Club Championship 2024 – Event 9 – HDSRL Race 3 (Thirsk) – report and results

20th June 2024

Round 9 of the Club Champs saw a trip North to Sutton Bank for Race 3 of the HDSRL, hosted by Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. We had a great attendance of 29 runners, on a clear and balmy evening (or it felt balmy given the recent weather!) We managed to even get a group photo of about 20 of us although “Nick”, who Nicola asked to take the photo didn’t let us know some were hiding! The views across Yorkshire were stunning, I had looked at my Strava entry for the race 2 years ago and I think I was correct in saying it would be a better walk(!), but it was a good run. Harriers also put on a good spread afterwards and it was great to have so many of us cheering everyone in.

Below are the official results.

HDSRL Race 3 Results

In the Female Vet’s category Paula continues to top the table after a 4th place, this shows how strong the category was at this race as it is the first time Paula wasn’t in the top 3. (Hands up I had Kat on top of the standings after Race 8, but I had not taken into account that only the best 7 races count – a good reminder to all, including me, about the rules!) Carla picked was 1st and this makes 5 out of 5 for the year, this keeps Carla in 3rd overall, she was also 16th Female overall. Nicola took her 4th top 2 of the year and remains in 4th. Debbie was the other runner on the podium and jumps her into the top 10 overall. Tracy jumped a couple of places into 5th place overall. Sarah was the biggest mover, jumping 5 places into the top 10.

Ewan turned his back for one moment to do an epic Solstice run and bang John is on top! John took his 7th top place from 7 races this year and now has the perfect “7” score, given there are 8 races left it is possible to match it. John was also 3rd in his age category overall. Steve E took his 5th podium from 5 races and climbs up 1 spot overall to 5th. Guy took the other podium spot and remains in 3rd overall. We have 4 people in this category who have now completed 7 events, so their scores can only improve from here, apart from John! Richard and Pete each jumped a place in the standings to 7th and 8th respectively. It was good to see captain Andrew put in a good performance, who also jumped a place. It was good to see a new name with Steve K completing his first Club Champs event.

Sima took her 6th win from 6 events this year and in the process also won her age category and 9th overall. Claire registered her 5th top 2 from 5 races, which was also 2nd in the age category, a lot of seconds as she sits 2nd overall; from a personal point of view she also led the Strider train of Dan, me and Carla up the hill. Sarah took the 3rd podium spot and climbs 1 place in the overall standings. Donna and Zoe remain 3rd and 4th overall, respectively. Amy jumps a couple of places in the overall rankings to 5th. Kerry also rises a 2 places to 8th and also took a couple of great on course photos, which I am grateful for!

Paul keeps his control at the top of the overall standings, with Del in 2nd. The common link between them is their speedy finishes! Tom C moves up 4 places in the standings to 3rd with his 3rd win from 4 races. Tom C was also 4th overall, closely followed by Tom W 3 seconds behind. Tom takes his 3rd podium of the year and moves up 3 places to 5th overall. Dave rounded out the podium, for his second in 2 races this year. Craig moves up 3 places to 6th overall. It was good to see Dan complete his first club champs race of the year.

The next event is Harrogate 10k on Sunday 30th June 2024

Report by James Rockall