Road Runners hold on to second spot

East Yorkshire XC Series Race at Sledmere House hosted by the Driffield Striders. - Bridlington

East Yorkshire XC Series Race at Sledmere House hosted by the Driffield Striders. - Bridlington

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Bridlington Road Runners’ ladies remain in second place in the East Yorkshire Cross Country League, after three top 10 finishes in the latest round.

Cathy Wood, Emma Brown and Becky Clifton finished in seventh, eighth and ninth spot in the fourth race of the series at Sledmere House last weekend.

The route was a seven-mile course around the grounds of Sledmere House. Although the wind had dropped from the previous day, so had the temperatures.

The mainly field and track course was relatively dry which made for good running conditions.

Although the course lacks the steep climbs of most of the other races, there is a long slow drag up to the highest part of the course and a steep, winding descent through fields before a final, draining climb to the finish line.

Scott Hargreaves was the first Bridlington Road Runner to cross the line in 49:18, with Andy Barker (52:08), Kevin Sissons (53:35), Chris Yeomans (54:30), Josh Taylor (54:41) and Kevin Lewis (55:13) making up the point scorers for the men’s team, who finished eighth on the day, and currently lie in seventh position overall.

Other male runners were Martin Allanson, Simon Porter, Bob Eyre, Stuart Atkinson and Mark Loft

The ladies worked extremely well as a team with Wood first home for them in 52:02.

They finished third overall on the day, and remain in second overall.

Other female runners were Emma Artley, Judy Allison, Andrea Parker, Michelle Rollinson, Angela Bentley, Amanda Tindall, Mandy Holah and Kerry Whitehead, who was returning to running after recently having a baby and completed half the course and was happy to be back running and being part of the team.

City of Hull AC are leading the men’s and women’s competitions with two more races left to go. The next is at Welton on Sunday, 8 February.

Meanwhile, taking part in the Hardmoors Three Sisters Race, were Bridlington Road Runners members Karyn Hoggard and Pearl Brayford.

This was a seven-mile night-time race in the dark along the Cleveland Way.

There were at least six ascents and declines to negotiate with only head torches to help light the way.

Hoggard was impressive being the second female home and 21st overall in 1:38, with an injured Brayford finishing as the eighth female and 35th overall in two hours.

Their efforts were made all the more impressive bearing in mind the cold, windy and damp conditions over the weekend, however both really enjoyed the experience and training provided by the Hardmoors team.

Members of Bridlington Road Runners were also involved in a number of Parkrun events on Saturday. For reports and times see page 65