The latest race undertaken by Harriers was the Virtual Cross Country race at Alan and Margaret Wikeley's farm at Knayton over a 4 day weekend which saw conditions change from thick, ankle deep mud and pools of water on Thursday through frost and ice on Saturday to a few inches of snow on Sunday.  Depending on when you chose to run allowed for better or worse running conditions and self timing was needed, as was the case during covid when these runs became popular. Of the 52 participants, Andy Price recorded the fastest time, 22.23, over about 3 miles, with Paul Peacock 2nd in 22.43, Richard Grant 3rd in 25.00, Luke McNiff 4th in 25.34 and Gary Wilkinson 5th in 25.36.  Next was Joe Poole in 25.57, Josh Cooper 26.38, Ken Wood also 26.38, Chris Coates 28.19, Alan Simpson 28.29, and Rob Burn 28.30.  Clare Rowntree,in 12th place in 28.11, was the fastest lady with Rosie Gatenby next in 28.47.  Brett Edgeworth took 28.58, Gavin Coventry 29.02, Paul Chapman 29.33, with Louise Mayfield 3rd lady in 31.01.  Nick Webster took 31.16, Joe Joyce 31.46, Martyn Coy 32.16, Andy Butcher 32.51, Marc Davies 32.59, Helen Ashworth 33.07.  Others taking part, in finishing order, were Alan Docherty, Kirsty Naylor, Paul Atkinson, Duncan Fothergill, Steve Strong, Geoff Bullock, Louise Casson, Sara Armitage, Hugh Jenyns, Nigel Morgan, Steve Billings, Alison Butcher, Stuart Hill, Ken Evitt, Tracey Docherty, Trish Radford, Faith Coy, Ruth Pollard, Beth Haggath, Hannah Stones, Amanda Johnson, Margaret Wikeley, Sharon Keegan, Kimberli Werner, Christine Burn, Maureen Worley, Diana Williams and Kerry Morgan. Congratulations to you all for surviving conditions underfoot and overhead and thanks to Alan and Margaret for putting on the run, under the direction of Rob Burn!
Amanda Johnson at the Knayton cross country
Steve Billings at Knayton
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Richard Grant at Knayton
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The freezing conditions on Saturday, although allowing for stalwart cross country runners, caused the cancellation of many of the local parkruns on safety grounds, and the nearest one to survive was the Conyngham Hall event at Knaresborough, which intrepid Gary Wilkinson managed to find.  Though it was very cold, 110 runners completed the course, with Gary 17th in PB 22.08, and further south, in warmer climes, Martin Loveridge did the event at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, where he finished 32nd out of 122 in 24.40.  Jason McLaughlin, at the home of parkrun, Bushy Park, came 314th out of 1147 in 24.32.