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Chevin Chase race report by Jim Whittaker

26 December 2013

This is turning out to be one of my race highlights of the year.  It’s not every day you get to race alongside one or both of the Brownlee Brothers.  And it’s through the Chevin Forest!  And it’s on Boxing Day (a day when you would otherwise do not a right lot).

The race starts in Guiseley and the first mile or so is a road climb before taking a path off up into the Chevin.  The next four or five miles are constantly undulating, and if you ever wanted to know what an extreme PECO XC course with extra tracks may feel like, well, this is it.  Steep rocky-ish descents plus unrelenting steep climbs (particularly the one around mile five).  Running conditions were perfect apart from a bit of ice.

Despite the rural location, there were many spectators, and this year we got cheers from our Comms Officer, Andy Wickes, plus former Abbey, Andy May.

It was a formidable Abbey turnout (26!!), with some excellent performances on the day.  Sharon Williams (dressed as a Christmas pud) finished second in her age category.  Sarah Grant and Duncan Clark both came third in their respective categories.  Rachel Mackie gave another assured performance.  I thought I was going to pass her at one point but it I couldn’t match her stamina in the last couple of miles.

A superb and enjoyable race.  Highly recommended.  And I only finished 17 minutes behind Jonny Brownlee.  Next time….

Position Race No Competitor Name Gender Category Cat Pos Club Finish Time Chip Time
1 1 Jonny Brownlee Male Open 1/161 Bingley Harriers 00:39:02 00:39:01
56 599 Duncan Clark Male Vet 50 3/79 Abbey Runners 00:47:22 00:47:18
76 700 Son of John Ward Male Vet 60+ MINUS 40 yrs 1/38 hmmm Abbey Runners 00:48:26 00:48:24
86 146 Richard Foster Male Open 33/161 Abbey Runners 00:48:52 00:48:48
109 447 Sean Maccarthy Male Vet 45 18/114 Abbey Runners 00:49:54 00:49:50
110 557 John Halliwell Male Vet 50 10/79 Abbey Runners 00:49:56 00:49:52
211 1047 Sarah Grant Female Vet 40 3/71 Abbey Runners 00:53:50 00:53:42
220 329 Timothy Jacobs Male Vet 40 35/95 Abbey Runners 00:54:10 00:53:53
234 1150 Sharon Williams Female Vet 50 2/48 Abbey Runners 00:55:03 00:54:51
238 575 Ian Patchett Male Vet 50 17/79 Abbey Runners 00:55:32 00:55:20
262 999 Rachel Mackie Female Vet 40 5/71 Abbey Runners 00:56:13 00:56:01
271 444 James Whittaker Male Vet 45 45/114 Abbey Runners 00:56:33 00:56:16
274 432 Robert Jackson Male Vet 45 47/114 Abbey Runners 00:56:38 00:56:34
326 322 Martin Jones Male Vet 40 47/95 Abbey Runners 00:58:22 00:57:59
356 887 Eleanor Walker Female Open 18/81 Abbey Runners 00:59:21 00:59:02
389 1087 Bev Benjamin Female Vet 45 11/70 Abbey Runners 01:00:17 00:59:49
399 994 Alison Smith Female Vet 40 9/71 Abbey Runners 01:00:31 01:00:03
423 336 Michael Smith Male Vet 40 57/95 Abbey Runners 01:01:13 01:00:45
447 991 Leanne Hague Female Vet 40 13/71 Abbey Runners 01:01:59 01:01:06
485 1190 Liz Casey Female Vet 50 11/48 Abbey Runners 01:02:52 01:02:23
520 1235 Stella Cross Female Vet 50 13/48 Abbey Runners 01:04:18 01:04:07
535 1138 Elizabeth Willis Female Vet 45 20/70 Abbey Runners 01:04:45 01:04:27
565 1226 Gail Tombs Female Vet 60+ 1/8 Abbey Runners 01:05:47 01:05:39
670 645 David Beston Male Vet 55 34/40 Abbey Runners 01:09:29 01:09:16
733 1114 Ruth Dorrington Female Vet 45 41/70 Abbey Runners 01:12:15 01:11:36
761 949 Shabina Bhatia Female Vet 35 36/60 Abbey Runners 01:13:29 01:12:33
795 517 Alastair White Male Vet 45 108/114 Abbey Runners 01:15:02 01:14:25
962 ran

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Oct 242012
 
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Jane is in the zone

Race 1 results are in. The ladies did us proud with a total of 7 runners, Karen Garvican leading the way in 23rd place, and the team (Karen, Rachel M, Sharon Woodruff, Alison Smith, Liz, Jane and Shanna) finished 12th out of 16 complete teams, which is an excellent result!

Unfortunately we only had 5 men’s runners, so we didn’t count as a team (room for improvement!), however Matt Hallam had an outstanding first run in an Abbey vest finishing just outside the top-20. Greg Weatherhead, John Ward and Jim Whittaker also had good runs.

Full results available at West Yorkshire Cross Country and Track and Field League

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