James Herriot Runners

Ten Out Of Ten Trail

All trail runners great and small were rewarded with perfect conditions at Sunday's event...

The 2022 staging of the James Herriot Trail Run took place at the weekend (Sunday 31st) and despite early rain, conditions came good in the end and proved ideal for the 174 runners who took part.

Organised by Wensleydale Rotary, this scenic trail race takes in the moorland tracks and paths near Castle Bolton in Wensleydale, covering a 14K distance. This beautiful route is possible thanks to kind permission by Lord Bolton. The run has been staged for nearly 40 years with the exception of 2020, but this was the 17th to take place off-road at Castle Bolton.

Speaking after the event, organisers commented: "This was the first Herriot Run to take place under normal conditions after the Covid lockdowns. 200 runners registered but 25 did not run, possibly because of a bad forecast of rain? As it turned out, the light rain stopped shortly after the race began! Conditions were then near perfect, the weather mild with little wind, and the ground quite soft but not muddy."

Graham Rush of Leeds City AC won the race in a time of 50:70, with Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers coming second in 51:83 and Cameron Hutton of London Frontrunners was third in 58:78.

In the womens race, Tynedale Harrier Andrea Banks won in a time of 68:80 with Helen Burrell of Swaledale Roadrunners taking second place with a time of 69:10. Completing the podium places was Esther Harrison of Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers, who completed the course in 71:02. 

You can find out more about the race here and full results from Sunday's race can be found via runABC's race listing page.

Image: James Herriot Trail Run/Wensleydale Rotary

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