The Northallerton Park Run is establishing itself nicely though its flat, 3-lap course on grass and trails doesn’t lend itself to fast times. Eleven Harriers were among the 143 finishers, with Greg MacDonald first of them home, 7th in 19.16, followed by Dan Holdsworth 17th in 21.01, Rob Burn, feeling a little more confident about his injury, 20th in 21.32, Nigel Morgan 44th in 25.03, Phillip Craig, improving every week, 74th in 27.48, Paul Adams 80th in 28.13, Christine Burn 111th in 30.54, Ian Codling 123rd in 33.25, Marian Codling 129th in 37.12, Lucy Stevenson MacDonald 133rd in 39.36 and Joanne Richardson, acting as sweeper with her pooch, 143rd in 51.58.
Unusually there was only one harriers at the Fountains Abbey run this week, with Linda Bamforth coming 182nd out of 243 in 31.39.
Marc Davies set himself a challenge at the Witton Fell Race, part of West Witton Feast, and it was indeed very challenging. The 4.1 mile race involved a long, steep climb up Pen Hill with thunder rolling in the background over the Dales. A set of high stone walls in the way across fields near the finish provided obstacles, to be overcome in a downpour! Marc did well to finish 7th in a time of 46 minutes, and enjoyed a well earned pint at the Feast after the race!
Mid-week saw the end of season handicap, with Steven Scott 1st and taking the shield, Linda Bamforth 2nd and Paul Adams 3rd. The run was followed by a barbecue, held, as ever, in the rain, but this didn’t dampen spirits and there was some shelter under which to eat. A happy time was had by all!
A very busy weekend saw 7 Harriers at the Northallerton Park Run, with Donna James and Dan Holdsworth fighting it out to finish 8th and 9th in 21.24 and 21.48 respectively. Rob Burn, in his first race of any substance for some time, came 11th in 22.04, Phillip Craig 51st in 29.00, Christine Burn 61st in 31.11, Liz Stephenson 79th in 36.43 and Joanne Richardson, acting as sweeper, 92nd in 51.20.
At Fountains Abbey, Bryan Miller was first club finisher, 12th in 19.14, just a second slower than his PB, Martyn Coy 27th in 20.50, Charlotte Wilton 32nd in 21.12, rebecca Burgess 40th in a PB 22.10, Alan Pollock 60th in 23.44, Claire Gillan 76th in 24.29, Nigel Morgan 78th in PB 24.43, Martin Cummins 96th in 25.44, faith Coy 112th in 27.07, Paul Adams, 123rd in 27.46, Jane Cummins 142nd in 29.18, Tracy Hayden 179th in 32.22 anf Gillian Crane 191st in 33.31.
The Escrick 10k on Sunday, on a perfect morning for running, took part in the beautiful grounds of Queen Margaret’s School on trails over level ground. Rob Lickley came in 62nd out of 502 in 42.13, Alan Harman 172nd in 49.00, Ian Codling 435th in 64.20 and Marian Codling 495th in 76.18.
Graham Robinson was among the 222 finishers of the Ray Harrison Memorial 10k over a 2-lap course which is more testing than it at firat appears. He came 77th, and 2nd M60, in 44.04.
The Sedbergh Hills Race was the venue for Pete Wilkin, a hard 14 mile fell race over the hills round Sedbergh with 5000 feet of climb. Perhaps the toughest section was the long drag up to The Calf, and Pete did well to come 38th out of 125 in 2.58, on a morning which was warm at the start and much cooler on the tops.
15 harriers made up the team for the recent Cleveland Way Relays. the first of them having to leave Thirsk at 3.30 am for a 5 am start at Filey. Warm but drizzly weather accompanied the early starters and Fran Jeffery and Rebecca Burgess set off to run the leg to Scarborough, with Sonja and Paul van Der Westhhuisen taking over to Cloughton Bay where they were joined by Claire Gillan. Brian Smith was part of the team which ran the tough leg to Ravenscar. Bryan Smith and Ken Wood were competitive between Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby, with Ken and Duncan Fothergill continuing to Runswick Bay. Stuart Waters ran from Skinninggrove to Slapewath, and other members of the team included Marc Davies, David Read, Graham Robinson, Andy Butcher and Trish Radford. They finally all arrived at Helmsley by 7.35 pm for well deserved fish and chips after a long and tiring day, and congratulations are due to them all. Their finishing position was an excellent 8th out of 14 teams, with a lot of experience gained on this their first attempt at this race.