Race Reports

Race Report 20th October

There was a real turnaround at the Club’s recent virtual AGM on zoom, with Duncan Fothergill standing down from the committee after an eventful statutory 3 years as club chairman, and thanks were expressed to him for his hard work in the job.  Helen Ashworth will take over, the first female chair in the club’s more than 40 year history, with Hilary Coventry as her vice chair and we wish them both good luck in the job.  Other new members are Tom Levi, new Men’s Captain, and Rosie Gatenby, Women’s Captain, both well able to bring success to their roles, with Adrian Saunders, Matt Jones Jody Sygrove and Andy Butcher bringing in more fresh blood, and Gemma Cropper a co-opted member.  Rob Burn continues as the ever enthusiastic head coach, with Trish Radford and Tracy Hayden continuing to share the job of secretary.  The remaining committee members are Geoff Bullock, Liz Wordsworth and Sharon Keegan.  Nigel Morgan stands down after many years of loyal service, and no doubt will continue to help with coaching, and other standing down are Ken Wood, Olivia Mulligan and Drikus van der Westhuisen, to whom thanks were expressed.
Looking back on the year, one could safely say it was one of the strangest in the club’s, or anyone else’s for that matter, history, and one not to be repeated, we hope, though that is by no means certain.  One highlight, maybe the only one, was that the Thirsk 10 was able to be held in March with almost 1000 finishers, probably one of the last big events of the year before lockdown, and just scraping in by the skin of its teeth!  The Sessay Swift 6k, usually held in August, was not so fortunate, but a virtual competition was held over the course between TSH and Easingwold Running Club for the Marian and Ian Codling Shield, with 10 runners from each team to count.  Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers were the worthy winners. 
After only 3 real events able to be held in this year’s club championship, Rob Burn has cleverly designed a Virtual Championship, with huge numbers of members taking part each time, self timing and able to run a prescribed course, once lockdown had been eased, over any of 4 days.  Before that, it was self measuring and self timing anywhere within your locality.  Ian Codling has the task of working out the age adjusted times for each person, with points awarded on that basis.  There was a team event, the Kilburn “World Mountain” race, described as the ultimate summer challenge, with 15 teams of 6 completing this challenging course, and prizes donated by a local sponsor.  Monthly time trials have continued, self timed, with a Club Handicap each term, again self timed, and the Easter Handicap raised over £1000 for the Community Works food bank.  One real bonus of the year has been the opening of the track at Sowerby Gateway and the club and its members have made full use of this superb facility, both on club nights and at other times.
All in all, as successful a year as it could possibly be, and runners are thankful to be able to run as a chance to relieve pressure!

Race Report 13/10/20

At this time of year, the Club would normally be having two hard sessions a week in Thirsk School gym or sports hall, but sadly these days, such things are not possible and outside sessions have to suffice.  This is fine on a dry evening, but less attractive if it’s cold and wet!  Nevertheless, members get together in a socially distanced way within the rules at Sowerby Gateway, where there is masses of room for core exercises, (if you can face the wet grass,) and running on the superb, illuminated, track with a head torch, and a hard session is possible.  Longer distances are run at other times, with people training for, say, a virtual York Marathon or even just a 10k run.  Park runs are badly missed, and though there was a possibility some might start up again by the end of this month, that now seems to have been ruled out. 
The club’s Virtual Championship has been a huge success with a massive take up of members, many more so than would have entered the equivalent local race which would require paid pre entry several weeks in advance.  With the virtual runs, you simply turn up and do it, record your own time and send it in.  What could be easier?
Visitor of all ages over 11 and abilities are welcome to come and give us a try.  Just turn up on a Wed or Mon at 7 pm at Sowerby Gateway and make yourself known.  Details of all activities can, of course, be found on the club website.

