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Tough test in muddy Harewood trail race
1:25pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.
– After a night of heavy rain, the course for the Harewood Ten Mile Trail race was very muddy in places, which added to an extra test in what is always a tough, hilly, race.
Though the rain had mostly subsided, gale force winds were prevalent at the start, but once in the shelter of the woods, were less noticeable.
Stephan Tomaszewski was first club finisher, 25th in 71.05 with Craig Lee not far behind, 27th in 71.12, Walter Busuttil 37th (72.39), Rob Burn 44th (73.47), Bryan Miller 137th (86.19), Marc Davies 140th (86.42), Carol Morrison 186th (92.21), Geoff Bullock 189th (92.42), Steve Scott 205th (94.22), Alan Harman 217th (95.45), Christine Burn 269th (108.05), Faith Coy 270th (108.26), Cath Lumb 288th (113.37), Claire Gillan 289th (114.41), and Ian Codling 297th (119.36).
Marian Codling completed the five-mile race, which cut out most of the mud, to finish in 74.17, with Bev Davies taking 21.01 in the two-mile race.
Three members were among the large field of 142 for the Guisborough Three Tops Fell Race, taking in Roseberry Topping and the Hanging Stones, where again, gales were a factor, with some hail at times. Lorraine Hiles finished 100th in 94.24, Fran Jeffery 135th (110.53) and Alan Wikeley 139th (114.03).
Noel Clough took part in the Yorkshire Points cyclo cross event at Thornes Park, Wakefield on a fast, dry course and was second M40 finisher.
Richmond and Zetland Harriers. – The club had nine athletes taking part in the Richmond Castle 10K last month. The hilly and testing course is always a welcome challenge in the autumn calendar and well organised by Swaledale Road Runners.
First home in the red and white vest was Ken Harker in an excellent time of 38.07 in 11th place overall. Dave Hack also produced a brilliant run to gain a sub-40 minute clocking on a hard course, with a final time of 39.43 to claim 17th position. Rob Scott ran 40.00 to take 21st place. Karl Murray, better known for his sprinting prowess, had a strong and controlled race to finish in 54th place (42.58).
Paul Wildman was another relishing the challenge of the hills, with a time of 43.52 and 71st position, while Tony Ditchburn enjoyed his local race, not far behind in 43.56 and 75th place overall on the finish line. David Morton was another having a strong outing, taking 44.22 to complete the course and 84th position.
Simon Withers finished 134th in 47.21, while stalwart Ian Hepworth finished well up in the Vet 60 age group in 52.42 and 248th place.
Shona Fletcher was on form at the inaugural York Marathon on October 20, when she finished fourth lady overall and first Yorkshire woman across the line in a new PB time of 2.56.06, in only her third marathon. Although the weather was not always conducive to fast times, with wind and rain proving a battle throughout the day, she was still 38th overall, having put in a superb performance over 26.2 miles.
For more information about Richmond and Zetland Harriers, visit richmondzet landharriers.org.uk
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