Leaving Hull at 4am to drive 150 miles just to reach a start line is nothing out of the ordinary for me however driving towards a mountain range to start a race is slightly out of my comfort zone. As I approached the turn for Keswick I was even worried or nervous about the size of the hills as this was just a kit check and final injury check before the Lakeland 100. (which I would later fail at badly but that’s another story).
When trying to balance running and family life I often try and find races in places were the kids will enjoy themselves while I’m running and we can have a day out so we get the best of both worlds. So Dalby Forrest ticked all the boxes and I’d seen a few others had done it and said it was good fun so I thought I’d give it a bash. NO EGO the race series is called and that sounded like it was made for me – men of my stature don’t usually have egos, we leave that to the people who aren’t as good as us…
I thought that I knew a thing about running in South Africa when I’d completed 10 Comrades, 5 Two Oceans, cross country, 10ks and many, many marathons. However, arriving in the UK about 10 years ago, I realised that we have that most wonderful thing here called the Public Right of Way. We can run until we are tired, and then run some more – all off road. It was this off road running that led me to go further, explore Chester, Wales and the Lakes. With Dave Douglas who has inspired from day 1 (“Hi, I’m Dave, let’s do 20 miles tomorrow” in snowy Feb!) and my new found running mates, I discovered how tough one has to be to run in British weather, how beautiful the countryside is and that you can do this all relatively injury free.
Last report of the summer league season and what a race that was….says he whilst sat in the beer tent starting to process the final results!
First up a clean sweep by the City of Hull Ladies taking the first three places and of course the team prize; well done Carla Stansfield, Sophie Lee and Naomi Bright. And a not too tardy finishing time of 23:50 by Carla.
In the men’s event, it was back to normal with Steve Bateson winning his seventh event of the season in 20:50 followed in by Mike Hargreaves and James Kraft from Scarborough Athletic Club. Team event to the Harriers with the addition of Robert Weekes from fourth place.
- EHH Summer League Final Handicap table at 25th July 2018
- EHH Summer League Handicap Results race 8 hedon 4 mile 24th July 2018
- EHH Summer League Prize Winners Hedon 4 Mile 24th July 2018
- AMD EHH Summer league race 8 Hedon 4 mile 24th July 2018
Final handicap winners of the season were Ven Moverly (EHH), Dave Anderson (EHH), Abigail Morgan (Hornsea Harriers), Peter Thompson (Unattached) and lastly Kris Hopkins (EHH).
The Overall handicap results went down to the wire with Alexia Morgan (Hornsea Harriers) the race leader being overhauled in the last event by Luke Bramley (EHH).
Despite being unable to take an active part in the season (only completed one race) it has nevertheless been a most enjoyable event, even given all my VLOOKUP issues that plagued some of the results. Work has already begun rebuilding the race spreadsheets so I can offer an improved service next year, you wish………!
I think we all need to give the organiser, Pete Dearing, our thanks for another superb season of racing and not forgetting all those regulars and not so regulars that turned out to support in other roles.
I thank you all.
So that’s it:
Enjoy the rest of the summer,
La fin; Fine; Das Ende; El Fin; Koniec; Mwisho.