The annual Saltergate Circuit challenge fundraiser this year was held on Saturday 5th of October starting from the Ken Ather Centre Stape.

We had an excellent turn out with 168 entries, almost half of which entered on the day.

Despite rain earlier in the week the weather was kind to us with light cloud, almost no wind and long sunny intervals.

We reluctantly had to make a few changes to our traditional route as a result of notification of shooting parties and stock control activities which meant a fast road section up to Wheeldale Bridge and a diversion just after Simon Howe.   This resulted in faster than normal times with the last walker on the long route returning to Stape in daylight.

We had 77 people complete the long route with the fastest time being 3 hours 26 minutes and 81 people completing the short route with the fastest time being 1 hour 55 minutes.  We had 9 non starters one one retirement.  Provisional results can be found here.

The more observant may have noticed an ‘unusual’ emergency vehicle at the Bridestones checkpoint on the long route and we are grateful to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team (YALSAR) who kindly covered this check point for use.  This is even more creditable in that they had their base broken into earlier in the month resulting in £12,000 worth of damage and loss of equipment and really they should have been spending time making good and fundraising for themselves! THANK YOU

We always appreciate feedback so below are a few comments we have received so far.

  • A great walk. Thank you for a brilliant day. I’ll see you again at the Falcon Flyer
  • Thanks for a great event guys
  • Me and my wife had a great day. Thank you.
  • Great day out as ever , great team, relaxed atmosphere, good fun. Fantastic to see you all, just sad not to have too much time to help, but thank you for the day.
  • Pickering Running Club report

We think once we have paid for the various outgoings that we will have raised in the order of £1, 400 for the team towards an annual running cost of in the order of £35,000 so, as always we are immensely grateful to landowners, walkers and runners, team members, supporters of the team and their families and friends who all contributed to a great day out.

There is a photographic record of the day on Facebook with a few copied below.