Fell runners endure boggy conditions in Glaisdale Rigg event

4:40pm Friday 14th March 2014

ESK Valley Fell Club’s Glaisdale Rigg event provided another excellent day for running, although the ground was very boggy, which slowed the runners down by about two minutes.

The start was its usually frenetic self as runners charged away on the downhill.

Within a mile however there were distinct groups forming. In the men’s event Jason Cavill (Pickering RC), Dan Middlemas (Dark Peak RC), Chris Roberts (York Knavesmire) and Charlie Stead (Northumberland Fell Runners), were soon the front runners and continued to be so through The Rigg.

After this Cavill was able to apply pressure and on the long rolling finish broke away from the field to win in 60:17. This last section was particularly slippery and quite a few fell in the mud.

Needless to say the prize for finishing with clean legs was not claimed!

In the women’s event, Kay Neesam (New Marske Harriers), continued her fine form to win and in a similar scenario to the men broke away from the improving Anwen Darlington (York Knavesmire).

In to the finish Neesam was glad to get in without falling and her New Marske team-mate was just beaten into second behind Loftus and Whitby AC. Nicola Kent, Angharad Owen and Julia Jackson finished third, fourth and fifth.

In the men’s team race York Knavesmire continued their show of strength, pushing Esk Valley FC into second. Dan Middlemas (Dark Peak), was the leading veteran man and Sue Haslam (Scarborough AC) finished 43rd overall in her first race as a 60-year-old.

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