Well, it's been a while since I've done one of these but the weekend just gone was most definitely one to shout about and has forced my laptop into action. We've had a laudable mix of trophies, exclusive club entries, parkrun 1st place finishes and a course record.
This writer has a certain amount of bias towards a regular series of events that take place mostly across the North York Moors. And since it's me doing the writing, I'm starting with the Hardmoors Goathland event that took place on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday saw the 10K race, that in true Hardmoors fashion was 7 ish miles, a 'half' marathon and a full marathon that was more like 32 miles. Just imagine how you tarmac pounders would comment if you found your road races were so far over the published distance! Hardmoors world is a different world though and extra miles go down as bonus miles or Hardmoors miles. Sometimes you just never quite know what the distance will be as routes sometimes changes on the day itself as I saw in the Fryupdale marathon last month.
First home in a very impression 3rd place in the 10K race was Sam Lynn in a time of 59.15. By way of providing context, the winner finished in 56.07. We also had Jo Barrett and Dee Bouderba completing yet another marathon. I'm proud of the fact that I've completed 53 marathons & ultras but I'll be way behind those two. The highlight of the weekend for me being the fact that Jo received her award for entering the fabled 1000 mile club to join Dee as the only Postie members. The 1000 mile club is exactly what it says on the tin, complete 1000 Hardmoors miles and you're in the club. The only catch is you have to finish each race to claim the miles. The perk is that you get your own race number for the rest of time so Jo has become the 79th member of the club and will forever more wear race number 79.
Jo picked up another prize with her Strava description of the race. Absolute bag of shite! I'm sure it wasn't and you chalked up another marathon.
On Sunday we had Danny Clayton and yours truly taking part in the half marathon, well 17 1/2 miles but who's arguing about 4 miles? The weather was outstanding if a bit breezy and the runners the day before had done a nice job churning it up for us. Up and down, up and down taking in the sights and sounds of Heartbeat country. It was fantastic to run with Danny. He has good on the hills and I was able to catch up on the track and downhill sections as we came in together in 3.37 to finish in the top 40 out of about 150. Only 70 minutes behind the winner!
Apologies if I inadvertently miss anyone's result but I've done a quick trawl of Strava and I can see Jon Davies chalked up his best 10K time for 2 1/2 years in the Middlesbrough 10K, finishing in 43.23. Well done Jon.
Elsewhere we had a group of Postal ladies (Amy, Harriet, Jess, Lou) looking like they had a fun day out on Saturday as they ran from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay and back. It looks like you had a mix of Cleveland Way and Cinder Track. That's a Hardmoors event there ladies! Check out the HM15 and HM30 that take place on New Year's Day. Sold out for 2022 but maybe 2023?
This 'just' leaves parkrun to round up the weekend activity. And what a day it was. Dom, Jim and Andy ventured over to Whitby to take on the new Cinder Track parkrun. Well done Dom for your first place finish and course record in 17.45. Jim came in 3rd in 19.22 and Andy 10th in 21.09.
We also had Jordan finishing first at York parkrun in 15.27, well done Jordan for another inspiring time. Sean came over the line in 22.31, Mark D in 22.51 and Andrew H-J in 24.49.
Elsewhere we had Alex D finishing 3rd at Hes in 18.23, Kev 17th at Millfield in 23.45 joined by Karen T at the same venue in 45.33. Marc P paid the price for a late arrival but clawed his way through the field to finish in 10th at NE in 21.08 and Danny C had a Hardmoors loosener, finishing in 23.05 also at NE.
Jamie B ventured over to Roundhay and achieved a time of 22.55 and that rounds up the parkrun performances.
If you took part in parkrun and don't feature then it will probably be because you haven't linked your profile to Postal Harriers. Just access your profile (search for parkrun profile) and update your details including the club field. If you want a really easy way to find out how your club mates got on at parkrun each week then download the 5K parkrunner results app. It's not an official parkrun app but is very good. From the home screen just select Clubs from the menu and a full list will appear as soon as the respective results have been processed.
That's it from me. I can't promise I'll be here every week but maybe more often than has been the case of late. Well done everyone taking part in events this weekend, whether you won stuff or not you're all amazing.