Slightly less racing than usual this week. Firstly, everyone’s been down at Heath celebrating the club’s 30th anniversary instead, and secondly, it’s just WAY TOO HOT.
Hat Trick of Fell Races for David Culpan
David Culpan was undeterred by the soaring temperatures and took on not one but three fell races this week. He was the sole Lion at the Beamsley Beacon race (5.5 miles with 1100 feet of ascent) and at the Kinder Trog (15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent). Supervet Aileen Baldwin joined him at Bridestones (4½ miles with 1100 feet of ascent). Conditions at all three races were sweltering hot, particularly Sunday’s Kinder Trog, and David did well to manage a course pb there this year despite the heat.
Bridestones unofficial results Aileen Baldwin 52 minutes, David Culpan 52:12
Beamsley Beacon result: David Culpan 52:00
Kinder Trog result: David Culpan 2:55:00
Humber Bridge Half Marathon
The Humber Bridge Half Marathon is East Yorkshire’s largest half marathon. The event is set against the magnificent Humber Bridge, formerly the longest single span bridge in the world (but now languishing down in ninth place and about to drop out of the top ten altogether, although the race marketing material doesn’t mention this). Starting in Hessle, the route takes runners over the bridge, around scenic Barton and surrounding countryside, before the final leg back over the iconic bridge to finish.
Results: Stuart Clinton 1:51:27, Amjid Khan 1:57:46
Swansea Half Marathon
Thousands of runners took on this half marathon which follows the sweep of Swansea Bay. The route is described as “flat and fast” but not when it’s 30 degrees it isn’t. Ian Hoskins and Michelle Rogerson coped well with the heat and crossed the line together.
Results: Ian Hoskins 1:47:50, Michelle Rogerson 1:47:52
Something a bit different……..James McNutt took on this 12K obstacle race around Bramham Park in Leeds, tackling 25 punishing obstacles including walls, cargo nets, mud-filled trenches and a giant ice bath.
Result: James McNutt 2:16:47
Virginia Lewin chose the Penistone 10K as her debut race for the Lions, running well in the heat to pick up the 3rd F65 prize in a time of 62:40.