The Darlington 10K is a fast two lap course attracting runners from all over the North East to try and post some quick times. Eight Bedale and Aiskew club members joined nearly 2000 other competitors in this prestigious and well organised event. Ben Smith has been training well and was very pleased with his time of 44.25 in 290th position overall and first Bedale runner to finish. His wife Becky was first Bedale woman to finish in 52.13 and 791st, making it a family double for the Smiths. Becky Morris was Bedale’s 2nd woman to cross the line in 53.15 and 851st overall.
Alex McNairn has also been training well lately and he was aptly rewarded with 2nd place Bedale man in 47.46 and 495th. Henry Anderson had an excellent run to record 48.16 for 524th, with Raymond Lightle finishing 546th in 48.36, and a very creditable 3rd out of 34 in his M65 age group. John Hunter was pleased with his sub one hour time of 59.14 for 1220th, followed by Chris Appleton in 1451st and 63.26.
Meanwhile Stuart Black had been competing in the Rosedale trail marathon, which ended up covering 28 miles over moor land tracks, with 4,000ft of ascent and descent in 28 degrees of heat. He was very pleased with his position of 51st out of the 113 competitors in a time of 6 hours 40 minutes.
Catterick Parkrun always sees a few Bedale Runners taking part over the 5K distance, with Paul Simpson recording a Parkrun personal best time of 20.35. Raymond Lightle rarely misses a Saturday morning Parkrun recording 23.38, often before then running a longer race the next day. Other regulars Anne Johnson (27.53) and John Hunter (28.43) ran well, as did Rachel Tait (26.49). Peter Bridgstock ran at the Rother Valley event in 27.55, and Billy Conlin on a visit to Glasgow clocked 23.25.