Runners were unanimous in their praise of the lovely 5k Trail Race at Preston Park on a frosty sunny morning. The course, part of the Tees Trail Winter Series, passes through woodland and follows the banks of the Tees in places and conditions underfoot were reasonable for the 259 entrants. Cameron Choules, in fine form just now, led club members home, coming 21st in 20.28, with Mike Lowther 43rd in 22.34, Lorraine Hiles 52nd in 23.29, Paul Atkinson 64th in 23.52, Andy Butcher 85th in 24.47, Peter Richardson 91st in 24.59, Marc Davies 99th in 25.21, Sonja van der Westhuisen 111th in 25.52, Steve Booth 130th in 26.58, in a sprint finish with Paul van der Westhuisen, 131st in 26.59, Nicola Booth 134th in 27.10, Abbie Waters, supported by her Dad and just speeding away from him at the finish, 172nd in 29.43, Stuart Waters 173rd in 29.44, Gillian Crane 221st in 33.34, Drikus van der Westhuisen 224th in 34.37, Bev Davies 230th in 35.38, Jane Cummins 236th in 36.28, Ian Codling 239th in 36.50, Liz Stephenson 252nd in 39.32 and Marian Codling 255th in 41.51. Another busy Park Run weekend saw 6 Harriers among the 245 finishers at Fountains Abbey – numbers perhaps fewer than in recent weeks because of the rain before and after, but not during, the race. The altered course, again significantly longer than the usual 5k seemed slightly less crowded than the previous week and Lorraine Hiles was among the earlier finishers, 37th in 22.57, Linda Bamforth 180th in 31.54, Gillian Crane 182nd in 32.09, Jane Cummins 211th in 34.59, Ian Codling 215th in 35.23 and Marian Codling 231st in 39.50. Conditions were decidedly sticky at Northallerton but Ken Wood again ran well to come 2nd out of 54 in 21.25 with Paul Adams 40th in 32.36 and Emma Adams 47th in 35.14. At Albert Park, Charlotte Wilton came 43rd, and 2nd female, out of the field of 277 in 20.51. Peter Richardson, a Park Run Ambassador, for which congratulations and thanks, was 110th out of 290 at Stewart Park in 26.42. Dave Baker and Rosie Gatenby were among the 259 runners at Harrogate, Dave finishing 82nd in 24.31 and Rosie 172nd in 29.10. Brian Smith was able to achieve a PB time among the massive field of 508 at York coming 204th in 25.52.
Those who are fortunate enough to have Fountains Abbey as a local park Run are also fortunate to have Ripon Runner, Richard Hall, as the Race Director. Richard’s instructions and information are always witty and amusing as well as being topical, and this week’s presentation had a “Trumpish” flavour, even though the Trump inaugural speech had only happened a few hours previously. The 380 runners listened with rapt attention and laughter, with not too many dogs barking to interrupt the ability to hear! After such an entertaining beginning, entrants could not but go well even though the course had to be changed temporarily because of ongoing work in the Abbey grounds, and was actually somewhat longer than the regular 5k. Andy Butcher, 101st in 24.53, was the first club finisher, with ever improving Ian Crane 122nd in 25.29, Nicola Booth 137th in 26.07, Martin Cummins 144th in 26.24, closely followed by Craig Ivey in his first ever Park Run, 145th in 26.25, Steve Booth 155th in 27.07, Alison Butcher 209th in 29.24, Duncan Fothergill 210th in 29.29, Paul Adams 237th in 30.54, junior Emma Adams 244th in 32.26, Linda Bamforth 284th in 33.51, Ian Codling 301st in 34.48, Jane Cummins 323rd in 36.55, marian Codling 348th in 39.45 and Judith van den Berg, in only her second Park Run, and finding the course hilly compared with her native Holland, 349th in 39.51. Ken Wood was once again in fine form at Northallerton, finishing 2nd out of 108 in 20.32 with James Stephenson 54th in PB 30.57. Charlotte Wilton was 1st lady at Albert Park, coming 45th overall out of 300 in 21.01. A superb result. At Redcar, Peter Richardson was 38th out of 172 in 23.49 with Joanne Richardson 146th in PB 34.02.Nigel Morgan was among the 302 runners at Woking, coming 98th in 25.18. Club support for the NYSD Cross Country event at Acklam was very disappointing, with only 6 members turning up. The lovely course, over 2 laps for ladies and more for senior men and was very hard work! In the Ladies’ event, Gillian Crane was 94th in 36.37, Liz Stephenson 106th in 43.42 and Marian Codling 107th in 46.35.V65 men run with the ladies and Ian Crane took 28.57, Ian Codling 40.29.Graham Robinson, though not at full fitness, was the sole representative in the senior race and did well to complete the course in 55.26.Don’t forget to get your entries in for the forthcoming THIRSK 10 on MARCH 19th. Full details of that and all the club’s activities are on the club website.