Race Report 14/05/19

The Ripon 10, which took place at the weekend, is surely one of the toughest races of the year, certainly of the club championship.  This multi-terrain race, with some severe hills, is moderated somewhat by the support of the enthusiastic marshals, and Tom Levi made nothing of it, coming an excellent 2nd in 1.01.44.  Very well done!  Ken Wood came 13th, and 2nd M40, in 1.18.33, and with Stephan Tomaszewski 25th in 1.13.41, those three won the Men’s Team Prize – a superb effort, and a while since a TSH men’s team were race winners.  Mike Cropper continued his good form to finish 40th out of 318 in 1.16.22, Lorraine Hiles 57th, and 2nd F50, in 1.18.39, Andy Butcher 65th in 1.20.01, Esther Harrison 67th in 1.20.51, Gary Wilkinson 84th in 1.23.11, Martyn Coy 108th in 1.26.00, Paul Bradford 110th in 1.26.30, David Tervit 118th in 1.27.43, Kirsty Naylor 160th in 1.32.54, Geoff Bullock 196th, and 3rd M70, in 1.37.48, Faith Coy 217th in 1.41.19, given an equal time with Heather Bell, 218th, Duncan Fothergill 327th in 1.44.29, Rosie Gatenby 247th in 1.48.44, Alison Butcher 249th in 1.49.04, Christine Burn 301st in 2.03.06, Liz Stephenson 315th in 2.18.25, Ian Codling 317th in 2.33.40 and Marian Codling bringing up the rear, 318th in 2.38.40.  The ladies team of Lorraine Hiles, Esther Harrison and Kirsty Naylor finished in a very creditable 4th place.

On the same day, Hilary Coventry and Helen Ashworth tackled an equally challenging event, The Fox and Hounds Fell Race, Race 2 in the Dave Parry Summer Series, with Hilary finishing in 60th place, 2nd F55, in 106.23 and Helen 64th, and 1st F50, on 109.32.

Adrian Saunders, meanwhile, was at the Leeds Half Marathon, a definitely undulating course, and all three of these races were affected by the heat of the beautiful sunshine.  Adrian still managed to achieve a PB time for the distance, coming 855th out of almost 6000 runners in 1.42.44.

Park Runs had their weekly following, and at Fountains Abbey, Mike Cropper was a superb 6th in 19.37, Adrian Elsworth 107th in PB 24.49, Linda Bamforth 249th in 31.32 and Jemma Cropper 282nd in 33.15.

At Northallerton, Tom Watson was 15th out of 111 in PB 23.08, Pete Jackson 20th in 23.26, Jill Libby 48th in 27.28, Lorraine Hiles 51st in 27.45 and Kimberli Werner of the Beginners Group 89th in PB 36.15.

The Cranes had an away weekend at Tewkesbury, with Gillian finishing 85th out of 121 in 33.15, accompanied by husband Ian, 86th in 33.16.

Entries are coming in nicely for the popular Sessay Swift 6k on Aug 21st, 7.30pm.  A barbecue, organised by Sessay Cricket Club, will be available for refreshments.

Also, a note from the web editor:

On Saturday 11th, the Wordsworths ventured to Barnsley (Chris to run, Liz to translate as she is a native of South Yorkshire) where Chris took part and Liz and Ralph supported the Furty Furlong – a horrendously hilly course of some 4 miles.  Despite a lung-busting effort, Chris was only able to finish in 117th place in a time of 40 minutes and 18 seconds.  Liz mentioned to the timer that she thought finishing on a sharp hill was “a bit brutal”.  He responded that if he was running the race, the course would be different but “it’s easier to do timings if they are coming in slow”.

Tom Levi in full flow at Ripon 10

Stephan Tomaszeswki, Ken Wood, Tom Levi, Mike Cropper, ready for a quick getaway at Ripon 10
(Stephan, Ken and Tom won the Men’s Team Prize)

Members cheerful before the Ripon 10.
Mike Cropper, Rosie Gatenby, Heather Bell, Ian Codling, Lorraine Hiles, Geoff Bullock
Liz Stephenson, Christine Burn, Tom Levi, Andy Butcher, Ken Wood, David Tervit, Paul Bainbridge, Esther Harrison


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