Race Report 15/10/19

The Club held its AGM last week with a well attended company hearing about another successful year.  Duncan Fothergill remained in the Chair for another year, and Ken Wood remains as Vice Chair, but Fran Jeffery stood down as secretary after almost 10 years of conscientious and dedicated support for the club, and the same can be said of Nikki Booth who also stood down after several years as treasurer.  Well deserved presentations were made to both.  Sonja van der Westhuisen is also having a break from her role as a club coach and her kindness and enthusiasm will be missed.  Tracy Hayden and Trish Radford will share the position of secretary and Geoff Bullock is to be the new treasurer.  Rob Burn continues as Head Coach, Martyn Coy as Men’s Captain, Olivia Mulligan as Ladies’ Captain, and Liz Wordsworth as Web master.  General committee will include Nigel Morgan, Drikus van der Westhuisen and Sharon Keegan, and new members Tom Levi, Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry.

On a wet, damp misty Sunday morning, perhaps the longest race completed by a member was by Alan Harman at the Kielder Half Marathon.  This was his 110th race over that distance, and  what a lot of miles that adds up to, especially if you include all the training!  He was pleased with his time of 2.08.36, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and just managing to finish before the heavier rain started.

Conditions were pretty much the same for the Richmond Castle 10k road race, which, although shorter and mainly on roads, is still pretty tough with some severe hills.  Lorraine Hiles completed the course with her usual efficiency, coming 108th in 48.57 and winning the prize for the 1st F50.  Well done.  Ian Codling came 422nd out of 432 and was happy with 85.34.

A new race, the Studley Royal 10k, organised by Studley Cricket Club, had 75 finishers over a course which is hilly and mainly off road.  Tim Waistell was 65th in 72.10.

Shaon Keegan and Diane Brown continued their couch to 5k mission at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, with Sharon taking 38.43 and Diane 38.44.  Jody Sygrove at Northallerton was 6th out of 95 in PB 21.16.  At Millfield, Tom Watson was 13th out of 127 in PB 22.17, Pete Jackson 19th in PB 23.04 and Geoff Bullock 35th in 25.30.  Redcar was the venue for Gary Wilkinson, where he was 40th out of 158 in 25.00 and at Clumber Park, Molly Mayes was 230th out of 268 in 36.32.  Mike and Jemma Cropper tried out the Castle Howard event, Mike coming 7th out of 271 in 19.56 and Jemma 144th in 29.49.

The previous weekend, only 3 members were at the long, tough, Saltergate Gallows Fell Race, the latest club Championship race, so good points were to be had!  Determined and ever improving David Tervit finished in 45th place out of 81 in 2.13.42, Alan Simpson 53rd in 2.21.42 and Fran Jeffery 63rd in 2.25.14.  The race was over 17km with 430m ascent, in pouring rain, wet muddy course – and exactly Fran’s cup of tea!

Alan Harman with his medal and tee shirt from the Kielder Half Marathon

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