Richmond Runner to compete on world stage 6/8/17

Richmond Runner to compete on the World Stage

After attaining the qualifying time for the World Championships it was a nervous wait for Marc Scott until the team was announced on Tuesday morning, but the whole of the Northallerton area and beyond need not have worried, as Marc was added to the team to compete in the 5000m along with Sir Mo Farah and Andrew Butchart. Marc's heat will be on the 9th of August in which he will aim to qualify for the final on the 12th. 

Steve Sadler ran the Run Ryedale 10k held at Ampleforth. The races description varied from day to day, starting as flat, on road and ending with undulating to challenging with a proportion of trails! This didn’t put Steve off and he had a great run to finish in 7th overall and the top V50 athlete (41:27). In the shorter 5km race, Anna Harrison (which we will put down to R&Z and not that other club) produced a fantastic performance and took the ladies title and 3rd overall (24:30). 

It was also the 2nd of the mid week Triology sprint triathlons held at Ellerton Lakes to include a 400m swim, a 15km bike ride and a 2.2km run which a number of our athletes competed in. In the mens race Jake Stephenson finished in an excellent 3rd overall and included the quickest run. Matthew Lambert and Harry Robson were neck and neck and Matthew just out paced Harry for 11th and 12th places. They were followed just behind by Ronnie Corbett in 13th and the 3rd V40. James Greer was 34th, with Josh Smith in 43rd and Ryan Greer after his Iron Man in 58th. Triathlon debutant Shona Fletcher produced a very good performance to finish 3rd and like Jake had the quickest run time in the ladies race. Stephanie Stephenson also finished in an excellent 22nd. 

A large number of our runners took on the 14km James Herriot trail race, run over moorland tracks and paths with some stunning views over Wensleydale, unfortunately to take these in, involves a number of taxing climbs. A field of over 300 took to the start line with some outstanding runs by our athletes. Josh Lincoln was our first runner home in a sprint finish with Ken Harker taking 14th and 15th places. They were followed by David Hack in 25th, Lee Davies just behind in 26th, Tony Ditchburn was 129th, Ian Hepworth was 215th, Deb Pennick in 269th and Nicki Buckett in 285th. 

Our junior runners were out at the York summer league on the track. Josh Hammett continues his good summer of running by taking 1st in the U13 boys 800m (2:38:06). In the 150m U13 girls race Shannon Robinson had a great run to finish 2nd (24:12). Tom O’Mahoney ran in the all ages 1500m against athletes much older and including seniors producing a fantastic run to come 6th (5:16:95) and the 1st U13B, Shannon Robinson was also in the same race and had an equally good performance in 12th and the 2nd U13 girl (5:45:74). Josh Hammett finished 4th in heat 1 of the U13 Boys 200m (31:84) and Tom O’Mahoney also finishing 4th in the 2nd heat (31:93).
At Darlington parkrun Ken Harker was 4th (18:49), Shaun Purkiss was 30th (20:59) and Craig Morton was 36th (21:31). At Catterick racecourse parkrun James Stitt was 9th in a massive new pb by over 40 seconds (20:57), Holly McCowie another one in pb shape in 16th and the 2nd lady (21:37, pb), Pauline Whittaker also took over 3 minutes off her pb in 33rd (23:59, pb), Tony Ditchburn was 60th (26:25), Thomas Greer was 70th (27:10), Nicki Buckett in 88th (29:18), Alex Canizo in 95th and a huge new pb (30:27) and Karen Greer in 109th (32:10). 

Steve Middleton flew round and took the win at Northallerton parkrun (18:46) just before he jetted off on holiday. Dylan Soley took a trip to Cardiff for the parkrun there and was rewarded with his first sub 18 minute run in 7th (17:42). After Wednesday nights Triathlon Tony Ditchburn has offered to help Shona Fletcher with some coaching. Apparently her transition could do with more work and Tony suggested that her times could improve if she didn’t put her full make up on before starting her biking and touching it up before the run!