Race Reports

Race Report 16/02/21

The virtual races just keep coming because of the enthusiasm of Rob Burn, and grateful thanks from all members for that.  The latest one, the virtual Holme House Prison cross country, a distance just over 3 miles could be run over 4 days, with a choice of route if you didn’t live in and around Thirsk to do the out and back course sorted out by Rob. Two kissing gates in each direction were an added obstacle!  The icy cold weather and rutted terrain with a good covering of snow meant that care was needed, and for the first time for many months, the top ten finishers were all men.  Andrew Price is unbeatable at the minute and finished in a time of 20.11 with Josh Fothergill 2nd in 20.46, Matt Jones 3rd in 21.16, just ahead of Paul Peacock, 4th in 21.16.  David Fawkes, a couple of minutes slower, came 5th in 23.27, Joe Lofthouse 6th in 23.27, Adam Leigh 7th in 23.34, Ken Wood 8th in 23.39, Josh Cooper 9th in 23.46 and Walter Busuttil, finding some of his early form 10th in 23.55.   

Trudy Morrice is usually among the top finishers and this time she was 1st lady in 25.12, with Lorraine Hiles 2nd in 26.06, new member, Gemma Tutty, 3rd in 26.11, Lyndsey Collins, another newish member, 4th in 26.34, Hilary Coventry 5th in 26.48, Helen Ashworth 6th in 26.54, Clare Tempest 7th in 27.33, Kirsty Naylor 8th in 27.54, Sonja van der Westhuisen 9th in 29.20 and Joanne Hunt 10th in 30.33. 

The popularity of these events is borne out by the fact that almost 90 members and guests took part on what were, for the most part, bitterly cold days, with winds for good measure!  Other finishers were Tom Levi, coming back from injury, Gary Bastow, Mike Lowther, Gary Wilkinson, ever improving Richard Morrice, chit chat king Paul Chapman, Brett Edgeworth, Adrian Saunders, Pedro Carrasco, Dave Baker, David Tervit, Marc Davies, Andy Butcher, Dave Wood, Alan Simpson, Mike Cropper, Duncan Fothergill, evergreen Geoff Bullock, Joe Joyce, Martyn Coy, David Palmer, Jack Spence, Andrea Colls, James Stephenson, Steph Hawkins, Paul Goacher, Sarah Harrison, Lyndsay Goom, Sarah Scott, Steve Billings, Tracey Lowther, Louise Mayfield, Trish Radford, Faith Coy, Alison Butcher, Ken Evitt, Paul Adams, Richard Easby, injured Rob Burn, Hugh Jennyns, Sarah Goacher, Bev Davies, Heather Bell, Jacob Condor, Pat Kirby, Sharon Keegan, Clare Jones Drikus van der Westhuisen, Margaret Wikeley, Carol Morrison, Phillip Craig, Gillian Crane, Christine Burn, Liz Stephenson, Rosie Gatenby, Beverley Ayres, Alan Wikeley, (injured?) Esther Harrison, Ian Crane, Kimberli Werner, Maureen Worley, Siobhan Woodland, 11 year old Reuben Coy and Marian Codling.  A mention to 8 year old Matilda Price, who was introduced by her father, Andrew to running on hard rutted ground in a biting wind!  A good fist she made of it, too, finishing in 35.47.

Well done to all our happy band of members, who will turn out in all weathers and whatever conditions to do these races – and enjoy them!

Race Report 07/02/21

When there’s nothing much happening on the race front, you can always do the “Not the park run park run”, park run, timing yourself from your front door over a 5k distance and sending in your result to the park run organisation.  This week’s Thirsk and Sowerby participants were Mike Cropper, who took 23.06, Duncan Fothergill 25.04, just pipping Pete Jackson 25.05, Paul Chapman 25.58, Gary Wilkinson 28.06, Sonja Van Der Westhuisen 28.20, Sharon Keegan 33.54 and Liz Stephenson 38.50.  It is open at all to anyone who wants to sign up for park runs, which are a must each Saturday in normal times!

