Runners stood for a minute’s silence at the start of the Dalby Dash 10k on Remembrance Sunday, on a fine cold morning in the lovely Dalby Forest. The race has a level start followed by a mile+ pull uphill, after which it is fairly manageable, and Dan Holdsworth was once again in superb form to finish in 4th place out of 375 in a personal best time of 35.14, followed by Rob Lickley 72nd in 43.39, Bryan Miller 81st in 44.15, Steven Scott 125th in 47.14, Alan Harman 136th in 48.14, Claire Gillan 189th in 51.04, Ian Codling 335th in 63.21 and Marian Codling 373rd in 78.27.
There were 364 finishers in the Maltby Road Race over about 7 miles, when again, a minute’s silence was observed, and Gary Dunn finished an excellent 3rd in 38.46, Chris Sykes 274th in 65.29 and Richard Easby 312th in 69.08.
At the weekly parkrRun at Fountains Abbey, Steve Middleton was again in flying form, finishing 2nd in a very good 17.33, with Greg MacDonald 9th in 18.28, Charlotte Wilton 38th in a new personal best 21.53, Steven Scott 49th in 22.43, Martin Cummins 65th in 23.42, first timer Rebecca Burgess 83rd in 25.06, Jane Cummins 146th in 29.25 and Brian Smith 166th out of 216 in 330.29.
The Darlington parkrun had 203 finishers, the ever improving Gillian Crane coming 172nd in a new personal best 32.28 and Joanne Richardson 174th in 32.44.
All the above results pale into insignificance compared with the marathon ultra run achieved by the amazing Fran Jeffery! The Hardmoors Goathland Trail Marathon, actually almost 28 miles, started in sunshine, but then it was downhill all the way, with soaking rain most of the time. As the race passed Mallyan Spout, it was spouting more than usual and the course proceeded along Simon Howe Rigg, with plenty of mud on the narrow tracks in the heather, and the boggy bits getting worse across Wardle Green. Fran managed to get in a “puddle” up to her knees. There was some good track undulating through the forest, but then a steepclimb caused Fran to feel unwell, and it was a case of mind over matter for the next few miles. Things improved and she continued along the edge of Hazelhead Moor and through the bogs at Fylingdales – great care was needed or a wrong foot could have landed her in waist deep. Three becks had to be leapt across and in only one of them did Fran get wet feet, before a final run in to the very welcome finish, a cup of hot tea and some food. She was only 15 mintes slower than for the same race last year, in much worse conditions. Congratulations!
John Yates competed in the recent Jakarta Half Marathon in hot, humid conditions over a flat course, finishing 20th in the Open category in 96.46.
On a perfect morning for running, 11 Harriers were among the 815 finishers of the tough Guy Fawkes 10 based at Ripley Castle with the man himself in circulation! This was race 15 out of 16 in the club championship series and Stephan Tomaszewski was at the forefront, 37th in a wonderful 1.07.21. Next, the ever successful Graham Robinson, 143rd in 1.14.54, followed by Rob Lickley 159th in 1.16.09, Marc Davies 221st in 1.19.20, Bryan Miller 252nd in 1.20.55, Alan Harman 360th in 1.25.16, Stephen Billings 457th in 1.30.00, Duncan Fothergill 466th in 1.30.40, Claire Gillan 543rd in 1.34.19, Christine Burn 695th in 1.43.29 and Ian Codling 773rd 1.52.14 – a full 4 minutes quicker than his time for this race last year! A huge apology to Claire Gillan for missing her result off the Filey Cross Country report last week. Constantly improving, she came 44th in 27.34.
Duncan Fothergill, Marc Davies, Bryan Miller, Graham Robinson, Rob Lickley, among the starters of the recent Guy Fawkes at Ripley
Christine Burn, Ian Codling, Marc Davies, Duncan Fothergill cheerful at the finish of the hard race.
4 Harriers took part in the Guisborough Three Tops Fell Race on the same beautiful morning, with Charlotte Wilton first club finisher, 86th in 92.00, Hilary Coventry 97th in 95.13, Fran Jeffery 115th in 108.24 and Alan Wikeley 123rd in 120.28.
There were 210 finishers at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, David Shorrocks leading members home 40th in 22.27 in his first Park Run. Steven Scott was 43rd in 22.49, Martin Cummins 56th in 23.48 and Jane Cummins 141st in a new personal best 29.21.
At Darlington Park Run, Brian Smith came 68th in 23.39, a PB for Park Runs but his first time at Darlington, Malcolm Aitken 105th in 26.27 and Joanne Richardson 179th in 33.58.
The previous weekend, when conditions were altogether wilder and windier, Alan Harman took part in the Castles Half Marathon based on Bamburgh Castle and finished 85th out of 216 in 1.52.50.