A small team competed at the latest NYSD cross country at Richmond, with Paul Peacock the only senior man willing to take on the tough challenge this course offers. Unusually, there was no wind, it was sunny, and there was less mud, in other words, a piece of cake for the determined and ever present Paul who completed the lapped course of almost 10k in 39.37 minutes, 18th out of a field of 88. A superb effort.  
There were 5 ladies out of a field of 88 over the shorter distance, with Kirsty Naylor 37th in 33.26, Hannah Stones 40.09, Amanda Johnson 45.00, Christine Burn 47.04 and Margaret Wikeley 49.23. Out of the older men, running with the ladies, Rob Burn took 30.28, Geoff Bullock 36.09 Ken Evitt 41.25 and Alan Wikeley 54.25.
Cross Country team at Richmond cross country
Photo Hannah Stones
Three men took on an altogether tougher challenge, the Bollihope Carrs Fell Race hosted by Durham Fell Runner Association. There were two hill top checkpoints which you had to touch, but you could choose your own route over 10 – 11 k with 320 metres of ascent and your choice of route could significantly affect your time and finishing position! The day was cold and the course very tough with only 27 entrants. Josh Cooper was fastest, 11th in 1.10.57, Gavin Coventry, with a better choice of route, 15th in 1.14.55 and Alan Simpson 23rd in 1.25.21. Beth Haggath braved the cold in support and with photographs!
Gavin Coventry follows Alan Simpson at the Bollihope Carrs Fell Race
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Photo Beth Haggath
Stuart Waters, meanwhile, took on the Middlesbrough half marathon, something of a rarity these days in that it was on road, with about 1700 finishers. On a cold, dry morning, the race started and finished in the town centre with plenty of local support, and well done to Stuart for recording a PB time over that distance of 1h 47 min. 
Stuart Waters going nicely at the Middlesbrough Half Marathon
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There was a festive air and a larger than usual field at Fountains Abbey parkrun, where 592 finishers celebrated the 10th anniversary of the event there, (with cake for all in the cafe at the end)! Richard Hall did an appropriately witty introduction involving Romans and lycra, and testing out the new PA system, acquired through a fund raising effort. Thanks from runners go to all Run Directors, other officials and volunteers over all those years, without whom these events would not happen. Mike Cropper, Kirsty Naylor – a first timer- Alan Docherty, Laura Rodmell, PB, Liz  and Chris Wordsworth (with Ralph!), Nigel Morgan, Paul Adams, Gillian and Ian Crane, Diana Williams and Marian Codling were club runners. At Millfield, Matt Jones was the winner out of 199 in 18.49. Well done. Bronwyn Mayo, Clare Gwillam and Laura Till, who was trying the event for the first time. Other members were at Northallerton – Pete Jones, Paul Atkinson and Phillip Craig, Stewart Park – Annie Hedger, Darlington South Park – Natalie Lyth, Lister Park, Bradford – Allison Whiteley, and the interesting sounding Squerryes Winery  – Nicky Hawkes.  Were there free samples, I wonder?