No lie-in, no opening of parcels, no lunch preparation for the eight members among the 185 at Easingwold on Christmas Day for the Millfield parkrun, nor for the 5 among the 215 at Northallerton – a record turnout for that event on Christmas Day.
Harriers in festive mood on Christmas Day at Millfield, l to r Bronwyn Mayo, Anna Whitham, Marian Codling, Ian Codling and Kirsty Naylor
Lorraine Hiles was fastest of those at Millfield, 38th in 24.08, with Kirsty Naylor, Anna Whitham and Bronwyn Mayo having a social run together round the course, then Katie Rees, followed by Rob Lickley completing his 102nd parkrun (sorry for missing your 100th, Rob), Gillian Crane achieving a PB 34.06, and Marian and Ian Codling. Pete Jackson was fastest at Northallerton in 26.35, with Fran Jeffery, Paul Atkinson, Phillip Craig and Nicky Hawkes also in the field.
On Saturday, many of those listed above were among the 30 or so at various parkruns, with 14 of them among the 482 at Fountains Abbey and Mike Cropper again getting the fastest time, 22.15. Others were at Millfield, Northallerton, Thorp Perrow, where Laura Till got PB 35.49, Bushy, Jason Mc Laughlin, Hull, Gary Wilkinson, Harrogate, Bronwyn Mayo, Mount Edgcumbe, Matt Jones, and Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, Marc and Bev Davies. As ever, thanks to the many volunteers required each week to make these events possible free of charge.
Earlier in the week, the Christmas Handicap, based on times from at least two time trials during the term, and giving everyone an equal opportunity, theoretically, was held on Sowerby Gateway, part on track and part on the field – a one mile, two lap, course, with about 50 members taking part. Nigel Morgan won the shield as the fastest of those who had qualified by doing the required 2 time trials, but the fastest time round the course, 11.07, was recorded by Freddy Wharton, with 2nd Matt Jones, 11.47 and 3rd Gary Wilkinson, 12.38. Fastest lady was Bronwyn Mayo in 14.05, with Trudy Morrice, 14.15, with junior member Jess Lewis 3rd fastest in 14.20. Another junior, Connie Anderson, was 4th fastest in 15.32. A communal supper and prize presentation was enjoyed in the new pavilion, giving most members a chance to see it for the first time.
Nigel Morgan, winner of the Christmas Handicap with the shield presented to him, and to the club, by Rob and Christine Burn
Getting down to more serious business, new member Tilly Bland, undertook the testing but festive and popular Loftus Poultry Run on Dec 17th, where all the prizes are dressed poultry. The race was presented by New Marske Harriers this year and the course, starting in Loftus, is generally uphill out and generally downhill back, about 7 miles in total. Tilly finished a creditable 73rd out of 295 in a time of 56.24.