Record Crossing Report – 11th July 2019

Last Saturday, I completed another crossing (I think that’s no.8 but have lost count, how on earth you keep count Gerry is beyond me!). I would usually take part in the event that should not be spoke about, but with it’s cancellation this year, I decided I’d still go ahead and run the route.

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The day could not have been more perfect weather wise. Clear skies and pleasantly warm without being stifling. I left Osmotherley at 9am with a friend who was running with me to the Lion. We had a very quiet run over, barely seeing another soul – a rather sad reminder of the times we are currently living in – and hit the Lion just ahead of schedule.

I hit the road around to the Millennium Stone, where my husband and another friend took over running with me. Again, the route was very quiet. It was also rather wetter than it has been on the same weekend in recent years! My husband and I ran this 20 miles in winter, his first time on much of the route, and he hated it then. This time he just kept remarking how dry it was, whilst myself and my friend – who’s also completed the challenge in the past – kept complaining how wet it was!

We arrived at the Raven Hall gates at 3:10pm with the clock reading 6hrs 10, a new West to East Crossing Fastest Known Female Time. We had Cava for the finish…. However we seemed to all reach for the Irn-Bru first instead!

There is a longer write-up, at https://merakirunning.co.uk/blog for anyone who would like to read more.

Nikki Carr Walls

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