Race Report 23/04/19

Club Coach, Rob Burn, likes to set members a challenge, and he did that last Wednesday in the woods around the White Horse car park.  Runners were asked to tackle a course which included climbs, obstacles, camouflage nets, and a series of exercises, and have fun at the same time.  Getting on for 70 people rose to the challenge, including visitors from Ripon and Easingwold, and were invited to contribute to a collection in aid of Little Freddie’s Fund, a local child who’s family are trying to raise funds for his cancer treatment.  Some of the Thompson family were in attendance and offered grateful and enthusiastic support, and a significant sum was raised by the end of the evening.

Easter Sunday was one of the hottest for years, and was quite a handicap for the 358 finishers of the Helmsley Multi Terrain 10k Challenge.  Usually, runners are battling mud, wind and rain, but this year it was the heat, with no shade round virtually the whole of the course.  David Tervit and Alan Simpson had a ding dong finish, with David just pipping Alan to come 99th in 50.03 and Alan 100th in 50.04.  New member, Paul Chapman, came 109th in 50.50, Kirsty Naylor 135th in 52.47 and Faith Coy 193rd in 57.40, all very commendable times in view of the heat and the difficulty of the course.  All were rewarded at the end with a (melting?) chocolate Easter egg!

The Fountains Abbey Park Run had its own challenge in the shape of the 636 finishers!  Is this a course record?  Car parking was definitely at a premium.  On a beautiful Easter Holiday Saturday, who would not be tempted to visit Fountains Abbey for a Park Run? The difficulty with such numbers was, as always, at the relatively narrow start, with runners having to be patient – and the situation not helped when a couple of visitors stopped dead to take selfie with the Abbey in the background and causing mayhem behind!  Mike Cropper was among the front runners and managed yet another PB, coming 27th in 21.46.  Esther Harrison, another who is clocking up the PBs, came 87th in PB 19.23, with Adrian Saunders, also achieving good results, 136th in 23.14.  Nigel Morgan 309th in 27.58, Linda Bamforth 450th in 31.46, Jemma Cropper 459th in 31.59, Paul Adams 596th in 38.07 and Kerry Morgan 616th in 41.48.

It is good to see Jack Spence running for the club again, and he finished 11th out of 154 at Northallerton in 21.09 with Liz Stephenson 128th in 34.43, and just missing out on another PB.

Fran Jeffery likes a race with a bit more “bite” to it and completed the recent Blubberhouses 25, actually about 23 miles, with 2nd claim member, Gavin Coventry.  The race starts at the car park at Fewston Reservoir, familiar to those of us who have done social runs there, continuing along towards Bolton Abbey and taking in Beamsly Beacon and Blubberhouses Moor before returning to Fewston.  The pair took almost exactly 5 hours, a wonderful achievement.

David Tervit, Faith Coy, Alan Simpson, Kirsty Naylor, feeling very ot at the Helmsley 10k Challenge

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