Race Report 27/08/19

The 8th running of the Sessay Swift 6k once again attracted a strong field of runners form a wide area, but mostly fairly locally, with 40 from the club and more than 60 Ripon Runners, for this fast, flat 1 lap road race.  The race was nicely sandwiched in between some heavy showers and conditions were generally good for this latest club championship event.  The winner, John Ashton from Leeds City AC, finished in a record time of 18.22, a full 27 seconds quicker than the previous record – an amazing speed.  1st lady was Zara Knappy of Rotherham Harriers, 16th overall out of 254 in 21.46. Tom Levi continued his great run of form to come 4th in 20.09, with Joshua Fothergill, emerging after exams, 12th in 21.29, Ken Wood, of whom more later, 28th in 23.19, Jack Spence, in his first outing for the club for a while, 31st in 23.26, Mike Cropper 34th in 23.34, Steohan Tomaszewski 37th in 23.51, Olivia Mulligan 40th, recovering wonderfully from a long lay off for illness and injury, 2nd lady, in 24.17, Jody Sygrove 48th in 24.38, Esther Harrison 57th and 3rd lady, in 26.05, Andy Butcher 62nd in 26.19, Tom Watson 69th in 26.35, David Tervit 76th in 26.43, Adrian Saunders 78th in 26.56, Rob Burn 88th in 27.28, Gary Wilkinson 104th in 28.38, David Baker 106th in 28.57, Paul Bradford 112th in 29.05, Clare Tempest 125th in 29.48, Phillip Craig 145th in 31.19, Faith Coy 156th in 31.59, Heather Bell 159th 32.18, Alison Butcher 163rd in 32.28, Trish Radford 165th in 32.34, Joanne Hunt 170th in 33.00, Chris Wordsworth 173rd in 33.27, Rosie Gatenby 186th in 34.17 Sara Langstaff 188th in 34.46, Sue Low 189th in 34.47, Paul Adams 192nd in 34.55, James Stephenson 196th , in 35.15, Lianne Robinson 198th in 35.44, Claire Duffey 204th in 36.52, Linda Bamforth 208th in 37.07, Christine Burn 213th in 37.31, Drikus Van Der Westhuisen 225th in 38.36, Richard Easby 228th in 39.06, Jemma Cropper 233rd in 39.35, Margaret Wikeley 236th in 41.03, Oliver Lewis 249th in 43.52 and
Ian Codling 251st in 46.11.

An event like this could not happen without the support of many members and friends who didn’t run – thankyou to them, and to many of the runners who also helped before and after the race.  A barbeque organised by Sessay Cricket Club rounded off the evening nicely!

A new race on the calendar, the Hawnby 10k, attracted 50 or so runners for this challenging, mainly off road event which included 900 feet of ascent mostly in the first half, over paths, tracks and fields  It was generally described as a great event, and Thirsk and Sowerby members were in among the prizes again, with Ken Wood actually winning the race and Lorraine Hiles winning the ladies’ race.  Congratulations to both!  Kirsty Naylor was 2nd lady, and Alan Simpson also had a good run.

A dozen or so members enthusiastically tackled the Marathon du Malton, Britain’s “tastiest 10k”,  loosely following the lines of the French Marathon du Medoc, where food and drink probably take precedence over the running for most people.  Fran Jeffery, Helen Ashworth, Hilary Coventry, Faith and Martyn Coy, Liz and Chris Wordsworth, Tracy Hayden, Caroline Pearce, Trish Radford and Siobahn Woodland, were the club members involved, many in fancy dress, and were able to sample lobster crostini, red wine, macaroons, quiche, gin, beer, flapjacks, mostly in the second part of the race, with beer at the finish and a commemorative glass for all.

Fran Jeffery, Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry sampling macaroons during the Marathon du Malton

Lorraine Hiles and Kirsty Naylor, 1st and 2nd lady at the new Hawnby 10k

Members gathered before the Sessay Swift 6k on Wed.


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