge, tail walker Tracey Tickner. Congratulations to Karen Alford on completing her 50th Parkrun and only 2 seconds from a personal best (PB), two BAR members had a great start to the New Year with PB’s, well done David Fox in 31:39 for a course PB and Sarah Pardington in 32:02.
At other Parkruns locally at Northallerton; Ann Harrington completed her 40th Parkrun and Laura Hewitt her 90th Parkrun. Running at Darlington were James and Joanne Wigglesworth supporting each other to the finish. A little further afield at Tees Barrage, Chris Burton finished in 22:46, Ken Mountains headed to Oakwell Hall near Batley for an undulating two looped course, Ken finished in 34:30. Heading to South Yorkshire for a relatively new Parkrun at Cusworth Hall on only its 13th event, Louise Baker took the scenic route through the Hall grounds, looping back and forth on its self with lots of opportunity to support fellow runners. The route is on mixed terrain; paths and fields, both mainly good under foot, with a sneaky hill returning towards the Hall before sweeping round of a speedy finish on the Hall drive, Louise finished in 27:03.