End of 2011… Chevin Chase and Nos Galan

26/12 CHEVIN CHASE, 7 miles multi-terrain

1st Female (42nd overall), 46.52

Lots of good runs from fellow Otley runners... picture with the OAC Fairies : Tamara, Sharron and Laura

Bad chesty cough (the first of 3) wouldn’t have raced if the Chevin Chase wasn’t so important to me, as it is a route I run almost every week… up steep hills breathing felt significantly more difficult than usual losing some time and placing me further down the overall rankings than I would have liked. Amazing crowds, a massive trophy and sharing the podium with Jonny Brownlee made up for feeling ill.


31/12 NOS GALAN 5K, Road Race, Mountain Ash, Wales (North of England vs. Wales match)

1st Female (36th overall), 16.44

Running through the mist...

A DW crew, of me, Zack, Stephen and Brit travelled down to a predictably wet Wales on the afternoon of NYE… We arrived in Mountain Ash to incredible crowds and atmosphere, lining the race route in centre of town. Lots of childrens races, a fair, fireworks and ‘Mystery Runners’ (Rugby Stars : Shane Williams and team mate Ian Evans) all ensured the event was memorable. This race was my first race in a North of England vest… 3 laps of the town, including a slight rise in the middle of each lap, technically a net uphill and according to other runners not a fast course. Started too far back, but soon settled at the front of the women. After the first lap Stephanie Barnes took the lead, setting a fast pace, until the last 600m when I kicked for the finish, winning the Ladies race by 5 seconds. The time of 16.44 was also a pb for me, and an Otley AC club record, no doubt a product of Steph’s fast pace making! Probably one of my proudest wins, as I had to dig really deep to find my finishing speed. An amazing way to finish 2011…. Well almost as good as the post race party in Cardiff!


With Men's 5k winner Richard Peters


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