Terry Forrest celebrated his birthday and, after an injury lay-off, his first race in 6 months at Saturday’s (8 February) Leodis Grim. He took on the challenging, scenic route in an area with an intriguing history.
On a beautiful sunny morning, runners gathered at the LPSA Club, Kirkstall for the second Leodis Grim (Leeds) 2020. There were two distances to choose from - half marathon (one loop) and marathon (two loops) and both were held on a multi-terrain course 13.1 miles in distance.
There was something for every runner on a route that started from Kirkstall Abbey, gently easing them in for the first few miles along the Leeds – Liverpool canal. It switched to trail along the River Aird then time to climb through Calverley Woods before exiting onto a small section of tarmac and the 14th century Calverley Hall where two murders took place in 1605. The route rejoined the canal for the final three miles back to the abbey and the finish.
There were well-stocked feed stations every three miles that did their bit for the environment by going plastic-free: enthusiastic support from the marshals and words of encouragement between the runners.
Terry Forrest of Cairngorm Runners made an impressive comeback after time out due to injuries to win the Half Marathon in 1:20:44. Tamsyn Uren Webster was the winning female in 1:42:58.
James Anderson of North Shields Polytechnic won the marathon in 2:54:34. Victoria Morris was the first lady in 3:37:25.
There was a Grim medal, goody bag and beer for every finisher and most importantly, cake!
And finally....Leodis is the Latin name for Leeds.