30 members in the latest club championship race were among the sold out field at Melmerby 10k on Sunday on a fine day for running, if rather warm. This friendly, flattish, village road race is always popular, and Matt Jones was pleased to finish in 16th place in a time of 37.09.  Also under 40 minutes was veteran and consistent Paul Peacock, 23rd in 38.08, who went on to pick up an age group prize. Ken Wood was next, 78th in 43.42 with Lorraine Hiles, 108th and 3rd in her age group, in 46.33 and another age group winner, Rob Burn, 119th in 46.56. Rose Kruger took 47.28, Andrew Pollard 47.43, Mark Knowlson 48.28, just pipping Brett Edgeworth in 48.30. Louise Mayfield came next in 49.53, with Paul Atkinson in 50.23, Martyn Coy 50.29, Kerri-Lee Wooding 50.42, Duncan Fothergill 52.02, Ruth Pollard 54.22 closely followed by Annie Hedger, 54.26, Joe Joyce, 54.33 and new member, Oscar Rodmell on 54.48. Next, two more close together, Alan Docherty 55.30 and Kirsty Naylor 55.34, with Sara Armitage 57.32, Faith Coy 58.46, Stuart Hill 59.34, Laura Rodmell 59.54, Phillip Craig 61.46, Caroline Pearce, making a rare appearance, 63.58, Rob Lickley 65.54, Laura Till 66.06 and Hugh Jenyns 72.52.  A happy time was had by all and they enjoyed the tea and cakes at the finish!
Team at Melmerby 10k
Paul Peacock, right, receives his age group prize from Chris Brown at Melmerby 10k
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Rob Burn in a sprint finish at Melmerby 10k
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Meanwhile, a couple of members were at the Kirkbymoorside 10, another friendly village race with plenty of local support and a brass band at the finish.  Pete Jackson came 123rd out of 413 in 50.58, a decent time in a course which is certainly not flat, and David Tervit came 172nd in 54.40. 
Lucy Sillars was very pleased to join the Hardmoors club, completing her first half marathon, Wainstones, and very excited to have done so.  
Lucy Sillars elated after her maiden Hardmoors half marathon
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To Fran Jeffery, this sort of distance is becoming a walk in the park – she recently undertook a Coast to Coast event, among 105 at the start line on a day which saw the conditions of Storm Kathleen continue virtually to the end. The race starts at St Bees in Cumbria, and runners were met with miles of mud and bog, steep hills,very strong winds and torrential rain through the Lake District section. The weather was so bad an alternative route through Kidsty Pike came into force. The rain continued on and off for the rest of the journey though the wind did subside. Sleeping and rest opportunities were taken at Kirkby Stephen, Richmond and Lordstones as well as several “wild naps” along the way. The long section from Lordstones was covered in the dark with runners struggling to stay awake and warm on such a cold night. The final morning dawned bright and warm for the finish along the muddy cliff tops into Robin Hoods Bay, with Fran being one of just 69 finishers in a time of 99 hours and 19 minutes. Many congratulations to Fran for completing the course, an endurance test at the best of times but requiring real determination in such difficult conditions.
Fran Jeffery pleased to have completed her Coast to Coast endeavour (ordeal?)
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Parkruns are insignificant against such a feat, but runners were at the usual Fountains Abbey, Millfield and Northallerton, with Hilary Coventry and Rosie Gatenby at Sedgefield, Natalie Lyth at Goole and Trish Radford among the 410 at Market Harborough.