Race Report 13/07/21

As the restrictions over the pandemic look like being reduced and actual races are being organised, the need for Virtual Races is also reduced, and after 28 of these, the pressure on Rob Burn to come up with the goods is also reduced!  This does not reduce their popularity, and the latest one, the virtual HDSRL organised by TSH along the Cleveland Way from Sutton Bank to Snek Yat and back, a total of about 7 miles, attracted 72 finishers.  The weekend had forecast thunder and lightning with rain, but in the event, it was very warm and sunny at times – maybe too warm for running – and if you did get a shower, you were unlucky.  This was another event when the best ladies made a foray into the top 10 finishers, with Gemma Tutty 1st lady and 6th overall in 51.58.  2nd lady was consistent and competitive Trudy Morrice, 7th overall in 52.49, Bronwyn Mayo 3rd, and 9th overall in 53.23, Lorraine Hiles 4th in 56.02, Kirsty Naylor 5th in 58.02, Hilary Coventry 6th in 62.52, the ever improving Sarah Harrison 7th in 62.34, Andrea Colls 8th in 62.36, Clare Tempest 9th in 64.26 and Sonja van der Westhuisen 10th in 64.50.
Paul Peacock, who loves this sort of race (well, any sort, really!) recorded the fastest time of 43.32, with Tom Levi 2nd in 44.03, Matt Jones 3rd in 47.55, Joe Poole 4th in 49.33, Josh Cooper 5th in 50.58, Rob Burn (and who could be more consistent and competitive than Rob?) 6th in 52.49, Alan Simpson 7th in 53.42, Adrian Elsworth 8th in 54.18, Mike Lowther 9th in 54.20 and Jody Sygrove 10th in 54.46.
Others taking part, in time order, were Joe Lofthouse, Gary Bastow, David Tervit, Andy Butcher, Paul Bradford, Brett Edgeworth, Pedro Carrasco, Gary Wilkinson, Duncan Fothergill, Elloit Readman, Lee Harris-Harmer, Goeff Bullock, Adrian Saunders, Mike Cropper, Dave Baker, Dave Wood, Marc Davies, Gavin Coventry, Tracey Lowther, Paul Goacher, Louise Mayfield, Trish Radford, Ken Evitt, Joanne Hunt, David Palmer, Lucy Sillars, James Stephenson, Alison Butcher, Ruth Pollard, Steve Billings, Joe Joyce, Chris Wordsworth, Liz Wordsworth, Richard Easby, Stephanie Hawkins, Clare Jones, Margaret Wikeley, Christine Burn, Bev Davies, Ellen Brookes, Pat Kirby, Phillip Craig, Hugh Jenyns, Sarah Goacher, Craig Atherton, Maureen Worley, Liz Stephenson, Sharon Keegan, Denise Gandy, Kimberli Werner, Ian Codling and Marian Codling.
The Harrogate and District Summer Race League is organising a few virtual races of its own, and this was one of them, with members of other participating clubs invited to take part.  There will be a couple of actual races as well as two or three more virtual races, for which runners must sign up if they want to be involved.
Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers are always welcoming to new members and anyone wondering about giving us a try should turn up at about 6.40 pm at the track at Sowerby Gateway on any Monday or Wednesday evening.

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