The club championship continued at the weekend with the latest race, the Thorp Perrow parkrun, and 41 members, almost 40% of the field of 111, completing the run, many for the first time. The one lap course, cross country at best, had plenty of water on it – after a relatively firm start, a left turn took runners through a section where the grass was only just visible above the water, hence everyone got wet feet! More muddy stretches followed, and where there was firm track, there were invariably pools of water at either side. Perhaps predictably, Paul Peacock was fastest, 3rd, in 20.48 for the 5k, with Richard Grant not far behind, 4th in 20.59. We were pleased to meet up again with Gary Wilkinson who has had to leave the club for family reasons, and he came 11th in PB 22.40. Alan Simpson 14th, had PB 22.58, Bronwyn Mayo took 23.23, Ken Wood 23.35, Rob Burn 24.32. New member Dave Kavanagh in his first ever parkrun took 24.51, Lorraine Hiles 24.59, Andreas Kruger 25.03, Paul Chapman PB 25.35, Martyn Coy 26.05, just pipping Fran Jaffery 26.06, and Rosie Gatenby 26.26. Paul Atkinson was another with PB 26.30, Gavin Coventry 26.34, Pete Jackson PB 27.07, Louise Mayfield 27.10, Kirsty Naylor 27.45, Kerri-Lee Wooding in her first parkrun, 27.51 just ahead of Tessa Grant, 27.54, Joe Joyce 28.23 and Duncan Fothergill 28.36, Hilary Coventry 28.42, Helen Ashworth 29.02, Stuart Hill 30.02, Alan Docherty 30.17, Sara Armitage 31.45, Ruth Pollard 32.11, Faith Coy 32.17, Louise McVay 33.02, Ken Evitt, in his element, 33.47, Beth Haggath 34.52, Hugh Jenyns 36.57, Phillip Craig 37.42, Margaret Wikeley 38.03, Paul Adams 38.27, Alan Wikeley 42.09 and bringing up the rear, Marian Codling – her accompanying tail walker told her she had had to get up a sweat to keep up and had actually got a PB time! (Joe O'Keeffe was also in the field but forgot to bring his barcode so did not feature in the results)
Members gathered before the Thorp Perrow park run
A wonderful coffee and cake were available in the cafe afterwards, though some members, wanting to up their mileage, decided to run back to Thirsk. Richard, Kirsty, Helen and Duncan, with Ken Wood going part way before returning to pick up his car, over a cross country route. Between Snape and Burneston, the path went through a field which resembled a lake rather than a field, so there was much merry splashing, and eventually they arrived back in about 4 hours – not bad for 17 miles in those conditions!
At other parkruns, two Laura's were among the 445 at Fountains Abbey, both getting PBs. Laura Rodmell took 29.37 and Laura Till 31.53. Natalie Lyth at Millfield took 31.38 and Rob Lickley 32.35. Craig Atherton and Allison Whiteley were at Darlington South Park, Nicky Hawkes at Pontefract, and Martin Loveridge 10th out of 119 at the Sandhurst Memorial event.  Again, Gillian and Ian Crane were furthest afield, running together in 38.30 and among the field of 572 at Big Bay, South Africa!
The previous weekend, seven members took part in the latest fell race, the Cod Beck Canter, with the ladies again unbeatable, coming away with the Team Prize. Alan Simpson came 52nd in 96.27, Trudy Morrice 61st, and 3rd F50, in 98.03, Kim Wilkinson 99.37, Bronwyn Mayo 103.10, Gavin Coventry 103.16, Helen Ashworth 2nf F55 in 114.37 and Lucy Sillars 133.54.
Codbeck Canter's winning ladies, Helen Ashworth, Bronwyn Mayo, Kim Wilkinson and Trudy Morrice
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On the same day, an altogether different event, the ever popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon, took place based from the racecourse in York. This is a mostly flat road race, something of a rarity these days because of more stringent health and safety rules and police requirements. Four members were involved among the 1700 or so, with Tom Levi fastest, 51st in 1.13.56.  Adrian Elsworth took 1.42.34, Kelly Grieve 2.13.54, and long standing member, Alan Harman 2.16.54. Half marathons are perhaps among Alan's favourite distances, he having completed 116 of them among his 504 races, and 9 of those were at the Brass Monkey. 
Alan Harman's latest tee shirt from the Brass Monkey Half Marathon
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Another flat road race coming up on March 17th is the Thirsk 10, a flattish 10 mile road race starting at Thirsk racecourse at 10 am. It's not too late to get your entry in, at bookitzone.com  with full details on the club website.