The Thirsk 10 Road race, organised by the club, went off very successfully at the weekend on a beautiful morning – too warm, really,for running 10 miles! For the marshals and spectators, though, it was perfect, and a big thankyou to the many club members who made this race possible. Thanks particularly to Race Director, Ernie Huck, and Chief Marshal, Ken Evitt for making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. 532 runners completed the course and were lead home by Wallsend Harrier, Yared Hagos in a wonderful time of 49.40. Second was Andrew Wiles of New Marske Harriers in 51.22 and 3rd Paul Marchant of Rothwell and Disrict Harriers in 54.11. The Ladies’ race was won by Claire Simpson of Jarrow and Hebburn, 36th overall, in 61.10, with 2nd,Amy Green of Keighley and Craven 65th in 63.30 and 3rd, Lisa Mawer of Wetherby Runners, 71st in 63.59.There were 3 entrants in the wheelchair race, with Jason Richards of Wakefield 1st in 45.42, Steve Williamson, also of Wakefield, 2nd in 47.45, just pipping Ian Thompson of New Marske Harriers into 3rd place in 47.46.32 runners took part in the Fun Run, with Under 14 runner, Reece Dalton, 1st overall in 10.14. Ralph Lockey was 1st U10 boy, Tom Windle 1st U12 and William Stamp 1st U16. U10 winner in the girls’ race,Francesca Pease was an amazing 2nd overall in 10.24, with U12 winner,Bethany Collins, 3rd overall in 10.57 and Stephanie Decin 1st U15.Owing to a technical problem, it was not possible to give out prizes on the day, but if those winners contact the club, their prizes will be sent to them.
The Blakey Blitz fell race on the same morning tempted three runners away from Thirsk, with Noel Clough finishing 15th in 97.40, Pete Wilkin 53rd in 112.33 and Hester Cox 54th in 112.40.
Walter Busuttil took part in the Stokesley Duathlon, and in his first race as a V50, won that section, finishing 19th overall in a combined time of 1.34.43.Sue and Joseph Busuttil ran the Sport Relief race at Sessay.
On the Saturday, Ian and Marian Codling travelled to the lovely Rother Valley Country Park for the Rother Valley 10k, with 408 runners completing the flat, scenic, 2-lap race round the lake. Conditions were excellent, with the mist not really lifting until the end of the race,and Ian came 319th in 59.57 with Marian 373rd in 65.35.
Alan Harman was among the 157 runners in the Great Grizedale Trail Run, finishing 94th in 90.15 – in 20 degree heat!