Another busy week saw 25 members among the 348 assembled for the 27th running of the popular Tholthorpe 10k on another very warm morning. The friendly road race in the village with the duck pond had Paul Peacock once again fastest Harrier for the latest club championship race, 17th in a time of 38.05. Matt Jones, 22nd, took 39.05, Dan Garthewaite 24th in 39.25 and Gary Wilkinson 25th in 39.36. Those four were under 40 minutes on a course which is definitely undulating! Richard Grant took 42.21, Esther Harrison 42nd, and 1st lady, 42.28, also winning the trophy for the North Yorkshire 10k Championship, which was run in conjunction with Tholthorpe. An oustanding result for Esther. Ken Wood took 44.56, Rob Burn 91st, and 2nd M70, 47.30, Clare Rowntree 48.04, Kirsty Naylor 50.06, Martyn Coy 52.02, Pedro Carrasco 53.00, Louise Mayfield 52.41, Andrew Pollard 54.23, Ruth Pollard 55.00, Geoff Bullock 55.30, Duncan Fothergill 55.32, Faith Coy 60.55, Tracey Docherty, running with husband, Alan, 62.59, Phillip Craig 64.20, Rob Lickley – good to see him tackling a 10k again – 68.33, Hugh Jennyns 69.53, Christine Burn 72.38, and Ian Codling 109.58.
Some of the team at Tholthorpe
Geoff Bullock and Duncan Fothergill ready for the Tholthorpe 10k
Esther Harrison relaxing before her winning effort at Tholthorpe
It was a weekend of firsts for Richard Grant. Tholthorpe was the first 10k road race he'd ever done, and the previous day he was among the 143 starters for the inaugural Thorpe Perrow park run over fields and some tracks, and perhaps likely to be muddy in parts in wet weather? He came 4th in 21.45 with Lorraine Hiles 28th in 25.11 and Pete Jackson, running with his children, 121st in 41.50. Other park runners were at Fountains Abbey, Millfield, Darlington, New Earswick, Druridge Bay, and Ashington Community Woodland, with the furthest travelled Liz and Chris Wordsworth among the 154 at Woolacombe Dunes.
Lorraine Hiles, Pete Jackson and Richard Grant with family before the start of the inaugural Thorpe Perrow Park Run
Earlier in the week, the club held it's summer handicap in Wass Woods, with Carol Thompson taking the trophy, Sally Beckett 2nd and Jody Sugrove 3rd. Special mention must be made of new members, Luke McNiff and Steve Strong – who came through the Couch to 6k course held recently by the club – both high up in the list of finishers.
On the same evening, in a clash of fixtures, a dozen members were challenging themselves on the Roseberry Topping Fell Race. The race goes straight up and down Roseberry on the fastest course you can find with some very steep climbs and some slithering descents! The winning runner took an astonishing 12.50, and if you have ever walked up Roseberry Topping you will appreciate what a feat that is! In form Freddy Wharton came 7th out of the 63 entrants in 14.20, 1st MU23, with Cameron Balmain 14th and 2nd MU23, in 15.26, Andreas Kruger 27th in 17.38, Marc Davies, overjoyed to be among the prizewinners, 28th in 18.08, and just pipping Alan Simpson 29th in 18.09. rudy Morrice came 31st, once again taking the prize for the 1st F50, taking 18.27, with Rosamund Kruger taking 18.54, Gary Wilkinson, Laura Helsehurst 20.13, Helen Ashworth 13.24, Rosie Gatenby 13.38 and Lucy Sillars 26.04. Well done everyone.
Marc Davies overjoyed to be a prizewinner at the Roseberry Topping Fell Race
Final results are now available for the Virtual Mountain Race which took place last week and thanks to Lorraine Hiles and Rob Burn for sorting out the logistics. As reported last week, NewZealand were the winning team with an aggregate time of 7.05.09, with the Slovakian team of Dan Garthwaite, Rob Burn, Martyn Coy. Lindsye Collins, Andrea Colls and Molly Kirkhope 2nd in an aggregate 7.11.23 and Japan, Gary Wilkinson, Joe Joyce, Clare Tempest, Geoff Bullock, Allison Whiteley and Hugh Jennyns 3rd in 7.11.30. Fastest individual was, of course, Paul Peacock, taking 48.32 with Matt Jones next, 52.03 and Richard Grant 3rd in 52.11.