Race Report 29/09/20

The latest virtual race in the club championship was the Tholthorpe 10k taking place on the superb track in Sowerby, where you could, if you were able, do your fastest time.  It probably didn’t suit the ardent off road runners, but for road runners, it was bliss – provided you managed to count the 10 laps!  The wild wind over the weekend was the biggest adversary and you were fortunate indeed if you could find a calmer slot.  63 members and guests undertook the challenge and once again, Tom Levi was the fastest of them, in 34.15.  Josh Fothergill was next, 37.31 with the ever improving Matt Jones 3rd in 37.31.  You know Stephan Tomaszewski is always going to be well up on a good surface, and he was  4th in 37.44, with Joe Lofthouse 5th in 40.32, evergreen Rob Burn 6th in 41.46, David Fawkes 7th in 42.23, Jody Sygrove, another who is going really well, 8th in 43.52, Rob Lickley 9th in 43.58 and Alan Simpson 10th in 44.27.

For the ladies, there was once again only one winner, Esther Harrison, who took 41.43, 7th finisher overall.  It’s astonishing to see how well Liv Mulligan is going – she was isolating for months and just seems to have slotted back into her previous good form.  She was 2nd lady in 43.28, and Trudy Morrice, another who seems to improve with every outing came 3rd in 44.11.  4th was Lorraine Hiles, always competitive, in 45.26, with Kirsty Naylor 5th in 46.54, Louise Mayfield 6th in 47.31, Rosie Gatenby 7th in 48.09, Clare Tempest 8th in 48.27, Helen Ashworth 9th in 50.45 and Sarah Scott 10th in 53.54.
Lorraine and Clare are aiming to do the virtual London Marathon next weekend and are happy to receive sponsorship in aid of Herriot Hospice.
Thanks must again go to Rob Burn, the mastermind behind this popular Virtual Championship.  His efforts and ingenuity in arranging routes which are both varied and, mostly, manageable, has surely been rewarded by the number of members taking part each time.  If the same were to be required next year, which seems more and more likely, I’m sure no-one would mind a repeat of this year’s programme!

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