Race report 05/01/21

Another year, another set of virtual races, arranged by the ever enthusiastic and encouraging Rob Burn.  To get out in the woods on a bright frosty morning, you could feel a million miles away from anything covid related! What a relief! The virtual Captain Cook’s Fell Race, set around the actual race which is always on New Year’s day, took place in Wass Woods, over a course located with red arrows.  This was fine, until a couple of inches of snow on Saturday night covered them almost completely and the first one which was visible was almost at the half way point! If you hadn’t done a recce, you might have been struggling! About 80 or so members and guests completed the out and back run and as far as I know, no-one got lost.  Josh Fothergill was the quickest, covering the 5 mile course in 33.33 minutes with Matt Jones 2nd in 34.51, Stephan Tomaszewski 3rd in 35.09, Paul Peacock 4th in 35.23, Alan Simpson 5th in 36.53, Rob Burn 6th in 37.03, Ken Wood 7th in 37.54, David Tervitt 8th in 38.45 and Jody Sygrove 9th in 40.37. and Mike Lowther 10th in 40.37.

Esther Harrison usually leads the way for the ladies, and she was again fastest finisher, 7th overall, and 1st lady, in 37.19.  Trudy Morrice, flying over the snowy surface as if it was hard tarmac, 2nd lady and 9th overall, in 37.54, with the ever improving Rosie Gatenby 3rd in 43.09, Hilary Coventry 4th in 44.08, Helen Ashworth 5th in 44.47, Clare Tempest 6th in 45.26, Fran Jeffery, in her element, 7th in 45.26, Louise Mayfield 8th in 45.32, Joanne Hunt 9th in 48.37 and Faith Coy 10th in 49.48.  Other members taking part – the also rans, you might say, were Brett Edgeworth, Paul Chapman, Marc Davies, Gavin Coventry, Gary Wilkinson, David Fawkes, Andy Butcher, Duncan Fothergill, Dave Baker, Richard Morrice, Adrian Saunders, Geoff Bullock, Dave Wood, Paul Goacher, Joe Joyce, Steve Billings, Ken Evitt, Martyn Coy, Lindsay Goom, Kirsty Naylor, James Stephenson, Andrea Colls, Sarah Harrison, Sonja Van Der Westhuisen, Alison Butcher, Paul Adams, Tracey Lowther, Trish Radford, David Palmer, Liz Wordsworth, Sarah Goacher, Christine Burn, Chris Wordsworth, Margaret Wikeley, Marianne Morrice, Bev Davies, Kimberli Werner, Jack Spence, Rhiannon Richards, Richard Easby, Drikus Van Der Westhuisen, Gillian Crane, Phillip Craig, Clare Jones, Pat Kirby, Nigel Morgan, Alan Wikeley, Liz Stephenson, Ian Crane, Jacob Condor, Kerry Morgan, Tom Levi, Siobhan Woodland, Marian Codling and Ian Codling.  A fantastic start to the year.  Well done, everyone.

Well done also to Phillip Craig who set out with the target of running 1000 miles during 2020. He achieved this comfortably, ending up with 1021 miles, including several marathon distances and an ultra distance or two. Many congratulations, Phillip. (He even spent Christmas Day litter picking!)

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