08/06/21

You begin to notice after a while what a lot of couples there are in a running club.  Running is one of those activities men and women can do, if not on equal terms, then at the same time.  Usually the male partner is quickest, though not always.  Out of about 160 members of Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, 40 people, or almost 25% for those with a mathematical bent, are part of a couple.  Perhaps the best known are Rob and Christine Burn, though Rob was running for many years, and probably at his very best, before Christine became less busy with work and was able to take up the sport.  If you can’t beat ’em join ’em!  This applies to many couples where one has started running and the other has decided it may also be for them.
 
Christine is not only Rob’s running partner but also his help and support, for instance when sorting out courses for the club’s virtual races, choosing awards for championships, or chocolates for the handicaps which in normal times have been handed out three times a year.  She is also a rein on his enthusiasms at times!  
 
When a race is organised, the partner of the run director will be very much involved with arrangements, putting mile markers on roads, and on the day of the race, placing distance markers at the side of the roads for the information of runners – and making sure they’re cleared away at the end!  With any race, there is always much to sort out, and spouses are usually involved – even those who are not necessarily members of the club.  Park runs invariably attract couples, each person going at their own pace, and both enjoying the sociables afterwards.
 
In fact, at this week’s notaparkrun park run, none of our couples were participating, and regular, Gary Wilkinson, was quickest in 23.40 over the 5k.  Martyn Coy took 23.49, Mike Lowther 24.22, Duncan Fothergill 25.33, Sarah Harrison 39.28, Hugh Jenyns 47.16, and Rosie Gatenby, on the hilliest possible course, 68.21.
 
A reminder to get your entry in for Sessay Swift 6k on August 18th.  It starts at 7.15 pm this year and the cricket club are laying on a socially distanced barbecue afterwards.
 
The club trains regularly at Sowerby Gateway on Monday and Wednesday evenings, about 7 pm – don’t be late.  If you think of taking up running, give this friendly club a try, when you will always get a warm welcome.
 

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