This weeks news

The weather again was not on the side of the running fraternity this week, but a bit of rain and high winds do not put off the hardier of running types. Lee Davies again was out on the hills and dales for the Wensleydale Wedge, set over 23 miles of mud, bog, hills and the odd river thrown in. Lee dragged himself out of the ditches and up over the hills to finish a fantastic 4th overall! Jacqui Keavney also tested herself against the hills and fells in the tour of Pendle, 16.8 miles with 4833 feet of climbs, however she was disappointed in her run, has since been found to have been suffering with a tooth abscess!

On a more level and flatter course at Leeds the wind dropped long enough for a few decent times to be recorded by our athletes. Kyle Rabjohn was flying in the junior Abbey Dash and finished a fantastic 16th overall out of 176 finishers (06:58). In the longer 10K Doug Roberts was 1st home for the club in 128th (32:37), just ahead of younger brother Fergus in 138th (32:47). Liam Rabjohn was next in 154th (34:45), Carl Jones (288th, 35:18 pb), Richard Bugg (325th, 35:45), Reece Dalton (384th, 36:19), Dave Hack (449th, 37:01), Luke Hack (482nd, 37:22), Jo Adams (484th, 37:24), Jeremy Pattison (485th, 37:35), Steve Sadler (832nd, 40:30), Rosie Adams (949th, 40:45 big pb), Donna Riddler (988th, 41:28), Holly Flannery (1097th, 42:15 pb), Della Wilson (2396th, 46:43), Ian Hepworth (3364th, 50:46), Jane Hack (6475th, 58:45) and Jane Bond (5832nd, 1:00:11).

 At the NYSD cross country held at Summerhill in Hartlepool it was more who could stand up in the mud than run. Josh Hammett improves with every run and was just outside the places in 5th in the U11 boys. Ben Lambert was a fine 8th in the U13 boys race and Charlie Stephenson had an excellent run in 18th, followed by Ralph Chishom in 23rd and Ewan Baxter in 25th. In the U15 boys Jake Stephenson stormed to the front and finished 1st, Will Smith was 7th, Matthew Lambert in 11th and Lewis Moore in 13th. Willow Andrew was our top athlete in the U15 girls in 8th, with Anna Harrison in 10th. In the U17 boys Harry Robson had a comfortable win with James Greer in 4th place. Rebecca Simpson was our top lady runner in 15th, Laura Kirkham was 23rd, Fiona Wilson in 40th, Pauline Whittaker in 44th, Michelle Sprent in 49th, Nicki Billows in 62nd and Natalie Wood in 80th. Scott Wardman ran well for 6th in the mens race, with Tony Lambert 8th (top V45), Mike Jeffries in 11th, Steve Middleton in 17th, Ken Harker in 19th, Mark Flannery in 20th, Julian Simpson in 32nd, Dan Holdsworth in 39th (managing to get round without injuring himself this time) Ronnie Corbett in 52nd and Simon Withers in 80th.  

 Ken Harker was the 1st harrier home at the weekly Darlington parkrun in 3rd (18:33), Peter Armstrong was a strong 6th (19:38), Shaun Purkiss (21st, 20:43) and Dave Hack (22nd, 20:45). Reece Dalton was a steady 17th in 21:55 at Fountains Abbey parkrun. Andy Everard was in action at the Harewood 10 and finished in a very respectful 109th in 79:50. The next generation were in action again at Sedgefield junior parkrun and Ruby Cullen produced a massive pb by 48 seconds (10:43) to finish in 30th position, the 6th girl and 2nd in her age group. Kiki Fletcher had a steady but very wingey (doesn’t get this from her father) run to finish in 113th (18:39), but as usual had her kick from 50m to go to leave her mother in her spray! Again our athletes have had issues with finding their way on a course, following on from this years roll of honour behind, Ken, Tony Lambert, Mike Jeffries and added to the list is James Greer who managed a wrong turning at the cross country, obviously he wanted to just join this elite list of names! It was noticeable that both Rob Scott and Peter Armstrong were conspicuous by their absence in races this week-end. Apparently there is no truth in the rumour that they have been auditioning for the Full Monty remake!