YKH Summer 2020 Racing / Running Achievements Round Up.

—Reservoir Dogs Ultra.      27th September

Reservoir Dogs is a tour around 7 of the reservoirs that serve the Leeds area, starting with Lindley Wood Reservoir in North Yorkshire, the route then goes to Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir before heading over to John O’Gaunt, Beaver Dyke, Scargill Reservoirs before returning to West Yorkshire via Stainburn Forest and Almscliffe Crag to Eccup Reservoir before finishing in Pool-in-Wharfedale

Vicky Poyner reports :

I am a relatively new member and ran with you guys on the social runs in January / February time.
I have been on quite the run journey in the last year and completed my first ultra ( first anything really, decided to go straight for ultras, heard there would be snacks) yesterday.
It was the punk panther reservoir dogs event. Did the long event 59k and came joint 51st.

Was a great event , very friendly, safe and beautiful countryside.


—Falls And Castle Trail Race.    27th September.

1st Rob Ward 47:10
2nd Giles Hawking 47:26
7th Nick Griffin 51:07

There were 105 runners in the event which began in the magnificent shadow of Bolton Castle in Wensleydale. The almost 7 mile route headed out along the valley, dropped down to the valley bottom near Aysgarth Falls, back along and a final steep mile back up to the Castle and finish.
It was tremendously well organized, with Covid precautions implemented thoroughly.  Runners started in groups of six  at one minute intervals, video instructions were given prior to the event on how to be Covid secure at stages of the event.

There was also an 18 mile event taken part in by a further 85 runners.

Rob posted on Facebook
“Tremendous morning with these two legends in Wensleydale (Gromit!) at the Falls and Castle trail race around Castle Bolton and Aysgarth Falls. Beautiful to lace up the racing shoes and get the adrenaline flowing for the first time this year, in a really well organised socially distanced format where 6 runners went off at 1 minute intervals. Awaiting the results but fairly sure the yellow and black vests from the lowlands have come away with a successful raid on the hills – P1 for old Bob, P2 for Giles and Nick well inside the top 10.If you get a chance to race in the coming weeks, take it. In a world currently lacking in reasons to be cheerful, there remains fewer things better in life than pinning a race number to your chest and burying yourself for nothing other than self improvement and a day out with your mates 🏃‍♂️🏆❤


—The Punk Panther Nidderdale Way Ultra.      15th August
Ewan reports “(Advertised as 28 miles but a couple more in reality 😀), finishing in 7th place in 05:05:10 (http://punkpanther.co.uk/nidderdale-way-2020-results/)

– A really well organised race, kept low-key with a private Facebook group and no bib numbers, direction arrows or course taping on display (runners had a tracker attached to their backpacks/vests for timing).  Runners setting off one at a time with two minute intervals between each.  I’d been itching to get back to a race and with 5 weeks until the Hardmoors 60, this was a perfect opportunity for a long training run and to gauge how my race fitness was.”


—Hardmoors 110     22nd August

The Hardmoors 110 Ultramarathon follows the dramatic Cleveland Way National Trail encircling the North York Moors and the Cleveland Heritage coastline.

Commencing in Filey, competitors will have a time limit of 36 hours to complete the 110 mile single stage trail race, following the stunning Cleveland Heritage coastline visiting the seaside resort of Scarborough, the old smuggling town of Robin Hood’s Bay, Dracula’s Whitby, Staithes, Runswick Bay and Saltburn, before passing through the beautiful Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors  before finishing in the market town of Helmsley.

7th Hem Rana 24:26:12


—Hardmoors 60.         19th September

Ewan Kirk reports he did the “Hardmoors 60 (62 miles, again, a bit longer than that!), my longest race to date, taking 39th place in 13:20:25 (https://www.hardmoors110.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Hardmoors-60-2020-Results.pdf)

Hem Rana from the club  ran this also, coming in an impressive 6th place with a time of 11:19:30.

– Lovely weather conditions in the build up and on the day meant a good surface across the whole of the part of the Cleveland Way running from Guisborough to Filey, a good 273 runners/relay teams toed the staggered start line, setting off in groups no larger than 6, each group two minutes apart.  There was a good bit of support on the route too since it is a popular walking route and the coastal towns are always busy on a sunny day.  Was great to see this one go ahead, following the success of The Hardmoors 110/160 which they organised a few weeks prior.  “

—Hever Castle Traithlon.

Emily Harper finished her first Sprint  Triathlon , it was part of the Castle Tri Series and Emily was 10th female out of 106, overall 68th of 335.

Emily reports that “Good to be able to race again and rep YKH in a slightly less gruelling challenge than my first as a harrier which was Bilsdale 😅


—Castleton 10k.Report by Ian

Castleton Show Run 2020 (about 10k; ~300M elevation), held on Saturday 12th of September in the North York Moors.

Becky Penty ( 18th overall, 3rd senior women – 4th lady overall, 41:48 ) and I ran the race.

Becky’s time was brilliant – we joked about me catching-up during the race, but absolutely no chance! The race was run with a staggered start (each runner starting at 10 second intervals). It worked well and the organisation was spot-on.
A tough race for me tbh (47th overall, 46:44). I was hoping for a time of around 45 minutes, but simply not used to those hills (felt like mountains!) and gale force winds. When the Sunday recovery run is similar to your race time, you know it has been a tough course/adverse whether conditions. Excuses aside it was a great day out and brilliant to be out racing again. And, to take another positive, two chaps also in their forties running for Esk Valley Fell Club and North York Moors AC, ran a similar time to me.

I would also like to gratefully acknowledge Becky, who has transformed my training over the last 4 months.


—Lowther Castle Fell and Trail Race.   9th August.

One of the first events to be held after events were permitted again ( with many restrictions) . Racers set off in distanced groups of 6 at 5 minute intervals on the 13 mile route on the low fells at the Northern end of Ullswater.

36th Giles Hawking 1:48:51    (234 participants / not many of whom you saw .)


Personal / Virtual achievements :

—Anne Partridge.

Completed the Virtual Great North Run in early September  wearing her  York Knavesmire Harriers Vest.
She ran in Wave 2, starting at 1 pm and finished in 2 hours 13 minutes and 7 seconds, running alone she was slower than last year when she finished in 2 hours 4 minutes.
Anne tried to use the viRace app as recommended by Great Run but  lost connection when running through rural areas so had to rely on her Garmin for time and distance and herself for motivation, which was a bit lacking after 11 miles!

—John Fiorentini

Ran 10km a day in April, ending up on 311km for the month. Still recovering now!

—Ian Fairlamb

All below are PBs (‘older man’ PBs) and one real race at Castleton near Whitby.
1. York Virtual Run Club Race Series “Pocklington” 10 k – 28.04.2020 – 41:23 (road PB).
2. York Virtual Run Club Race Series 800 M – 12.05.2020 – 2:28 (1st in age group, 45-49)
3. Michelle Buckle Virtual 4×1 Mile Relay Race – 06.06.2020 – 5:26 (road PB).

4. York (not)parkrun 5 k – 26.09.2020 – 19:19 (road PB).

If you have found a race to do or have a personal achievement / PB / virtual result to report please email info to :  ykhracereports@gmail.com


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