Back at last! Sold out as always and with a brand new feature, pacers!
Hosted by Nidd Valley Road Runners and supported by Up & Running, this Legend of a race is run on scenic country roads and well surfaced bridleways culminating in an awesome (but uphill) finish into the stunning grounds of Ripley Castle with the added bonus of the man himself present at the start of the race and fabulous crowds of supporters cheering runners on up to the finish. Perfect, if a little chilly, conditions aside of a head wind greeted runners at the 700 year old castle which is steeped in history with magnificent grounds, lakes, a deer park and walled gardens. Ripley Castle has been the home of the Ingleby family for twenty six generations and Sir Thomas and Lady Ingleby and their five children continue the tradition. This is a hilly 10 mile run, the start is in the shadow of the stunning Castle, the finish in the courtyard. The three climbs of note are quirkily named – ‘Birstwith Brute’, ‘Swincliffe Swine’ and ‘For Fawkes Sake’ and the scenery along the route is stunning. A special mention must also go to the marshals out on the course who were absolutely amazing, their support and encouragement was second to none! Most of the course is on quiet country roads with a couple of sections on well surfaced bridleways. Our blue and white’s were all too familiar with the challenges that this monster of a course offers up to participants who dare to pick up the gauntlet. Undeterred our six valiant blue and whites rose to it and each and every one put in sterling performances. Crossing the finish line with their heads held high were Claire Hern 1:13:22, Sarah Myers 1:58:30, Linda Bussey 1:55:26, David Goodyear 1:41:00, Julie Steele 1:35:53 and Marc Steele 1:21:00. A fabulous long sleeved technical shirt and chocolate goody bag complete with Yorkshire tea bags awaited all finishers.
Well done Team and big thanks to our support and photography crew out on the course!