IT was a weekend of centuries for Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers with Ian Codling completing his 700th race since he started running (and he was no spring chicken then) and Paul Adams his 100th Park Run, both of which were achieved at Fountains Abbey on Saturday. Many congratulations to both, and keep up the good work.
Full results from Fountains Abbey are as follows - Rob Burn 29th in 21.56, Andy Butcher 111th in 26.22, the ever improving Alison Butcher 162nd in 29.00, Paul Adams (100 Park Runs) 201st in 31.02, Tom Levi 209th in 31.24, Linda Bamforth 226th in 32.04, Ian Codling 273rd in 34.59 and Marian Codling 305th out of 319 in 41.35.
Bryan and Claire Miller tried out the York event and obviously found it to their liking judging by their times, Bryan 17th out of 589 in
18.59 and Claire 304th in 26.33.
At the Sowerby Park Run, Dave Baker was 37th out of 145 in 24.33 and Rosie Gatenby 90th in 28.41.
Peter Richardson was among the 131 runners at Dalby Forest, coming 34th in 24.43.
The following day, five members were among the 147 at the latest race in the Tees Trail 5k series at Billingham Beck Country Park, another of those lovely Parks in and around Stockton. Conditions were very muddy in places, which suited Rob Burn, who came 22nd out of 147, and 1st M60, in 21.54, Andy Butcher 62nd in 24.50, Steven Scott 64th in 24.58, Alison Butcher 110th in 30.08 and Ian Codling (in race 701!) 136th in 35.38.
Meanwhile, at the other side of the country on Saturday, Marc Davies went looking for mud and fells and found both at the Inov8 High Cup Nick Fell Race. The demanding 9.3 mile route with over 1500 feet of ascent, followed the route of one of the best walking routes in the North Pennines, but it was no day for walking, with strong winds and low cloud. Nevertheless, 260 runners assembled at Dufton for the start and found conditions extremely wet underfoot with knee deep becks and bogs in places before a steep climb up "the nick" itself. The mostly downhill second half was equally long, with yet another beck to be crossed, before a very welcome bowl of soup and bread at the finish.
Marc's time was a very creditable 1.38.46.
Remember to get your entries in for the Thirsk 10 on March 19, 11am, at Thirsk Racecourse.