Race Report & Club Championship update – 20/08/13

With the season getting well through, the positions in the Club Championship are hotting up!  After 11 races, Stephan Tomszewski and Rob Burn are battling it out in the lead in the Men’s Championship, with just a couple of points separating them at this stage, and Geoff Bullock and Graham Robinson are not far behind.  The ladies’ situation is slightly clearer with Nicola Booth in a commanding lead over Christin Burn, but with Pat Kirby coming up on the rails, there is still time for a change.
Pat Huck was the club’s sole representative in the York Millennium Bridge 5k last week coming 105th in a time of 33.54 in Race 2 and trying to get back into running after a long lay-off.

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Darlington 10k 2013

The popular and friendly Darlington 10k had 21 Harriers among its 1258 finishers on a fine morning for running.  The fairly flat, 2-lap course gives runners a chance to aim for a personal best time, and Steve Middleton certainly had a very good time, finishing 21st in a high class field in 35.14, with Stephan Tomaszewski 76th in 38.23,  Rob Burn 168th in 41.26, Graham Robinson, running well just now, 280th in 44.14,  Rob Lickley, improving with every run, 291st in 44.29,  Nicola Booth 390th in 46.35,  Steve Scott, another runner who shows continued improvement, 410th in 47.05,  Geoff Bullock 440th in 47.41, Rebecca Hartley 527th in 49.10,  Pat Kirby 544th, and 1st F60 prize winner, in 48.54,  Paul Goacher 550th in 49.53, Fiona Needham 561st in 49.42 (the discrepancy here arises through the difference in finishing order and chip timing), Marc Davies 565th in 50.10,  Stuart Waters 608th in 50.55,  Brian Smith 628th in 51.12,  Christine Burn 908th in 56.50,  Chris Sykes 926th in 56.07,  Richard Easby 1010th in 58.42,  Phillip Craig 1093rd in 61.58,  Ian Codling 1094th in 63.22 – his best time for ages, and Bev Davies 1184th in 67.55, a personal best for her.

Many apologies to Fran Jeffery for missing her name off the Blakey Blitz Fell Race report last week.  Having shed “blood, sweat and tears”, she finished 68th in 136.09!


Harriers at the Darlington 10k 2013


A busy week’s racing

Rob Lickley was the first club finisher of the 9 Harriers who ran in the Jane Tomlinson 10k at York at the weekend, in a very good 46.33.  With around 6000 runners taking part on a course which started and finished at the Knavesmire and took in Micklegate Bar, Coney Street and Goodramgate, to name but a few, it wasn’t easy to do a good time, though the weather was fairly ideal.  Steve Scott had a good run to finish in 48.09, with Rebecca Hartley, improving with every run, taking 49.16,  Marc Davies 52.17,  Claire Gillan another runner getting better with each outing, 57.01,  Andrea Almack 61.11,  Ian Codling 64.58 – achieving his target of getting inside 65 minutes,  Bev Davies 70.09 and Marian Codling 78.12.

Fell racers have had a busy week with seven members among the 85 finishers of the Gribdale Gallop on Wednesday, on an evening which started wet and got wetter, making underfoot conditions very slippery in places.  The race began at Great Ayton, along to Captain Cook’s Monument and taking in the Hanging Stones, Roseberry Topping and Little Roseberry.  Hester Cox lead members home to come 37th in 66.11, an amazing result considering that just a few days before, she had covered 50 miles in the Lakeland Ultra Race.  Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry were competitive throughout, with Helen edging it to finish 58th in 74.30 and Hilary 60th in 74.45.  Fran Jeffery was next, 71st in 79.06, a personal best for the course, just ahead of Carol Morrison 72nd, and 1st F50, in 79.12 and Pat Kirby, 1st F60, in 80.59.  Veteran runner Alan Wikeley was next, 76th in 87.59 and Rebecca Hartley, new at fell racing, 79th in 89.34.  The ladies’ Team came 4th.

