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.
Eight Harriers were at the latest Jane Tomlinson race, the York 10k, at the weekend, along with more than 5000 others. Difficult, congested parking arrangements and long toilet queues forced the delay of the start by half an hour, which, as ever, was not really fair on those who managed to get there on time! Conditions for the race were good, if windy, with the course going right into the centre of York, along past the Minster, by the river and over the Millenium Bridge. Rob Lickley managed to do a superb time of 43.32. Alan Harman clocked 47.58, Rebecca Burgess 51.02, Chris Sykes 56.54, Rachel Stansfield 63.21, Malcolm Aitken 67.55, Ian Codling 66.01 and Marian Codling 75.37.
The previous day, Harriers were at at least 3 parkruns, with Steve Middleton having the best result of the day, finishing 3rd out of 160 in the Darlington event in a very good 17.05. Laura Bosomworth had another excellent run at Fountains Abbey, finishing 12th out of 197 in 20.49, Ian Codling 141st in 32.06 and Marian Codling 162nd 35.41. Gillian Crane was at an altogether bigger event at Frimley Lodge parkrun in Surrey along with 340 others, and came 304th in 33.26.
Compared with Fran Jeffery’s efforts the previous weekend, these are as a jog down the road! On a blazing hot day, Fran took part in the second running of the Rock and Rowell 26 mile Challenge round Ripon, passing over the 7 bridges in Studley Park, across farmland and through Brimham Rocks (Rock, as in the title of the race) and had to adopt a run/walk strategy as it was simply too hot to run the whole time. The heat slowed everyone down, and Fran’s finishing time of 6h 49min was very commendable.