Athletics: Nelson marches onto podium for Wetherby Runners

Endurance expert Paul Nelson strides ahead in the Hardmoor55 event. (S)
Endurance expert Paul Nelson strides ahead in the Hardmoor55 event. (S)

Wetherby Runners enjoyed a successful weekend with two podiums and a number of impressive results.

Spring is a busy time for the Runners as many prepare for the London Marathon or switch from competing in cross country races to the road.

Paul Nelson once again showed his strength in endurance at the ‘Hardmoor 55’, an event that lives up to its name.

It was run over 55 miles across the North Yorkshire Moors from Guisborough to Helmsley.

After eight hours and 15 minutes of running along the Cleveland Way, Paul finished in second place behind Great Britain representative Kim Collinson.

Meanwhile, Rob Gray put all his training to good use in the Coniston 14 mile road race.

Rob concentrated on came home as the first Veteran 50 and 21st overall.

Ten Wetherby Runners took part in the race, with Gray leading the men home and Valerie Bell the first Wetherby woman (25th in her category).

Paul Windle (1.01.40) was the first Wetherby Runner to cross the line at the Thirsk 10 mile road race in 72nd place, closely followed by Mark Holt (1.01.55).

The first Wetherby woman was Emily Legg (1,08.25), who improved on her time from last year by more than six minutes 6.5 minutes. However, it wasn’t enough to catch her dad, Ian Legg (1.06.29) who showed his training for the London Marathon is going well.

The Runners were also active at the first Wetherby Parkrun, with 140 athletes taking to the start line.

Andrew Walsh was the first Wetherby man in seventh place, with Debbie Dennison sixth fastest female.