Eventually the Club Champions got under way with races this weekend, on Saturday it was a family outing for the Ellis family to High Cup Nick fell race. In the junior races the youngest Mollie leading the way coming 1st in her age group and Matilda cutting her teeth on muddy off road races finishing 5th. The main race of the day, a 15km fell race with 450m ascent on the edge of the Eden Valley taking you up a challenging scramble to the amazing High Cup Nick. Before returning mostly along the Pennine Way into scenic village of Dufton. In brutal conditions Paul Ellis finished in 1:27:31, 13th in his age category.
Followed on Sunday with Harewood House half marathon, a tough hilly challenging trail run. With miles of muddy tracks, steep forest inclines and grass paths, all within the stunning grounds of Harewood House. Two BAR members took to the very muddy trails Jason Ashford finishing in 1:56:51 and Henry Anderson in 2:18:08. Taking a shorter although equally though challenge at Harewood, Julie Elsey ran the 10k event finishing in 1:00:30.
The weather continued to affect Parkruns. There were cancellations because of flooding or tree falls, or taking part in very strong winds. The exposed course at Catterick still attracted 171 hardy soles to brave the very windy conditions, including 7 BAR members. Ruth Hancock and Ann Harrington combined a volunteering role as tail walkers, with Ann nearing her half century mark on 47 appearances. David Fox was well wrapped up as a volunteer marshal, encouraging the runners on their way. Raymond Lightle was the first BAR member to finish followed by Alison Barron, John Hunter and Sarah Pardington. They all deserve admiration for turning out on such a morning.
Matt Randall completed his 49th Parkrun overall and 2nd at Bracknell, finishing 11th out of 243 taking part, with Jess Mallinson in her 1st appearance on this course, 179th. Making the Bedale and Aiskew vest a little more international; Will Retchless took a trip to Krakow in Poland ran the local 5K route in 19.12 to finish 19th out of 199 taking part.
In other events Michelle Dinsdale took a trip to Pocklington in East Yorkshire, running the Snake Lane 10miler. A fairly flat route, winding its way through beautiful East Yorkshire countryside at the foot of the glorious Wolds, enabling Michelle to a finish in 2:03:53.