This popular midweek race is a long standing race organised by Otley AC for more than 30 years and attracts a field of over 500 runners. Five hardy Eccleshill members travelled to the market town on a misty, damp evening. A slightly altered route was devised at the eleventh hour as the Cricket Club imposed a ban on a pitch finish due to it being waterlogged. Runners were walked to the start line 10 minutes away where the klaxon sounded to set them off on their way towards Pool for a fast 3 mile start to the first water station. A mile later after crossing the busy Pool bridge a left turn to Leathley heralded the start of the gradual climb followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town. Some fast downhill sections ensure runners are able to claw back some time as they speed back down to the town. Eccleshill’s finishers were Robert Sutton 1:28:29, Julie Steele 1:29:52, Dan Jenkins 1:29:52, Claire Tailford 1:38:31, Agata Cienciala 1:47:30 and Gareth Harland 1:47:30.
Well done everyone and big thanks to our support crew (aka ShakERR poster posting beer drinkers!)