Marian’s weekly race report w/c 17/06/14

Gary Dunn once more put Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers on the map in the British Masters National 5k Championships at Horwich, Lancashire, at the weekend, winning a Bronze Medal in the V45 category in a fantastic time of 15.52 minutes, only 15 seconds behind the Gold Medallist.  A superb result.

Nearer to home and on a much lower scale, Harriers were at the scenic Castle Howard Trail Races, with the Van Der Westhuisen family turning out in force in the 6k.  Sonja, a club coach, finished 12th in 27.37,  Paul 24th in 30.33,  Sune 37th in 34.02 and Drikus 48th in 37.33.
Steve Middleton was again in flying form in the 10k race (actually almost 10.5k) getting 2nd in an excellent 38.09, with Paul Atkinson 38th in 44.22,  Alan Harman 167th in 54.09,  Ian Codling 356th in 69.06 and Marian Codling 385th in 77.33.

At the Fountains Abbey Park Run,  Matt Jones came 17th out of 189  in 20.47, a new PB,  Martin Cummins 41st in 23.02,  Peter Richardson 42nd in 23.11, a new PB and Jane Cummins 121st in 29.51.

The previous weekend, 156 runners completed the testing Kirkby Malzeard 10k, with Paul Atkinson first club finisher, 21st out of 156 in 41.27,  Steve Scott 84th in 52.00,  Ian Codling 149th in 66.19 and Marian Codling 154th in 71.17.

On a completely different scale, Peter Hunt competed in the City to Summit Rat Race, the city being Edinburgh and the summit Ben Nevis!  It is the ultimate in triathlons with a 2.4 mile swim between the Forth rail and road bridges, a 112 mile cycle all the way to Glencoe – taking in Knockhill, Gleneagles and the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor, familiar to those who have seen Skyfall – and along to Glen Nevis before heading up Ben Nevis.
The swim, a 1.2 mile out and back course, with the return section against the receding tide,  was managed by Peter reasonably comfortably in a time of 1 hour 13 minutes, but at about 10 miles into the cycle section his chain snapped!  Luckily, previous experience had helped him to change it reasonably quickly, though during that time, lots of other competitors overtook him, and over the next section, he worked to reel them in.  Strong head winds in places were an added challenge but this section was achieved in 6 hours 6 minutes.  Then began the assault on the Ben, a steady first 6 miles on the road, then a 1500 feet climb over one and a half miles on boggy narrow path – definitely a walk – before a descent to Glen Nevis and then the very stiff final climb, with regular tourists as well as other competitors to be negotiated, including those already on the downward stage, before arriving at the very welcome finish!  Peter completed the whole event in an amazing 14h 07m 38s in a brilliant 9th place.  What an achievement!

City to Summit - Peter Hunt City to Summit - Peter Hunt
Peter descending Ben Nevis and taking a post race dip to ease sore muscles! 

Also in Scotland, Dan Holdsworth competed in his first marathon, the Edinburgh Marathon.  The previous 18 months had been fraught with difficulties with one injury after another, so Dan’s training was not as thorough as he would have wished, but as the day neared, he felt in reasonable shape and his target time was 2h 50.  The wind, very strong at times, was a constant, but Dan made good progress taking in Musselburgh and Prestonpans, reaching the turnaround point in cofident mood.  From then on, he began to feel his calf muscles and from this point, his mile splits became longer, but, gritting his teeth, he eventually finished in 3.00.34, disappointing for him, but a time most people would die for!  To add insult to injury, the baggage bus was at the far side of the school field, and Dan suffered a very painful walk to retrieve his belongings.