The NYSD Cross Country race at Summerhill, Hartlepool, at the weekend was over a tough but interesting course – a real tester, especially for members who hadn’t done a cross country before, and for Hannah for whom it was her first ever race! The wild, cold wind didn’t help, but Joshua Fothergill ran well in the U15 boys race to finish 11th in 14.46. Hilary Coventry was first club finisher in the 4.2km ladies’ race in 22nd place, 21.48 with Claire Gillan, living up to her recent award of most improved lady, 33rd in 23.25, Andrea Almack 57th in 27.59, Christine Burn 58th in 28.18, Jane Cummins 59th in 28.27, Alison Butcher 60th in 29.12, Bev Davies 64th in 31.36, Gillian Crane 65th in 31.52, Hannah Pollit 66th in 32.26, Marian Codling 68th in 36.12 and determined Liz Stephenson 69th in 38.38. Ian Codling ran with the older men over this course and took 30.26 minutes. Cameron Choules was the first of the male members to finish, over a course which was twice as long, 31st in 36.55, Stephan Tomszewski 48th in 38.48, Ken Wood 70th in 41.28, Bryan Miller 80th in 42.39, a full 4 minutes quicker than over the same course last year, Graham Robinson 82nd in 42.49, Rob Lickley 88th in 43.27, Martin Cummins 105th in 46.21, Marc Davies 109th in 47.05, Andrew Butcher 115th in 48.50 and Duncan Fothergill 120th in 49.59. This was the 2nd of this year’s club championship races with a very good turnout.
At the Fountains Abbey Park Run on Saturday, Dan Holdsworth was again impressive finishing 3rd in 18.22, with Olivia Mulligan, taking advantage of a brief spell at home during holidays, 14th, and 3rd lady, in 21.28, Martin Cummins 48th in 24.36, Louise Knowles 70th in a new personal best 25.45, Phillip Craig in his first Park Run, 122nd in 29.42 and Jane Cummins 130th in 30.21. It is hoped for good club support at this week’s race when Martin and Jane Cummins hope to achieve their 100th Park Run.
The Muddy Boots 10k at Ripon lived up to its name in places, but its re-routing this year meant there were fewer holdups, and a fine, glorious morning added to the enjoyment for the 437 finishers. Rob Lickley was first TSH runner home, 56th in 45.58, Helen Ashworth 138th in 51.45, Andy Butcher 154th in 52.22, Steven Scott 177th in 53.21, Elizabeth Wordsworth 322nd in 62.19, Chris Wordsworth 336th in 63.04, new member Sarah Jones 390th in 68.23 and Ian Codling 410th in 72.40.
Alan Harman undertook yet another half marathon, the inaugural race at Harewood, actually 13.5 miles, and very tough, though the morning was again beautiful, as was the scenery.
The contrast at Richmond in the afternoon for the NYSD cross country fixture was unbelievable. The sun still shone but strong winds added to an already tough course. 20 members were involved in this latest club championship race, with Faith Coy first lady home in 29.59 over the 2-lap course, Christine Burn 63rd in 32.04, Alison Butcher 65th in 32.19, Jane Cummins 68th in 33.06, Cath Lumb 69th in 33.35, Gillian Crane 71st in 37.39 and Marian Codling 72nd in 41.49. Over the same course, Geoff Bullock was 2nd M 65 in 28.15 and Alan Wikeley 2nd M70 in 34.42. The men had to do 4 laps and Cameron Choules was 28th in 38.59, Stephan Tomaszewski 47th in 40.55, Ken Wood 59th in 43.03, Rob Burn, taking part after a long injury lay-off, 72nd in 44.44, Pete Wilkin 81st in 45.40, Graham Robinson 86th in 46.59, Martyn Coy 93rd in 47.52, Martin Cummins 103rd in 50.03, Duncan Fothergill 104th in 50.39, Alan Pollock, in his first ever cross country, 107th in 51.37 and Andy Butcher, suffering after his morning exertions, 113th in 56.41.
Martin and Jane Cummins did their almost weekly 5k Park Run at Fountains Abbey, Martin finishing 43rd in 23.25 and Jane 159th in 31.24. Malcolm Aitken was at the Darlington event, coming 122nd in 26.46 and Graham Robinson, at the Albert Park Run, finished 33rd out of 263 in 20.59.