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Running: Bonanza at Bransdale
2:44pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
THE ever-impressive Jayson Cavill and his female Pickering Running Club team-mates showed what they were made of at the annual 12-kilometre Bransdale Fell Race where they swept the board once again.
The race is organised by the National Trust in memory of a former employee and avid fell runner Tom Watson, and has been growing in reputation since it began in 2010.
It has fast become a favourite of several PRC runners, because of the variety of terrain which includes fast descents over open moorland, broad tracks and tough thistle-filled fields. This year, a record 74 runners lined up at the start with PRC making up over a third of the field in one of their club league counters.
Cavill, returning that day from two weeks at altitude, smashed the course record and took first place in 54 minutes 58 seconds.
The ladies’ team were back to full strength with Lynn Humpleby cruising home as third lady, clearly relishing being back on form. Kim England and Lorraine Laycock followed in fourth and fifth to take the ladies’ team to victory.
The glory kept on coming for the other PRC ladies too, with Tess Roebuck, Sue Slack, an astounded Shirley Tyrell and Philly Hare all taking home prizes in their respective categories.
Three days later, three Pickering runners enjoyed more success in the penultimate Hardmoors trail marathon series at Saltburn.
With most of the course following the Cleveland Way through Guisborough Woods, Commondale and along the coast, competitors should have found the marked race straightforward. However, with the exception of the overall winner, every runner got lost at least once due to markers being removed or altered by local children.
This did not phase Cavill too much as he still managed to finish in second place in a fantastic time of three hours 32 minutes. England finished as third lady in 4-44, an improvement on previous trail marathons.
In the half marathon, Richard Todd’s unrelenting casual nature saw him breeze round in 2-25 for 16th place – even though he ran an extra three miles after a mistake at mile six.
A successful week was rounded off by Laycock, completing the LDWA challenge event, Hanging Stone Leap.
The 24-mile circuit around Guisborough Moor and Roseberry Topping is familiar territory to Laycock, and she completed the self-navigated route in 4-04 as third lady, an impressive 11 minutes ahead of international ultra runner Sharon Gaytor.
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