9th July: Lyke Wake Challenge
QRC’s very own event!
The Lyke Wake Challenge starts from near Osmotherley (Sheepwash car park, top of Cod Beck reservoir) and finishes in Ravenscar village in the Raven Hall Hotel grounds. This year 68 out of 77 starters finished and we had 5 Quakers completing the challenge.
Scott Beaumont was first Quaker home and 4th finisher in 8:37; Claire Chapman and Rebecca Bowes completed the challenge together in 10:18, whilst Stephen Ash and Mel Newton finished in 12:04 and 12:08 respectively.
The Challenge is held on a handicap basis, based on previous run times over the Lyke Wake route and/or participant’s own estimates. Parts of the route are severe and remote with runners carrying mandatory kit. The route is not marked and must be completed in 12 hours, passing through all 7 checkpoints – this year, participants set off between 4am and 10am experiencing very hot weather conditions.
The event is organised by Anthony, Roy and April, ably supported by an army of QRC volunteers. Donations are made to Ravenscar Village Hall, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Teams (who would be called upon to provide assistance in an emergency situation). Since QRC started organising the event in 2015, almost £4,500 has been donated to each rescue team and over £600 to Ravenscar Village Hall as well as amounts to other charities, totalling over £11,000! Another £2,000 is expected to be donated to charity this year.
The club receives very positive feedback from participants. Many members have completed the event and many more have volunteered. If you are interested in running or volunteering, you can contact Anthony, Roy and April at: