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Jenni & Nicks Yomp

posted 9 Jun 2015, 14:04 by Jon Beverley
Write up by Jenni.

Whilst Norfolk was bathed in lovely early Summer sunshine, Jenni and Nick headed to the cold North – Kirkby Stephen – for a Yomp (Nothing rude I can assure you – Leona!).


This is an event organised by the Rotary Club and consists of a full Yomp (23 miles), half Yomp (11.5 miles) and quarter Yomp (6.5 miles), which you can run or walk.  We did the half Yomp, which also had 2000’ of climb – to the top of Nine Standards, which towers above Kirkby and down for those that know the area.  It is not a group start – when ready you just dib your dibber and start (definitely not rude!). 


The initial couple of miles are on tarmac and slightly undulating.  It then starts to climb over grass fields which quickly turns into tussock type grass, with no path.  The climb continues with the tough grass and bogs.  Just before the first check point station there is a very boggy area that you had to try to run over as fast you can so you didn’t sink too much – usually round walkers who were looking confused as to which way to go to not get their feet wet!


After the check point it is on a bridle path which continues to climb, with less bogs, and better running until you reach the top and the Nine Standards and what a view – however, the wind was so strong there was no standing around to get cold – so straight down – 4 miles of descent to the finish.  It was difficult to see to start with as my eyes were streaming in the strong wind, but the lower you got the easier it was and then you hit tarmac and I was away!


At the finish you dibbered again, your times were immediately printed out, with a certificate and a medal.  Not only that but a free roll, tea and biscuits – what more do you want!


We both knocked 4 minutes off our times from last year – with Nick coming 7th in 1hr 53mins and Jenni coming 24th in a time of 2 hrs 17 mins.