Marian’s weekly race report – w/c 04/08/14

Eight Harriers were at the latest Jane Tomlinson race, the York 10k, at the weekend, along with more than 5000 others.  Difficult, congested parking arrangements and long toilet queues forced the delay of the start by half an hour, which, as ever, was not really fair on those who managed to get there on time!  Conditions for the race were good, if windy, with the course going right into the centre of York, along past the Minster, by the river and over the Millenium Bridge.   Rob Lickley managed to do a superb time of 43.32.  Alan Harman clocked 47.58,  Rebecca Burgess 51.02,  Chris Sykes 56.54,  Rachel Stansfield 63.21,  Malcolm Aitken 67.55,  Ian Codling 66.01 and Marian Codling 75.37.

The previous day, Harriers were at at least 3 parkruns, with Steve Middleton having the best result of the day, finishing 3rd out of 160 in the Darlington event in a very good 17.05.   Laura Bosomworth had another excellent run at Fountains Abbey, finishing 12th out of 197 in 20.49, Ian Codling 141st in 32.06 and Marian Codling 162nd 35.41.  Gillian Crane was at an altogether bigger event at Frimley Lodge parkrun in Surrey along with 340 others, and came 304th in 33.26.

Compared with Fran Jeffery’s efforts the previous weekend, these are as a jog down the road!  On a blazing hot day, Fran took part in the second running of the Rock and Rowell 26 mile Challenge round Ripon, passing over the 7 bridges in Studley Park, across farmland and through Brimham Rocks (Rock, as in the title of the race) and had to adopt a run/walk strategy as it was simply too hot to run the whole time.  The heat slowed everyone down, and Fran’s finishing time of 6h 49min was very commendable.