YVAA winners are shown below. We apologise for the delay in producing these results, which was for two reasons:
First, we had problems caused by athletes running wearing someone else’s number. In two categories, we gave prizes to the wrong people on the night because of this. The main reason that number-swapping isn’t allowed is for athlete safety, but it can also mess up results, spoiling competitions for other participants, and create extra work for organisers who have to clear up the mess. Don’t do it! Note that UKA rules prescribe disqualification and disciplinary action for both runners involved when this happens; it isn’t trivial.
Second, we had several runners who failed to tick the box to declare their eligibility for the YVAA championship when entering, then ran fast enough for a podium position. Of course, these runners weren’t in our championship results on the night. The YVAA committee has now discussed this, and agreed that our eligibility criteria are clear and these runners met them, so they should appear in our results. Again this means that some people received the wrong trophies on the night. We won’t attempt to recover trophies awarded in error because of this, but will arrange trophies for those who didn’t receive one but should have.
Apologies again. We’ll make adjustments where we can to improve things at future races.
Ignoring the admin headaches, we had a great race in a beautiful setting on a lovely evening. We also had some tight races in a number of categories (F55, M40, M50, M55, M70), and some quick times. Two performances that jump out are Ruth Thackray’s 34:07 to win the F50 category in the fastest time we’ve had since 2015, and Stuart Dunbar’s 32:04 which makes him our fastest M60 at this race since Geoff Cumber in 2007! Outstanding, both. From a club perspective, it was a great night for Baildon, who won 13 of the 45 prizes, including 4 first places.
Thanks to Dave Woodhead for again providing great photos as a record of the race.