5 Apr

Runners spring into action at Daffodil Dash

Runners At The Daffodil Dash Temple Newsam

There were blooming good performances at Saturday’s (30 March) Daffodil Dash Temple Newsam. as sunshine, trails and cake were cause for a spring celebration.

The weather was a pleasant contrast to last year’s cold, wet conditions as runners converged on Temple Newsam, a Tudor-Jacobean house set in grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. Rows of daffodils made for an eye-catching display that the participants couldn’t fail to notice as they passed. 
 
Smoothly organised by It’s Grim Up North Running and with a 3 boot rating, this event had something to offer every runner whatever their level of experience. There was a choice of four distances – 6.7 miles, half marathon, 20 miles and marathon, all of which were held on a hilly course and depending upon the distance, involved multiple laps. Plenty of support and encouragement from the volunteers and a spirit of friendliness and sportsmanship between the runners made for an enjoyable day. 
 
Sarah Graham of Valley Striders AC won the 6.7 mile race in 45:29; Mike Cropper of Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers was the first male in 46:19.
 
James Eaton was the winner in the Half Marathon, finishing in 1:22:40; Jenny Burrage was the fastest female in 1:46:49.
 
In the 20 miles race, Alistair Ryder was first home in 2:14:47; Meghan Bentley of Hyde Park Harriers was the first lady in 2:41:17.
 
The Marathon was won by Terry Forrest in 2:52:01; Sally Ford was the winning lady in 3:38:27.
 
There was a daffodil medal for every finisher and a goody bag containing a bunch of daffodils. Not forgetting the all-important cake.    
 
Image courtesy of Andrew Swales Photography