Second Wensleydale Saunter declared a success

The start at Grove Square.

More than 130 runners and walkers took part in the Wensleydale Saunter on Saturday.

Now in its second year, this a circular walk of 13.6 miles starting and finishing in Leyburn which is organised by Wensleydale Rotary Club.

The route travels out of Leyburn along the Shawl to the village of Wensley.

It then follows the River Ure before rising up into Middleham, then travelling along the banks of the River Cover to Cover Bridge.

It then rejoins the banks of the River Ure before travelling through Spennithorne and Harmby before returning to Leyburn.

Organisers say this year’s event was well supported with 133 runners and walkers taking part.

After a little rain first thing the sun came out and the participants enjoyed good weather with good visibility, perfect for enjoying the great views.

The recent wet weather did mean that the ground was soft and muddy in places. The fastest male time was two hours exactly achieved by Neil Bowmer and the fastest female was Aimee Jones on two hours and 12 minutes.

Richard Pennell, from the club, said: “The success of the event is very much down to the support given by many members of the Leyburn community as well as club members.

“Communication between the checkpoints was provided by Raynet-UK which is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs. Registration for the event took place at Wensleydale School and walkers and runners were set on their way by club president Mr David Spashett from Grove Square in Leyburn with finish back at Wensleydale School.”

The event raised over £1,500 which will be used to support local charities in Leyburn and district.