Most club members were busy at the weekend, either helping to set up or take part in the annual Thirsk 10, a flat, fast road race, with many entrants achieving PBs for the distance. After a wet early morning, the rain cleared for the actual race, with conditions as good as they could be, though there was some wind on the out and back section on Skipton Airfield. Graham Rush of  Leeds City AC won the race in a time of 51.38 with James Anderson of North Shields Poly AC 2nd in 52.01 and Gregory Jayasuriya (a name more likely to be found in cross country events) of Middlesbrough and Cleveland close behind, 3rd in 52.05.  The winning lady was Davina Ellis of Harrogate Harriers, 53rd finisher in 63.28, with Emma Ballantyne of St Theresa's AC 56th, and 2nd lady, in 63.48 and Sarah Platten of Gosforth Harriers 73rd, and 3rd lady, in 66.39.
With regard to club member participation, Tom Levi, on a high just now, finished an excellent 10th in 57.15, Matt Jones 44th in 62.03, and Greg Macdonald 65th in 65.45. Chris Coates took 70.34, Mike Cropper – having done Fountains Abbey parkrun the previous day – 73.39. Neil Cooper 76.08, Andy Butcher 81.09, Luke Shannon 82.14. Mark Knowlson 83.07 just ahead of Paul Atkinson 83.18,.  Quickest club lady, Clare Tempest, took 85.07, Pete Jackson – another Saturday parkrunner, at Northallerton – 87.35, Nicky Hawkes took PB 91.19 for the distance, David Tervit 92.32, Kelly Grieve 98.12, Sara Armitage 103.47, Will Jagger 105.49 and Beth Haggath 115.27. 
There were 8 finishers in the Wheelchair Race, with winner, Bret Crossley taking 43.50 minutes. 
Well done to all of those, and to Siobhan Woodland, taking on the reins for the first time, and her large team of helpers, with special mention to Phillip Craig once again managing marshal positions.  Another successful day, and an Indian meal in the evening was well earned!
Graham Rush of Leeds City Ac winning the Thirsk 10
Tom Levi gets a good start at Thirsk 10
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Will Jagger and Chris Coates at the start of Thirsk 10
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Photos above by Paul Chapman
Nicky Hawkes and her son, Edward Johnson, happy at the finish of Thirsk 10
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On St Patrick's Day, a little leprechaun, aka Steven Kelliher, gets ready for Thirsk 10 
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Paul Goacher and his team were on hand again to organise the Fun Run, off road over about 2 miles. The joy on the children's faces was evident with the medal and chocolate egg they received at the end of the race.
Parkrunners were at Fountains Abbey, Millfield, Northallerton, York, Wimbledon Common, Valley Parade – Newtown Abbey, Morecambe Prom and Sherwood Pines – where Duncan Fothergill met up with a Gruffalo!
Duncan Fothergill with Gruffalo at Sherwood Pines parkrun
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Now that Thirsk 10 is successfully completed, thoughts go to the Sessay Swift 6k, a flattish road race, on August 14th. Entries are open for this popular event.