Marian’s Weekly race round up – W/C 11/11/13

With the Club Championship getting to a critical stage, there were 14 Harriers among the 117 finishers of the Clay Bank West fell race, the penultimate race of the series.  On a fine, bright, very cold morning, meaning ice in places, Stephan Tomaszewski led club members home, 23rd in 36.28, with Rob Burn 28th, and 1st M60, in 37.15,  Marc Davies, splendid again, 58th in 44.36,  David Read 78th in 47.00,  Bryan Miller 85th in 48.18,  Carol Morrison 87th, and 1st F50, in 48.24,  Hilary Coventry 88th in 48.26,  Alan Rylance, in his first outing for the club, 90th in 49.06,  Steven Scott 97th in 52.25,  Pat Kirby 104th in 53.59,  Faith Coy, accompanied by husband Martyn, given 108th and 109th respectively in 59.00,  Claire Gillan 112th in 60.00 closely followed by Christine Burn, 113th in 60.30.

Fran Jeffery likes something more challenging and the previous day she was among the 100 or so runners who tackled the testing Hardmoors Goathland Trail Marathon, tesing both for length and terrain, though quite a bit of the route was on decent moorland trails.  Mallyan Spout offered some spectacular scenery as a diversion, plenty of crossing of streams, dark forest trails through Cropton Forest, and the inevitable steps to be got up or down which is a constant in these races.  Fran was troubled with a sore knee for about half the race and did well to complete the course in 6 hours 40 minutes.

The four more “senior” members who entered the Maltby 7 on a beautiful Sunday morning prefer something which is much more certain underfoot, and this friendly rural road race, only 30 minutes up the A19 from Thirsk, attracted 327 finishers. Richard Easby came 280th in 68.45, running with Chris Sykes, 281st in 68.46,  Ian Codling 302nd in 74.26 and Marian Codling 324th in 87.29.

Arrangements are well underway for the Thirsk 10 Road Race which the club hosts annually.  The date is March 23rd 2014 at Thirsk Racecourse and full details can be found on the club website here, on-line entries and paper forms at uk results.