Happy New Year 2019!
Due to the unfortunate calendrical timing of the New Year, weather-wise that is...in the UK that is… Oh, it’s just a bit cold and grey and bleak and wet and dark isn’t it?! Sofas and fires and books and box sets and Christmas leftovers might be more appealing, but, putting that aside though, not to dwell on it at all, you might have noticed a good number of ‘hi-vis’ vests and headtorches floating along the streets of Easingwold. Winter it is, but the number of ERC members taking part in Park Runs on a Saturday morning, Colin and Marie’s (not ERC’s 1960’s folk duo!) Alne circuits, our regular 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday training groups and of course the Thursday 7 p.m. main club night, is consistently high. It's great to see people’s activities via our Facebook page, on ‘Strava’, and in person.
The one word I didn’t add to the list of ‘doing’, was “races”, and at this time of year it tends to be more off-road than on. The weather, perhaps appealing to the masochistic bent of many winter runners, lends itself nicely to the challenges of the trail and the cross-country (x-c). A trial of enthusiasm and determination and gloves and a hat to be honest, before you’ve even got to the start line. So, let’s call this an ‘Off-road winter special’ and catch up on races and results.
As mentioned in a previous article, the committee have continued with twenty races in the 2019 Club Championship (CC) but decided to add a few more off-road runs, including three cross-country encounters. Back in mid November, 17 members went up the A19 to Eaglescliffe for the ‘Preston Park’ x-c races.
Our only entrants in the under 15s were Isla McClanachan, who ran a strong race in 17.46 and finished 8th and Adam King in the ‘Boys U15’ who finished in a good 18.16. In the ‘Senior women’s’ race, the results of ERC’s top three were as follows: Sam Davies, 6th overall in 23.33; Emily Gregg, 25th in 25.54; Sheila Capper, 33rd in 26.35. The women’s team also came 5th out of thirteen. In the longer ‘Senior men’s’race, our top three were: Neil King, 49th in 33.33; Steve Loseby, 61st in 34.11 and Mark Whiteman, 72nd in 34.49. The men as a team finished 9th out of thirteen.
Just two weeks later up at Redcar, Emily Gregg ran the x-c course in 27.49, came first for ERC and 21st overall. Natalie Gobbi was 96th overall in 39.15 with Catherine Lumb, 101st in a time of 40.25.Jamie Arkle was an excellent 12th overall in 33.34 in the Men’s race, followed by Neil King (35th in 36.03) and Craig Gath (48th, 36.53).