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.
The Harrogate Town Centre 10k provided a tough challenge on a very hot day for running. The two lap course is hard at the best of times with the heat adding an extra dimension, and six Harriers were among the 403 finishers. Gary Dunn, right back into his stride, came 6th in 33.42 winning the prize for the 1st M45. Richard Harry was highly delighted with his 43.29, not that far off a personal best, and earning him 80th place. Brian Smith was 283rd in 55.09, Faith Coy 293rd in 55.33, Ian Codling 383rd in 66.32 and Marian Codling 398th in 74.35.
Graham Robinson and Rob Lickley entered the Victorian 10k at New Marske, which, even though it was nearer the coast, was no cooler! Graham finished 54th in a very good 42.31, 2nd M55, and Rob was 61st in 43.19.
The previous day, Alan Harman ran in his seventh Wolds Half Marathon, over a new course this year, based at the new Bishop Wilton Showground and with the last three miles uphill and all of it tough! He was very pleased to duck under 2 hours, taking 1.58.15.
Three Harriers were at the Fountains Abbey parkrun, again enjoying the cooling rain. Martin Cummins came 37th out of 175 in 23.53, Steve Scott 49th in 24.53 and Jane Cummins 118th in 30.30.
Charlotte and Louise Knowles had their first experience of parkrun at the Darlington event, with Charlotte finishing a very good 42nd out of 198 in 22.19 and Mum, Louise, 120th in 27.26.
Pat Huck did the recent Race for Life at Ilkley and was pleased to finish in 31.36.
The previous week, Pat Kirby was at the even tougher 26 mile Osmotherley Phoenix on another very hot day. Pat got disorientated on a couple of occasions, notably at Lord Stones, when she tried to find a route which went round, and again coming off Urra Moor towards Bilsdale Hall, then on to Chop Gate and Cock Howe and on to the Cleveland Way. Terrible cramps forced her to do quite a bit of walking and, in trying to open a huge 5-barred gate, her legs completely siezed up! Eventually, she was able to progress with much difficulty, and headed towards the finish along Back Lane, Osmotherley, where pride caused her to finish at a run, even though the last section was yet another uphill to the village hall. Her finishing time of 5h 43m was impressive after all her problems and a glass of Guiness in the evening was never so welcome!