Harris notches top Evening League time as Cox turns in sub-four Three Peaks result

NADV1105261 Evening run. The start of the evening run. 1105261AM
NADV1105261 Evening run. The start of the evening run. 1105261AM

Nidd Valley Road Runners were strongly represented at the Harrogate Evening League race hosted by Harrogate Harriers last Thursday.

Thirty-three runners tackled the undulating course of just over six miles, including several who had ran the Edinburgh Marathon just four short days earlier.

Andy Harris was first home for the club in 39.44 and he was followed by Lee Dalton 40.07 Paul Stalker 40.13 Lee Welsby 40.16 Andy Todd 40.51 Simon Harris 43.16 Tony Ledwaba-Chapman 43.46 Phil Fernyhough 43.55 Simon Smith 44.23 Steve Newton 44.42 Jonathan Easton 44.48 Fiona Deacon 44.57 Nick Iles 45.33 Dave Cardani 45.51 Alan Davidson 45.50 Alison Iles 46.09 Brian Sherwood 46.31 Ian McLeod 46.33 Christine Holleran 47.22 Emma David 47.37 Mark David 47.38 Amanda Metcalfe 48.39 Paul Manning 49.05 Debbie Gibson 49.26 Helen Gregory 49.26 Emma Dooley 49.30 Jenny Manning 52.25 Emma Clark 52.31 Sheena Jackson 52.33 Michelle Smith 53.32 , Sarah Chalmers 55.33, Annie Burns 56.12 Judy Greenwood 56.42 and making a welcome return to the Evening League, Bob Sweeting 59.48.

On Saturday, 12 members supported the Meanwood Trail Race, the latest counter event in the club’s Championship.

First home over the testing course was evergreen Tony Ledwaba-Chapman, maintaining his purple patch of form to finish as first male O/60 in 56.15. He was chased hard by Mark David 56.23, Carol Morgan 56.41, Nick Iles 57.49, Steve Newton 58.12, Simon Smith 59.30, Helen Gregory 1.04.39, Emma David 1.04.47, Michelle Smith 1.12.44, Annie Burns 1.13.59, Judy Greenwood 1.14.40 and Sarah Chalmers 1.16.10.

The following day saw five runners make the trip to Melmerby to compete in the 10k.

Fiona Deacon was first back in 45.42, followed by Tony Lee 51.41, Janet Carling 52.51, Michelle Smith 55.44 and Renna Benson 58.29.

THIRSK AND SOWERBY HARRIER Hester Cox enjoyed a great result at the recent tough Three Peaks race.

Her time of 3.30.45 was even further inside her target time of four hours than the incorrect time reported last week.

Hester also competed in the Fox and Hounds Fell Race on May 17, race 3 in the summer series and finished 48th out of 83 runners in a time of 86.29, with Ernie Huck, struggling after a fall, 79th in 111.40.

The Yorkshire 10k at Newby Hall on May 15 had 357 finishers, of which six were Thirsk and Sowerby members.

Rob Burn led the club runners home, in 14th place in 40.13, also first V55 finisher, with the ever-improving Paul Atkinson 17th in 40.31, Martyn Coy 104th in 48.39, Alan Wikeley 182nd in 55.54, Richard Easby 192nd in 56.31 and Sue Reynard, perhaps getting the racing bug, 284th in 62.28.

Christine Burn, in her first ever race, came 45th out of 197 runners in a time of 10.46 in the Fun Run at Newby Hall.

Malcolm Aitken, another first time racer, was among the 951 finishers in the Middlesbrough 5k and had an excellent run to come 340th in 26.42.

An old hand, Alan Harman, meanwhile, competed in the Sowerby Scorcher 10k at Sowerby Bridge and completed the 6.4 mile course in 66th place in a time of 55.14 minutes, a full 20 seconds quicker than his time last year for this race, which was uphill for the first three miles, with lovely views to compensate.