It was with great excitement that we finally got back racing on April 11th. This was the second running of the Swainby Sweep, which was one of the first races to fall victim to COVID restrictions last year and one of the first post-lockdown events of 2021. Race organisers Carol and Dave Murray left no stone unturned in making sure that that we all complied with governments guidelines while still having a fabulous racing experience.
Four Swaledale runners tackled the long course, which was reduced from the planned 16-mile route to about 13.2 miles, because of heavy snow on the upper reaches of the course. Runners were set off in small groups at one-minute intervals, so no one knew exactly how they had done until the results were published later that day. Jess Young, on form as ever, was 3rd lady overall, in a time of 1.51.33. Helen Nicholson was 15th lady overall and 1st FV 50 in 2.19.24. Not far behind were Roger Brisley in 2.24.01 and Julia Spittle, 2nd FV60, in 2.33.39. Liz Sowter completed the 6.6-mile short course in 1.10.15, making her first FV60.
Races like this couldn’t happen without the volunteers and club members Simon Hewitt, Stuart Clarkson, Ros Blackmore and Neil Bowmer were all in action round the course. Thank you to them, to Carol and Dave Murray and to everyone who made this event such a success.