Dale athletes travel far and wide for runs
EIGHT athletes from Teesdale AC travelled to Liverpool to take part in the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon Festival, which took place over the weekend of May 25 and 26.
As the name implies, it was a busy, noisy weekend with bands playing all along the race routes.
On Saturday, Mim and Astley Fenwick took part in the first race of the weekend, a five kilometre route, finishing together in 38.10.
Next day, Sunday, the first race was the half marathon, starting and finishing at Albert Dock.
It was a route partly through the town and out to some of the green spaces and along Penny Lane, when the band played the appropriate tune!
It shared part of the marathon route, though with fewer hills and both races struggled with the riverside section, fighting against a strong headwind.
Mim and Astley Fenwick were both out again for the half; Mim finishing in 3.01.17 and Astley in 2.40.56. The other club runners were: Judith Rodwell 2.03.51, Andrew Crawley 2.04.58, Amanda and Simon Pettitt both finishing in 2.27.34.
The last race of the weekend was the marathon and Caroline Hamilton and Barbara Crawley represented the club.
They reported it as an enjoyable run, though quite tough and hilly but very well supported.
By the time they got back to the riverside section, the wind had increased so the last few miles were a struggle on tired legs.
Barbara, running her first marathon, came in at 4.43.43 and Caroline, on her second, in 4.52.45. A very creditable performance from them both. Mim Fenwick completed a hat trick with a one-mile fun run in the afternoon.
Four members of Teesdale Athletic Club travelled to the Lake District on Saturday, June 1, to take part in the annual Grasmere Gallop trail races.
Three routes of varying length, 5.7k, 10k and 17k, were held amidst the spectacular surroundings of Grasmere village and Rydal Water.
There was also a 10k race for Nordic walkers.
The routes leave Grasmere village along the road, climbing through Deer Bolts wood and over the shoulder of Loughrigg, passing Rydal cave and eventually returning to Grasmere via the shorelines of Rydal Water.
The 5.7k used mainly the lower level roads with the 10k and 17k taking in greater hill climbs and descents on stony trails.
The weather for the races was cool with light rain which was ideal for running although it became heavier as the day progressed.
There was a very friendly atmosphere and thel rhododendrons made a spectacular background with the low cloud hiding the more distant dramatic scenery.
The results were as follows, 5.7k (115 finishers): Irene Sutherland 37:50 (50th, 6th in age group), 10k (289 finishers): Judith Rodwell 01:04:54 (145th, 5th in age group), Caroline Moss: 1:07:15 (167th, 7th in age group,), 17k (202 finishers) Steve Moss: 1:37:16 (72nd, 4th in age group).