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Goats, Roseberry's and Humbugs

It was most definitely a cross country day for our Postal Harriers who were in race action over the weekend. Not much evidence of any tarmac in sight.

We had Jo leading the way chalking up an incredible 55 miles in the Cheviot Hills in Northumbria. I hear conditions were brutal with winds of 60mph combined with 10,000 feet of climbing and mile after mile of mud. Just as well Jo has built in resilience and what an achievement completing the course in just over 20 hours.

Jo's frequent Ultra companion Dee was taking on the Roseberry Topping Marathon. I say marathon but we all know that you get bonus miles in the Hardmoors events, can't beat that for value for many. Much more like 30-31 miles depending on how closely you stick to the route. Another challenging course with plenty of climbing and spectacular scenery to boot. Well done Dee on finishing yet another Ultra.

Last but not least we had the Bah Humbug 10K in South Leeds with me and the Mrs representing Postal. Fancy Dress was optional so I ran as a Postal Harrier, finishing in 49.58 and Lucy didn't disappoint, picking up a prize for the best outfit as, wait for it, a Christmas Tree.

Keep this event in your diaries for next year, it would make a great club run and is nicely placed between the PECO events. It's most definitely cross country with a nice lap to start and finish of the stadium track. In between that there was plenty of hills and mud through the rather pleasant Middleton Woods. With a mince pie waiting at the finish line there was a lot to like about this event including the hot showers.

I've not seen any other Postal race results. Sorry if I've missed your result. You're always welcome to email me results and photos to

That leaves parkrun and there's only one place to start. If you haven't already seen it we had a first place finisher at New Earswick with our very own Ben taking the honours. Magnifique Benjamin!

We had 13 parkrunners taking part at the various local events, here is the full round up:

York parkrun

Darren Baker 19.22

Mel Ellwood 22.41

Kevin Armstrong 22.48

Jonathan Richardson 22.48

Mark Whitby 22.50

Kevan Ford 26.00

Lisa Ellwood 33.41

Heslington parkrun

Andy Heather 21.15

Jon Davies 22.00

Amanda Clark 25.06

New Earswick parkrun

Ben Briffaud 21.24

Keppel parkrun

Simon Middleton 27.39

Andy Ellwood 40.00

That's all for this week folks. Don't forget the cross country is back this Sunday in the PECO league. It's an 11am start at Middleton Park in Leeds and you can still enter if you haven't already done so, it's far better than Christmas Shopping. Here is the link,

Have a great week and well done to everyone running for Postal.

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