James Herriot 14K Trail Run
On Sunday 31st July a large number of EHH members were heading south for the inaugural Great Grimsby 10K run whilst Laura Cropper and myself were heading ‘up north’ for the James Herriot Trail run. This was the second time Laura has completed this run and my fourth. For some reason the weather is always kind and Sunday proved no exception, blue sky, very warm with quite a strong wind.
This year saw a record number of 257 runners mainly from Clubs in the surrounding area with our two red vests looking a little lost – I have in previous years tried via the newsletter to encourage one or two members to have a go at this course but obviously with little success! The first 1 ½ miles takes you out of the village and uphill through fields and was particularly strenuous, the headwind for the first half of the course also didn’t help. On reaching the top the terrain changes to an undulating stony track which continues for about 4 ½ miles before turning on to a grassy path, which unfortunately is short lived, then track again which winds its way down unerringly to the finish outside the Castle.
The stony tracks which make up quite a lot of the run had been ‘topped’ up this year with new stones apparently ready for the start of the ‘Glorious 12th’, personally I found them really hard to run on this year both from a tripping point of view and with no cushioning in trail shoes my feet were aching and sore when I finished – in fact I found the 24 miles at Swaledale a lot easier!
Didn’t have a particularly good run or time this year being 6 minutes down on last year but it’s not put me off and I will be back to try again next year and hoping that one of two members will join me! Castle Bolton is a beautiful location and brilliant scenery en-route (that is if you have time to take your eyes off your feet!!)
The Rotary Club do provide plenty of prizes 1st/2nd/3rd Male and Female/1st and 2nd Vet Prizes/Three team shields : Men’s Team of 4/Female Team of 4/Mixed Team 2 Men+1 Female…alas we didn’t win anything but I’m certain we have members at the Club very capable of picking up some of these prizes!
- Winner of the Men’s Race: Carl Bell-Keswick AC- 53.1 // 2nd Andrew Grant-Harrogate Harriers 54.49
- Winner of the Ladies Race: Michelle Nolan-RZH-62.12//2nd Victoria Whitehead-Valley Striders 64.04
- My time 92.42///Laura 103.21