More than 200 walkers and runners take part in Wensleydale Wander

A total of 225 walkers and runners took part in the annual Wensleydale Wander on Saturday.

Organisers Wensleydale Rotary Club say the weather was ideal for both runners and walkers, with the sun shining and visibility excellent, however the cold wind mean it was chilly for the marshals.

Both Walks were started at 9am in Grove Square, Leyburn, by club president Ray Wilkinson, though walkers first gathered for registration at Wensleydale School.

There was a choice of two circular walks — one a 23—mile challenge and a shorter one of 12 miles, both starting and finishing in Leyburn.

The number of entrans was down on previous years due to some having to cancel because of Covid infections.

All but three finished.

There were liquid refreshments at various checkpoints on both walks.

The walks ended at the school where a choice of hot soups and cakes, plus more liquid refreshments were served to some hot and tired walkers.

Ian Clarkson, of Harmby, was the first man home on the short run in 1Hr 29min, while the first lady home was Judith Seaton, of Kirkby Moorside, in 2hr 3min.

In the long run, Steve Devlin, of Barnard Castle, was first in 2Hr 58min, while Jess Young, of Aldborough St John, was the first lady, and second overall, in 3Hr 9min.

David Muscroft, from the Rotary Club, said: “We would like to thank the RAYNET volunteer radio operators, our wives/husbands who have helped, and of course all walkers and runners for supporting the event.

“We will have raised a significant sum for Caring for Life.”