APPERLEY BRIDGE CANTER – THURSDAY 30TH MAY 2024

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Perfect conditions greeted 6 Eccleshill Road Runners to Woodhouse Grove school for the ever popular Apperley Bridge Canter. Back for its 18th year and hosted by Horsforth Harriers, this chip timed extravaganza attracts participants from far and wide. Run under UKA rules with an extended entry limit of 550 runners this year.  Starting and finishing in the grounds of Woodhouse Grove School at Apperley Bridge, a run around the main field helped to thin out the runners as organisers tried to avoid the bottle neck that ensued on exit! Slightly better than the previous year it still meant valuable minutes ticked away as the queue up the hill lengthened. Out of there though, Woodlands Drive awaited, but, what goes up, must come down and to conteract the hills there were some lovely downhills, although mainly trail with a few good paths, steps and gravel to negotiate, on many occasions with patches of slippery mud to contend with, the distance is billed as ‘approximately’ 10K but is actually a good half mile and a bit more. The infamous multi terrain course challenges runners on many occasions with patches of slippery mud to contend with. Finishers earned themselves a race memento in the form of a beanie hat this year. Category prizes were up for grabs for the top 3 in the open and male and female categories, one in each category. Fund raising from the event provides vital resources for MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) with cakes on sale if you finish quickly enough to grab some! Well done to our finishers, Stuart Wagstaff 63:43, Julie Steele 70:46, Janice Magennis 65:33, Linda Bussey 84:53, Jackie Bywater 64:56 and Martin Steele 70:46. Wear your beanie with pride!!