There was a dearth of races this weekend but Phillip Craig managed to find one, the Masham 6 hour challenge, which is “just what it says on the tin”!  You run as far as you can in 6 hours on a set, 3.55 mile course in the lovely countryside around Masham. The route is on road, trail and fields, one of them being across the golf course where you had to keep an eye out for golf balls – in other places, the long grass made it difficult to see the trail. Phillip and his friends had food organised at the end of each lap so they could rest and refresh if they wanted to, which Phillip did after each 2 laps. He reached his target of 14 miles in 3.27.46, which he was quite happy with, though some runners covered marathon distances, and one person 33 miles. A thoroughly enjoyable event, with food and a medal at the finish.
Phillip Craig at the Masham 6 hour challenge

A little further afield, former member (and Duncan's son), Josh Fothergill, was in Australia for the Gold Coast Marathon, following in the footsteps, though not quite the same route, as Olympic athletes a few years earlier. His time was an awesome 2 hours 47 minutes, a PB by 14 minutes. Well done Josh. Keep up the good work! 
Josh Fothergill at the Gold Coast Marathon
Rob and Christine Burn continued their parkrun hunt with an event at Hoedspruit in South Africa – I think they are quite getting the parkrun bug! Rob was 4th out of 46 in 24.21 and Christine came 25th in 37.48. Nearer to home, only a couple of members, Gillian Crane and Marian Codling, were among the 427 at Fountains Abbey this week. Mike Cropper, Lorraine Hiles and Natalie Lyth were at Millfield (187) and Pete Jackson at Northallerton (135). Nicky Hawkes did a PB at Thorpe Perrow (94), Bronwyn Mayo came 12th out of 108 in 22.28 at Wetherby, 2nd lady. Clare Rowntree at Crathes Castle was also 2nd lady, 11th out of 71 in 24.17, and Walter Busuttil at Faskally Forest, getting back into running after injury, came 25th out of 49 in 30.49. (Son Joe, another former member, finished 5th in 24.07.)