Les Spends His Birthday With The Paras

Rob and Christine Burn and Alan Wikeley travelled to Paluzza in the Dolomites, Italy, for the World Masters Mountain Championships, and Rob was first off, over an 8.68 km 2-lap course with 1500 feet of ascent.There were some stiff climbs and Rob especially enjoyed the descents, to finish 36th out of 94 in his V55 category in a time of 51.04.  Christine was off next, but a heavy thunderstorm broke out and she found herself running in torrential rain.  She managed to finish, covered in mud, 28th out of 31 in a time of 79.12, but discovered, when the results were announced, that she was the 3rd English finisher, thus meaning England had a team, and came away with a Bronze team medal!  Not bad for your first “fell” race!  By the time Alan came to run, conditions were so bad that ropes had been installed to help competitors with particularly bad climbs and descents over a shortened course, and he finished 31st out of 38 V65s in a time of 52.11.
For Les Sutton-Haigh’s birthday present, his wife, Nik, entered them both in the Paras 10, a tough race over an army training course at Catterick, with lots of hills and trenches of muddy water just some of the obstacles to be overcome.  The race was held, poignantly for an army course, on Sept 11th.  Nik just ran, and finished in a time of about 1h 30, but Les, making life even more difficult, decided to run in trousers, boots, and carrying a 35 lb back pack!  He managed to finish in a superb 1h 45, and thus meeting the army’s challenge of covering the course in less than 1h 50!  Well done, Les.  The race is a firm favourite in the pair’s calendar – but maybe a nice meal out next year,Les?!
Noel Clough and Pete Wilkin also met plenty of water at the Muker Show Fell Race, so much so that the usual fording of the river at the start of the race was not possible and they had to use the bridge!  Noel came 5th in 18.59 and Pete 8th, and 1st V50, in 19.54.  Following a few days fishing, they entered the Bowes Show Moutain Bike Race and Pete managed a great win, beating Noel into 2nd place, a fairly rare occurrence for him to finish ahead.
Julian and Ann Norton were also among the “hills”, competing in the Rab Mountain Marathon over the 2 days of the 24th and 25th Sept.  This was a scoring marathon with 6 hours on Sat and 5 hours on Sun over the “carned” area of Snowdonia carrying tent, stove, sleeping bags, food etc and they came in an excellent 126th out of about 300, 10th in their category!  Another very good achievement.
The same weekend, over an altogether flatter course, seven Harriers were among the 241 finishers of the pleasnt, rural Sutton (on Forest) 10k, with Steve Middleton, in very good form just now, coming 10th in a time of 37.03, Paul Atkinson 27th in 40.45, Alan Harman 83rd in 48.27, Joe Reynard 98th in 49.54, Paul Goacher 111th in 51.02,  Katy Gill 146th in 54.22 and Richard Easby 181st in 59.02.
There were 113 finishers in the Harewood 10k Trail, a harder race with some long climbs through the Harewood estate, and Pat Kirby was 67th in 55.42, Ian Codling 100th in 65.08 and Marian Codling 112th in 77.56.
The previous weekend, Ian and Marian took part in a Terry Fox race in Morrisburg, Canada, one of the many Terry Fox races which has taken place over the last 30 or so years, raising millions of dollars for cancer research.  The 10k race, along a picturesque course by the side of the St Lawrence Seaway on a lovely morning, was a very low key affair, and Ian took 58.55 minutes and Marian 68.26.
In a recent Club Handicap in Wass Woods, Marian Codling finished 1st!