Last chance to sign up for 2022 Raby Runs
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
A RACE that has proved popular since it was first run two decades ago returns this weekend following a Covid-enforced hiatus.
However, anyone wanting to take their place on the start line at the Raby Runs, at Raby Castle, Staindrop, on Sunday, must register by 1pm on Friday.
No registrations will be taken on the day.
The event is organised by Teesdale Athletics Club and runners from across the North East will take part.
In addition, athletes from Ukraine will tackle the spectacular course around the grounds of the castle.
Alison Mounter, from Teesdale AC, said the club was delighted to stage the event again.
“The first ever Teesdale Athletics Club Raby Race was held in 2003. That year Lord Barnard kindly offered the grounds free of charge to allow the club to get the races up and running.
“Since the first event, Teesdale AC has continued to hire the grounds to host the event.
“With the stunning backdrop of the castle, the deer and longhorn cattle in the park and swans on the lakes, the races offer unrivalled scenery, and the opportunity to access parts of the grounds not normally available to the public.”
She added: “Entrants come from all over the North, representing a range of running clubs. This year we are delighted to welcome runners from the Ukraine too.”
For the return of the event, two runs will take place at 5k and 10k.
“The course is undulating, mostly run on Tarmac, with a stretch of woodland trail,” added Ms Mounter.
“Anyone wondering whether they should enter will enjoy a friendly race in a setting that simply cannot be beaten.”
Entries can only be made online at www.racebest.com, closing at 1pm on Friday, May 27.
The 5k run is for those aged 11 and older, while the 10k is open to athletes aged 16-plus.
The 5k run will start at 10.50am, with the 10k following at 11am.
l On Sunday, May 8, four members of the club headed to New Marske to take part in the Pizza 8K Trail race organised by Muddy Roads.
On a hot and sunny day, the course was set through bluebell-laden Errington Woods with mixed terrain from trail to grass.
From the top of the woods, competitors could take in spectacular views of Roseberry Topping and the Saltburn cliffs and the temptation of a slice of woodfired Napoli pizza at the end kept the team going to the finish line.
Rhys Foster was first home for the club in 45.40mins, with Barbara Crawley following in 50.07, Amanda Pettitt in 57.48 and Gail Foster in 65.05.