Marian’s Weekly Race Report – w/c 30/03/15

The 5th race in the Club Championship Series took place at the weekend, the popular Hartlepool Marina 5.   The course, mainly out and back along the promenade, had been slightly changed this year, took place in conditions as good as they get at Hartlepool, ie not quite as windy as usual.  The race was started by the distinctive cannon, which spurred runners on to some fast times – many improving markedly on previous results.  Cameron Choules, going really well just now, finished 34th out of 516 in a superb 29.36, with Stephan Tomaszewski 45th, and 2nd M50, in 30.35,  Ken Wood 75th in 31.54, improving with every outing, as is Rob Lickley, 81st in 32.16,  Rob Burn 112th, and 2nd M60, in 33.54,  Graham Robinson, also seeming to get faster, 135th in 34.34,  Steven Scott 197th in 37.32,  Helen Ashworth 205th in 37.52,  Stuart Waters 208th in 37.58, Andy Butcher 212th in 38.11,  Marc Davies 256th in 39.45,  Brian Smith 279th in 40.46,  Christine Burn 368th, and 2nd F60, in 45.38,  Alison Butcher 404th in 47.37,  Andrea Almack 406th in 47.29,  (a quicker chip time than Alison, but lower down the order on gun time),  Cath Lumb 448th in 50.11,  Hannah Pollit 450th in 50.31,  Ian Codling 469th in 53.15,  Linda Simms, in her first ever race, 473rd in 53.20,  Bev Davies 476th in 53.51,  Marian Codling 502nd in 59.25 and Liz Stephenson 512th in 63.33.
The Fountains Abbey Park Run, saw Laura Bosomworth 34th out of 217 in 21.48, just pipping Charlotte Wilton, 35th in 21.49,  Steven Scott 58th in 23.25,  Nigel Morgan 103rd in a new personal best 27.11,  and Paul Adams 141st in 29.31.

At Darlington, Greg MacDonald and Steve Middleton were in fierce competition, Greg getting the edge to come 2nd out of 242 in 17.26, with Steve 4th in 17.45,  Malcolm Aitken 92nd in a new PB 24.44, and Brian Smith 205th in 33.10.

Pete Wilkin was in an altogether different type of race, 25 miles at Blubberhouses with 2904 feet of climb.  The race took in Bolton Abbey, Fewston Reservoir and Beamsley Beacon and Pete came 25th out of 174 in an excellent 4 hours!

Fran Jeffery could top that, as she completed the Hardmoors 55 – the title, hard and over moors – gives some idea of the terrain!  Setting off very early, the race is based on Guisborough and takes in, to name but a few, the Cleveland Way, Roseberry Topping and Little Roseberry, Captain Cook’s Monument,  Kildale, Clay Bank, Carlton Bank, Black Hambleton, by which time head torches were needed, Boltby Forest and Kilburn Woods before returning to Guisborough in under 15 hours, an incredible time and achievement.  There were some seriously steep climbs and descents along the way in amongst all that – and some sore knees at the finish!  Well done, Fran.

A couple of weeks previously, Danielle Donohue was at the Spen 20, coming 159th out of 233 in 2.56.20, and on the same day, Steve Middleton, in a fine vein of form, was 6th out of 117 in 2.04.29 at the more local Locke Park 20 at Redcar.
Again on the same day, John Yates, on the far side of the world, came 3rd overall in the Run for Leprosy 10k in a time of 40.59, his best time for ages, and his best time ever in South East Asia.