Race Report 06 October

Along with a reputed 45000, Lorraine Hiles, Clare Tempest and Phillip Craig completed a Virtual London Marathon in their own area, and whilst the girls chose to run a repetitive course on roads, Phillip did an off road course.  The advantage of  lapped on road course was that it had a regular water and feed station, supported by members and family, and including volunteers from Herriot Hospice Homecare, in aid of which Lorraine and Clare were running. ( Donations are welcome on the just giving page).  After a day of non-stop rain on Saturday, the day dawned bright and sunny on Sunday, for which the runners were thankful, though there was plenty of evidence of water on the road in places.  Lorraine had hoped to finish in under 4 hours, which she did, taking 3.36.32, and Clare was just over, in 4.02.48.  Phillip, on his harder, off road course in preparation for a 55 mile race for which he is in training, took 7.01.03. Congratulations to all – their tee shirts and medals should arrive in due course!
Meanwhile, over the same course, and thus able to take advantage of the water stations, other members of the club completed the Virtual Redcar Half Marathon, though not all ran on the Sunday, and on other days, may have had to cope with wind or heavy rain.  Stephan Tomaszewski was fastest, in 1.30.06, Paul Peacock 1.34.25, Rob Burn 1.37.12, Esther Harrison, 1st lady again, 1.39.00, Trudy Morrice 1.41.26, Jody Sygrove 1.43.11, Alan Simpson 1.43.20, Gary Wilkinson 1.44.43, Adrian Saunders 1.48.06, Lorraine Hiles 1.50.14, Pedro Carrasco 1.51.52, Clare Tempest 2.53.02, Geoff Bullock 1.55.29, Kirsty Naylor 1.55.55, just pipping Marc Davies 2.59.59, Duncan Fothergill 1,59.59,  Rosie Gatenby 2.02.56,  Martyn Coy 2.03.57, Steve Billings 2.08.08, Andy and Alison Butcher running together, 2.10.22, Trish Radford 2.11.31, Ken Evitt 2.12.35, Steph Hawkins 2.14.58, Christine Burn 2.39.50, Bev Davies 2.44.01 and Sharon Keegan 2.52,34.  For Christine and Bev, it was their first half marathon.  Very well done to everyone.

Race Report 29/09/20

The latest virtual race in the club championship was the Tholthorpe 10k taking place on the superb track in Sowerby, where you could, if you were able, do your fastest time.  It probably didn’t suit the ardent off road runners, but for road runners, it was bliss – provided you managed to count the 10 laps!  The wild wind over the weekend was the biggest adversary and you were fortunate indeed if you could find a calmer slot.  63 members and guests undertook the challenge and once again, Tom Levi was the fastest of them, in 34.15.  Josh Fothergill was next, 37.31 with the ever improving Matt Jones 3rd in 37.31.  You know Stephan Tomaszewski is always going to be well up on a good surface, and he was  4th in 37.44, with Joe Lofthouse 5th in 40.32, evergreen Rob Burn 6th in 41.46, David Fawkes 7th in 42.23, Jody Sygrove, another who is going really well, 8th in 43.52, Rob Lickley 9th in 43.58 and Alan Simpson 10th in 44.27.

For the ladies, there was once again only one winner, Esther Harrison, who took 41.43, 7th finisher overall.  It’s astonishing to see how well Liv Mulligan is going – she was isolating for months and just seems to have slotted back into her previous good form.  She was 2nd lady in 43.28, and Trudy Morrice, another who seems to improve with every outing came 3rd in 44.11.  4th was Lorraine Hiles, always competitive, in 45.26, with Kirsty Naylor 5th in 46.54, Louise Mayfield 6th in 47.31, Rosie Gatenby 7th in 48.09, Clare Tempest 8th in 48.27, Helen Ashworth 9th in 50.45 and Sarah Scott 10th in 53.54.
Lorraine and Clare are aiming to do the virtual London Marathon next weekend and are happy to receive sponsorship in aid of Herriot Hospice.
Thanks must again go to Rob Burn, the mastermind behind this popular Virtual Championship.  His efforts and ingenuity in arranging routes which are both varied and, mostly, manageable, has surely been rewarded by the number of members taking part each time.  If the same were to be required next year, which seems more and more likely, I’m sure no-one would mind a repeat of this year’s programme!

Race Report 22 September

Three times a year the club holds a Handicap, this year virtual, of course.   Members are handicapped in times based on monthly time trials, which have been calculated by Duncan Fothergill, and their finishing times take this handicap into account.  David Baker, coming back from injury, was the winner of the Summer shield this year, completing the 2 miles in 14.05 minutes on the night, self timed, of course.  The ever improving Bev Davies, who also has had a tough few months with injury, took 20.32, a PB, with Wendy Bennett 3rd taking 22.50.  Several members did PBs and Season’s Bests, which running on the lovely new track at Sowerby Gateway gives opportunities for.  In normal times, the running would be followed by a communal supper, sociables and presentations, but this year, members had to just go home and get their usual supper!  No doubt the victory was just as sweet for David.
Anyone thinking of joining this friendly but competitive club should look at the club’s website for information, and they would be warmly welcomed to the socially distanced sessions held twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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