Virtual Championships

The club continued its virtual championship, this time aiming to replicate the Ripon 10 as near as possible.  The course, cleverley devised by Duncan Fothergill and James Stephenson, with help from Rob and Christine Burn, was a figure of 8 route allowing for a water stop at the halfway point, along the Cleveland Way.  The high point was at High Paradise Farm – where many people were availing themselves of the takeaways on offer.  (Not Harriers, sadly.)  The multi-terrain course, with a long stretch on the road towards the finish, and an out and back half mile sting in the tail at the end, held the interest throughout.  74 Harriers and guests took part and the long-legged Tom Levi was once agin a comfortable first in 64.48, with an ever improving Matt Jones 2nd in 71.14 and another long legged runner, Josh Copper 3rd in 71.47.  Esther Harrison was again first lady with a tenth fastest group time of 79.20, with Trudy Morrice 2nd, and 14th finisher, in 82.15 and Kirsty Naylor 3rd, and 19th finisher, in 84.50.  The run could be done any time over Thursday to Sunday, and generally it was dry, but if you were unlucky, you could experience a quick and torrential downpour!  The enthusiasm for this virtual championship is tremendous!

The previous weekend, Gary Wilkinson was involved in another virtual race, Endure 24, which is a 24 hour solo or team relay race over 5 mile trail loops, held annually over a weekend in June in Leeds and Reading.  Gary enterd, and completed 25 miles, including 2 laps starting at 4am on Sunday morning.  He is collecting sponsorship for NHS charities at    He also completed his 10th solo park run from home, #notaparkrun on Saturday organised by Paul Chapman on strava.

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