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Running: Madness on the Moors
2:49pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
The name of the latest Esk Valley fell race did nothing to deter three of Pickering Running Club’s hardiest fell runners.
The Inclined To Madness race is a frenetic dash over 6.25 miles with 2,300 feet of ascent, and is one of few courses that finishes at a higher point than it begins.
After climbing up to Round Hill – the highest point on the North York Moors – competitors can turn on the speed for the descent down Urra Moor.
In-form Nick Cousins, pictured right, front left, and fearless descender Lynn Humpleby both placed fifth in their categories, coming in only a few minutes apart in 55 minutes 54 seconds and 58-35.
Less than a minute after Humpleby, Mike Hetherton breezed home in 59-22 for first in category.
His recent two-month walking and sailing expedition to Norway seemingly did not affect his fitness – as this was his second of two races within a few days.
Hetherton’s first race of the week – the 10th annual Spofforth Gala trail 10k – had presented a different challenge.
It began well in the baking heat of Otley, but things took a turn for the worse at the four-kilometre mark when a hornets’ nest was disturbed, resulting in the swarm of insects chasing runners, and even putting some in hospital.
Hetherton said: “It was terrible for some of the runners, but it certainly made me run faster.”
Hetherton finished in 49-37 for third in category.
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