Just a few days later, most of the above were at the Blakey Blitz Fell Race, Race 10 of the Summer Series, when again, Hester Cox was first again club finisher, 34th in 109.51, with Hilary Coventry 63rd in 132.31,  Pat Kirby 71st, and 1st F60, in 140.00, along with Carol Morrison, given the same time.  Alan Wikeley came 74th in 143.15.  The Ladies’ Team got 2nd prize, helping them to maintain their place at the top of the team leaderboard!

A week previously, on July 27th, Hester Cox competed in the Lakeland 50 Ultra Race, along with 586 others.  The race starts at the northern end of Ullswater and finishes at Coniston, taking in Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite, with very many climbs and descents, as you might imagine!  The weather started off sunny, but torrential downpours later in the day added to the difficulties and Hester was delighted to cpmplete the race in under 12 hours, finishing 76th, and 9th lady, in 11.42.00.  What a fantastic performance and result. Click here for Hester’s report.

John Yates has been busy in the south of England, where hot days tend to be even hotter than up here!  In the D’Urbeville 10k, in “killer heat” along tacks and trails in Dorset, he came a very good 14th in 41.36.  The New Forest 10 was his next race, also very hot, where he was 38th in 1.10.29, and in the Fell Runners’ Marathon in North Devon he was 24th in 4.08.23, which sounds a very good time.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Sessay Swift 6k on Aug 22nd, 7.30 pm.  Full details on the club website here.

The James Herriot 14k Run

The James Herriot 14k Run at the weekend is Race 10 in the Club Championship series and there was a good turnout of 20 members out of a field of 265.  The course is tough but beautiful and heavy overnight rain meant there was plenty of water around in places, with wind also a factor at times.  Stephan Tomaszewski, in his usual excellent form, lead members home, finishing 19th in 64.54, picking up the prize for the 2nd V50 male.  Rob Burn, ever consistent, came 36th in 68.04, followed by Bryan Miller, just going from strength to strength, 95th in 76.40,  Nicola Booth 129th in 79.59,  Helen Ashworth, another member in flying form, 138th in 81.57,  Pat Kirby 144th in 82.25,  and Carol Morrison 149th in 82.54.  Marc Davies and Geoff Bullock had a ding dong battle at the finish, with Marc just edging it to come 169th in 85.44 and Geoff 170th in 85.45.   Fiona Needham was next, 176th in 86.18,  Nicola Jenkins 180th in 86.46,  Hywel Smith 189th in 88.20,  Alan Wikeley 220th in 94.19,  Faith Coy 221st in 94.24,  Christine Burn 234th in 99.41,  Claire Gillan 239th in 100.43,  Cath Lumb 250th in 105.15,  Phillip Craig 254th in 106.45,  Ian Codling 258th in 112.41 and Marian Codling, definitely out of her comfort zone, 265th in 132.53.

Hot Racing!

The Victorian 10k is run over a level course and is a good race for achieving a fast time, which Steve Middleton duly did, finishing 15th in an excellent 35.36.  Bryan Miller, more used to being on the fell-racing circuit, tested out his speed and did a wonderful 43.26, vastly improving his personal best time and coming 77th, with Chris Sykes well pleased with 154th in 54.25 and Richard Easby 172nd in 59.44.

The course for the Harrogate Town Centre 10k was much hillier, but at east for both races, conditions were more conducive to running, being several degrees cooler than of late.  John Bishop lead club runners home, coming 258th out of a field of 440 in 51.15 with Ian Codling 423rd in 64.26 and Marian Codling 434th in 72.36.

Craig Lee was at an altogether more challenging event, the Castle Howard triathlon, with a 1500m swim, 46k cycle section and a 10k run, completing the course in a superb 2.50.19.  He finished 39th out of about 1200 entrants, a fantastic achievement!

At the Burton Leonard 10k the previous week, when the temperature was much higher, and the race was held in the afternoon, Ian Codling came 169th in 70.43 and Marian Codling 183rd in 87.22 out of a field of 186.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Sessay Swift 6k on Aug 22nd.  Full details on the club website.

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