Fell races continue throughout the year and this weekend was the turn of the Eskdale Eureka event, the latest in the Dave Parry Winter Series, and organised in aid of Cleveland Mountain Rescue who were there in support. This 14k race is quite a toughie but the springlike morning got things off to a good start for the 122 competitors, who started at Castleton, then a climb up on to the Moors with a finish at Hob Hole. Josh Cooper, in fine form just now, was first club member home in 1.25.39 with Alan Simpson 41st in 1.31.43, Paul Chapman 66th in 1.39.52. Kirsty Naylor was next, 101st in 2.00.43, David Tervit 116th in 2.16.43 and Beth Haggath bringing up the rear in 2.48.54, getting the “Lantern Rouge” and a pack of shortbread and a couple of cans of beer as a reward, the only prizewinner of the day.
Photo – Beth Haggath, Kirsty Naylor, Josh Cooper, David Tervit, Alan Simpson and Paul Chapman at the Eskdale Eureka Fell Race
Howard Cross took part in the Snake Lane 10 at Pocklington, a mostly flat 10 mile road race, named for the winding lane at the start, though there is a gentle climb or two later on. Howard came 371st out of the 1600 or so competitors in a very creditable 1.14.19.
The weekend being in the middle of varying half terms saw a huge field of 551 at the popular Fountains Abbey parkrun, among them 9 club members with Mike Cropper again fastest of them in 21.40, with Stuart Hill and Laura Rodmell again getting PBs.  Also present were Alan Docherty, Nigel Morgan, Paul Adams, Gillian Crane and Ian and Marian Codling.  Clare Gwillam, Natalie Lyth  and Rob Lickley were at Millfield, Paul Atkinson, Pete Jackson and Diana Williams at Northallerton, none at Thorp Perrow after a large number endured the mud last week, and Rob and Christine Burn taking themselves off to one of Rob's favourite courses, Dalby Forest, where Rob came 18th out of 157 in 23.02.  Allison Whiteley and Craig Atherton went to the Gateshead event, and Nicky Hawkes was “racing” at Market Rasen Racecourse, where she came 62nd out of 161.