Harwood Dale was run as a national competitive ride for the first time last year, so it is still a bit of hidden gem in the calendar. It is on the edge of the North York Moors and close to Scarborough,with some beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
The tracks are a perfect mixture of forest, moorland and farmland, so it is definitely one to be added to the list. The route was beautifully marked.
We were helping man a checkpoint on the edge of Broxa Forest, and we had horses coming at us from three directions. There were lots of smiling horses and riders.
The checkpoint was also a crewpoint
Our last riders through were the 65kms doing their final loop, but they were still smiling.
All the 65kms passed their final vettings, and Linda Cowperthwaite and BHA Sultan (Freddie) won the best condition award.
From left to right – Evelyn Helme, Linda Cowperthwaite, Freddie, Kerry Dawson, Di Sanderson
Well done everyone, and thank you to N&E Yorkshire group for putting on such a special ride.