THREE members were among the thousands who tackled the London Marathon this year, on an exceptionally hot day. The crowd support gave continuous encouragement and Clare Tempest was delighted with her 4.19.17. Malcolm Aitken took 4.37.58, and Tuesday Miller, happy to get round, finished in 5.29.18. Congratulations to them all.

Ian and Marian Codling made the long trip to Hamsterley Forest for a 10k which was fairly low key on level roads and tracks, with a testing climb to the 7k mark. Among the 149 finishers on a beautiful morning, Ian took 75.58 and Marian 78.43.

Tom Levi is going through a real purple patch and was first finisher out of 394 at the weekend's Fountains Abbey Park Run, taking 17.54, a PB time. Very well done. Lorraine Hiles, always competitive, came 46th in 22.00, Alan Pollock 107th in 24.27, Caroline Pearce 260th in 30.33, Steve Isaac 294th in 33.20, Tracy Hayden, continuing her come-back, 339th in 37.17, Wendy Bennett 346th in 38.04, and Emma Adams, with dad Paul, 363rd in 39.48.

At Northallerton, evergreen Rob Burn finished 13th out of 97 in 22.15 with Phillip Craig 51st in 28.18 and Christine Burn 69th in 30.59.

Peter Richardson likes to ring the changes and was among the 422 finishers at Durham this week, coming 150th in 24.45.

Charlotte Wilton, another very competitive runner, was first lady finisher at Catterick, 58th overall in 20.42, with Andy Butcher 103rd in PB 22.07.

Trish Radford was once again at Rushmere, finishing 85th out of 164 in PB 28.41 and David Criddle at Livingston was 168th out of 400 in 28.39.

The previous weekend, 4 stalwarts undertook the arduous Gisborough Moors Fell Race, Race 9 in the Dave Parry Winter Series. The course, over 12 miles and with 2800 feet of climb, is one of the toughest in the calendar. The morning was fine, but after weeks of rain, there was plenty of mud and bog around, as well as long climbs, almost to Kildale, going up and down to Captain Cook's Monument, by Roseberry Topping and through woodland with negligible grip in places. Competitors were pleased to get to the finish and Tom Levi again lead the way, 49th out of 210 in 1.50.38. Ever improving Josh Cooper came 85th in 1.56.58, with Marc Davies, always enthusiastic, 148th in 2.14.08 and Alan Simpson 184th in 2.36.44.