Marian’s Weekly Race Report – w/c 27/01/14

On Sunday morning, most people would have looked out at the weather, turned over and had another hour in bed!  Not so a group of enthusiastic Harriers, who had arranged to meet for a social run and were not to be put off by the weather.  They set off for Osmotherley, and conditions really went from bad to worse – out on the tops, in gale force winds and driving, horizontal snow, it was difficult to stand up, never mind run.  How welcoming, then, was the warming bowl of soup at the end, as well as a great feeling of camaraderie and well being.  This is what running does for you, and you could not find more of it than at Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.  Come along and give it a try, indoors in winter at Thirsk School and outdoors in the summer at Thirsk Athletic Club, 7 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays.

Alan Harman, meanwhile, had travelled almost to Hull for the Ferriby 10, a road race starting and finishing near Skidby Windmill.  Conditions were almost as bad, with some runners suffering hypothermia as they had insufficient clothing, and Alan had the Personal Worst race of his life, over a hilly course which is tough at the best of times.

At the other side of the world, in Indonesia, John Yates was among a large field of runners in the Tahura Djuanda Trail Race at 800 metres above sea level in fine conditions.  There was plenty of mud underfoot, and John had a very good race to come 14th in 1.26.58.

Presentations were made recently, and somewhat belatedly, for the Summer Fell Race Series, with several Harriers in for prizes.  Among the men, Alan Harman won 1st M60, and in the ladies, Heaster Cox was 1st F40,  Lorraine Hiles 2nd F45,  Nicola Booth 3rd F50 and Pat Kirby 1st F60.  Well done, all.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Thirsk 10 – Mar 23rd, 11am at Thirsk Racecourse!