With the break in the weather lots of members attended Lightwater Valley 10k, a bright and blowy day with spring in the air. The race brought some challenging head winds on its synonymous ‘W’ profile. It was top conditions for a number to personal bests (PB’s) leading the BAR team home was Paul Ellis achieving his first sub 40 in 39:38 and 11th overall. Also running the ‘W’ in a PB was Paul Grayson in 43:38, Nick Wilson in 53:38, smashing nearly 2mins off her time from 2019 Alison Barron ran in 57:51, followed in by Julie Elsey achieving her first sub 1hour in 58:32, Joanne Sinnott in 1:04:17 with Caroline Pounder 1:04:19 close behind. With a massive 21 BAR members running in total there were many more fabulous times, finishing 28th overall, then Matt Randall in 48:43, Tony Clark in 50:41, taking over 30seconds off his 2019 and 1st in M70 was Paul Bainbridge in 51:04, followed by Andy Gibb 52:37. The first lady home for the BAR team was and over 3mins faster than last year was Louise Baker in 54:16, Karen Alford in 55:05, Claire Temple in 57:52, Nichola Malton in 60:48, Jen Morrison Douglas in 61:18, Ann Harrington in 61:37 and Jess Mallinson in 66:00. Five minutes quicker than last year was Michelle Dinsdale 70:47, in her first 10k Sarah Pardington in 71:13.
BAR members attended at four different Parkruns last Saturday, with the majority running, or helping as volunteers, at Catterick. There, Raymond Lightle completed his 147th Parkrun and Ann Harrington reached the 49 mark, while being within 7 seconds for a 32 minute pacing target. Both will attain a significant landmark very soon. Michelle Dinsdale has already run in 184 events at all courses. This was her 24th appearance at Catterick and resulted in a course PB of 31.56. An easier target is to record a PB on your second run at the course, but an achievement to be proud of nonetheless; Andrew Young with a time of 24.09, and Becky Smith’s daughter, Isabel, in the JW10 age category, in 31.56, achieved this, encouraged by her mum.
Other runners at Catterick were Carys Samuel (23.10), Nicola Malton (28.22), Marian Hunter (28.34), Sarah Pardington (32.11), Joanne Fawcett (36.17), and Wendy Kelvin (51.24). Those who acted as officials were: John Hunter, Ruth Hancock, Claire Temple, Sarah Pardington, Ann Harrington and Paul Bainbridge.
At Darlington, Charlotte Wardle, returning from a long term injury, recorded a course PB of 23.36, and was 8th woman out of 163. While at Northallerton Will Retchless was having a steady run before the Lightwater 10K the next day, and at Keighley James and Joanne Wigglesworth ran together flying the BAR colours.