On another, fine, dry, evening, the Sessay Swift 6k was once again a huge success, and thanks to Duncan Fothergill and his team for getting the show on the road, and to local clubs for giving it such huge support! 328 runners completed the one lap, 6k, course starting in Sessay village and round the block past Hutton Sessay, through Little Hutton and back up the village to finish at the cricket field, a popular route with runners and locals alike. The 11th running of the event sold out well before the night and in a very competitive field, was won by Tom O'Mahoney of Richmond and Zetland Harriers in a time of 19.33, with Abby Barker of Stockton Striders first lady, 37th finisher in 23.14.  
Tom Levi was first club runner home, 6th in 20.06, the irrepressible Paul Peacock 20th, and 1st M50, in 22.07, Joe Argo 25th in 22.23, Daniel Garthwaite 27th in 22.34, Gary Wilkinson 29th in 22,33, Richard Grant 34th in 22.45, Matt Jones 40th in 23.34 and Greg MacDonald 47th in 23.52.  Esther Harrison was, as ever, first club lady to finish, 51st in 24.04, and 3rd lady overall.  Another good result, Esther!  Cameron Balmain took 24.18, Jody Sygrove 24.42, Adam Harper-Walker 25.21, Chris Coates 25.25, Mick Cropper 25.39, Andy Whiteley 25.50, Andreas Kruger 25.59, Alan Simpson 26.00, Joe Joyce 26.14, Kim Wilkinson 26.16, Trudy Morrice, out of her element on a flat road surface, 26.34, David Tervit 26.47, Lorraine Hiles 27.05, Mike Lowther 27.29, Martyn Coy 28.07, Rosamund Kruger 28.10, Pedro Carrasco 28.16, Lindsey Collins 28.23, Fran Jeffery 28.48, Andrew Pollard 29.05, Clare Tempest 29.27, Helen Ashworth 30.51, Dave Baker 31.00, Tracey Lowther 31.18, Louise Mayfield 31.24, Kelly Grieve 31.32, Ruth Pollard 31.32, Duncan Fothergill 31.35, Sarah Harrison 31.26, Geoff Bullock 31.54, Craig Atherton 32.01, Allison Whiteley 32.01, India Ward 32.02, Sara Armitage 32.34, Lucy Sillars 33.15, Chris Wordsworth 33.12, Andrea Colls 33.24, Faith Coy 33.32, Alan Docherty 33.49, Janet Balmain 33.51, Lynne Jackson 33.54, Liz Wordsworth 33.59, Will Jagger 33.59, Tracey Docherty 34.58, Annie Hedger 35.20, Phillip Craig 35.31, Trish Radford 36.50, Beth Haggath 36.57, Louise Maude 38.28, Hugh Jennyns 38.35, Margaret Wikeley 40.10, Linsay Fisher 40.08, Sara Garner 40.10, Laura Till 40.45, Carol Thompson 41.38, Jack
Berry 45.16, Gillian Dewar 45.27, Denis Gandy 45.18, Diana Williams 46.21, Kate Fullen 47.31, Nikki Manders 47.32, Sheila Atkinson 50.12 with Ian Codling bringing up the rear in 61.02.  Several of the runners listed were first timers from the club's couch to 6k series, and they achieved their objective by finishing the race! Congratulations.  A number of club runners recorded PB times, and well done to them.
In the club team competition for the Ian and Marian Codling Shield, counting the first 10 men and first 10 ladies, Thirsk and Sowerby were the worthy winners, with Nidd Valley 2nd and Ripon Runners 3rd.
Helen Ashworth and Dave Baker  at Sessay

Hugh Jennyns at Sessay

Janet Balmain, Liz Wordsworth and Lynne Jackson at Sessay
Martyn Coy and Pedro Carrasco at Sessay
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A thankyou, as ever, to John Flintoff, for his support, and to the cricket club for putting on a superb barbecue, much enjoyed by all, and rounding off a very sociable evening.
Park runners were out, as usual, at Fountains Abbey, Millfield, Northallerton and Albert Park, and special mention to Gary Wilkinson who won the Hackworth event, 1st out of 66 in 19.50.  Further afield, Rob and Christine Burn were at Mijmegen, Holland, in 30 degree heat over a 2 lap course with a big hill each time!  Rob took 23.30, beating the M70 record for the event by 4 minutes, and Christine took 34.12.