The Fellsman is a gruelling fellrunning event covering 61 miles with 11000 feet of climbing including the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside and Buckden Pike. Much of the route is over energy sapping moorland and competitors are grouped together for safety reasons during the hours of darkness. Five club members took on the challenge this year on April 16th. Neil Bowmer finished a fantastic 72nd out of 312 starters in 18h08, almost 3 hours quicker than last year. After a frustrating couple of years dogged by injury Stuart Clarkson was understandably "chuffed" to finish the course in 26h26. Unfortunately Ros Blackmore, Michael Rosher and Helen Inglis were amongst the 95 non -finishers. No doubt they will feel they have unfinished business for next year.
The Gisborough Moors fell race (12.4 miles, 2789 feet) the following day saw Tim Grimwood and Ian Oldham battle in the club's new rivalry to be top fellrunner. Tim finished 22nd in 105.25, with Ian 26th in 106.32. Jim Coldwell was 76th out of 143 in 124.37. Also on the 17th Martin Randall was first V45 in the Druridge Bay half marathon with a time of 96.35.
Five club members ran in the Reeth trail races on April 24th. Alison Johnston was first FV55 in the 10k event in 59.51 with Julia Snape finishing in 67.26. In the 20k race Lucy Riley ran an excellent 117.29 with Ray and Sue Crabbe recording 124.12 and 125.44 respectively. Anne Singleton was the only member at this year's Fountains 10k, finishing in 58.39.
The club's representation at this year's London Marathon was reduced by injuries, leaving new runners Karen Dobson and Kathleen Finn to fly the flag. As novices to distance running they did well to complete the course in 5.28.14 and 5.44.13 respectively.