Race Report 01/09/20

The Virtual race this week took the form of a challenge between Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers and Easingwold Running Club over the Sessay Swift 6k course.  The ingenious Rob decided it was safer for runners to go clockwise, facing the traffic, and this did mean that a slope you didn’t really notice running down it took on a bit more significance when you ran up it!  The club’s highest finisher, newly re-signed Josh Fothergill, came 4th in 22.18 with Josh Cooper 6th in 22.53 and Matt Jones 7th in 23.09.  Other counters in the top 10 for the team challenge were Paul Peacock, Joe Lofthouse, Peter Winder, Rob Burn, Jody Sygrove, Mike Lowther and Gary Wilkinson.  In the ladies’ competition, Esther Harrison was again highest finisher, 18th overall, 2nd lady in 24.50.  Trudy Morrice was second counter, in 26.00, neck and neck with Lorraine Hiles, 3rd in 26.05 and new member, Sarah Yeomans, 4th in 26.06.  Other team ladies to count were Fran Jeffery, Rosie Gatenby, Kirsty Naylor, Clare Tempest, Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry.  Owing in part to the strong performance of the ladies, Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers won the Marian and Ian Codling Team Challenge by 47 points.  All is set for a return fixture later in the year.

As a thankyou to the people of Sessay for the invasion of runners over the past week, cheques were handed over from the two running clubs involved to Sessay Cricket Club and Sessay Bowls Club.  Hopefully by next year, things will be more normal, and the Sessay Swift 6k will go ahead as usual on Wed Aug 18th 2021!

Full Race Results here

Marian Codling, left, handing over cheques on behalf of Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers and Easingwold Running Club to Phyllis Jeffray, Sessay Bowls Club and John Flintoff, Sessay Cricket Club

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