Marian’s Weekly Race Report w/c 10/11/14

Runners stood for a minute’s silence at the start of the Dalby Dash 10k on Remembrance Sunday, on a fine cold morning in the lovely Dalby Forest.  The race has a level start followed by a mile+ pull uphill, after which it is fairly manageable, and Dan Holdsworth was once again in superb form to finish in 4th place out of 375 in a personal best time of 35.14, followed by Rob Lickley 72nd in 43.39,   Bryan Miller 81st in 44.15,  Steven Scott 125th in 47.14,  Alan Harman 136th in 48.14,  Claire Gillan 189th in 51.04,  Ian Codling 335th in 63.21 and Marian Codling 373rd in 78.27.

There were 364 finishers in the Maltby Road Race over about 7 miles, when again, a minute’s silence was observed, and Gary Dunn finished an excellent 3rd in 38.46,  Chris Sykes 274th in 65.29 and Richard Easby 312th in 69.08.

At the weekly parkrRun at Fountains Abbey, Steve Middleton was again in flying form, finishing 2nd in a very good 17.33, with Greg MacDonald 9th in 18.28,  Charlotte Wilton 38th in a new personal best 21.53,  Steven Scott 49th in 22.43,  Martin Cummins 65th in 23.42, first timer Rebecca Burgess 83rd in 25.06,  Jane Cummins 146th in 29.25 and Brian Smith 166th out of 216 in 330.29.
The Darlington parkrun had 203 finishers, the ever improving Gillian Crane coming 172nd in a new personal best 32.28 and Joanne Richardson 174th in 32.44.
All the above results pale into insignificance compared with the marathon ultra run achieved by the amazing Fran Jeffery!  The Hardmoors Goathland Trail Marathon, actually almost 28 miles, started in sunshine, but then it was downhill all the way, with soaking rain most of the time.  As the race passed Mallyan Spout, it was spouting more than usual and the course proceeded along Simon Howe Rigg, with plenty of mud on the narrow tracks in the heather, and the boggy bits getting worse across Wardle Green.  Fran managed to get in a “puddle” up to her knees.  There was some good track undulating through the forest, but then a steepclimb caused Fran to feel unwell, and it was a case of mind over matter for the next few miles. Things improved and she continued along the edge of Hazelhead Moor and through the bogs at Fylingdales – great care was needed or a wrong foot could have landed her in waist deep.  Three becks had to be leapt across and in only one of them did Fran get wet feet, before a final run in to the very welcome finish, a cup of hot tea and some food.  She was only 15 mintes slower than for the same race last year, in much worse conditions.  Congratulations!

John Yates competed in the recent Jakarta Half Marathon in hot, humid conditions over a flat course, finishing 20th in the Open category in 96.46.

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