The Harrogate League season began with the long trip to Skipton on Thursday evening, where uncertain weather made running clothes awkward to decide. In the end, the conditions were pleasant enough for this 5.5 mile course which is on the roads but certainly not flat. Well, it wouldn't be round Skipton! Matt Jones was the fastest club finisher in 24th place out of 367 in 32.32. Esther Harrison in 67th place in a time of 35.47 was 2nd lady, and Josh Cooper, 71st, took 35.65. Joe O'Keeffe's time was 40.12, David Tervit 42.43, closely followed by Dave Baker, 43.00, and Kerri-Lee Wooding 43.36. Geoff Bullock, 1st M75, recorded a time of 48.13, with Alan Docherty 48.48 and Liz Wordsworth 49.19. Others taking part were Stuart Hill, Rosie Gatenby, Tracey Docherty, Chris Wordsworth, Beth Haggath and Hugh Jenyns. Runners were supplied with banana and shortbread to aid recovery!
Team photo at Harrogate League event at Skipton
In a very busy few days, over 1000 runners took to the streets of Northallerton for their annual 10k, 11 of them being Thirsk and Sowerby members. Chris Coates was fastest, 79th in a very good 43.09, with Neil Cooper, 103rd, taking 44.17 and Adrian Elsworth, 124th, 45.12. Matt Jones finished in 49.32, Paul Atkinson 50.01, David Tervit 50.18, Alan Docherty 60.14, in a sprint finish with Lucy Sillars, 60.20. Tracey Docherty took 62.03, just ahead of Phillip Craig 62.08 with Laura Till 65.26 and Tim Waistell 65.55.
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Chris Coates at the Northallerton 10k
On Sunday, Dave Baker was among the thousands headed north for the Edinburgh Half Marathon – part of a big weekend of running for the city – which passes Greyfriars Kirkyard, across the Royal Mile, past St Giles Cathedral, along Princes Street then heading along the east coast passing the Scott Monument, with the fast downhill to the finish at Musselburgh affording a negative split and being declared the fastest half marathon in the world! Dave was pretty satisfied with his time of 1.50.12.
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Dave Baker after the Edinburgh Half Marathon
Over in Manchester, again with large crowds, Hannah Stones, in her first road race, took a very creditable 59.50, and Stuart Waters, back there with daughter Ellie who was doing her first 10k. The pair took 78 minutes, slower than Stuart would normally do but a fairly decent time for Ellie.
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Hannah Stones at the Manchester 10k
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Stuart Waters at Manchester 10k
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, 10 members were involved with parkruns, Pete Jackson, among the 104 at Northallerton and celebrating his 100th parkrun. A superb milestone. Mike Cropper, Paul Adams and Marian and Ian Codling were at Fountains Abbey (416), Rob Burn was among 204 at Millfield, 23rd in 23.05, with Bronwyn Mayo 29th, 3rd female, in 25.34 and Clare Gwillam, 26.09. Clare Rowntree was among 184 at Conyngham Hall, and Nicky Hawkes with 142 on Hunstanton Promenade.
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Pete Jackson celebrates his 100th park run at Northallerton