The latest race in the NYSD cross country series took place on Sunday on a very cold morning, with rain over the previous few days leaving conditions at least as muddy as usual! A good grip was essential on the very steep climbs/clambers on this true cross country course! There were half a dozen ladies among the field of 90, with Kirsty Naylor the first of them to finish, in 49th place in 37.04. Trish Radford took 42.31, Beth Haggath 47.36, Sharon Keegan 48.43, Margaret Wikeley 48.51 and Christine Burn 49.41.
V65 men once more ran with the ladies, Rob Burn taking 31.15, 1st M70, with Geoff Bullock taking 40.14, Hugh Jenyns 47.20, and Alan Wikeley 52.12.
The Senior men did a longer course and, of those, the consistent Paul Peacock came 28th out of 130 in 38.19, with Luke McNiff 50th in 40.30, Gary Wilkinson 63rd in 41.45, Alan Simpson 110th in 49.29 and Paul Atkinson 119th in 51.54.
Kirsty Naylor at Summerhill
Geoff Bullock at the Summerhill cross country
Beth Haggath at Summerhill with Hugh Jenyns and Christine Burn following
Stuart Waters, meanwhile, was at an altogether different event, the Doncaster 10k, something of a rarity these days in being a fast, flat road race. Its popularity was reflected in the field of over 2500, and a very cold morning didn't apparently deter runners. The race started outside the race course before going into the city and finishing back in front of the main stand, and Stuart took 47.54 minutes, his fastest time for some years. His reward at the end was a medal and a pork pie – not exactly the St Leger, but an excellent race indeed!
Stuart Waters in festive mood with medal and pork pie after the Doncaster 10k
25 members were involved with parkruns, the usual local ones of Fountains Abbey – where Stuart Hill had the only PB of the day, Millfield, Northallerton, Thorp Perrow, Harrogate, and, a bit further afield, Wetherby, Conyngham Hall, Sewerby, Cusworth Hall, and Baysgarth Park. Martyn Coy, investigating all the parkruns in the Hull area, was among the 219 at Beverley Westwood where he took 25.31.