A day-long deluge starting last Friday and continuing through Saturday resulted in Scarborough’s game with league-leaders Huddersfield YMCA being postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
There comes a point when the volume of rain falling is greater than the drainage capacity to remove it from the surface, particularly if the precipitation is continuous.
However the system at Scarborough is so effective that if the rain does stop, the pitches drain in a couple of hours.
That was the case later last Saturday and the pitches had recovered sufficiently in less than 24 hours for a full programme of junior games including East versus North Yorkshire, to be played on Sunday morning; a remarkable indication of the resilience of the pitches at Silver Royd.
The game with Huddersfield YMCA will now take place on Saturday with the Yorkshire Challenge Shield quarter-final with Dinnington possibly being played on the 30th.
Also on Saturday the Vikings, who have won on their last seven outings including a 16-10 victory at Hull Ionians last week, entertain Hullensians Hawks at Silver Royd with the Danesmen on the road at Hullensians 3rds.
Although rugby at Silver Royd fell victim to the weather last Saturday, the conditions were absolutely perfect for the running of the 10km Yorkshire Terrier Race.
Twenty members of the rugby club’s Barons health and fitness centre, including staff Dave Mort, Daisy-Mae Bluebell Bray and Vicki Boyer, took part in the event held on Saturday evening at Newburgh Priory, Coxwold and consisted of 10km of obstacles, mud running and river crossings.
The group ran to raise money for charities including the First Light trust, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and also Little Heroes Childrens Cancer Charity.
In the months leading up to the race Dave Mort held training sessions in the environs of the rugby club to prepare the group including hill running and cross county.
A number of the group completed the event wearing fancy dress costumes including flat caps and braces to go with the true Yorkshire theme of the event.
The course itself was about 70 per cent uphill and conditions were really challenging due to the wet and muddy conditions. Barons’ top runners were Tommy Alexander, who completed the event in 1 hour 5 minutes and Mikki Swann, who finished in the top six women runners in the event. Everyone completed the race in good spirits and covered themselves in glory and mud.
Mort is already planning for club members to take part in other challenging runs and tailored training sessions will be held in prepartion for forthcoming events.
Last week I mentioned the Mo Stevenson Memorial game on Easter Monday; also coming up on Saturday April 6, following Scarborough’s league game with Wath at Silver Royd is a charity rugby match between the Fire Service Rugby Section and Scarborough’s veterans side the ‘Gulls’ which kicks-off at 5pm.
The game will be followed by a black tie charity dinner and dance hosted by dual-code rugby legend John Bentley ex-England, British Lions rugby union and England and Great Britain rugby league in support of the Macmillan Cancer Trust and the Fire Fighters Charity.
Tickets are £35 and include a four-course meal, charity auction and disco. For tickets contact 07809 244581 or 07809 642739