Taylor edges out team-mate to take top spot

Phill Taylor (far left) at Drewton Woods.
Phill Taylor (far left) at Drewton Woods.

Bridlington’s Phill Taylor took top spot in the second race in the East Yorkshire Cross Country League at Drewton Woods near South Cave on Remembrance Sunday.

Hosted by Beverley AC, the last few days leading up to the race were typically British, making the course very muddy in places and slippery underfoot so the correct choice in footwear was an advantage.

After a minute’s silence, the six-and-a-half mile course started with a leg-testing steep climb to quickly warm the runners up before heading out into the countryside through fields, farm tracks and popular walking routes with a fast finish through the falling leaves of autumn.

Bridlington Road Runners had a strong field of 21 runners making up the 191-strong field on the day.

As in the first race in the series, Taylor and Danny Brunton were fighting for first place, with Taylor again taking the prize in a time of 41:50.

Brunton was knocked down to third, only 26 seconds behind in 42:16.

Next home for the men’s team was Scott Hargreaves in 22nd with 46:48.

John Nolan was just under a minute behind in 30th spot in 47:41.

Shaun Pickering, running with a niggling leg injury ,managed 38th in 48:55 with Chris Yeomans taking the sixth men’s team spot and he was also second M65 in 53:53 and 63rd overall.

The men just missed out on fourth team spot by just three places and were only 10 away from third on the day.

The Bridlington ladies team, however, managed to take third team spot with another impressive display in a strong field.

The Road Runners’ first lady back was Emma Brown in seventh place with 53:42.

Becky Clifton was the next to arrive in 11th with 56:29 and Emma Artley took the last spot in the team, and was second in her age catagory in 58:16, in 14th place overall.

The third race in the six-race series will be at Langdale End, on the North York Moors, on Sunday, December 13.

Karyn Hoggard was in picturesque Heartbeat country in the North Yorkshire Moors for Saturday’s tricky and challenging Hardmoors Trail Marathon.

The race started in Goathland, taking in the best of the Yorkshire countryside with views of Lavisham Moor, Allerston High Moor and the giant golf balls of RAF Fylingdales.

Although the times have not been officially announced, Hoggard finished in a time of around five-and-a-half hours and was sixth lady.

Also competing in the shorter 10k route, also starting in Goathland on the same day, was James Riley whotook eighth spot in around an hour and 25 minutes, which again is an unofficial time.

This Sunday sees the first in the club’s Winter League with the Constable Handicap starting on the Promanade in front of the Expanse Hotel at 11am.