The Tour de Helvellyn is a gruelling off road event taking in Lakeland passes in a 38 mile loop around Helvellyn. Three club members took part in this years event on December 17th with Ian Oldham finishing 98th of around 200 runners in 8h 43m, Caroline Graham 124th in 9h 13m and Michael Rosher 188th in 11h 9m. The following day Robbie Kelly was first club finisher at the 8 mile multi terrain Loftus Poultry Run in a time of 56.53. Oonagh Bathgate was 2nd FV55 in 57.38 with Claire Stewart in 68.38 and Julia Spittle in 78.74.
The club's women have become used to winning team prizes in recent months and scored their most impressive victory to date on December 27th, to finish first of 14 teams at the Guisborough Woods Fell race. Rebecca Simpson was 8th woman in 49.28, with Caitlin Pearson 12th in 51.45 and Becky Barnett 15th in 54.19. Michael Keavney also ran, finishing in 51.38. Also on the 27th, Derek Parrington finished 34th out of over 602 runners at the Jolly Holly 10k in Ripon, Carol Murray recorded 53.09, with Roger Brisley in 65.10 and Richie Smith in 66.35.
There were 4 club members in each of the two local New Years Day fell races. Tim Grimwood continued his good form to finish 26th in the 8 mile Nine Standards race at Kirkby Stephen, with Robbie Kelly next club finisher in 70.44, followed by Jim Coldwell in 77.55 and Claire Stewart in 86.36. At Captain Cook's monument Ian Oldham finished just ahead of Martin Randall, with times of 40.40 and 41.07 respectively. Stephen Libby recorded 43.45 and Caroline Graham 45.55