A very busy weekend, with weather kind apart from wind at times, saw members at several venues. Perhaps the most challenging was the Hardmoors 55 race, 55 miles from Guisborough to Helmsley, mostly along the Cleveland Way, involving 2000 metres of climb and with a time limit of 16 hours. The wind was difficult over the first 25 miles, but once again, the intrepid and ever cheerful Paul Peacock was first club finisher, 16th overall in a time of 9 h 37 m.  The rest of the team were first timers over the distance, with Richard Grant, Joe Poole, Kim Wilkinson and Adam Harper-Walker all taking between 11 and 12 hours.  Bronwyn Mayo took 12.20 and Anna Whitham 12.27, all well within the time limit.  Kirsty Naylor was once again let down by her body and only managed 39 miles!! These events don't happen without a lot of extra support, and as well as Phillip Craig handing out bananas and other refreshment at Osmotherley were Josh Cooper, Beth Haggath, Lucy Sillars, Paul Chapman, Rose and Andreas Kruger, Hannah Anderson and Duncan Fothergill offering support and encouragement along the way.
Paul Peacock resting at Osmotherley during Hardmoors 55

photo: Phillip Craig
Adam Harper-Walker during Hardmoors  
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photo: Beth Haggath
Richard Grant cheerful on Hardmoors  
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photo: Beth Haggath
Carol Thompson, Ken Evitt, Christine Burn and Rob Burn competed in the Yorkshire Vets Cross country event at Pennistone Show ground, a very hilly place if ever there was one!  Rob Burn came away with an age group Gold Medal, an incredible achievement. Congratulations, Rob, and well done everyone else for rising to the challenge.
Carol Thompson, Ken Evitt, Christine Burn and Rob Burn (Gold Medallist) at the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships 
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photo: Rob Burn
With all the above going on, numbers available to take part in the end of season Cross Country Relays, on tarmac at South Park, Darlington were reduced.  The hard working and persistent Rosie Gatenby managed to pull together a women's and a men's team, Rosie herself, Sara Armitage and Kelly Grieve for the women and Stuart Hill, newcomer Rory Hall, Hugh Jenyns and Dave Kavanagh for the men.  
End of season medals were collected for age group winners Christine Burn, Margaret Wikeley, Paul Peacock, Rob Burn, Geoff Bullock and Alan Wikeley.  Well done to all of them.
Women's relay team at Darlington, Rosie Gatenby, Sara Armitage and Kelly Grieve  
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photo: Rosie Gatenby
The previous weekend, when most members' eyes were focussed on Thirsk 10, a couple were among the 177 finishers at the Lightwater Valley 10k Challenge, with Dave Baker taking 50.55 and Rob Lickley, gradually picking up his fitness after a very lengthy lay off, taking 67.30.