Race Report 04/02/20

Another busy weekend at Fountains Abbey saw 13 members among the 416 finishers at the Park Run, with Mike Cropper again on form, 17th in 20.26, Alan Simpson, recording a PB for the venue, 28th in 21.16, closely followed by Esther Harrison, 32nd in 21.35, and both aiming to be under 21 minutes!  Pete Jackson came 67th in 23.19, Tom Watson 70th in PB 73.25, junior member, Jacob Heatlie, 183rd in 28.12, Paul Adams 189th in 28.33, Joanne Hunt 193rd in 28.43, Jemma Cropper 274th in 32.08, Kimberli Werner 348th in 35.56, Ian Codling 384th in 39.38 and Marian Codling 385th in 39.40.

Duncan Fothergill tried out Millfield for the first time and finished 29th out of 160 in 25.25, Geoff Bullock 38th in 56.29, James Stephenson 59th in 29.14 and Liz Stephenson 128th in PB 36.46.

Dalby Forest is the favourite venue for Rob and Christine Burn, with Rob finishing 23rd out of 196 in 22.05 and Christine 138th in 32.17.  Ken Evitt was 62nd out of 93 at Northallerton in 30.14.

The previous weekend was the latest of the 5k Muddy Roads 5k Trail Races, this time at the Acorn Centre, with mainly solid tracks, woodland paths, and some serious mud in places. Among the 81 finishers, Alan Wikeley took 38.49, Ian Codling 43.36 and Marian Codling 44.50.

Thirsk 10 is occupying the minds of the organising committee, over a new course this year, still mostly flat, and entries are coming in well.  It will be the 42nd running of the event, which started life as the Northallerton to Thirsk 10 mile road race, beginning near Sam Turners and finishing in Thirsk Market Place.  In about its 6th year, shortly after the first runners had set off, the crossing gates came down and the remainder of runners were at a serious disadvantage!  Club founder and race organiser, the late Norman Smith, then devised a route starting and finishing at Thirsk Racecourse and passing through Sowerby, Newsham Road, Sandhutton and Carlton Miniott.  There has been various tweaks to the course over the years, including changing the date from June to winter months, and this years will be the latest incarnation.  Do sign up if you haven’t already – it’s a good course for someone trying a 10 mile race for the first time, and the Norman Smith Trophies are awarded to the first local runners, male and female, not attached to a running club.

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