Marian’s Weekly Race Report w/c 02/03/15

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!