Raymond Lightle often runs twice in the weekend with a 5K parkrun on the Saturday followed by a longer race on the Sunday. In his 63rd parkrun over a period of several years he recently ran his best ever parkrun time of 21.46 to finish 1st M65 at the Catterick event. The following day he was off to South Shields to run in the pier to pier race finishing in Sunderland, a distance of about 7 miles, some of which was on the beach. He finished in 53.17 which was 3 minutes faster than two years ago. Last weekend, again a good run at Catterick finishing in 23.31, followed the next day with a fast run at the Melmerby 10K in hot conditions to record 47.59 and 2nd out of 10 in the M65 age group.
On the same hot day the Northallerton 10K was taking place with four from the Bedale club taking part. The race was a sell out with a thousand competitors. However on the day 725 took on the testing course which climbs steadily for 6 to 7 Km, followed by a swift descent back into Northallerton where there was excellent support waiting to cheer runners home in the high street. Sue Wheeldon, 585th in 69.49, and Becky Morris 301st in 55.25, where the women’s contingent, with Phil Johnston 245th in 53.22, and Paul Bainbridge 191st in 51.22 completing the team.
Last Sunday saw Edinburgh hosting several events with Bedale’s Andy Gibb competing in the half marathon. Many thousands were taking part with Andy pleased to break the 2 hour barrier to finish 3760th in 1 hour 55 minutes.
Second claim member Lena Conlin spent last weekend on the North Yorkshire Moors competing in the Hardmoors 110, a 112 mile trail race along the Cleveland Way. She started at Filey at 8am on Saturday with competitors aiming to finish in Helmsley within 36 hours. Most had vehicle support and some also had people running with them after Saltburn at 52 miles. Lena was unsupported and relied on checkpoints to top up food and water. Saturday was sunny and breezy during the day but thick fog at night made the familiar unfamiliar. She made two navigational errors in the night making the total milage 113.3. After a chilly dawn Sunday soon became hot and windy and she finally arrived in Helmsley 33 hours and 8 seconds after leaving Filey, finishing a fantastic 4th female overall.