The new year began as the old one had ended, with mud, as far as runners were concerned! The traditional New Year's Day Captain Cook's Fell Race from Great Ayton attracted almost 400 runners, starting and finishing in the village, with a 5 mile more or less out and back course through the woods up to the monument and round it, and it was perhaps as muddy as it has ever been! Tom Levi continued his good form to finish in 9th place in 33.31, with Freddy Wharton 23rd in 36.03, just ahead of Andrew Price, 27th in 36.11. Joseph Martlow took 39.21, Paul Peacock 40.46, Adrian Elsworth 42.34, Andreas Kruger 43.18, Alan Simpson 43.59, Trudy Morrice 44.34 and Ken Wood 46.10, closely followed by veteran Rob Burn, 159th in 46.12 and 1st M70. Paul Chapman took 46.57, second club lady Rose Kruger 47.08, and Andy Butcher 49.53. Other club finishers were Fran Jeffery, Rosie Gatenby, Duncan Fothergill, Kirsty Naylor, Helen Ashworth, Kerri-Lee Wooding, Martyn Coy, Louise Mayfield, Joe Joyce, Ruth Pollard, Kimberli Werner, Trish Radford, Hugh Jenyns, and Christine Burn, with Phillip Craig bringing up the rear. Very well done, everyone. It was certainly a tough assignment this year!
Astonishingly, Paul Chapman, Kirsty Naylor and Ruth Pollard had also done the equally muddy Jolly Holly Jog the previous day!
In great contrast, as far as underfoot conditions were concerned, 5 members were among the 473 at the Fountains Abbey parkrun, which will celebrate its 10th year this year, the parkrun movement going into its 20th year. Mike Cropper, Paul Adams, Nicky Hawkes, and Marian and Ian Codling were the club finishers, and 4 members among the 278 at Millfield were Lorraine Hiles, Pete Jackson, Natalie Lyth – congratulations on your 100th park run, Natalie – and Rob Lickley.
Running conditions at Ormesby Hall are mostly muddy, apart from the odd years when it's frosty, but this year excelled itself, with the mud as bad as it has ever been for the NYSD cross country fixture. As it is a lapped course, one can only imagine what it was like for later runners, with juniors first, then ladies, and men last, having to do an extra lap. Out of the 113 starters, Rose Kruger was first club finisher in the ladies' race, 18th in 34.22, closely followed by Trudy Morrice, 30th in 34.41, with Lorraine Hiles taking 36.32. Kirsty Naylor 36.46, Louise Mayfield 38.36, Kerri-Lee Wooding 39.06, Helen Ashworth 40.12, Ruth Pollard 44.41, Sara Armitage – virtually covered in mud after a fall 10 minutes in to the first lap – Trish Radford, Faith Coy, Margaret Wikeley, Christine Burn and Carol Thompson.
Among the M65 men running with the ladies, Rob Burn, in his element, took 33.47, 1st M70, Geoff Bullock 45.32, Ken Evitt 49.28, Hugh Jenyns 52.55 and Alan Wikeley 61.24.
When it came to the men, Joseph Martlew finished 26th out of 113 in 44.24, with Paul Peacock 29th in 44.34 and Luke McNiff 32nd in 45.42. Adrian Elsworth took 50.56, Brett Edgeworth 54.57, Gavin Coventry 57.47, Paul Atkinson 61.20, Duncan Fothergill 62.02, Joe Joyce 66.17 and David Tervitt 67.09.
Muddy team members at Ormesby Hall cross country
Trish Radford, Faith Coy and Sara Armitage at Ormesby Hall
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Another bumper turnout of 518 at Fountains Abbey this weekend had 13 TSH members among its number, with Laura Rodmell achieving a PB time of 31.08.  Millfield also had a high turnout, 290, among them 10 members, Esther Harrison coming 21st, and 1st lady, in 21.46. Lorraine Hiles was among the 98 at Thorp Perrow, Craig Atherton and Allison Whiteley at Darlington South Park (500) and at Hafan Pwhllheli Alan Simpson came 4th out of 39 in 23.45 with Kimberli Werner taking 36.18.
Gary Wilkinson has moved on to pastures new and it has been a pleasure to have him among our number. Thanks, Gary, for your regular contributions.