Ten Harriers were among the 97 finishers of the Commondale Beacon Fell Race over about 8 miles at the weekend, Race 4 in the Winter Series and the penultimate race in the Club Championship series of races. The weather was just about ideal for running, the race having avoided the thick fog of the previous evening and downpours both before and after. There was plenty of mud on the course, and the cramped start entailed negotiating scratchy gorse, but Stephan Tomaszewski was once again in fine form, finishing 19th, and 1st M50, in 59.45. Ever competitive Cameron Choules was next, 23rd in 60.31, Bryan Miller 50th in 68.31, Martyn Coy 52nd in 69.15, Graham Robinson 57th in 72.07, before Hywel Smith 64th in 73.17, Marc Davies 65th in 73.19 and Hilary Coventry 66th, and 1st F50, in 73.53, were all involved in a tussle for the finish line. Carol Morrison came 80th, and 2nd F50, in 79.25 and Duncan Fothergill, in his first fell race, 83rd in 80.03.
Rather more runners took part in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k – almost 10 000 – in a race which is popular because, being a flat out and back course from the city centre to Kirkstall Abbey, it allows for fast times, and the first 13 finishers were under 30 minutes. Conditions were perfect for running and the majority of Harriers were pleased with their times. Gary Dunn led the way in a very good 33.07 with Dan Holdsworth taking 35.08, Steve Middleton 37.56, Rob Lickley 42.41, Alan Harman 47.04, Brian Smith 48.19, Stuart Waters 49.00, Rebecca Burgess 50.18, Allan Pollock 52.01, Malcolm Aitken 54.07, Ian Codling 65.05, Marian Codling 73.08 and Liz Stephenson 86.31.
At the Fountains Abbey Park Run 5k the previous day, Steven Scott was 26th out of 167 in 22.39, Martin Cummins 32nd in 23.57 and Jane Cummins in yet another personal best 29.13.
Joanne Richardson was at the Darlington Park Run, coming 162nd out of 182 in 33.35.
The popular Thirsk 10 Road Race will take place on Mar 22nd next year, incorporating the Yorkshire Veterans 10 Mile Championships, and entries will be opening soon.
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.