The opening fixture for the NYSD Cross Country season was the relays, held at Thirsk Flatts. The club had a good turnout, with the first ladies’ team of Charlotte Sanderson (13.57), Charlotte Wilton (16.00) and Becky Burgess (16.53), finishing in 6th place. In 12th place were Christine Burn (20.12), Danielle Donohue (18.06) and Helen Ashworth (17.55). Charlotte Knowles (15.56) and Amy Knowles (18.40) were a part team. In the men’s event, the team of Daniel Holdsworth (12.18), Greg MacDonald (12.59), Stephan Tomaszewski (13.44) and Cameron Choules (12.55) were 7th, the team of David Fawkes (15.03), Andy Butcher (16.29), Graham Robinson (15.13) and Rob Burn (14.18) were 19th, the team of Bryan Miller (14.28), Stuart Waters (16.28) Martin Cummins (17.17) and Duncan Fothergill (16.59) were 21st, and in a part team, Martyn Coy took 15.32 and Peter Greenslade, in his first ever race, took 23.15. Well done to all.
The Viking Chase Fell Race, a fund rainsing event for Cleveland Mountain Rescue, attracted 76 entrants on a grey morning. Lorraine Hiles came 40th, and 1st F50, in 86.26 and Hilary Coventry was 59th in 92.26.
A few members were at various Park Runs, with Steve Scott among the 206 runers at the Fountains Abbey event, coming 32nd in 22.44, Martin Cummins 44th in 24.03, Duncan Fothergill 65th in 25.37, Jane Cummins 148th in 32.00 and Malcolm Aitken 173rd in 34.34. At Darlington, Gillian Crane was 171st out of 199 in a new personal best of 32.36 and Joanne Richardson 176th in 33.17. At Aberdeen, Ian Codling was 146th out of 186 in 30.21 with Marian Codling 171st in 34.42.
Laura Bosomworth undoubtedly had the star performance of the weekend, finishing a superb 7th out of all the thousands of entries in the Junior Girls 4k Great North Run in a time of 15.54 minutes, adding to her already impressive list of recent results. Congratulations!
In the senior race, Ken Wood was first club finisher in another magnificent time of 1.28.21 – he goes from strength to strength. Richard Harry was next in 1.35.05, beating his previous personal best by 30 seconds, followed by evergreen Alan Harman, in his 17th consecutive Great North Run in a time of 1.44.55. Iain Milner was next in 1.51.43, followed by Stuart Waters, in his first GNR, in 1.55.26, Brian Smith, another first-timer, 2.13.24 and Malcolm Aitken 2.21.33, both of the last two struggling with long-term injuries. Richards Harry’s 75 year old father, John, took 3.30.25.
There were 235 finishers at the popular Tholthorpe 10k – numbers somewhat affected by the change of date of the GNR, on a lovely morning for running in this beautiful village. Cameron Choules, who has done this race virtually from the beginning, came 8th in 37.23, Stephan Tomaszewski 23rd in 40.08, and Paul Atkinson 40th in 41.34. Martyn and Faith Coy both got good personal best times over the distance and both were involved in tight finishes with other club members. Graham Robinson just pipped Martyn, coming 52nd in 42.56 with Martyn a second slower in 42.57. Marc Davies was 105th in 47.38, Geoff Bullock 114th in 48.43, and Stephen Billings 137th in 51.15, before Faith Coy and Nicola Jenkins were involved in another sprint finish, and given the same time of 53.19 in 147th place. Duncan Fothergill, another runner struggling with injury, was 160th in 54.31, Ian Codling 210th in 63.26, Cath Lumb 216th in 64.55, Pat Huck 227th in 70.20 and Marian Codling 230th in 77.10.
Martin and Jane Cummins were at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, with Martin finishing 49th out of 162 in 24.31 and Jane 118th in 31.30.
It’s good to round off this report with another superb performance, and this was achieved by Charlotte Knowles at the Darlington Park Run, finishing 25th in a new personal best time of 21.05, and First lady finisher! Well done. Louise Knowles also got a new personal best, coming 62nd out of 159 in 24.18, with Joanne Richardson, back in action after a long lay off, 151st in 34.13.
Earlier in the week, Graham Robinson was in the field of 148 for the Autumn Coast Road 5k at New Marske and came 57th in a very good 20.34.