IT has been another busy few weeks for the Airecentre Pacers, with dozens of runners competing in a host of local races, with some impressive performances.

First up was the Apperley Bridge Canter on Thursday, May 30, a multi-terrain race of around 10 kilometres.

First home for the Pacers was Sally Haigh in 48.49, who was second in her age category.

She was followed by Francesca Gatenby in 50.25 and Debbie Bland in 51.59 (first in her age category).

Other Pacers completing the race were Amy Llewellyn (56.13), Isobel Hainsworth-Brear (56.55), Louise Holloway (56.57), Andy Gledhill (57.06), Sharon Elms (1.00.17), Rachel Jovanovic (1.00.18), Amanda Connolly (1.00.19), Louise Kirwin (1.02.47), Amanda Connor (1.06.03), Bernadette Murby (1.07.24), Susan Hulme (1.07.25), Sally Russ (1.12.18), Anne Proctor (1.18.54) and Jenna Hawkswell (1.18.54).

Just three Pacers completed the challenging Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon course on Saturday, June 1, with Nick Leathley finishing two hours and 17 minutes, followed by Chris Hill in 2.25.05 and Carole Keighley in 3.02.50.

On Tuesday, June 4, Ripon Runners hosted the second of the Harrogate District Summer League races.

The scenic route passed through the stunning Fountains Abbey estate. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and torrential rain poured down during the entire race, leaving all runners soaked to the skin.

Despite the atrocious conditions, there was a strong Pacer team of 17 runners, with Andrew Humphries first home in 34.15 followed by William Woodhead in 34.31.

They were followed by Peter Branney in 34.54, Richard Walker (37.48), Paul Grindley (43.10), Kate Macfarlane (44.17), Sally Haigh (44.40), Nicholas Leathley (47.13), William Woodhead (47.15), Debbie Bland (48.57), Helen Alcock (52.54), Margaret Britton (53.33), Claire Hunter (54.58), Rhona Neilson (56.44), Carole Keighley (56.57), Dorothy Darnbrough (57.38) and Amanda Connor (57.39).

The Urban Legend race, the second race in the Punk Panther Ultra series, was held last Saturday.

The first Pacer home in the 66-kilometre course was Chris Jones in fifth place in a time of seven hours and 51 minutes, followed by William Woodhead who was ninth in a time of eight hours and 41 minutes.

They were followed home by Sharon Elms and Amanda Connolly, who both completed the 37-mile ultra course in 10 hours and five minutes.

Finally, Debbie Bland continued her winning streak, winning the F60/65 age category in 49.30 in the Catforth 10K.