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Runners enjoy postponed Blakey Blitz fell race
8:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
IT was second time lucky for many Pickering runners during the Blakey Blitz fell race.
Competitors had been looking forward to this notoriously hard race in April, but due to extreme weather on the moors, the race was postponed.
Running the hilly route in August worked well, though, as the day was warm with a cooling breeze, providing favourable conditions.
Covering 10.5 miles and climbing 2,750 feet, the Blitz is one of the longest in the winter series, and has the highest ascent. It is also one of the prettiest routes, undulating over open moor and crossing the old railway line around Rosedale and Fryupdale.
A relatively small team from Pickering Running Club took part, with eight runners all doing well in their respective categories.
Oliver Hall was first back in 102 minutes 43 seconds, a very impressive time especially considering he took a wrong turn on the tricky course and had to make up time finding his way back.
In-form Nick Cousins was next for sixth in category in 108-06, with Mike Wilson, in one of his favourite races, finishing fourth in category in 116-38.
Simon Tyrell completed the men's team in 126-10, finishing a creditable third in category.
Solid as ever, Lorraine Laycock led the Pickering women's crew back in 118- 52, backed up by Sue Slack, smiling her way to first in category in 134-17.
Shirley Tyrell and Philly Hare completed the ladies' team in their usual enthusiastic styles, finishing in 146-06 and 172-00 for third and second in their categories respectively.
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