There was the usual turnout of Harriers at the Saltergate Gallows fell race, Race 2 of the Dave Parry Winter Series, even though it would be muddy and hill, steep in places, and nearly 13 miles long – one of the longest in the series. At least the weather was kind, a cold, bright, autumn morning giving perfect running conditions. The race started and finished at Levisham then right out to the Hole of Horcum before dropping into the ravine at Newton Dale Halt and across the railway. Now an ascent to Wardle Rigg, down again and under the railway, back to the Hole of Horcum, long, ankle sapping, muddy drag across the moor before a final V down and back up to the village on very tired legs. The race had 1200 feet of ascent, and the cake at the end was very welcome and deserved! Tom Levi had a good run to come 7th out of 132 in 94.01 minutes with next placed, David Fawkes, 69th in 122.44 and Esther Harrison 73rd in 123.22.  Trudy Morrice was again 1st F50 finisher, 78th in 24.56, with Alan Simpson 81st in 127.46 and Cameron Balmain 84th, and 1st MU23, in 129.04. Gavin Coventry took 136.43, Paul Chapman 139.14, Marc Davies 140.38, and Helen Ashworth 145.52. Well done all on tackling and surviving such a difficult race, and thanks to Marc and Bev Davies for run report and photos.
Tom Levi at Saltergate Gallows Fell Race
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Cameron Balmain at Saltergate
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Compared with the well travelled Pedro Carrasco's Misti Skyrace in the Andes in Peru, Saltergate was a mere pimple, and no mud!  The start was close to Arequipa on the back side of the volcano at Aguanda Dam then to the summit of Misti, an active volcano with 19100 feet of elevation. The finish was on the front side of Misti at an elevation of 9700 feet. The International Sky Running Federation defines sky races as events over 20km with at least 3600 feet of ascent, and the Misti race at 26km with 7700 feet of ascent was well within those limits! Pedro describes it as an extraordinary experience, and training at 13400 feet at the Salar de Arequipa a few days earlier was very beneficial.
Back down to earth, 26 members were at various parkruns, with Rob Burn, Rosie Gatenby, Helen Ashworth and Christine Burn among the 182 at the Keswick event, part of the Harriers' Lake District away weekend – a breeze compared with the 16 miles covered the previous day. Four members were at Millfield, Matt Jones 7th out of 154, in 20.28, with Thomas Gwillam 14th in 21.50, Geoff Bullock 67th in 27.16 and new member, Nicky Hawkes, 108th in 31.39.  Although she's new to the club, she obviously isn't new to parkrunning as this was her 404th parkrun!