A dozen or so members in a field of 755 turned out for the Jolly Holly Jog on New Year's Eve morning to run off some of the Christmas excesses and perhaps to ready themselves for the evening celebrations. The race, starting at Hell Wath, proceeded through Studley Park, with instructions not to upset the deer if possible, and back to Hell Wath. It might have been called the Jolly Muddy Jog in the off road parts after all the rain, and it must have been hard for later runners through the mud after 700 other pairs of feet had already been on it. Greg Macdonald was first club finisher, 23rd in 43.00 minutes, with Paul Chapman next, 200th in 53.14, in form Kirsty Naylor 273rd in 57.03 and Pete Jackson 371st in 61.09. Ruth Pollard took 67.39, Tim Waistell 68.01, Will Jagger 68.36, Lindsay Goom 69.38, Faith Coy, running with Lindsay, 69.42 and Tracey Docherty, 69.43. Andrew Pollard took 70.44 and Rob Lickley 77.25.
Group before the Jolly Holly Jog
I guess several other members didn't take part because of the testing Captain Cook's Fell race which was to open the year next day, for which results are not yet available.
Hugh Jenyns at Captain Cooks Fell Race
It's not often we can record a club winner in parkruns, but this is what happened when Tom Levi was first of the 546 runners at the Trentham Gardens run on Saturday in a most superb time of 16.57. Many congratulations, Tom, on both the win and the time. You will have to work hard to better that in future! At a smaller but tougher event, Gary Wilkinson came 2nd out of 58 at the Great Yarmouth North Sands event in 24.28, and if you have ever tried to run on sand, you will know how tough that was! It was Gary's 54th park run of the year – what a lot of early mornings that represents, and shows the sheer joy and well being that can be got from park running. Well done, Gary. Jason McLaughlin was at Richmond, Surrey, where he came 101st out of 408 in 24.31. Nearer to home, 8 members were among the 413 at Fountains Abbey, the fastest again being Mike Cropper in 22.46, along with Paul Bradford, Alan and Tracey Docherty, taking it steady, perhaps, after what was to come next day, Paul Adams, Kimberli Werner and Marian and Ian Codling. At Millfield, Matt Jones was 14th out of 240 in 20.46 and Lorraine Hiles came 38th in 23.58 in a very good age graded percentage of 78%, with Clare Gwillam and Hugh Jenyns also in the field. Pete Jackson, Kirsty Naylor and Paul Atkinson were among the 125 at Northallerton, Nich Webster and Laura Till were at Thorp Perrow, (97), Craig Atherton and Allison Whiteley at Stewart Park, (436), Andy Newing and Nicky Hawkes on Town Moor (450) and Rosie Gatenby 67th out of 96 in 26.40 at Newark.
Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers wish everyone a happy and injury free New Year, and look forward to seeing interested people at their training sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7 pm at Sowerby Gateway or Thirsk School gym. No introductions needed, and you could also enter the Thirsk 10 on March 17th, Thirsk Racecourse, 10 am, on a fast, flat course.