Report from Cath Birnie
Way back during summer some of us thought it would be fun to do the 20 mile race in the Punk Panther Nidderdale Way Weekend. I was the first to decide a half would be a more sensible option followed closely by Hannah and eventually Nicola. This was my first (and hopefully not my last) Punk Panther experience.
The day dawned with a beautiful red sky, frost on the grass and a lot of water courtesy of Storm Babet, perfect running weather. After collecting our numbers and doing the last minute nervous wees, we had a brief chat with Ed Ryder, Andrew Webster and Chloe Brooks before walking to the start. The initial part of the course was deceptively flat along the river, with smallish puddles that were dodgable, Ed stayed with us for a mile or so but soon left us. After this the terrain changed and we were wading through puddles that could pass as small lakes, knee deep lakes! All good fun.
The first half was an out and back along the reservoir with an extra, (Hilly of course) loop at the end. We suffered a minor wrong turning on the return leg, but quickly found our way back to the route.
The second half was up and down the spectacular hilly Nidderdale countryside with the finish in Pately Bridge.
A gorgeous challenging 14.2 miles, this run was everything I expected and more. Thank you to everyone involved especially Hannah and Nicola.
The cheese toastie at the end was to die for.
Additional Report from Andy Webster
If you have never done one of Ryk Downes races I would recommend you try one. They cater from distances of 10K up to varying degrees of ultra distance. Despite massive storms on the Friday, the weather when we turned up on the Sunday was perfect for running. No wind beautiful clear skies, and only slightly chilly. I was fortunate to have our super ultra runner Chloe Brooks to run with this time. We did both have a nav error and ran round the far loop the wrong way around.
There were some rather large puddles in place, but we kept a steady pace throughout. It was also good to see fellow Otley Runners on the course as well.
1st Male: Robert Cranham 1:51:32
1st Female: Sarah McLallan 1:59:10
For Otley AC
Chloe Brooks 2:33:20
Andrew Webster 2:33:20
Ed Ryder 3:18:10
Hannah Lupton, Nicola Swann, Cath Birnie: 3:28:06
Full results here