We been broken down the lowest turn and been on the bottom line sure ain’t no fun but if we should be evicted from our homes we’ll just move somewere else and still carry on Hold on, Hold on, Hold on For those of you with a slight musical mind, you’ll recognise that those at the lyrics from seminal 90s pop sensation, Yazz, in her well remembered song, “The only way is up”. The recent James Herrriott trail race proved to follow the song as it seemed like, for much of the race, the only way was up! Set in the beautiful setting of Castle Bolton, the James Herriott Trail race is a 14km race on a variety of mixed terrain. It is a well supported and well established event, organised by the local Rotary club. The Quakers have always attended this race in good numbers and this year was no exception. The race was started by the son of James Herriott, which was a nice touch. The route began with the Leyburn hills and dales all around the runners with the runners passing Castle Bolton in the first 200m. At this point, members of the tarmac running society hand in their cards as the race leaves the road and begins a one mile grass climb. This was a tough slog but with it being so early in the race, most of the runners had loads of energy in their legs. At the top of the grassy hill, we turned onto a gravel path which lead to another hill! Once you arrive at the top of the hill, the paths were gravelly and loose rocks. It made the time pass quickly as you had to have your wits about you when looking to plant your foot down. The next few miles were a mixture of tough downhill descents with some technical terrain requiring a little caution – few Quakers unfortunately did come a cropper here – and some slogging uphill. The scenery and views of the Dales were superb and shows off the beauty of the local area. The final section of the race was on grass through fields. It was like running cross country but with sheep! This was probably the most speedy section of the race and it was great twisting and turning through the countryside! Overall, this was a fun race which had some very challenging climbs. It was a bit more challenging and varied than most trail races which may put some runners off. However, if you’re prepared to try something a little more “out there”, you wouldn’t go far wrong than trying the race next year!