A busy week’s racing

Rob Lickley was the first club finisher of the 9 Harriers who ran in the Jane Tomlinson 10k at York at the weekend, in a very good 46.33.  With around 6000 runners taking part on a course which started and finished at the Knavesmire and took in Micklegate Bar, Coney Street and Goodramgate, to name but a few, it wasn’t easy to do a good time, though the weather was fairly ideal.  Steve Scott had a good run to finish in 48.09, with Rebecca Hartley, improving with every run, taking 49.16,  Marc Davies 52.17,  Claire Gillan another runner getting better with each outing, 57.01,  Andrea Almack 61.11,  Ian Codling 64.58 – achieving his target of getting inside 65 minutes,  Bev Davies 70.09 and Marian Codling 78.12.

Fell racers have had a busy week with seven members among the 85 finishers of the Gribdale Gallop on Wednesday, on an evening which started wet and got wetter, making underfoot conditions very slippery in places.  The race began at Great Ayton, along to Captain Cook’s Monument and taking in the Hanging Stones, Roseberry Topping and Little Roseberry.  Hester Cox lead members home to come 37th in 66.11, an amazing result considering that just a few days before, she had covered 50 miles in the Lakeland Ultra Race.  Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry were competitive throughout, with Helen edging it to finish 58th in 74.30 and Hilary 60th in 74.45.  Fran Jeffery was next, 71st in 79.06, a personal best for the course, just ahead of Carol Morrison 72nd, and 1st F50, in 79.12 and Pat Kirby, 1st F60, in 80.59.  Veteran runner Alan Wikeley was next, 76th in 87.59 and Rebecca Hartley, new at fell racing, 79th in 89.34.  The ladies’ Team came 4th.

Just a few days later, most of the above were at the Blakey Blitz Fell Race, Race 10 of the Summer Series, when again, Hester Cox was first again club finisher, 34th in 109.51, with Hilary Coventry 63rd in 132.31,  Pat Kirby 71st, and 1st F60, in 140.00, along with Carol Morrison, given the same time.  Alan Wikeley came 74th in 143.15.  The Ladies’ Team got 2nd prize, helping them to maintain their place at the top of the team leaderboard!

A week previously, on July 27th, Hester Cox competed in the Lakeland 50 Ultra Race, along with 586 others.  The race starts at the northern end of Ullswater and finishes at Coniston, taking in Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite, with very many climbs and descents, as you might imagine!  The weather started off sunny, but torrential downpours later in the day added to the difficulties and Hester was delighted to cpmplete the race in under 12 hours, finishing 76th, and 9th lady, in 11.42.00.  What a fantastic performance and result. Click here for Hester’s report.

John Yates has been busy in the south of England, where hot days tend to be even hotter than up here!  In the D’Urbeville 10k, in “killer heat” along tacks and trails in Dorset, he came a very good 14th in 41.36.  The New Forest 10 was his next race, also very hot, where he was 38th in 1.10.29, and in the Fell Runners’ Marathon in North Devon he was 24th in 4.08.23, which sounds a very good time.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Sessay Swift 6k on Aug 22nd, 7.30 pm.  Full details on the club website here.