Anne Singleton was the sole club representative at this year's Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k in the Lakes on December 3rd and finished just outside the hour mark in 61.28. The following day saw seven members at the Eskdale Eureka fell race (8 miles, 1400 feet climbing) at Castleton. Tim Grimwood finished 19th in a strong field of 130 runners in 64.32, follwed by Ian Oldham in 75.02. Michael Keavney finished in 77.14, just ahead of a closely bunched women's team of Rebecca Simpson in 77.43, Becky Barnett in 78.54 and Caroline Graham in 80.29. The trio were unlucky not to win the women's team prize. Also on the Sunday, two members travelled to Blyth for a bracing run along the beach in the 5 mile Blyth Sands Handicap race. The race format gives a head start according to age and sex category and Steve Brown finished 6th out of 121 runners with an actual time of 33.15, with Martin Randall 30th in 35.13.
Rebecca Simpson underlined her good form at last Saturday's Darlington Parkrun to finish as first woman in a new PB of 20.05. Zoe Mason was fourth woman in 21.14 and Stuart Hardcastle finished in 22.02. At the Fountains Abbey event Andrew Fletcher was first V55 as usual, in 19.37. Over in Northallerton Vicki Howe recorded 26.04 and Julia Spittle 28.57.
Away from racing, the annual Presentation Night took place at Richmond Rugby Club on December 2nd. The event was well attended and successful, confirming that the club is in good shape at the moment. Awards for best male and female went to Steve Brown and Oonagh Bathgate respectively. Andrew Fletcher and Julia Spittle picked up the prizes for the Road championship. Tim Grimwood was crowned Fell Champion for some excellent performances in his first serious year on the hills. However, he still has a lot to learn in the discipline when it comes to navigation, and also picked up the wooden spoon for getting lost between the car park and the start line at a Lake District race in September.