YKH Weekly Round Up – we 14th May -Leeds 1/2, Ripon, Transvulcania, Riga, Fairfield…..

—Riga  Marathon.

Colin Lea ( 5:03:07) and Dave Darton ( 04:16:01) ran in the Riga marathon in very hot conditions.  Well organised and good atmosphere with lots of music (Queen seems very popular here), and also traditional dancing.etc around the course. Very flat and fast and passes though the centre of the beautiful old town twice. Dave and Colin would recommend it.

—Leeds Half Marathon.

22nd Stephen Maddison  1:19:46 3rd M40
168th Danny Chan            1:28:33
229th Andy Holliday        1:29:34
240th Robyn Hawxby       1:30:49 9th Lady 2nd F40
350th Stephen Clarke       1:33:50
367th Richard Walker      1:33:18
494th Mike Gershon         1:36:33
610th Helen Young            1:38:42
740th Paul Green               1:40:47   PB
777th Ewan Cochrane        1:39:03
831st James Chambers      1:41:55
837th Sarah Attwood          1:39:59
877th Kate Smith                1:40:34
974th Madeleine  Foot       1:44:29
1295th Andy Bell                 1:48:15
1542nd Simon Ward          1:51:09
2170th Peter Quinn            1:49:59
3024th Anna Marshall       1:59:24
6693rd Jean Snelling         3:10:38   2nd F75.

—Ripon 10.

Well done to all 10 Harriers who ran the Ripon 10, an undulating multi trail course around Studley Royal park and fountains abbey.

First 3 Harriers home were Phillip Elliott (2nd), followed by Neil Everett (11th), Pete Downes (45).
First female back was Christine Everett (19th female)

Results for all are below:

2nd     Phillip Elliott M40
Time:   1:00:31.5
Chip Time:      1:00:31.5

11th       Neil Everett    M30
Time:   1:05:13.8
Chip Time:      1:05:10.2

45th     Pete Downes     M50
Time:   1:14:16.3
Chip Time:      1:14:11.0

51st      Nick Griffin    M50
Time:   1:15:27.3
Chip Time:      1:15:05.4

78th    Steve Green     M40
Time:   1:18:25.3
Chip Time:      1:17:54.5

133rd   Christine Everett       F30
Time:   1:24:59.1
Chip Time:      1:24:32.7

279th  Helen Leach     F50
Time:   1:40:44.8
Chip Time:      1:39:44.8

305th  Liz Piper       F60
Time:   1:44:05.6
Chip Time:      1:43:34.1

373rd  Susan Adams     F60
Time:   2:10:41.9
Chip Time:      2:10:09.0

378th   Paul Adams      M60
Time:   2:12:33.9
Chip Time:      2:11:57.1

—Transvulcania Ultra Marathon & Marathon.

The Transvulcania Ultramarathon  is held on the beautiful island of La Palma in the Canaries .
A part of the Skyrunner World Series , it’s combination of gobsmackingly dramatic vistas, the novelty of running around and over volcanoes, the challenging mountainous terrain, plentiful sun and heat, a highly competitive field with some of the biggest names in trail running competing and  the astounding atmosphere generated by the locals and supporters, has made this a ‘bucket list race for the more adventurous runner.

The Ultra is 46 miles long , following the GR 131 route from the island’s southern tip, it continues North  along the mountainous spine, rising from the start beside a lighthouse ( alt 3m) to the top of the Las Desadeas Volcano 1800m , drops again before circling around the island’s Caldera , a huge collapsed mountain , to it’s highest point ( 2423m) at Roque de los Muchachos .

From there  the tortuous 10 mile descent to the beach at Tazacorte begins with a final 300m climb back to the town of Los Llanos where rapturous applause , streets thronged with enthusiastic people and a long red carpet to the finish awaits.

Jayson Cavill

Club member Jayson Cavill ( running for Team Montane ) was the fastest of our group . The highly accomplished Ultra Marathon runner ran a great race , finishing in  91st  place with a time of 9h 27m 14s . That is seriously impressive on the first attempt at a race where the conditions are so alien to UK runners.

Kim Cavill

Also in our party , but a member of Pickering running club was Kim Cavill , again a highly accomplished Ultra Marathon runner. Kim made up  places in the tough second half of the race , her relentless stamina driving her to the finish in 11h 04m 55s, 314th place , 24th Lady and 2nd British Lady.

Giles Hawking

On his fourth outing to La Palma Giles Hawking was very pleased to knock over an hour off his previous best time . Having completed the race 3 times already it was time for  a new more ‘gung ho’ race strategy of getting a fast start to avoid the races early bottlenecks . A target of arriving at the 14 mile point of Refugio el Pilar before the Marathon race would set off from there was met comfortably with half an hour to spare , and things were looking good. The pace was kept up along the  flat   7 km’s to El Reventon before the second phase of climbing would begin . A solid climb around the Caldera with perhaps too much time spent in aid stations attempting to get the body temp down, meant I was an hour ahead of last year by the time I reached the Roque de los Muchachos .
Stiff legs and an aching back prevented me from making further headway on the descent but I was very pleased with a time of 12:07:06, and placing in the top third with 537th out of 1607 finishers.
It was great to share the excitement of the 6am ( headtorches required ) race start with Kim and Jayson , to run for a short while with Kim and to see Knavesmire runner Barry Atkinson fleetingly just before the El Reventon aid station.

Barry Atkinson

Barry Atkinson was running in the Marathon race . that would follow the latter stages of the ultra route , but finish earlier on the beachside promenade at Puerto Tazacorte .
Baz like most who attempt this race for the first time was surprised at how challenging the terrain was , especially the rocky descent . running downhill on tired legs Barry tripped on a rock and fell almost face first , just managing to keep his chin above the ground , a barrel roll resulted in some grazed elbows ans bashed hip and a dazed Baz. Laying flat out on the stoney track . Barry has brought to his feet by concerned fellow runners , quickly checked over and instructed to get on his way, which he did. Finishing the race in 99th place with a time of 05:59;44. Another fabulous achievement.


—Beverly 10k.

Andy Deighton 40:34
Peter Schofield 553:43
Simon Dixon  58:20

—Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race.

Simon Collins ran this classic Lakeland Fell Race , starting and finishing in the grounds of Rydal Hall, it is almost 15 km’s in length and has 914 m’s of ascent.

Simon was 38th out of 371 with a time of 1:38:58

—York Parkrun.

659 runners, of which 45 from YKH.

Fastest runner was Stuart Grange of YKH  ( 16:23 )

Parkrun PB’s for :

Peter Lyth 23;21
Rachel Gillespie 25:37
Jayne Fligg 30:16

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