Caswell cleans up for Nova but Harriers prevail in Trophy

Martin and Ben Shaw of Harrogate Nova Cycling Club during the Almscliffe Trophy contest between the cycling club and Harrogate Harriers. (S)
Martin and Ben Shaw of Harrogate Nova Cycling Club during the Almscliffe Trophy contest between the cycling club and Harrogate Harriers. (S)
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The 37th annual Runners versus Cyclists event took place on a fine October morning between runners from Harrogate Harriers and cyclists from Harrogate Nova.

Each year the Almscliffe Trophy is presented to the club who wins on a handicap system calculated from the difference between the teams in the previous year.

Nova were the holders but this year it was the runners who took the Almscliffe trophy.

Nova’s ranks were decimated by injury and illness, but they still managed to field a strong team of 14 times winner and holder Greg ketteringham, five times winner Paul Caswell, 2009 winner Simon Ketteringham and rookie Rob Senior.

The cyclists set off at minute intervals and time trial from Whinney Lane to Beckwithshaw and the hilly route to North Rigton before leaving their bikes and running to the crag and back and then time trialling back.

Ketteringham set the early pace, but his time at the end of the run was equalled by brother Greg Ketteringham.

Paul Caswell was setting the pace with a lead of 35 seconds. Any doubts that he’d pushed too hard on the outward leg were dispelled when he crossed the line in a new course record time of 34:55, 51 seconds ahead of the previous record holder Greg aKetteringham and two minutes 13 ahead of the fading Simon Ketteringham and Ron Senior a further 2:10 back.

Not only did Caswell take the Almscliffe Tankard for winning and a new course record but he also took the Stephan Forge trophy for most improved time.

Also competing were Nova father and son tandem team, Martin and ten-year-old Ben Shaw who completed the course in 46:57.

Full details on harrogatenova.com.