Three brave (or foolhardy?) Northern Frontrunners travelled down to the picturesque village of Castleton, a settlement nestling serenely in the Esk valley in the wild and rolling North Yorkshire Moors. The three runners, Allen, Russell, and Mark had arrived to take part in the ‘Castleton Show Run’, which is a 10k race described as a ‘fell run’ for road runners and a ‘road run’ for fell runners. It was clear from the surrounding hills that this course would have its ups and downs.
After drawing some psychological strength for the task ahead by observing a display of some very magnificent and calm birds of prey, including a beautiful eagle owl, it was time for the race to begin. The weather conditions were warm and mild, with some passing showers lasting a few minutes and a gentle breeze.
Forty two local and hardy runners and three Northern Frontrunners set off on a course that started pretty much immediately on an uphill trajectory, and continued for the first half of the course with a series of long challenging up hill stretches, followed by steep down hill descents. Luckily, an ambulance was strategically positioned at the summit of one particularly arduous up hill stretch, obviously an attempt to create a sense of calmness and serenity in the minds of those runners in the process of making the ascent! The second half of the circuit was more gently undulating and ended with a very satisfying down hill descent to the finish line in Castleton. Every runner finishing was greeted to a cheer from the local crowd and their name read out on the megaphone.
The course was extremely scenic, including stretches surrounded by moorland, and well marshalled. The organisers and locals were very welcoming and friendly and a good atmosphere was created. Congratulations go to Russell for winning a bottle of wine for finishing first in his age category. After completing this exhausting course, the three Frontrunners could now relax by listening to the Downe and Outs jazz band, and looking at some prize winning local vegetables and handicrafts, including some particularly impressive looking potatoes