Several Harriers were at Park Runs this weekend, with Greg MacDonald having another excellent run to finish 3rd at Fountains Abbey in 17.40. Although Graham Robinson is a regular Park Runner, this was his first time at Fountains and he came 27th in 21.04 with Laura Bosomworth 30th in 21.13, Martin Cummins, in his 104th Park Run, coming 51st in a new personal best 22.58, Alan Pollock 64th in another PB 24.05, Steven Scott 70th in 24.23, Paul Adams 161st in 29.13, Jane Cummins 167th in 29.29 and Elizabeth Stephenson 239th in 39.13.
At Darlington, Charlotte Knowles was 37th in 21.15 and Louise Knowles 89th out of 232 in 24.24.
Rob and Christine Burn were trying out the Harrogate event and Rob, trying to shake off an injury, came 28th out of 320 in 21.13 with Christine 263rd in 30.25.
The following day, in wild, windy weather with hail stones thrown in for good measure, Alan Harman completed his 10th Haweswater Half Marathon, over a tough course with plenty of hills. He finished 334th out of 503 in 1.56.33.
It was very windy at the pleasant, rural Norton 9 but no hail stones. Ian Codling was 491st out of 511 in 1.04.03 and Marian Codling 507th in 1.52.50.
The Thirsk 10 with Wheelchair Race and Fun Run on March 22nd is fast filling up. Get your entry in if you don’t want to be disappointed. Details on the club website.
The significant benefit on finishing times of Park Runs is amply demonstrated by club members, some of whom are just getting faster and faster. Steve Middleton was among the 11 Harriers at the Fountains Abbey event last weekend and was first finisher in a new personal best of 17.24, a full 30 seconds ahead of the second runner. Bryan Miller, who also continues to improve massively, was 9th, also in a new PB, of 19.54. Charlotte Wilton, always competitive, came 30th in 22.05 ahead of young Charlotte Knowles who was 40th in 22.33. Martin Cummins was next club finisher, 49th in 23.05, Brian Smith 52nd in a new PB 23.17, Steven Scott 63rd in 24.27, Clair Gillan, another who continues to improve, 65th in a new PB 24.31, Louise Knowles in a new PB 25.38, Jane Cummins 163rd in 29.39 and Gillian Crane 209th in 32.43. There were 247 finishers in an event which gets more and more popular.
The Snake Lane 10 the next day had 964 finishers on a fine, cold morning with wind making itself felt at times. This is a mostly flat 10 mile race mostly snaking along the lanes around Pocklington – and there is a lovely hand thrown mug for all runners! Alan Harman was 534th in 1.22.40, Ian Codling 950th in 1.57.39 and Marian Codling 959th in 2.05.05.
The previous weekend, Alan Harman completed the tough Liversedge Half Marathon in 1.56.15, his 9th running in this event and his fastest time for 8 years! Well done. He came 326th out of 485.
Pete Wilkin was the sole club entrant of the recent hard Commondale Beacon Fell Race over 8.8 miles with 1200 feet of elevation. He was 35th out of 90, and 2nd M55, in 64.17.
Fran Jeffery (or mad Fran?) did another of her very tough events recently, the Osmotherly Trail Marathon, having been given a late place after somone withdrew. This race, which is constant, hard, ups and downs, with snow and knee deep mud to contend with in places, taxes body and mind, and slippery stones along the way don’t help. She eventually, and joyfully, reached the finish back at Osmotherly in 7 hours 8 minutes, 101st out of 130 runners. A valiant effort!