Some of the club members at Commondale
The year continues as it started on the theme of mud, of which there was plenty at the aptly named Commondale Clart Fell Race. You have heard about Doctor Foster who stepped in a puddle right up to his middle! Apparently this happened to a couple of T&S ladies during the course of this race, and no doubt all competitors had to clean themselves off very significantly before getting into their cars for the journey home. Full results are not yet to hand, but the amazing Paul Peacock was first club finisher, and 1st M55. Kirsty Naylor took the prize for 1st F40 and Trudy Morrice was 2nd V55. Others taking part in this fell race, which has a long pull up from the village of Commondale at the start and plenty of testing ups and downs before returning to the village, were Josh Cooper, Paul Chapman, Gavin Coventry, Helen Ashworth, Duncan Fothergill, Stewart Mechie and Sara Armitage. Beth Haggath was there to support and take photographs.
Paul Chapman on the long pull up from the start of Commondale Clart
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Kirsty Naylor with her winnings at Commondale
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Photos Beth Haggath
Fountains Abbey parkrun can be relied on for not being muddy and there was a field of 426 on Saturday. Of these, 11 were Thirsk and Sowerby members, with Mike Cropper again quickest in 21.29 and ever competitive Rob Burn taking 22.37. Alan Docherty took 29.12, Tracey Docherty 29.35, and Laura Rodmell got PB 30.37. Others involved were Christine Burn and regulars Paul Adams, Gillian Crane, Diana Williams and Ian Codling – finishing with tail walker Jason McLaughlin.  
At Millfield, Thomas Gwillam continued his fine form, 12th out of 197, and 1st 11-14, in 22.04, along with Pete Jackson, Clare Gwillam, Liv Mulligan, Natalie Lythe, Rob Lickley, and Hugh Jenyns. When Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers was first formed as a club by the late Norman Smith, the members were mainly youngsters with a few adults. Among these youngsters was the former Sara Brennan, and all these years later, Sara has tested the water in her first parkrun, along with daughter, Helen. Perhaps it will be the first of many, Sara?
Thorp Perrow is one of the local park runs which does have mud, and in the field of 108 were Andy Butcher, Joe O'Keeffe, Paul Atkinson – doing his 51st park run – and Alison Butcher.  Allison Whiteley and Craig Atherton were among the 489 at Pontefract, Nicky Hawkes came 42 out of 60 at Pendle and Annie Hedger 60th out of 136 at Potter Newton.