Fran Enjoys The Mud On The Dovedale Dash

Nine Harriers were among the 791 finishers in the Guy Fawkes 10 based on Ripley at the weekend.It was a beautiful morning for going round the tough, hilly 10 mile course taking in Birstwith and Hampsthwaite, and Les Sutton-Haigh was once again first Harrier home, 175th in a time of 1.16.51.Iain Milner, getting back into form after injury problems, came a very good 224th in 1.19.26, with Alan Harman 325th in 1.24.21,Steve Billings 440th in 1.29.47,  the evergreen Pat Kirby 483rd in 1.31.58,  constantly improving Nik Sutton-Haigh 505th in 1.32.33,  Jo Fambely 619th in 1.38.03,  Ian Codling 707th in 1.46.03,  Cath Lumb 743rd in 1.51.51,  and Marian Codling 775th in 2.00.41.  Pat Kirby, Ian Codling and Marian Codling all came away with age-group prizes.
On the same morning, Fran Jeffery was among the 1800 or so entrants of the Dovedale Dash, a run of almost 5 miles in Derbyshire.  The race, in its 56th year, began with a descent from Thorpe Pasture down Lin Dale and into and across the icy River Dove!  A lot of the race was through ankle-deep, shoe-sucking mud, and it wound its way through Ilam, back along the banks of the River Dove with a final climb up Lin Dale to the finish.  Fran finished a very good 832nd in a time of about 50 minutes.
Richard Easby on the same morning competed in the pleasant, rural Maltby 7, finishing 193rd out of the 220 runners in a time of 65.51.
The previous week, fell race enthusiast, Hester Cox, took part in the tough Guisborough 3 Tops Fell Race, race 3 in the winter series, and came 83rd out of 147 in 89.48.
It is with great regret that the Thirsk 10 Road Race, planned for Nov 20th, has had to be posponed, and sincere apologies are expressed to those who were looking forward to this race.  It has been re-arranged for Mar 25th next year, when we hope to have the usual bumper turnout of entries.