Laura Bosomworth undoubtedly had the star performance of the weekend, finishing a superb 7th out of all the thousands of entries in the Junior Girls 4k Great North Run in a time of 15.54 minutes, adding to her already impressive list of recent results. Congratulations!
In the senior race, Ken Wood was first club finisher in another magnificent time of 1.28.21 – he goes from strength to strength. Richard Harry was next in 1.35.05, beating his previous personal best by 30 seconds, followed by evergreen Alan Harman, in his 17th consecutive Great North Run in a time of 1.44.55. Iain Milner was next in 1.51.43, followed by Stuart Waters, in his first GNR, in 1.55.26, Brian Smith, another first-timer, 2.13.24 and Malcolm Aitken 2.21.33, both of the last two struggling with long-term injuries. Richards Harry’s 75 year old father, John, took 3.30.25.
There were 235 finishers at the popular Tholthorpe 10k – numbers somewhat affected by the change of date of the GNR, on a lovely morning for running in this beautiful village. Cameron Choules, who has done this race virtually from the beginning, came 8th in 37.23, Stephan Tomaszewski 23rd in 40.08, and Paul Atkinson 40th in 41.34. Martyn and Faith Coy both got good personal best times over the distance and both were involved in tight finishes with other club members. Graham Robinson just pipped Martyn, coming 52nd in 42.56 with Martyn a second slower in 42.57. Marc Davies was 105th in 47.38, Geoff Bullock 114th in 48.43, and Stephen Billings 137th in 51.15, before Faith Coy and Nicola Jenkins were involved in another sprint finish, and given the same time of 53.19 in 147th place. Duncan Fothergill, another runner struggling with injury, was 160th in 54.31, Ian Codling 210th in 63.26, Cath Lumb 216th in 64.55, Pat Huck 227th in 70.20 and Marian Codling 230th in 77.10.
Martin and Jane Cummins were at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, with Martin finishing 49th out of 162 in 24.31 and Jane 118th in 31.30.
It’s good to round off this report with another superb performance, and this was achieved by Charlotte Knowles at the Darlington Park Run, finishing 25th in a new personal best time of 21.05, and First lady finisher! Well done. Louise Knowles also got a new personal best, coming 62nd out of 159 in 24.18, with Joanne Richardson, back in action after a long lay off, 151st in 34.13.
Earlier in the week, Graham Robinson was in the field of 148 for the Autumn Coast Road 5k at New Marske and came 57th in a very good 20.34.
Six members went off to Austria for the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in the Stubai Valley near Innsbruck. The races, over 5 year age-groups from 35 to 79, are 7.2 k, starting at 3000 ft and finishing at 6000 ft, ending in a very stiff climb – with a cable car to get you to 3000 ft! The scenery was stunningly beautiful and the weather was cool but sunny – perfect for running. Christine Burn was 15th W60 and 1st GB finisher in 1.12.29, coming away with a Bronze Medal for Team GB. What a wonderful achievement! Nicola Booth was 26th W50 in 1.03.22, 2nd GB finisher, David Read 69th M55 in 1.03.1, 4th GB, Rob Burn 29th in 53.50, 1st GB finisher, Hywell Smith 63rd M60 and 4th GB, and Alan Wikely 40th M70 and 4th GB.
Hilary Coventry took on the challenge of the Roseberry Topping Fell Race – quick as you can up to the top and back – not quite 3000 feet, but hard enough. She finished 73rd in 23.27, 1st F50 finisher.
In the weekly park Run at Fountains Abbey, Steve Scott came 34th out of 209 in a new personal best of 22.38 with Duncan Fothergill 63rd in 25.23 and Malcolm Aitkin 103rd in 28.26.
Joanne Richardson was at the Darlington Park Run, finishing 202nd out of 219 in 33.13.
Pete Wilkin, always one to test himslf, cycled 45 miles to Muker for the Muker Show Fell Race, finishing 11th overall and 1st M50, before cycling home again! The following weekend he took part in the first Yorkshire Cyclo Cross points race of the season at Beverley and was 2nd V50 finisher.