Burn Road trio not fell-ed over moors

Kevan Stephenson

Kevan Stephenson

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THREE Burn Road runners went head to head this week in a fell race over the moors above Swainby village.

Off-road specialists Mark Calvert, Kevan Stephenson and David Kirk took on the seven-and-a-half mile course on what was a perfect summer’s night for racing.

It was Calvert who threw down the gauntlet at the start and went ahead of Stephenson and Kirk on the steep road climb.

But his pace slowed as they hit a leg-sapping section once on the moor.

Calvert’s youthful exuberance had given Stephenson the chance to get past his younger rival once the course levelled out, and on hitting the woodland downhill track he opened the throttle.

Kirk was just off the back of his club mates but on reaching the downhill he also put his foot on the accelerator and caught up to his main opponents.

It was now a matter of maintaining their pace until the finishing road section beyond the ruined castle.

And it was Stephenson who ran on strongest to return a respectable ninth-placed finish with a time of 47mins 46secs.

Calvert was hot on his heels in 14th (48.20), while Kirk (50.55) won the over-60 veteran category with a 20th-placed finish.

Full story in Friday’s Mail