Six Harriers were among the 215 finishers at the Fountains Abbey Park Run on Saturday with Rob Burn, flying just now, 17th in 20.20, Bryan Miller 23rd in a new personal best time of 21.16, Claire Gillan 107th in 27.40, Christine Burn 11th in 28.14, new member Gary Holmes 146th in 30.19 and Gillian Crane 176th in a personal best 33.20.
There were wild winds at the Ray Harrison Memorial 10k at Billingham on Sunday, but Harriers were reasonably happy with their times, Graham Robinson, in an excellent vein of form at the moment, 54th out of 217 in 42.52, Alan Harman 101st in 47.55, Ian Codling 206th in 64.40 and Marian Codling 213th in 71.45.
The Millenium Bridge 5k at York the previous week was split into two sections, and in race 1, Steve Middleton finished 18th out of 149 in a superb 16.53 with Dan Holdsworth 23rd, equally delighted with his time of 16.58. In Race 2, Laura Bosomworth continued to impress, coming 7th out of 121 in a very good 20.33, and was 1st U15 finisher.
The popular Darlington 10k took place at the weekend, just managing to be mostly completed before the forecast rains came. The friendly town centre 2 lap race lends itself to running a fast time, and many of the 21 Harriers either achieved a personal best, or ran their best time for a while. Gary Dunn was again in excellent form, finishing 5th in a very good 33.01, and Steve Middleton is also flying just now, 18th in 34.34. Paul Atkinson, getting nearer and nearer to the 40 minute mark, was 151st in 40.25, with Rob Burn 199th in 41.40, having a tussle throughout with Graham Robinson, 205th in his best time for 5 years of 41.44. Rob Lickley was 210th in 41.48, Alan Harman 476th in 47.21, Steve Scott 482nd in 47.23, Geoff Bullock 516th in 47.51, Stuart Waters 560th, well pleased with 48.21, Peter Richardson 588th in 49.07, Marc Davies 593rd in 49.09, Brian Smith 767th in 51.17, Duncan Fothergill 835th in 53.20, Alan Rylance 869th in 53.43, David Goddard 1021st in 55.51, Christine Burn 1163rd in 58.16, Andrea Almack 1239th in 59.48, Ian Codling 1374th in 64.06, Bev Davies 1427th in 65.56 and Marian Codling 1480th in 69.16. There were 21 Harriers in total out of the 1531 finishers for this latest club championship race.
Earlier in the week, 4 members were among the 85 finishers of the Gribdale Gallop Fell Race on another pleasant evening for running. Graham Robinson, in fine form just now, came 54th in 70.00 just ahead of Lorraine Hiles, 55th, and 1st F50, in 70.03, Hilary Coventry 71st, and 2nd F50, in 75.20 and Fran Jeffery 80th in 83.19.
At the Fountains Abbey Park Run this week, Martin Cummins was 103rd in 28.45 and Rachel Stanfield 142nd in 33.18.
Final preparations are being made for the Sessay Swift 6k on Wed 20th August, 7.30 pm. It’s not too late to get in your entry for this fast, flat road race. Full details on the Thirsk and Sowerby website.