With spring in the air on a bright and breezy morning 20 intrepid Bedale & Aiskew Runners (BAR) headed to the close by Thirsk 10. On a new route for 2020, flat and fully on roads ideal for fast times. Setting off on Newsham Road heading towards Kirby Wiske before turning and heading south though Sandhutton. With an out and back before returning through Carlton Miniott to Thirsk Racecourse and finishing in front of the Grandstand. Some excellent running and quick times, first home for BAR was Will Retchless in a personal best (PB) of 1:05:53, next was Ben Smith in 1:12:21 and Jason Ashford 1:13:25. First lady home for BAR was Karen Alford in 1:33:41, followed by Julie Elsey in 1:35:20 and Alison Grayson & Alison Barron 1:36:42 & 1:36:44.
The route lent its speed to a number of members, enabling PB’s for Nick Wilson in 1:25:39, Nichola Malton in 1:37:08, Ann Harrington in 1:38:45, Jude Newell in 1:38:56 and Joanne Sinnott in 1:41:46. For BAR 2nd claim members Paul Simpson a PB in 1:08:21, two of the senior members of BAR also had quick times, 3rd in M70 for Paul Bainbridge in 1:21:34 and Raymond Lightle in 1:30:28.
Finishing the field of BAR runners Henry Anderson (1:27:23), Jess Mallinson (1:46:07), Caroline Pounder (1:48:15), Claire Rogers (1:52:38), and Michelle Dinsdale (1:55:21).
BAR club Chairman Paul Ellis headed over to Carlisle for the Carlisle Half Marathon, starting and finishing at the Carlisle Football club. A fast flat route Paul had a superb run for 3rd in age category, 33rd overall in 1:27:20.