Four members were among the thousands lined up for the start of this year's London Marathon on a day which was dry but windy throughout. With the usual crowds in support along the way, it was a day to be cherished by those who ran, and Kim Wilkinson completed the distance in an excellent 3.42.47. Clare Tempest, back again for another year, took 4.13.01, with Andy Butcher taking 4.37.19 and Liz Stephenson 6.31.06. Well done to all of you who took part – 26.2 miles is an awfully long way to run!
Kim Wilkinson happy at the finish of the London Marathon
Andy Butcher at Tower Bridge
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The previous weekend, Bronwyn Mayo was in Boston, USA, for the 128th running of the Boston Marathon, the oldest marathon and traditionally held on St Patrick's Day to commemorate the start of the American Revolution. The race starts in the village of Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston St in the centre of Boston, with, again, plenty of support from the crowds. With the temperature at 20 degrees C, it was better for spectators than for runners, but Bronwyn managed to complete in a very good 3h 56 min!
The previous day, making the most of her visit, she was at the Jamaica Pond parkrun, reported last week.
Bronwyn Mayo at the finish of the Boston Marathon
Nearer to home, this weekend there was another massive field of 501 at Fountains Abbey parkrun, with Mike Cropper again fastest in 20.44, and others involved were Alan Docherty, Laura Rodmell, Trish Radford, in her final parkrun before she moves south, Nigel Morgan, Paul Adams and Ian and Marian Codling. Clare Gwillam was again at Millfield (181) and Laura Till did PB 30.23.  Annie Hedger did PB 29.19 at Northallerton (104) along with Phillip Craig. Pete Jackson was among the 157 at Dalby Forest, Nicky Hawkes was in Stevenage (469), Andy Newing at Oakwell Hall (153) and Andy Newing at the Pegwell Bay event with 338 runners.
In a running club,members come and go, but the club was especially sad to see long standing member, Trish Radford, move to pastures new in the south. Trish has been closely involved with club affairs, and as well as being in the “good for her age-group” category, has served on the committee in various guises over the years. A presentation was made on Monday evening, and we wish her and her husband, John, all the best for the future, and hope they may call back in Thirsk soon.
The Hooded Horse 10k, reported last week, was dedicated to the memory of former member and friend, Ben Campbell, who died at a young age a few years ago. His cause of death was pneumonia and sepsis, and not as stated last week. Sincere apologies to his family for any distress this may have caused.

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