Brunton edges out rival Taylor in Langdale mud

Bridlington's Stuart Atkinson was 88th at Langdale End in a time of 57:16
Bridlington's Stuart Atkinson was 88th at Langdale End in a time of 57:16

The third race in the East Yorkshire Cross Country League is classed by many as the most demanding and testing of the six courses in the series.

Organised by Scarborough AC, and held in Langdale village, the runners had a short warm-up walk to the start next to the River Derwent on Sunday morning.

The 5.7 mile course then went on a muddy loop, with the first few miles climbing through fields, over rocks, up hills, dodging trees, and through the River Derwent, which, with the recent rainfall, was deeper than in previous years.

After this, there was a steady descent to the finish next to Howden Farm.

Bridlington Road Runners again took a strong team, and first to arrive back from the mud bath was Danny Brunton in fourth position overall, in a time of 40:24.

He gained revenge over Phill Taylor, who has beaten him in the first two races in the series. Taylor was sixth in 41:40.

Scott Hargreaves ran well to finish in 20th (44:28).

Running well in the conditions, Emma Artley was 10th in the ladies race and first in her age with a time of 53:30.

Sarah Wood was next Bridlington woman in 13th (55:14) with Becky Clifton in 14th (56:49), while strong runs by Bob Eyre and Janet Potter saw them finish first in their age categories.

Meanwhile, Andy Baker travelled to Huddersfield to run in the Great Yorkshire Pieathlon, a fun 6km race which was raising money for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.

More than 250 runners set off from Salendine Nook High School with competitors dressed up in seasonal fancy dress to combat the muddy terrain, while eating pies at a number of drinks stations around Longwood and Outlane.

Baker finished in 11th in a time of 37:47.

This Sunday is Bridlington Road Runners’s Christmas Handicap, the second race in our club’s Winter League.

Meet at sports hall at 10:30am, fancy dress is optional.