The 1st Anniversary Steeplechase

Almost exactly one year to the day that the first ride of the newly reformed Skipton CC took place under gloomy skies, 24 riders gathered in a bright and sunny Aireville Park to take part in the 1st Skipton CC Steeplechase.

Teams were picked at random and the 5 checkpoints were revealed (you’ll notice a certain theme!):

The Swan Inn, Carleton

The Red Lion, Burnsall

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

The Hare and Hounds, Lothersdale

And a feed station back at Aireville Park (with flapjacks expertly prepared by Stuart Rider)

Potential routes were discussed at the start line and the teams were set off at intervals.

Team 1 – Alan King, Maurice Mitchell, Phil Taylor, Cath Wightman

Team 1

Team 2 – Christine Buckley, Paul Norman, Iain Vokes-Tilley, Andy Wiggans

Team 2

Team 3 – Cathy Bradley, Phil Evans, Richard Sutcliffe, Rob Wills

Team 3

Team 4 – David Goldie, Michael Judge, Andrew Swindells, Steve Wilkinson

Team 4

Team 5 – Angie Evans, Caran Stephenson, Edward Whitaker, Neil Wilson (mocked-up photo as none exist!)

Team 5 (no photos exist!)

Team 6 – Rachael Benson, Mike Lowe, Claire McKibben, Bob Wightman

Team 6

 

A montage of the best photos can be seen below. A special mention must go to Team 3 for the most creative photos. Well done guys! As you can see from the selection of routes, everyone had different ideas.

team 1

team 6

team 4

team 2

And so to the results…

TEAM

START TIME

FINISH TIME

RIDE TIME

1

09:36

12:33

2H 57

2

09:52

12:21

2H 29

3

09:48

12:44

2H 56

4

09:40

12:35

2H 55

5

09:32

13:06

3H 34

6

09:44

13:11

3H 27

The riders returned to find a spectacular spread and everyone enjoyed a hard earned bite to eat in the sun. Thanks to everyone who contributed food and drink, it was a fantastic effort. Thanks also to everyone who took part, without whom the day would not have been such a success.