Race Report 03/10/2017

It was a big celebration weekend for the club, beginning with a large turnout of runners and helpers at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, and thanks are due to Gillian Crane for co-ordinating the arrangements, including snacks for all finishers and a fabulous 40th Anniversary cake, cut at the cafe after the race for all to share.  There was,of course, also a run, in which Tom Levi was first club finisher, 7th in a PB time of 18.15, with Cameron Choules not far behind, 8th in 18.27 and Stephan Tomaszewski 12th in 19.02.  Bryan Miller took 20.08, Olivia Mulligan 20.13, Joseph Busuttil 20.20, Jody Sygrove 20.53, Rob Burn 20.57, Charlotte Wilton 20.59, Michael Lowther, in his first ever Park Run, 21.40, Brett Edgeworth, also experiencing Park Runs for the first time, 22.10, Sonla van der Westhuisen in PB 22.22, Dave Baker 22.31, Hilary Coventry 22.38, Ian Crane in yet another PB 22.49, Paul van der Westhuisen 97th in PB 23.13, Marc Davies 23.38, Ken Wood, still struggling with injury, 24.15, Fran Jeffery 24.17, Andy Butcher 24.29, Richard Bailey 25.39, Heather Bell in PB 26.13, Pat Kirby 26.33, Joanne Hunt in PB 27.40, Rosie Gatenby 28.23, 10 year old Lilly Coy, in her first Park Run, 28.23, Faith Coy 28.37, Christine Burn 29.13, Drikus van der Westhuisen 32.06, Ian Codling 33.42, Alan Wikeley 34.18, Margaret Wikeley, in her first Park Run, 35.14, Wendy Bennett in PB 35.52, Liz Stephenson 35.53 and Kaye Harker, running with her young son, Jacob, 39.46.  Paul and Emma Adams took on the stressful task of timekeeping for the bumper number of 438 finishers in the race and coped admirably!

Celebrations continued in the evening with a Gala Dinner and dance at Thirsk Racecourse.  What an excellent evening, with a lovely meal and recollections of the past 40 years, all members and friends dressed in their finery and hardly recognisable form the usual running gear!  The Yorkshire Vet and former member, Julian Norton, was a very welcome guest speaker   Quizzes required members to think back to 1977, not an easy task, and thanks are due to Bev Davies and Margaret Wikeley for the organisation of the event.

It was business as usual the next day, when 3 members took on the Grewelthorpe Challenge over 13k well organised by Ripon Runners.  Rain the previous night left the multi-terrain course over road, tracks and fields, muddy in places, with 3 tough hills totalling 1000 feet of ascent.  All revelled in it, and Rob Burn, getting back to more like his usual form, came 34th in 68.20, Lorraine Hiles 38th, and 1st F50, in 69.43 and David Read 49th in 73.16.  Fiona Bellas tackeld her first triathlon, the Teesdae Mini Triathlon, with a quarter mile swim, 18 mile cycle and 3 mile run.  She was delighted with the event, finishing 22nd out of 40.  Ian and Marian Codling prefer something flatter, and entered the Beacon 5k at Redcar, part of a festival day of running in the Everyone Active series organised by New Marske Harriers, and also including a 2k run and a half marathon.  Ian, in his 750th race in total, (congratulations on that) came 164th out of 222 in 33.51 and Marian 194th in 37.49.  The only other Park Runner of the weekend was Hayley Tyson, 235th out of 718 at Sheffield Hallam  in 24.58.