Clare Tempest and Ken Wood were among the 4000+ runners to set out on the Rob Burrows Leeds Marathon at the weekend on a warm day for running. 26.2 miles is a long way wherever you run it but local support, choirs, brass bands and residents' cooling hosepipes on the way helped things along the testing race and gave it a community feel.  The pair, running together, recorded an excellent time of 4.13.08.  
Ken Wood and Clare Tempest after the Leeds Marathon

Photo Clare Tempest
The previous weekend, Marc Davies was the Club's sole entrant in the very tough Bilsdale Fell Race over 18k with 950 metres of ascent. There was no marking of the course and you had to navigate your own way calling in at several check points. 11 runners failed to do this leaving just 76 finishers, of which Marc was 37th in a time of 2.40.42. On a cool but dry day, clag which still remained on the tops, made navigation critical and not everyone succeeded in this!
Marc Davies tackles the tough Bilsdale Fell Race
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Photo Paul Chapman
Each of the above events was difficult in its own way and well done to all three of you.
It was a very hot day for park running on Saturday with the sun having some real heat in it and 425 turned out for the Fountains Abbey event. Rob Burn recorded the fastest time there, 23.02, with Stuart Hill – becoming a regular – Nigel Morgan, Gillian Crane and Christ Burn also in the field. Esther Harrison was 1st lady at Millfield, with Rob Lickley also among the 170 runners. Adam Harper-Walker visited Thorp Perrow for the first time and came 6th out of 135 in 22.35, with Andy and Alison Butcher both recording PBs and Natalie Lyth another first timer.  Mike Cropper was among the 385 at Rothwell, Anna Whitham at Conygham Hall (150), Clare Gwillam at Sutton Park (109), Bronwyn Mayo 1st lady in 25.19 among the field of 53 at Hamsterley Forest. Ian and Marian Codling were among a huge field of 540 at Robert Park, Saltaire, along with son David and daughter Anne. Robert park was donated to the people of Saltaire by Titus Salt, founder and developer of Saltaire, who built houses for the work force in his mills.  A bronze of a couple of alpacas recognises the importance of these animals, whose wool he used in his mills, and there was also a pair of 10 foot, 4 and a half tonne brass cannons for good measure!  Nicky Hawkes definitely travelled farthest for her park run, to Vääksyn Kanava where she was among the 32 finishers. (parkrunning is in its infant stages in Europe)