Race Report 06/04/21

Another of Rob’s virtual races saw 90 members and guests complete the virtual Hartlepool Marina 5, a run very much replicating the actual Marina race in that it was a flat out and back road race.  It was along part of the Thirsk 10 Road Race course – which would have been held at normal times in March – and allowed for fast times, (which is one reason why the Thirsk 10 is so popular.)  Matt Jones is making himself unbeatable at the moment, finishing with the fastest time, over about 5.2 miles, in 31.32.  Paul Peacock continues to shine, 2nd in 32.42, with Tom Levi gradually recovering his form after a bad injury, 3rd in 33.07, Andrew Price 4th in 34.06, Joe Lofthouse  5th in 35.48, Josh Fothergill 6th in 35.55, Alan Simpson, always well up, 7th in 36.23, Walter Busuttil 8th in 36.42, Adam Leigh 9th in 37.00 and the indomitable Rob Burn 10th in 37.38 – even though road is not his favourite surface!
 The first two ladies managed to separate the last two men, with Lorraine Hiles, again running superbly, quickest in 37.09 and Trudy Morrice, improving all the time, 2nd in 37.31.  New member, Gemma Tutty was 3rd in 37.52, Lyndsey Collins 4th in 39.54, Kirsty Naylor 5th in 40.59, Hilary Coventry 6th in 41.15, Helen Ashworth 7th in 41.52, Esther Harrison, slowly recovering from injury, 8th in 42.53, Clare Tempest 9th in 43.26 and Tracey Lowther 10th in 45.00.
Other members who ran were Mike Lowther, Gary Bastow, Paul Chapman, Gary Wilkinson, Mike Cropper, Dave Baker, Brett Edgeworth, Ken Wood, Jody Sygrove, Pedro Carrasco, David Tervit, Andy Butcher, Richard Morrice, Dave Wood, Duncan Fothergill, Pete Jackson, Rob Lickley, Marc Davies, Geoff Bullock, Martyn Coy, Sarah Harrison, Andrea Colls, Faith Coy, Jack Spence, Trish Radford, Steve Billings, Will Jagger, Paul Goacher, Joanne Hunt, Liz Wordsworth, David Palmer , Chris Wordsworth, Stephanie Hawkins, James Stephenson, Alison Butcher, Ken Evitt, Rhiannon Richards, Clare Jones, Caroline Pearce, Margaret Wikeley, Ellen Brookes, Simon McKeown, Phillip Craig, Pat Kirby, Kimberli Werner, Christine Burn, Bev Davies, Hugh Jenyns, Richard Easby, Sharon Keegan, Alan Wikeley, Jacob Condor, Maureen Worley, Liz Stephenson, Siobhan Woodland, Sarah Goacher, Marian Codling, Adrian Saunders, Harry Goom, Reuben Coy and Lyndsay Goom (supporting Harry).
Everyone continues to love these virtual races, which can be done any time over 4 days, with weather conditions varying, and Sunday morning at least was lovely, though rather warm.  The wind may have been a factor on other days.  Members look forward now to the Easter Handicap, 2 miles, to be held on Wednesday, and starting positions based on at least 2 time trials over the previous term.  Normally there would be a social time afterwards, but in these socially distanced conditions, members must run for personal achievement!  Do come along and try this friendly and welcoming club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 pm at Sowerby Gateway.

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