From Viking Chase To Home Made Cake

The Harewood 10 Mile Trail Race provided its usual challenge at the weekend, but, thankfully, the temperatures of earlier in the week had dropped and there was even the occasional spot of rain.  Even so, it was warm for running this testing off-road race which was also a club championship race, but 390 runners managed to complete the distance. Les Sutton-Haigh, in his usual commanding form, finished 96th in a very good time of 77.03,  Alan Harman 221st in 89.23,  Fran Jeffery,improving all the time, 265th in 93.23,  Nik Sutton-Haigh 296th in 96.34,  Ian Codling 360th in 106.12,  Sue Reynard, in her first 10 mile race and also constantly improving, 387th in 124.17 and Marian Codling 389th in 127.14. Harewood 5 mile race, which was nearly as hilly but not quite so long as the 10 mile race, Joe Reynard came 12th out of the 67 runners in 40.41 and Pat Huck 64th in 65.07.
The day before, at Snape for the flat, rural 10k race, it was much warmer and Steve Middleton had another superb run to finish 2nd out of129 entrants in a time of 36.58.  Jack Spence, a junior member, was supreme in the 5k race, 1st in 20.36 minutes, and more than 2 minutes ahead of the 2nd runner.  A fantastic result, and well done to both members.
The Viking Chase 4 peaks Race was held on Sept 25th and 3 club members were among the 141 finishers of this tough event held in aid of the Cleveland Search and Rescue Team.  rain had made the stones over a good part of the course very slippery and care had to be taken.Christine Raw was first Thirsk and Sowerby runner home, 67th in a very good 82.10,  Hester Cox 90th in 86.16 and Fran Jeffery 136th in 107.43.These three constituted a team, which came 5th.  Once again, well done.
Four members took part in the Great North Run with Iain Milner having the best time of 1.42.49,  followed by Alison Calvert 1.45.49,  Alan Harman, a regular at this event, 1.45.54 and Alyson Baker 3.04.28.
Pete Wilkin was involved once more in the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross Race, starting at Helwith Bridge near Settle and covering 38 miles with 5000 feet of climb!  700 competitors were involved over a course which had been saturated with heavy rain and it was damp and “claggy” on the tops.  Pete came in an excellent 64th, and 3rd V50, having been supported with regular supplies of his own home-made orange cake around the course by Noel Clough, not participating in this race for once.

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