Chevin Chase 12k - Guiseley: 27 December 2004
Bright sunshine, very cold and icy.
It was back in 1979 when my father decided to organise this race, 25 years later it is still going strong with over 800 entrants lining up to burn off some of the Christmas excess on this Boxing day extravaganza. Although we no longer organise this event, I still try and participate every year and each year I keep improving, be it at a slow pace.
This year's race was the best for several years with many of the runners opting for fancy dress; most were dressed as Santa's, fairies and other seasonal favourites including a full size Christmas tree with lights and 101
Dalmatians. Despite the emphasis on fun, this is by no means an easy race; it is mostly off road with many steep hills to test the more experienced runner. I ran in my usual Serpie attire, why make it harder? In previous
years we have had to deal with all the usual Yorkshire conditions of deep snow, wind, rain and mud. This year, for a change, we had bright sunshine but with freezing conditions, everything was covered in ice, which made the
underfoot conditions very difficult. The route itself sets off from the quiet town of Guiseley (famous for Harry Ramsdens Fish & Chips) North of Leeds and heads out into the surrounding Moorland that offers fantastic views of Otley and the Washburn Valley towards York before returning to Guiseley 7.5 miles later.
If you are ever in West Yorkshire over the Christmas period and fancy a challenge then give this race a go, you will not regret it.
report by Robin Gray
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