The festive holidays always have lots going on race-wise, to get you out of the house working off the over-indulgences. Here’s a quick roundup of what P&B members got up to.
It was nice to see an appearance from Rob Hope at a very chilly running of The Stoop Race. Despite a fairly quiet fellrunning year (concentrating a bit more on cyclocross) he was still 1st V40 and 3rd overall, with Neal Crampton ending a strong year of running with 3rd V40 and 12th overall.
A lesser spotted Chi Trinh also made an appearance but was easy to miss if you were distracted by a flash of Neil Wallace‘s shiny baubles. Good to see young Mitchell Boocock back running after his leg fracture, along with other junior members Melissa and Declan Walker – with Decs finishing off a strong year with 2nd in the U17s.
The ever popular Chevin Chase, taking place on Boxing Day, held a special treat for Joe Baxter as mischievous Ilkley scamps Jack & Tom got their hands on some P&B kit in order to run as Baxter Doppelgangers, providing much delight and confusion for spectators and runners alike. I’d messaged Joe before the race to predict ‘P&B colours’ in first place, which proved correct as Jack took the win.
Back in Yorkshire for the holidays, Callum Hanson was first P&B home in 5th place overall, followed by Captain Baxter in 7th. Colin Walker had an outstanding run with 1st V45 and 15th overall.
Rach and I were up in the Dales over Jinglemas, so it was only a short hop up to Ambleside for the Wansfell Race which was absolutely rammed and the biggest turnout they’ve had, with 180-odd enjoying the short 2 mile blast.
The last day of the year is of course the classic Auld Lang Syne race, which saw a pretty low turnout with only myself, Rach and BraveTracksuit Wallace out enjoying a historically quite mild if a bit misty running of the running race.
This was also the last race of the P&B Fell Championship, which, for the chaps, has been dominated by Joe Baxter for the past few years… that is UNTIL NOW!
Who could possibly go X-talon to X-talon with the Captain himself and come out on top?? Who has the tenacity to ALMOST complete 7 races??! That’s right, it’s yours truly! But please, please… save your congratulations, I am a humble man and don’t want to make a fuss.
I’ll just quietly leave this here…
New Year’s Day saw plenty of hangovers, I’m sure, but also people getting the year off to a great start by getting out of the house and enjoying the bright sunshine.
Freshly transferred to the club and running his first race for P&B, Laurence Martin did Giant’s Tooth. Congratulations to Caroline Harding, who completed her 100th ParkRun over at Watergrove. Meanwhile over on a busy Ilkley Moor, myself, Rachel, Sarah Rowell, and Niall Bourke did the Score Orienteering event put on by Airenteers which was good fun — a particular highlight for me was seeing two young deer stood watching me look for a control as great big beams of low winter sunlight cut through the trees. Beautiful.
Happy New Year everyone and all the best for racing and competing in 2020!