Swaledale Marathon, 11th June 2016

The Swaledale Marathon took place at Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday the 11th June, with runners charged up and ready to take on the challenge of the 23.2 mile escapade across and up and down the dales.  

 

There are various checkpoints runners must go through to ensure they have completed the full course, which slows athletes down but also ensures they take in vital nutrition and stay hydrated.  The course is a very challenging mix of trail with a little tarmac and some excruciating climbs resulting in views of the spectacular dales.  

 

The race is very dear to the Burn Road Harriers having been set up by their President Stuart Pailor back in 1979.  Stuart passed away in September 2015 and his memory was strongly present at Swaledale.  As with most races there are the standard prizes for finishing in the top three, but this year all eyes were on Stuart’s good friend Karl Edwards who was competing for the Stuart Pailor Trophy for first Veteran over 60 years to cross the line.  

 

The race starts as it means to go on, with an excellent climb to Fremington Edge which sets the scene for the course: it is going to be tough.  The runners then take on the various ups and downs of the course with the next two major climbs testing legs, heart and soul at Great Punchard, 12 miles in, and Gunnerside, 17 miles in.   Once out of Gunnerside there is a further challenging section of rocky road before a final gruelling hill and a race to the finish line to the cheers of the club members who travelled to support the squad.  

 

451 runners completed the course and the competition was stiff, with Karl closely followed round the course by a veteran runner from Ripon for a good period.  Despite lack of training over long distances and targeted hill running, Karl drew on his vast experience over the course and his general excellent level of fitness and pulled away over the latter stages to finish five minutes clear of his closest rival in a time of 3:43, claiming a fantastic 27th place overall and clear winner of the coveted Stuart Pailor Trophy.  

 

 

Andrew Minister was the next Burn Road Harrier to cross the line, following issues with his foot mid race he had to borrow someone else’s trainers and dig in.  He finished in 60th place in 4:02.  Andrew Lilley was on Minister’s trail and crossed the line a minute later in 4:03 for 61st place.  

 

 
 

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