This week the harriers were drying out their spikes after last weeks epic cross country mud fest at Hartlepool and catching up on some park running, Christmas shopping or in some cases going a bit further for their winter training and in one particular case that was all the way to Melbourne – not Yorkshire but Australia!
Steve Sadler and family win this week's prize for going the extra mile for park running or roughly 10,528 miles! Steve took on the Melbourne park run after what has been a frustrating couple of months out with injury returned in sparkling form to finish in 14th (20:16), youngest son Adam was 22nd (21:14) and Ann, Steve’s wife was 158th (36:48) in her first ever parkrun.

A slightly chillier and longer run took Rachel Ross Russell to the top of Roseberry Topping for the Hardmoors Roseberry Topping marathon. These are described as marathons but generally the distances slightly exceed those advertised and this was no exception with it being roughly 30.2 miles instead of the usual 26.2 distance. Rachel had a great run to finish as the 4th lady (05:35:17).

Tom O’Mahoney was also out in the less than ideal conditions and produced another fine effort to take the victory at the Heriot hospice 5k Santa Run held at Northallerton leisure centre.

Closer to home and bit colder, Steve Middleton was 2nd (18:26) and Shona Fletcher 3rd (19:34, 1st lady) at Northallerton parkrun. Diane Adkins ran at Sedgefield parkrun and finished in 71st (28:08).

At Catterick parkrun Ian Christon was 2nd (18:07), followed closely by Jeremy Pattison in 3rd (18:24), Ryan Greer was 25th (23:39, =pb), Ian Hepworth was 43rd (25:57), Nicki Buckett was 52nd (28:09) and Karen Greer 62nd (29:34). Shaun Purkiss-McEndo took on York parkrun with another encouraging performance finishing in 53rd (20:35) passing his 100th parkrun in the process!

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Image: Steve Sadler (left of picture) and family at the Melbourne Park Run.