Race Report 07/01/20

The club year, and Championship, got off to a flying start with Captain Cooks Fell Race, up to the monument and back on New Year’s Day, over 5.5 miles with some very tough climbs and descents, leaving the legs throbbing for several days!  To celebrate 50 years of fell races, 50 special events have been designated throughout the area and the first of these was the Captain Cooks race, attracting an unusually large field of 449.  Tom Levi was first club finisher, 10th in 33.52, Stephan Tomaszewski 72nd in 39.33, Ken Wood 78th in 39.45, Alan Simson 129th in 42.36.  Rob Burn was next, in his element over a course like this and finishing 148th in 43.39, taking the prize for 1st M65.  Esther Harrison came 174th in 44.52, Lorraine Hiles, floating along as usual, 196th, and 1st F55, in 45.57, Jack Fisher, getting his first experience of senior fell racing, 193rd in 45.52, Andy Butcher 208th in 46.38, just pipping Marc Davies, 209th in 46.40, Paul Chapman 242nd in 48.19, David Tervit, like everyone else, looking very tired at the finish, 258th in 49.33, Fran Jeffery 266th in 49.47, Kirsty Naylor 283rd in 50.34,  Martyn Coy 303rd in 51.51, Duncan Fothergill 354th in 54.46, Faith Coy 383rd in 57.29, James Stephenson 392nd in 58.42, Alison Butcher 416th in 62.25 and Christine Burn 438th in 71.47.

The Stuart Pailor Memorial Old Monks Race took place at the weekend, with 273 runners setting off from the village of Hart, near Hartlepool, for this friendly, well organised, 5.5 mile multi terrain race.  With some hills and dips through woodland on tracks and some road, it was an intersting and varied course.  Stephan Tomaszewski came 30th in 39.10, Ian Codling 270th, and 1st M75, in 78.28 and Marian Codling 272nd in 81.54.

New Year’s Day is one day in the year when it is possible to do 2 park runs, with local venues collaborating, one to start at the usual 9am and the other 11am.  Rosie Gatenby achieved this, and at the Scunthorpe event, she came 410th out of 920 in 29.00 and at Normanby Hall, 385th out of 741 in 29.42.  Did many of the runners go from one to the other?  In any case, she finished almost exactly half way down the field in both cases!

483 were at Fountains Abbey for the usual Saturday time, and Lorraine Hiles was first club finisher, 55th in 21.46, 3rd lady, with an effort percentage over 82, Linda Bamforth 282nd in 30.29, Paul Adams 290th in 30.40 and Ian Codling 444th in 38.40.  (Marian was marshalling at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley, where, sadly, there were no T & S runners)

5 members were among the 89 at Northallerton, Adrian Saunders coming in 13th in 24.05, Paul Bradford 19th in 24.46, Rosie Gatenby 49th in 28.42, Ken Evitt 54th in 29.40 and Richard Easby 74th in 34.06.  At Millfield, Tom Watson came 14th out of 189 in 22.23 and Steve Scott 88th in 28.52.  Diane Brown was 376th out of 385 at Heslington in 43.17, and at Castle Howard, Alan Simpson, in fine form just now, finished 16th out of 247 in PB 21.44, Geoff Bullock 64th in 26.29 and Kimberli Werner 185th in PB 35.17.

Kirsty Naylor, Lorraine Hiles, Alan Simpson, David Tervit, Martyn Coy, Fran Jeffery, Marc Davies at the start of the Captain Cook Fell Race

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