Race Report 21/04/20

April is a quiet month for races, but one which could be relied on, up to now, was the London Marathon.  This year’s event has  for the moment been postponed and it remains to be seen whether it will take place.  Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers have competed in this event over the years and in 1988, David Catford, Mervyn Burn and Norman Smith – loved founder of the club in 1977, and now deceased, were the club’s entrants.  In 1995, Merv Burn did the race in 2.43, Rob Burn in 2.53, and Pat Kirby 3.47, all raising money for charities, as has always been the case.  2003 saw Alan Harman, Nigel Morgan, Pam Sherlock and Marian Codling on the finish line, Marian running under the WI banner on this occasion.  In 2004, Ian Codling decided it was his turn, and finished along with Ernie Huck and 4 others, 5 members, including Ian and Marian Codling in 2007, and 2009 saw Phillip Craig, Jill Knight and Ernie Huck on the start line.
Fell races continue throughout the year, and include Guisborough Moors, Clay Bank East, Eskdale Eureka, and Fox and Hounds, to name but a few.  In 1994, Charles Stead, always an outstanding runner for the club, was in the lead by about 3 minutes in the Guisborough Moors Fell Race when he took a wrong turn, easily done in a fell race with no marshals and always having to be on the lookout for small pieces of tape, and ended up eventually in 52nd place!  Fell Races have been discontinued for the time being, and runners are invited to send what would have been their entry fee to charities.
Hartlepool Marina 5 can mostly be relied on in April, and in recent years, has featured in the Club Championship.  It’s a popular race, out and back along the front at Hartlepool, and in the early days was stated by a blast from the cannon on the quayside!  In 2015, Cameron Choules, Stephan Tomaszewski and Ken Wood were high up in the finishing order.  The Mermaid 10k is also a regular, if Easter is in April.  It always takes place on Good Friday, and is another fast, flat, coastal race at Redcar.
Richard and Angela Hall were other competitive runners and finished high up, along with Stephan Tomaszewski, and Dusan Svoboda in the Ackworth Half Marathon in 2006, another club championship race that year.
Meanwood Valley Trail Race was always a regular, and if you can get up early enough to get to Dewsbury for a 9.30am start, you can still do the Dewsbury 10k.  It’s a fast out and back course, and one in which Gary Dunn always did well. 
In 2009, Pete Wilkin, Stewart Mechie, Noel Clough Gavin Coventry and Alan Wikeley headed to the Lake District for the 12 mile Anniversary Waltz Fell Race, and the Lake District is the regular venue for a Harriers social weekend.
Members are always in contact and trying to keep fit and active, and next weekend sees the first of the races in a virtual club championship, 5 miles in total, out and back from your home!

Jack Fisher, in happier times, just before the big shut down, nearing the finish of Thirsk 10

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