ROB Scott of Richmond and Zetland took the win at Thirsk 10 on Sunday in a time of 52.05, as a field of both high-class and fun runners came from far and wide for the popular road race.

Scott also competed in the event when it was last run, in 2020, when he finished sixth in 52.46.

With Scott at the helm, Richmond and Zetland Harriers won this year's men's team prize, with other runners coming in third, sixth and 36th. The first lady over the finish line was Helen Cross of York Knavesmire Harriers in 60.26. The ladies' team prize was won by Tyne Bridge Harriers.

Thirsk 10 is the major event in the calendar year of organisers Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, who welcomed the fine, dry weather conditions although a tail wind at the beginning of the race became a very definite head wind after the turnaround point on Skipton Airfield.

A large number of members were involved in enabling the event to take place, under the guidance of race director, Ken Wood and his second in command, Duncan Fothergill. Head marshal, Phillip Craig, who has held that position for the last 12 or so years, made sure helpers were in the right place at the right time.

Because of the strong support from other members, 20 Harriers were able to take part in the race. The first of these to finish was Joe Poole, 178th out of 866 in a very good 69.12. Jody Sygrove took 1.11.05, Muhammad Umar 1.11.10, David Tervit 1.18.38, Adrian Elsworth 1.19.27, Adam Harper-Walker 1.19.31, Louise Mayfield 1.26.13, Mike Cropper 1.26.22, Alexander Miller 1.28.00, Clare Tempest 1.30.02, Joe Joyce 1.31.04, Kate Eyles 1.36.02. Lucy Sillars 1.37.45, Will Jagger 1.40.19, Bethany Haggath 1.40.19, Barry Smart-Parker 1.45.04, Rachel Davidson 1.46.17, Ruth Pollard 1.46.55, Andrea Colls 1.52.13, Sarah Harrison 1.52.14, Craig Atherton 1.57.56 and Siobhan Woodland 2.06.25.

Jody Sygrove among the starters on Newsham Road of the Thirsk 10

Jody Sygrove among the starters on Newsham Road of the Thirsk 10

Club captain, Tom Levi's wife, non-member Faye ran the race in a very creditable 1.33.07. Not to be outdone, their young daughter, Matilda, was one of the 40 or so children who took part in the fun run prior to the main event. Organiser, Paul Goacher, along with his helpers, made sure the race was indeed fun, though the two miles or so still has to be covered. Participants were delighted to receive a specially designed medal.

The Norman Smith Trophies, named for the founder of both the club and the race, were won by the first local finishers in the YO7 postcode area who are not members of a club, with Greg MacDonald getting the men's prize and Hannah Louise Watts the ladies' prize.

The Harriers thanked Ruth and Graham Taylor who allowed the use of their field for car parking, while runners commented that they appreciated the support and encouragement they received around the course, which started on Newsham Road and finished at Thirsk Racecourse.