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|