London Marathon

Three Harriers were among the thousands who took part in the London Marathon at the weekend on a beautiful morning for running – maybe too beautiful, as the heat became a factor later on!  The support of the crowds was, as ever, very inspiring, and Paul Atkinson had a good run to complete the course in 3.20.17, just a little slower than last year, maybe because of the heat.  Phillip Craig, in his 4th London Marathon, took 5.19.11, slightly quicker than Chris Sykes, 5.20.19, who was held up for quite some time with a problem.  All in all, a very good day, and much enjoyed by the runners, who were all being sponsored for charity.
  Nearer to home, three members tackled a new race, Over the Odda 10k, organised by Hawksworth Primary School near Leeds.  This was a very tough multi-terrain race, verging on being a fell race – the winner was a very experienced fell racer.  Near the start of the race were several stiles which caused hold-ups of minutes on end for all but the front runners, and lots more stiles, hills, mud, gorse bushes and slippery slopes were just some of the features.  Charlotte Sanderson won 1st Prize in the Ladies’ Race, finishing 7th overall in 45.30, with Ian Codling 150th in 1.29.27 and Marian Codling 157th in 1.44.59.  It was a beautiful morning in lovely countryside!