Lots of racing over the Easter weekend!
Taking advantage of the lighter evenings, four Lions hopped over to Haworth for the first of this year’s series of Bunny Runs. These popular midweek mini cross country races usually attract around 200 runners, all vying for the chance to win armfuls of chocolate and Cadbury’s Creme Eggs.
Results: Kevin Jaggar 24:00, Julie Field 24:11, Paul Patrick 24:13, Ray Mooney 28:52
New Club Record for Mags at Salford 10K
After her outstanding cross country season this winter, Mags Beever hit the road on Good Friday, scoring a new personal best at Salford 10K and finishing second F35 overall. Her time of 37:56 is a new F35 club record – well done Mags!
The two lap undulating course attracted a field of 630 runners this year.
Results: Mags Beever 37:56, Lorraine Naylor 44:03
The Lakes Mountain 42
Ultra runner James Penson was in action again on Easter Saturday, tackling the Lakes Mountain 42. After a dawn start, James was expecting to have to run 42 technical miles of tough, unmarked mountain trails with around 10,000 feet of ascent including the summits of Helvellyn and High Street. In the event, severe weather and treacherous conditions on the tops resulted in the race being shortened to “only” 27 miles.
Results: James Penson 6 hours 16 minutes
The Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge
Maria Harron ran this scenic 10 mile race in Ireland on Easter Saturday. Set on the wild Atlantic Way, it’s been dubbed “Ireland’s most spectacular race”. The event is unique in that the final two miles are run on Pollan Beach. The entire course fringes the sea, with the beautiful backdrop of Malin Head. Maria ran a personal best time to finish 6th lady.
Result: Maria Harron 75:19
Two Lions were represented at the Helmsley 10K Multi Terrain Challenge. This community event took place on Easter Sunday on a mixture of forestry tracks, footpaths, roads and fields.
Results: David Waite: 56:33, Diane Waite: 56:39
The Hot Cross Bun Duathlon
After their triathlon last week, Tony and Tracy Mott competed in the inaugural Hot Cross Bun Duathlon in Keighley on Easter Sunday. John Rushworth also took on the challenge, which comprised a 5K run, 20K bike ride and another 5K run.
Results: Tony Mott 1:36:00, John Rushworth 2:01:04, Tracy Mott 2:07:50
Ackworth Half Marathon
Undeterred by heavy snow, three Lions ran the Ackworth Half Marathon in Biblical conditions on Easter Monday, with Helen Armitage (recently returned from injury) leading the Lions home and taking the 2nd F50 prize.
Results: Helen Armitage 1:49:36, Rebecca O’Neill 1:51:24, Paul Armitage 2:09:23