Alan Docherty, Clare Gwillam, Thomas Gwillam, Tracey Docherty, Beth Haggath, Denise Gandy, Rosie Gatenby and Mike Hopper ready for the cross country at Fox Hill, Redcar
Thirteen Harriers were among the 343 at Fountains Abbey on a wet Saturday Morning to support Ian Codling on his 150th park run. Mike Cropper was again first club finisher, 56th in 23.00 closely followed by Sarah Fairhurst, 57th in 23.35 with Lorraine Hiles next, 166th in 27.25. Chris Wordsworth took 29.42, Liz Wordsworth 29.59, Tracey Docherty 30.36, Gillian Crane 34.58, Christine Burn 35.32, Rob Burn, nursing an injury, 35.48, Rob Lickley 37.00, Ian Codling, walking as much as running, 50.30 and Marian Codling the same, 50.40. Park run can only take place because of its many volunteers each week, and Marian had volunteered this week to sort the finish tokens at the end, ready for next time. They were as wet as they could possibly be and all 343 had to be dried before they could be arranged in numerical order. This was a very time consuming job and Marian was grateful to Ian, Chris Liz, Nigel, Gillian and Ian (Crane) for their very significant help. Eventually, all the tokens were back on their wires ready to be handed out next week!
At Millfield, Esther Harrison was once again first lady, 6th finisher out of 103 in 21.16, with Walter Busuttil 9th in 22.45, Paul Atkinson 10th in 22.56 and Bronwyn Mayo 22nd in 24.05. Duncan Fothergill was the only member out of the field of 73 at Northallerton in 28.58 and Allison and Andy Whiteley ran together at the Albert Park event, 190th out of 259 in 31.47. Jamie Bentley turned out at The Grange near Stockton and was 10th out of 64 in 34.17, with Katie and James Harrison near their new home at Tidworth, 81st and 82nd respectively out of 135 in 31.55.
Harriers were out in force last week to support the amazing Kevin Sinfield as he passed through the area on his latest epic challenge, 8 ultra runs of about 40 miles each in 8 days in aid of Motoneurone disease research and other charities. He began at Murrayfield in Scotland and finished at Old Trafford last Saturday to run on to the pitch at half time to a tumultuous reception. TSH members supported him at various places along the route locally, and particularly at Thirsk Garden Centre. Much of the run that day was in the rain and cheers as he passed must have been very encouraging. What a superb effort, only to be admired and wonderd at.
Next weekend should have seen a virtual club cross country at Alan Wikeley’s farm but a wayward bull who refused to go into his stall made such an event unsafe! The run will be rearranged at some time in the future.