Zoe Mason has picked up where she left off after a break from running and was first woman in the Darlington Parkrun on May 14th in 22.00. Marian Hunter also ran, finishing in 26.23, with Kathleen Finn in 29.20. In a higher quality field the following weekend Zoe was 8th woman in 22.30. At Northallerton on May 14th Ronan and Nicki Walsh both ran PBs, recording 23.23 and 30.45 respectively.
Seven club members ran in this year's Ripon 10 mile road race on May 15th. Calderdale based Derek Parrington returned to the area for the event and was first club finisher and 16th out of 356 runners in 67.36. Ronan Walsh was next home in 82.26, followed by Niall Cheyne 86.59, Roger Brisley 96.42, Anne Singleton 99.52, Grace Gilpin 102.15 and Nicki Walsh in 110.53. On the same day Martin Randall ran at the scenic Raby Castle 10k, coming 37th out of 458 runners in 41.51.
Jim Coldwell was back in the Lake District on May 22nd, this time on the roads rather than the fells. On a warm day he completed the hilly Windermere Marathon in 3.57.44 for 140th place out of 532 runners.
This years Harrogate Midweek League got underway on Thursday May 5th. Nine club members made the journey to Ilkley and it was good to see Steve Brown back in competitive action. He finished 32nd out of 378 runners and was a convincing winner in the V55 category. Mark Sowerby was next home for the club in 34.01, with Martin Luxton in 36.23. Zoe Mackay was first club woman to finish, with an excellent time of 37.09. Other club times - Alan Mackay 43.35, Chris Sayer and Nicky Logan both in 46.54, Andy Broadley 47.25 and Karen Thorpe 48.35.
Andrew Fletcher was amongst the 459 runners in the Keswick Half Marathon on May 1st. He ran well over the hilly course and is shown in the results as 4th V50 in 1.33.03. Since Andrew is in fact a V55 it is liley that he was 2nd in his age category.
Darlington Park Run results.April 30th - Niall Cheyne 21.34, Stuart Hardcastle 21.41 (1st V60), Zoe Mason 22.58. May 7th - Niall 21.30, Zoe Mason 22.37.
Northallerton Park Run results. April 30th - Zoe Mackay 26.17, Anne Singleton 32.14. May 7th - Ronan Walsh 23.32 (PB), Nicki Walsh 31.54.
The Fellsman is a gruelling fellrunning event covering 61 miles with 11000 feet of climbing including the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside and Buckden Pike. Much of the route is over energy sapping moorland and competitors are grouped together for safety reasons during the hours of darkness. Five club members took on the challenge this year on April 16th. Neil Bowmer finished a fantastic 72nd out of 312 starters in 18h08, almost 3 hours quicker than last year. After a frustrating couple of years dogged by injury Stuart Clarkson was understandably "chuffed" to finish the course in 26h26. Unfortunately Ros Blackmore, Michael Rosher and Helen Inglis were amongst the 95 non -finishers. No doubt they will feel they have unfinished business for next year.
The Gisborough Moors fell race (12.4 miles, 2789 feet) the following day saw Tim Grimwood and Ian Oldham battle in the club's new rivalry to be top fellrunner. Tim finished 22nd in 105.25, with Ian 26th in 106.32. Jim Coldwell was 76th out of 143 in 124.37. Also on the 17th Martin Randall was first V45 in the Druridge Bay half marathon with a time of 96.35.
Five club members ran in the Reeth trail races on April 24th. Alison Johnston was first FV55 in the 10k event in 59.51 with Julia Snape finishing in 67.26. In the 20k race Lucy Riley ran an excellent 117.29 with Ray and Sue Crabbe recording 124.12 and 125.44 respectively. Anne Singleton was the only member at this year's Fountains 10k, finishing in 58.39.
The club's representation at this year's London Marathon was reduced by injuries, leaving new runners Karen Dobson and Kathleen Finn to fly the flag. As novices to distance running they did well to complete the course in 5.28.14 and 5.44.13 respectively.
The Wensleydale Wander started life as an event for walkers but over the years an increasing number of runners have taken part, either over the short 12 mile route or the longer 23 mile option. This year's event took place in fine weather on April 9th and featured many club members. Unfortunately the results are a confusing mix of runners and walkers, both long and short, listed by residence rather than club. However there is no doubt that Steve Brown was the winner in the short event in 88.24, with Andrew Fletcher third in 100.00 and Caitlin Pearson fourth overall and first woman in 100.30. Robbie Kelly and James Taylor were 7th and 8th in 105.23 and Rebecca Simpson was 9th and second woman in 112.00. Alyson Cole (156.00) and Marian Hunter and Stu Clarkson (both in 171.20) also competed in the short event. In the long event Martin Randall had a great run and surprised himself by winning the race in 199.20 with Mark Sowerby next in 218.30. Sue and Ray Crabbe finished together in 237.50. Other club times - Vicki Howe 249.30, Niall Cheyne 259.30, Jan Ilsley and Suzie McGann 268.00.
There were also two Parkrunners in action on April 9th. Stuart Hardcastle ran 22.09 in Darlington and Nicky Logan finished in 37.28 at Fountains Abbey. Stuart ran another 5k the following day, this time at the Preston Park Tees Trail race, and recorded a time of 23.27.
The first of this year's Dales Trail Series, the DT 20 took place on April 2nd. These three races are organised by Swaledale Outdoors in Reeth and club members, led by Ros Blackmore, are heavily involved in marshalling.
Eleven club members were among the 206 finishers at this years race, with Pocklington based Stu Smith first club finisher in 7th place in 99.55. Less than a minute separated the next three members, with Derek Parrington 13th in 104.30, Tim Grimwood 14th in 104.55 and Ian Oldham 15th in 105.07. Next came Martin Randall, 22nd in 108.09, followed by Caitlin Pearson, 6th woman in 116.50. Other club times - Mike Warren 130.08, Ray Crabbe 133.55, Sue Crabbe 136.51, Adele Marshall 139.28 and Grace Gilpin 178.21.
With so many runners busy in Reeth, Abi Player was the only member in Parkrun action last weekend, recording 25.47 in the Darlington event.
There was an excellent turnout of 14 Swaledale runners at the Thirsk 10 mile race on March 20th. Dave Atkinson was first club finisher in 123rd place from 877 runners, with a time of 65.19. Martin Randall runs consistently well and was next home in 68.09. He was followed by James Taylor in 76.50 and Ronan Walsh in 80.19. Carol Murray was the first Swaledale woman in 81.17. Other club finishers - Alan Mackay 82.20, Christian Player 82.51, Vicki Howe 83.57, Pete Devlin 85.47, Roger Brisley 87.29, Zoe Mackay 89.28, Julia Spittle 90.10, Ronnie Cassar 94.07, Nicki Skinner 106.02.
Also on Sunday 20th Tim Grimwood ran in the Blakey Blitz fell race (10.6 miles, 2800 feet), probably the toughest of the Esk Valley winter series. For the second race in a row he finished 20th, in 99.54.He now lies in 4th place in the Male Open category.
On March 19th Jacqueline Keavney and Jim Coldwell were over in the Lake District for the scenic undulating Coniston 14 mile race. Jacqueline beat her previous best at the course by several minutes to finish as third woman and first FV50 in 93.47. Jim also ran well, finishing just seconds off a PB in 106.19.
Two club members were in action at the Helmsley 10k multi-terrain race on Easter Sunday. Andrew Fletcher finished in 47th place in 44.12 with Angela Turner in 55.00.
Parkrun results 26th March. Darlington - Marian Hunter 26.38. Northallerton - Nicky Logan 29.53.