Up to 600 competitors will make their way to Rowlands Gill on Sunday (16 October) to take part in one of the favourite club events in the north east calendar, the Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race. The event, organised by Blackhll Bounders, will be of special significance as it is the Fruitbowl’s 20th staging.
The race has become known for its challenging course at Rowlands Gill, with runners tackling a 6 mile (and a bit) trail in the magnificent setting of the Gibside estate.
Perhaps a more accurate description was offered by someone on the event Facebook page: “It s like the fruit bowl at home. Steep at both ends and bumpy in the middle.”
2015 saw a Blackhill Bounders 1-2 in the men’s field with Jordan Bell securing top place in 40:05 and Gary Wallace (40:19) following. Brendan McMillan took third (41:06). Morpheth’s Emma Holt was the convincing winner in the women’s competition with a time of 45:16, with Hazelle Webster-Costella second (47:30) and Kim Simpson third (49:14).
Further information on the race is available here.