Sun Shine On The Fells And Rain On The Roads

On Feb 26th, no fewer than 23 Harriers were among the 163 finishers of the Commondale Clart Fell Race, the latest race in the Club Championship series.  It was a lovely morning following a dryish week, which made the going slightly less clarty than usual and Noel Clough lead the club runners home to finish in a very good 18th in 39.03 with Stephan Tomaszewski next, 22nd in 39.41.  Merv Burn was 26th in 40.24,  Kevin Winfield 41st in 42.26,  Rob Burn 43rd in 42.45,  Pete Wilkin, in fighting form again after a scare, 46th in 43.11,  Geoff Bullock Jun 75th in 47.06,  Hester Cox 79th in 47.25, Lorraine Hiles 86th in 48.06,David Read 88th in 48.26,  Geoff Bullock Sen 107th in 50.32,  Paul Goacher 110th in 51.00,  Carol Morrison 112th in 51.11,  Nicola Booth 115th in 51.54,  Hilary Coventry 130th in 54.20,  Steve Booth 131st in 54.28,  Fran Jeffery 135th in 56.22,  Cath Lumb 151st in 60.48, Christine Burn 152nd in 62.31,  Ian Codling 160th in 66.11,  Sue Reynard 161st in 66.28,  Pam Sherlock 162nd in 83.35 and Marian Codling 163rd in 84.10.  For several runners it was their first ever fell race and all acquitted themselves well.  The ladies’ team finished 3rd and the men’s team 4th in the team events.
Hester Cox’s result was particularly impressive as, the previous day,she had competed in the High Cup Nick Fell Race from Dufton.  It was 9 miles in length with a high calibre field and once again, the day was perfect for running.  Hester finished 120th out of 171 in a time of 1.31.45.
The following weekend, Mar 4th, Alan Harman was among the 507 finishers of the Haweswater Half Marathon, his 7th running of that event.  On a dry, cold morning he came 363rd in a time of 1.57.33.
On the east side of the country, for the Norton 9 near Doncaster, it was anything but dry!  It rained during the journey there, during the whole of the race, and on the whole way back.  There was sleet in the rain making it feel very cold, which was a pity for this pleasant ruralrace, mainly flat with just a few undulations.  Ian Codling came 319th out of the 341 finishers in 92.37 with Marian Codling 335th in 102.34.
The club’s road race, the Thirsk 10, takes place on Mar 25th based on Thirsk Racecourse and starting at 11 am.  It is a flat course, perfect for achieving a PB, and entries are welcome from runners of all abilities, though you must be over 16 years of age.  A Fun Run for more junior and maybe less confident senior runners, starts at 10 am, and entries for both races can be taken on the day.  Full information can be found on the club’s website at www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk.