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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

The Thirsk 10 road race at the weekend was a huge success in spite of the wet weather.  There were over 1000 finishers in this increasingly popular race which attracted some high quality runners as well as a large number of very supportive club runners from far and wide.  Runners came from as far afield as Dumfries, Lincoln, Salford, Cleethorpes and Sunderland, to name but a few.   The winner, David Webb, was a Leeds City runner, who finished comfortably ahead of the second runner after a close fought race right up to the last mile or so.  David Webb’s time was a superb 48.32 and 2nd was Andrew Pearson of Longwood in 48.54.  Sarah Jarvis of Bingley Harriers won the ladies’ race in 58.27.  One wheelchair entrant, Hannah Cockcroft from Halifax, completed the course, her first race over 10 miles, and was delighted with the event and with her time of just over 67 minutes.The bulk of Thirsk and Sowerby members did a stalwart job in marking out the course, marshaling the race, arranging car parking - no easy matter with such greasy ground conditions, handing out t-shirts to finishers, picking up litter, and all the other myriad jobs which are essential for the smooth running of such an event. Judging by the many positive comments after the race, all the effort was worthwhile, and some members rewarded themselves by going out for a meal in the evening!  A handful of members did actually run the race, with Gary Dunn finishing 10th in 52.55,  Robert Durkin 170th in 65.12,  Julian Norton 173rd in 65.29,  lapsed member Peter Huxley, once one of the elite runners in the club, 479th in 76.16and Christopher Green 574th in 79.03.  New member Nick Searle, running for his former club, Episkopi, came 266th in 69.07.  Still wet, but much muddier and more slippery, the Clay Bank West Fell race, race 3 in the winter series,  attracted 116 runners and Matt Speake of Dark Peak FR won in 30.14.  Richard Hall came a very good 7th in 35.08, with Cameron Choules 32nd in 40.57, Angela Hall 51st, and 2nd V50, in 42.51 and Ernie Huck 89th, and 1st V65, in 47.58.


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