The popular HDSRL continued this week with the latest event organised by Nidd Valley. A field of 412 demonstrates their continuing appeal, and 46 of them were Thirsk and Sowerby members, and Luke McNiff was the first of them, 33rd in 31.35. Next came Richard Grant, 69th in 33.56, then Paul Peacock, 75th, and 2nd M60, in 34.07. Tilly Bland was the first club lady, not far behind, 79th in 34.27, followed by Josh Cooper, Cameron Balmain, Ken Wood, Chris Coates, Adam Harper Walker, Joe O'Keeffe, and Brett Edgeworth before 2nd lady, the amazing Lorraine Hiles, 150th and 2nd F60, in 38.09 and then Bronwyn Mayo 152nd in 38.24. Rob Burn came next, 155th and 1st M70, in 38.37 and the improving Andrew Pollard 161st in 38.55. Following on were Rosamund Kruger, Dave Baker, Martyn Coy, Joe Joyce, David Tervit, Andy Butcher, Rosie Gatenby, Kerri-Lee Wooding, Paul Atkinson, Duncan Fothergill, Luke Shannon, Clare Tempest, Kirsty Naylor, Alan Docherty, Marc Davies, Ruth Pollard, Stuart Hill, Tessa Grant, Janet Balmain, Kelly Grieve, Geoff Butcher, 1st M75, Annie Hedger, Lynne Jackson, Tracey Docherty, Faith Coy, Beth Haggath, Phillip Craig, Lisa Scott, Christine Burn, and Hugh Jenyns. A post race supper was enjoyed by all!
A large contingent ready for the Nidd Valley HDSL race.
Another very popular race is the Swaledale marathon challenge, over 24 miles through the beautiful Swaledale countryside, and where entrants can walk or run. Self navigation is essential with various check points, and 10 hours is allowed, though all Harriers were comfortably within that. Freddy Wharton was fastest in a field of about 400, 40th in 3.04.06. Next came Kim Wilkinson, 61st in 3.04.21 with new member, Tristan Sillars, not far behind, 68th in 3.04.23, then Andreas Kruger 3.04.26, Rosamund Kruger 3.04.28, Paul Chapman 3.04.50, Lucy Sillars 4.05.49, Hannah Anderson 4.05.52, Kirsty Naylor 4.05.55 and Anna Whitham 5.07.26.  A tremendous achievement one and all!  
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Team at Swaledale marathon
Another new member, Mark Jenner, whilst on “holiday” in Scotland, decided to travel to Jura on the Hebrides, for the gruelling Jura Fell Race where the majority of the 250 runners crossed by ferry and camped on the Craighouse Hotel lawn. The race is a 17 mile slog, taking in the imposing 3 Paps of Jura and with an early start, at 10.30 to avoid the worst of the midges. The start, from the distillery in Craighouse is on boggy ground to the first checkpoint and Mark felt relatively good over the first 3 peaks, but by peak 4, things began to get more serious.  The clouds cleared, the sun started to shine, the gradients got steeper, the ground turned to scree and the hurt began to set in!  At the top of the 3rd Pap, bagpipes could be heard in the distance, giving him a final lift.  A couple of miles of bog came next, with the final 3 miles along road back to Craighouse, Mark came 173rd out of the 250 finishers in 5 hours 38 minutes. Final runners were cheered in and the evening, going on until the early hours, ended with a ceilidh!  
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Mark Jenner at the Jura Fell Race

Lorraine Hiles, meanwhile, completed the Hardmoors marathon, continuing her impressive form by finishing 2nd lady and 1st F60.  Lorraine seems to float over the ground and her energy and stamina seem boundless.
Pete Jackson was at the Northallerton parkrun with his 7 year old son, Dominic, and whilst Dad did his 102nd park run, Dominic did his 10th.  A very good effort, and surely a potential new member? Hugh Jenyns was also at Northallerton, with Nigel Morgan sole club member among the  401 at Fountains Abbey, Bronwyn Mayo and Clare Gwillam at Millfield, Nicky Hawkes at Darlington South Park, Rob and Christine Burn at Dalby Forest, Gavin and Hilary Coventry at Wynyard Woodland, Mike Cropper at Meadowmill, Matt Jones at Keswick, and Adrian Elsworth 39th out of a massive 549 at Swansea Bay.
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Pete Jackson with son Dominic at Northallerton parkrun.