Birthday boy, Ken Evitt with his Easter Handicap trophy.
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The Easter Handicap was held this year on Sutton Bank on a dark, dreary evening but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 50+ finishers and the many helpers.  Runners were set off in order based on their time trial times over the previous term, calculated by the consistent and reliable Duncan Fothergill.  Handicapping gives slower runners a chance to shine, and Ken Evitt did just that, finishing first on an evening which just happened to be his birthday!  Helen Ashworth was 2nd and Janet Balmain 3rd. 
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The person with the quickest time on the evening was Freddy Wharton with Joe Martlew only a few seconds slower and Cameron Balmain 3rd.  Trudy Morrice, quick whatever the terrain, was fastest lady, with Imogen Yates 2nd and Lorraine Hiles 3rd.  Presentations, social time and supper was held under the bus shelter at Sutton Bank and a good time was had by all, especially as everyone got an Easter egg!
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On Saturday, drier and finer, among the field of 534  (100 less than last week) at Fountains Abbey, Paul Adams celebrated his 300th park run, supported by other club members, Mike Cropper (quickest again), Rob Burn, Joe O'Keeffe, Faith Coy, Christine Burn, Gillian Crane, and Ian and Marian Codling.  A social coffee and biscuits followed at the cafe making it a jolly celebration for Paul.
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Paul Adams, left, on his 300th park run at Fountains Abbey, accompanied by Ian Codling, Marian Codling and Gillian Crane

Other park runners were at Millfield, where Laure Till did a PB, and Rob Lickley, Northallerton – Pete Jackson and Paul Bradford, Hackney Marshes – Natalie Lyth, York – Adam Harper-Walker, Doddington Hall – Nicky Hawkes, and Wallaceneuk near Kelso – Bronywn Mayo, who was 1st lady!
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Storm Kathleen was well into gear for the Blakey Blitz Fell Race on Sunday, but nevertheless a good number of hardy souls turned out, including four from the club.  Setting off from the Lion Inn, the wind was following, which made for easier running across the moor, with plenty of ups and downs for the 10 mile race.   Going back was a different story and the wind was certainly in your face but Helen Ashworth, Alan Simpson, Mattew Morrice and Trudy Morrice coped well, Matthew winning the prize for 2nd U23 and Trudy 1st F50.
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Helen Ashworth, Alan Simpson, Matthew Morrice, Trudy Morrice at Blakey Ridge Fell Race.
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