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.
10 Harriers were among the 863 finishers of the Wetherby Run 10k, a race which always seems harder than you think it ought to be! Conditions were warm for this fairly flat race, quite a bit on trails and Gary Dunn was once again in fine form leading club members home to finish 4th and 1st M45 in 34.31. Dan Holdsworth, also in a good vein just now, came 8th in 35.16, with Rob Lickley 93rd in 42.49. 15 year old Laura Bosomworth goes from strength to strength, winning the prize for the 1st U20 female and finishing 111th overall in 43.40. Liam Allison, also steadily improving, came 147th in 44.51, with Alan Harman, getting consistently good 10k results, 204th in 47.27, Chris Wordsworth 543rd in 57.33, Elizabeth Wordsworth 569th in 58.20, Ian Codling 724th in 65.00 and Marian Codling 858th in 80.47.
Julian Norton took part in the Burnsall Feast 10 mile road race, an altogether hillier affair, described as brilliant by Julian. He came 15th out of 146 finishers in a very good 63.01.
Duncan Fothergill and Gillian Crane were at the Fountains Abbey Park Run the previous day, with Duncan 66th in 25.44 and Gillian 147th out of 178 in 33.52. Both Charlotte and Louise Knowles achieved personal best times in the Darlington Park Run, with Charlotte 45th in a very good 21.45 and Louise 106th out of 213 in 25.53.
At the Spofforth Gala 10k Trail race the previous weekend, Rob Burn was first club finisher, 24th, and 1st M60, in 41.21, Bryan Miller 59th in a very good 44.08, Alan Harman 98th in 47.41, Christine Burn 157th in 58.04, Claire Gillan 168th in 59.49 and Ian Codling 181st, and 1st M70, in 67.52.
The summer fell race season is drawing to a close, with evenings getting cooler but still pleasant enough for running. Hilary Coventry was 63rd, and 1st F50, in 62.52 at the recent Guisborough Grunt and Fran Jeffery came 73rd in 67.18. The following week, the race was “Inclined to Madness” and Pete Wilkin came 20th, 2nd M55, in 56.22 and Alan Wikeley 71st in 96.48.