Thirsk 10

The Gods looked down on Thirsk on Sun 24th March when the day dawned fine and dry, even though bitterly cold and with a wind, for the 35th running of the annual Thirsk 10 Road Race ! Conditions underfoot were perfect for road running, with no suggestion of ice or the snow which had been on the ground the previous day. The race was able to go ahead when races all around had to be cancelled because of snow, and some runners who might have been at races at Harewood or Blackpool or Coniston or Bradford or elsewhere, came to Thirsk, scarecly able to believe that the race would be “on”.
On it was, and 576 competitors from all around the north and further afield, completed the course, with the wind aiding the runners on the way out but definitely affecting them on the return down Station Road.
Two wheelchair competitors from Wakefield Harriers commented on being able to travel at 20 mph on the way out and only 9 mph on the return!
The winner of the race was James Askew of Durham City Harriers in a time of 54.17, though all the first few runners were in one of the most competitive finishes for years, with James Bulman of New Marske Harriers 2nd in 54.20 and Shaun O’Grady, also of New Marske, 3rd in 54.26.




Men’s race winner James Askew.




The first lady home, Alyson Dixon of Sunderland Strollers, obviously not affected too much by the wind, finished in an excellent overall 8th position in a recent record time of 57.10, with Charlotte Sanderson of Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers 2nd, and 39th overall, in 61.56, and Helen Cross of Pocklington Runners 3rd, and 47th overall, in 62.44. A couple of other Thirsk and Sowerby members took part, with Rob Lickley, just getting better and better, 128th in 69.02 and David Fawkes 355th in 83.58. 




Lady’s race winner Alyson Dixon (photograph courtesy of Andrew Thrippleton)



The race could not have gone ahead without the large and enthusiastic bunch of club members, friends and family, who stood about in the freezing cold, marshalling and encouraging runners, for as long as it was necessary  and most runners expressed their appreciation. Sincere thanks go to the marshals, and especially the lead marshal, Phillip Craig. They were able to get thoroughly warm after the race with a very sociable and enjoyable Indian meal in the evening!

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