Runners tackle hills and river crossing in latest league race

Peter Gulc
Peter Gulc

Sunday saw the third race in this season’s East Yorkshire Cross Country League hosted by Scarborough AC with the six-mile route considered the most challenging of the six races.

Runners need strong legs and big lungs for the hills, but to add to the difficulty they have to run through part of the River Derwent which, if it has rained the day before, can be fairly deep.

This year, the weather was kind so the water was just over ankle deep, although plenty of mud made for an interesting race.

Bridlington Road Runners again had a good turnout of runners. In the men’s race, their first member back was Peter Gulc in 14th with a time of 41:44.

Next was a new member in his first cross country run, Shannon Bakes was 20th in a time of 43:35 and Bridlington’s third man back was John Potter in 38th with 45:39.

In the women’s race, Cathy Wood was Road Runners’ first back and seventh lady overall in 49:26.

Next was Sarah Wood, 15th lady in 55:40, and completing the Bridlington top three was Janet Potter, 17th lady in 57:45.

Although all runners ran well on such a hard course, Stuart Atkinson was one who stood out.

Bridlington had a great turnout for this weekly social Parkrun event, taking six of the top 10 places. Peter Gulc and Martin Smith again pushed each other with Gulc winning round three by coming first in the run in 18:44.

Smith was second in 19:09, and also in the top 10 were Simon Porter and Ashley Porter who finished in eighth and ninth in 22:08 and 22:21 and were both running their 100th Parkrun.

First Road Runners lady back in 13th place was Karyn Hoggard with a second successive personal best time of 23:07.