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1st Lady Sarah TunstallThis must have been the hottest race in the Dales this year with soaring temperatures nearing the high 20's and increasing as the race went on. The ground underfoot for the most part was hard and very dry with only a short stretch over softer grassy heath. There was a very slight breeze along the upper stretches of the course but this gave little respite to the 267 competitors who completed the 14K course. For the lower lying parts of the course there was no breeze and the heat was heavy on runners and organising staff alike. Sun cream and water were the order of the day.

Our patron Mr James Wight started the race that was hotly contested for individual and spot prizes provided by the sponsors Dalesport of Bedale and Puma Running with club team shields provided by York Acorn for the team of the first two men and one lady, the Swaledale Club Shield for the team of the first four ladies, and the Rotary Club Shield for the team of the first four men

This event is becoming quite a challenge for the runners personal bests and there are new runners entering with good times each year. Apart from Gary who seems to speed up each time there are people like Craig Stewart of Forfar Road Runners who put in a PB of