Fantastic scenery for athletes in castle race
TEESDALE AC athletes were racing over the weekend with a team competing in the first meeting of the North Yorkshire and South Durham cross country league.
This was a relay race held at Thirsk involving one mile laps of a relatively level course.
Vicky Bainbridge, Leah Rosengarten and Katy Smith each ran two laps in the womens race taking the 13th place out of the 19 teams competing, in an overall time of 55.38.
This was a great start and demonstrates the potential for good competition by Teesdale AC in all the season’s cross country races which are held throughout the region.
Five members of Teesdale AC travelled to Castle Bolton, in Wensleydale, for the scenic 18 and seven mile “Falls and Castle Trail Races”.
The races are both circular, starting right next to the Castle and the 18 mile race climbs high towards the West then drops down to join the seven mile route at Aysgarth Falls before both loop back up the steep hill to the Castle.
Great courses with very varied terrain, excellent signage and many marshals all contributed to the enjoyment of these well organised races.
This overcame some impacts of the weather as heavy showers drenched all the runners and led to some wet and muddy running conditions, although fortunately the temperature remained warm.
In the 18 mile race with 88 runners, Steve Moss took 3 hours 3 minutes and was placed 33rd and was 2nd V60.
In the seven mile race with 95 runners, first home for Teesdale AC was Caroline Moss in 1 hour 21 and 57th place.
Trudy Layton came in 83rd in 1:38 followed by Janet Stables and Mandy Harrison 88th & 89th in 1:46 who included a stop for a photo shoot at Aysgarth Lower Falls!
Provision of “Hi-Vis” T-shirts, cold non-alcoholic beer and goody bags to all the finishers rounded off an enjoyable morning of trail races.