Race Report 02/02/21

Another weekend, another race, this time the virtual Ormesby cross country, which you could run over a prescribed course or find a muddy course near your home.  Those who lived in or near Thirsk generally chose the prescribed course over a distance just under 3 miles, and submitted a time when they got home.  If you ran on the Thursday or Friday, you ran through mud, but on Saturday and Sunday the ground was frozen.  An interesting aspect of this race was the Buddha sitting in the hedge beside the route, silently watching runners either slushing by or sliding by!  Andrew Price got the quickest time, 20.17, with Joshua Fothergill not far behind in 20.21.  Paul Peacock came 3rd in 21.00, Matt Jones 4th in 23.10, Ken Wood 5th in 23.20, with David Fawkes 6th in 23.30, Michael Lowther 7th in 23.58, Rob Burn 8th in 25.04, Alan Simpson 9th in 25.18 and the improving Richard Morrice 10th in 26.28.  
There was a clutch of ladies in amongst these early men, with the fastest, Esther Harrison, a very good 4th overall in 22.55.  Trudy Morrice was 2nd lady, 9th overall, in 24.07 and newcomer Sarah Yeomans 3rd in 25.03, 10th overall.  Always well up the list, Lorraine Hiles was 4th lady in 26.17, Helen Ashworth 5th in 26.47, Hilary Coventry 6th in 27.07, another new member, Lyndsey Collins, 7th in 27.55, Tracey Naylor 8th in 28.31, Fran Jeffery 9th in 29.24 and Kirsty Naylor 10th in 30.30.  
In total, 80 members and guests took part, and members outside the top 10 men and ladies were Martyn Coy, Pedro Carrasco, Marc Davies, Duncan Fothergill, Gary Wilkinson, Joe Joyce, Dave Wood, Brett Edgeworth, Dave Baker, David Tervit, Andy Butcher, Paul Chapman, Mike Cropper, Paul Goacher, Adrian Saunders, Ken Evitt, David Palmer, Geoff Bullock, Phillip Craig, Gavin Coventry, Sarah Harrison, James Stephenson, Sonja Van Der Westhuisen, Rosie Gatenby, Paul Adams, Jack Spence, Steph Hawkins, Alison Butcher, Sarah Goacher, Steve Billings, Rhiannon Richards, Marianne Morrice, Sarah Scott, Lyndsay Goom, Sharon Keegan, Trish Radford, Faith Coy, Kimberli Werner, Bav Davies, Jacob Condor, Drikus Van Der Westhuisen, Margaret Wikely, Gillian Crane, Beverley Ayres, Hugh Jenyns, Clare Jones, Christine Burn, Nigel Morgan, Siobhan Woodland, Ian Crane, Alan Wikeley, Ellen Brookes, Liz Stephenson, re-joined member, Simon McKeown, Louise Mayfield, Kerry Morgan, Tom Levi, Ian Codling and Marian Codling.
Well done to Rob Burn for sorting out another interesting course.

Race Report 26/01/21

Ever since March, there have been no races to enter, and the Park run enterprise has set up a “not the park run” park run, when you can run 5k near your home, time yourself and send in a result each week. Thousands of runners from all over the country, and even the world, take part, and this weekend, seven Thirsk and Sowerby members were involved. Matt Jones took 19.58, Gary Wilkinson 25.36, Paul Chapman 29.01, James Stephenson 31.38, Caroline Pearce 34.31, Tracy Hayden 35.08 and Liz Stephenson 46.27. Sadly, there is no coffee and a scone in the cafe at Fountains Abbey afterwards!

As you can tell from the photos, there was a virtual race organised this weekend but the results are not yet available.

Race Report 19/01/21

Members continue to run, though on their own and in spite of all the difficulties, and take encouragement from being a part of the club.  Rob Burn’s weekly newsletters give suggestions for sessions, and social media brings people together.  Hugh Jennyns, a re-joined member after a lapse of a few years has found the camaraderie and friendship inspiring, even though we are not at the moment able to meet together as a club, and when we did, it was in the dark.  This is a common theme with new members, who all talk of the friendship in the club.  Hugh says the £35 fee is a snip when compared with, say, gym membership, and hopes that before long normal service may be resumed!  And so say all of us!
A week or two ago, a call was put out for members to consider volunteering to help with the vaccine distribution at Northallerton Forum, and needless to say, several members were quick to step in.  One of them, Steve Billings, says how rewarding he has found it, and the gratitude of older people, many of whom have virtually not been out of their homes since March, is very moving.  Volunteers direct visitors with car parking or help when inside the Forum, and all runs smoothly.  No queues, says Steve, and with vaccines being distributed 12 hours a day, perhaps we can at last begin to see some reason for optimism? 
There is even talk that it may be possible to arrange a Thirsk 10 date before the year is out.  Fingers crossed!

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