The “battle” for the Iron Throne has been somewhat quiet recently after an earlier flurry brought in new champions. This has been mainly due to the “protection” put in place on both “battle grounds”. First we had roadworks on Kirk Lane, then later on the main road in Walkington. We also had roadworks pop up on the Ionians both hindering attempts to grab the “crown”.
The current Lady of House Shark since early June, is “Bust’er Gut” Sarah, who rode like Daenerys Targaryen astride her dragon burning up the course and sweeping all aside to grasp the crown and claim the title Queen of the Mountain👑. An impressive effort setting a time of 21:45 to ease into 10th place overall for this year.
With both House Shark “crowns” safely stored in “House Shep” it was inevitable that there would be challenges ahead. In July, we saw Olivier on his “turbo charger” throwing down the gauntlet racing round to victory while setting a new target of 18:38.
Now that Chris had his Shark Tooth crown snatched away, he set off on a quest to grab the “Green Pants” crown. Driven by a fit of pique (or perhaps the WNW’ly wind 😉) he powered his way along the Ionians to set an excellent time of 1:02 with an average speed of 49.9kph. That should take some beating. Chain gang anyone? Heather is currently Leading Lady for the sprint Challenge with a time of 1:26.
The “battle” for Chris’s Hill has seen a number of challenges since the last report, with Chris having to relinquish his “Polkadot Pants” crown, firstly to Chad who set a good time of 4:59 only for it to be “smashed out of the park” just a month later by Olivier, setting a new best time of 4:26. Fresh from his north Yorkshire hill training session, “Windy” James attempted yesterday to knock Olivier from his perch but came up just short. Once again, Heather is still the leading lady for the hill challenge on 5:57.
There is still some time to go this season to stake your claim for any of the “crowns” and the bragging rights. Go on you know you want to!