During Covid, Resourceful Rob devised virtual races so members could continue racing, even though they went at different times over 4 days, and in different weather. These were so much enjoyed that an odd virtual race is still included in the club championship. The most recent one covered about 7.5 miles and took in parts of the Cleveland Way and Drovers Road, with runners having to self time and send in their times. Wednesday, you may remember was very wet, Thursday less so, though there was still plenty of water on the course, and an odd shower did occur. Later days weren't so bad, and Matt Jones did the fastest time, 49.47, with Luke McNiff 2nd in 50.35 and Richard Grant 3rd in 54.49. Ken Wood came 4th in 55.26 and next fastest was 1st lady, Bronwyn Mayo, 5th in 58.46.  2nd lady was Trudy Morrice, 11th in 60.57 and 3rd was Lorraine Hiles, 13th in 63.18. 52 members were involved in total, with new octogenarian, Alan Wikeley, bringing up the rear and showing you are never too old to run!
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Nigel Morgan nearing the end of the virtual race.
The Dave Parry Summer Fell Race continues with Race number 2, the Glaisdale Rigg event.  Joe Martlew had an excellent race to finish in 2nd place in 72.09, only a few seconds behind the winner.  Freddy Wharton continues to impress and came 5th in 73.43 and won the prize for 1st U23.  Brett Edgeworth took 93.46, Marc Davies 97.43, Helen Ashworth, 46th in 99.40 and 1st F50, Paul Chapman 200.29, Kerri-Lee Wooding 103.22 and Lucy Sillars 113.10.  Both the men and the ladies took 3rd team prize, concluding a very enjoyable evening.
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Team of Brett Edgeworth, Kerri-Lee Wooding, Joe Martlew, Helen Ashworth, Marc Davies, Lucy Sillars, Paul Chapman and Freddy Wharton at the Glaisdale Rigg Fell Race.
Fell races are often held in support of Cleveland Mountain Rescue, and the club was able to make a couple of donations  following the success Thirsk 10, with donations being made to Thirsk Community Works, which does a lot to support local people in need of help, and to Herriot Hospice Homecare in its effort to convert the former Lambert Hospital to a centre for those affected by cancer, in the main. This also is largely community supported, and local people and businesses do a huge amount all the time to contribute to the venture.
Trudy Morrice, Siobhan Woodland with Ellie Atkins, right, presenting a donation to Thirsk Community Works
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Rob and Christine Burn present a cheque from the club to DR Rosie Page in aid of Herriot Hospice
parkruns continue week in and week out, masterminded by run directors and backed up by volunteers and to them all, we are very grateful. This week, members were at Fountains Abbey, Millfield – Ken Evitt trying it for the first time, Northallerton – PB for Laura Till, Thorp Perrow – PB for Andy Butcher, Albert Park, Hackworth, Keswick, Sizewell, Grove Fields and Bournemouth, with Liz and Chris Worsworth travelling furthest for the Stormont event, among 340 there, with Liz taking 27.46 and Chris 30.22.
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Liz and Chris Wordsworth at the Stormont park run, with the building itself in the background.