Race Report 20/07/21

It is good to see, with the end of lockdown, that actual races are appearing on the calendar, ending Rob Burn’s series of brilliant and sustaining virtual races.  The Harrogate 10k took place a week or so ago with almost 800 finishers.  The tough, multi terrain course in the Crimple Valley, starting and finishing at the Yorkshire Show ground was a challenge for anyone, and Tim Waistell took up the challenge from TSH.  He finished in 514th place in a creditable 62.47.

 Over the month of May, 7 Harriers entered a virtual Melmerby 10k with self timing on an appropriate watch!  Ken Wood took 47.13, Gary Wilkinson 47.47, Duncan Fothergill 51.03, Richard Easby 65.27, Caroline Pearce 66.32 and Maureen Worley 73.57.  Well done to the Melmerby organisers of this friendly, reasonably level, local race, and well done to those who took part.
  Racing really begins in earnest this week with the first actual Harrogate League event organised by Nidd Valley Runners and based at Sicklinghall on Wednesday and at the weekend, many members will take on the James Herriot Trail Race, a really tough event.  Before that, the long awaited Park Runs will resume on Saturday July 24th with runners heading for their favourite venue.  Over the past 14 months, notaparkrun park runs have been on offer, and the final one last Saturday included Martyn Coy in 23.14, Pete Jackson 24.42, Rob Lickley 26.48, Duncan Fothergill 26.50 just ahead of ever present Gary Wilkinson, 26.51, with Phillip Craig taking 33.53 and Hugh Jenyns, gradually coming back from injury, 34.47.  Thanks to Paul Chapman for supplying these results each week.
  The club offers a variety of challenges throughout the year, and this week there was a bleep test organised by Andy Butcher.  This allows for members to test both speed and endurance and 50 or so took part, ending with Tom Levi on top of the pile!
 There is still time to get your entry in for the few remaining places in the Sessay Swift 6k on August 18th.

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