A very successful Harriers away weekend in the Lake District meant fewer of the regulars were at the Fountains Abbey Park Run this week. Heather Bell continued her improvement to finish 134th out of 271 in PB 27.43, with Sara Langstaff 140th also on PB 28.00, Paul Adams 177th in 30.04, Linda Bamforth 207th in 32.08, Ian Codling 226th in 34.24 and Marian Codling 260th in 39.43. At Albert Park, Charlotte Wilton was 26th, and 3rd lady, in 20.42 with Peter Richardson 66th in 23.28. Trish Radford was at the Rushmere event, coming 61st out of 121 in 30.15. A couple of weekends ago, Steve Scott competed in the Billingham Beck Country Park 5k Trail Race, one of the Tees Trail series of races, and came 71st out of 183 in 23.47. The latest of these races was at Cowpen Bewley at the weekend but results are not yet to hand.
The last cross country fixture of the year took place at the weekend (the final one at Croft later in the month having been cancelled.) The race was held at Fox Hall, Redcar, on an afternoon which turned out better than forecast, over an interesting course, 2 laps for women, 3 laps for men. Three members were in the ladies’ race, with Lucy Verrill once again splendid, 22nd out of 114 in 28.20. Christine Burn was 88th in 38.47 and Bev Davies, severely affected by an event which took place, 109th in 45.02. 6 men were involved, the hard working Stephan Tomaszewski once again leading the way, 61st out of 157 in 37.42, Graham Robinson 108th in 42.24, Rob Lickley 111th in 42.46, Martyn Coy 113th in 42.54, Marc Davies 127th in 45.23 and stalwart Andy Butcher 136th in 46.59.
The weather was perfect for the Dalby Dash 10k in the beautiful Dalby Forest, the race being proceeded by the playing of the Last Post and a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday. There is no holding Rob Lickley just now, and he was once again under 40 minutes, 32nd out of 486 in 39.52, followed by Bryan Miller, also under 40 minutes, 33rd in 39.57. Charlotte Wilton came 70th, and 1st F40 finisher, in 43.32, Paul Atkinson 90th in 45.01, Alan Simpson 125th in 47.37, Steven Scott 145th in 48.34, Claire Miller 154th in 49.12, Martin Cummins 205th in 51.50, the irrepressible Gillian Crane 412th in 63.18, Ian Codling, a minute quicker than last year, 440th in 65.48, Linda Bamforth 449th in 67.23 and Jane Cummins 458th in 69.37.
There were 8 Harriers at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, Martin Cummins coming 76th in 25.06, Ian Crane 78th in 25.14, Gillian Crane 162nd in 31.31, Linda Bamforth 176th in 32.53, Jane Cummins 177th in 32.54, Ian Codling 178th in 32.59, Liz Stephenson 212th in 38.40 and junior member Lucy Stevenson McDonald 218th in 41.09. The field of 229 was severely reduced, probably because of the inclement weather! Peter and Joanne Richardson were at Northallerton, Peter finishing 15th in 25.39 and Joanne, acting as sweeper, 64th in 55.25. At York, Dave Baker came 68th out of 334 in PB 22.05 and Rosie Gatenby 221st in 28.11. Alan Pollock was among the field of 261 at Darlington, also well down, and came 68th in 23.24.
The previous weekend, one of the now occasional fell races was held, Saltergate Gallows, race 1 of this years Winter Series, and wet and mud were the order of the day, as well as cold. Out of 94 finishers, Charlotte Wilton came 50th, and 2nd F40, in 108.01, Graham Robinson 57th, and 3rd M60, in 111.29 and Lorraine Hiles 62nd, and 2nd F50, in 112.47.