This report was first published on the Northern Echo website:
THE 51st running of the Lyke Wake Race took place on Saturday 11 July, which saw the Quakers Running Club take over the organisation of the race for the first time.
As well as planning the event down to the last detail, several members of the club also gave up their time to man all the marshal stations along the way, providing some much-needed support to all the runners.
The iconic race covers the entire length of the North Yorkshire Moors, starting in Osmotherley and finishing 42 miles later on the coast at Ravenscar. 101 runners started the challenging course with an impressive 89 making it all the way to the end. They were blessed with some favourable running conditions, not least a very welcome tailwind.
Amazingly the event actually produced a tie, with Jamie Hauxwell and Andrew Minister both completing the race in 6 hours 10 minutes. Shelli Gordon was the fastest female finisher, for the second year running, crossing the line in 6 hours 29 minutes.
The feedback from runners after the race was overwhelmingly positive, comments including “This was by far and away the best organisation and marshalling I have seen. The checkpoints could not have been more helpful” and “I was very impressed with the new organisation. The Quakers Running Club have clearly worked hard all year to make this day amazing“.
All profits from the event were donated to the Mountain Rescue Service. Next year’s race will take place on Saturday 9 July 2016. More information on the race, including the results, can be found at the Quakers Running Club website – www.quakersrunningclub.org.uk/lyke-wake-walk-2015/
April, Mark, Nicola and Wendy – just some of the members who gave up their time to help out at the race