A fast fun packed forest 11K trail run with some challenging uphills and rewarding downhills! Starting at the Myrtle Tavern in Meanwood, the inaugural Holly Hustle took in some of the best trails that Leeds has to offer. A combination of beautiful Meanwood Park and the Hollies, famous for well-kept paths through extensive woodlands, with a vast collection of different species of flowers. Then onto the Meanwood Valley Trail, past the Seven Arches viaduct and Adel Crag. Runners can choose from the option of a quarter or two-lap half Marathon and free hot soup and crusty bread at the end. Congratulations to our very own Ciaran Forde, who won the race in 45:34. Emily Forde finished in 1:00:06 and Victoria Brides in 1:19:11.
Abbey Runners and North Leeds Fell Runners jointly present the race for both trail runners and fell runners. Runners can choose to race the fell route or the trail route. If you want bog, tussocks and a bit of the hard stuff then try the fell. If you want a scenic race over Ilkley Moor on more amenable paths, then do the trail. Either way, you pit yourself against your fellow runners and the Moor! Four Harriers took on the challenge this year. Results were as follows: Phil McGeever 1:07:56 (Fell), Angela Pattinson 1:13:45 (Fell), Jane Webster 1:15:43 (Fell), Rob Webster 1:15:58 (Trail).
*Main image credit: Jane Webster at Rombalds Romp by Woodentops