Geoff In Fine Form

In a very busy weekend, Harriers were involved at several races, with 14 of them doing the Tholthorpe 10k, the latest race in the Club Championship Series.The popular village race, which has some awkward little hills, took place on a near-perfect,if quite warm, morning for running.It was good to see Walter Busuttil taking part, and he had an excellent run to finish 12th in 38.05, with Paul Atkinson, always competitive, 21st in 40.49, Geoff Bullock, another runner going really well at the moment, 51st in 45.01,  Paul Goacher 76th in 47.22,  Steve Billings 91st, well pleased with his time of 48.48 after struggling with injury for ages,  Fran Jeffery 114th in 51.38, closely fillowed by Fiona Needham in one of her rare appearances, 116th in 51.48,  Christine Burn, in her first ever 10k race, did well to finish 165th in 57.33, helped along and encouraged by husband Rob, 166th in 57.53,  Ian Codling 172nd in 58.40,  Phillip Craig 192nd in 60.25 – missing out on his target of 60 minutes, Clare Goacher 199th in 61.49 alongside Katy Gill in the same time,  Cath Lumb 209th in 62.49 and Marian Codling 232nd in 65.53. Altogether, 252 runners completed this friendly village race.Ten times that number finished the well organised Middlesbrough 10k and 6 Harriers were among that number, with Phil Utley, in a real purple patch just now, coming 46th in 37.39.  Newish member John Worrall,improving all the time, was a very good 66th in 38.54,  Les Sutton-Haigh 1116th in 54.08, another husband running alongside his wife to give encouragement, and Nik was very pleased to have the same time.  Yvonne Wood was next, 1311th in 56.52 and Jo Fambely 1328th in 57.00.
Alan Harman, training for his 14th Great North Run which comes up in a couple of weeks, wanting a longer run, was among the competitors in the Ryedale 10, run on country lanes with very little traffic and was pleased with his time of 1h 21 min.
Not content with simply doing a fell race, Pete Wilkin decided to cycle to Reeth for the Reeth Show BOFRA 2 mile fell race, a round trip of 60 miles – with not a few hills!  The race involved a sharp dash to the top of Fremington Edge and back, and Pete finished 9th in 19.18 minutes.  He cycled to Beverley to wark last week, a round trip of 118 miles, in preparation for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks cyclo-cross race coming up shortly.