Richmond and Zetland Harriers
THE FORCES OF Richmond and Zetland where spread far and wide, from hotter climates right through to Dalby Forest, Wynyard, Wensleydale and Tadcaster! Everything from road, trail, cross country and even the odd hill or two thrown in.

Furthest to travel this week was Stefanos Stephanou who hopped on a plane for Abu Dhabi to run in the half marathon, finishing in an excellent 9th overall (1:21:52). John Gray and canine helper Pippa continue to dominate the canicross events, again taking the win at the Dalby Forest 8k. The Goathlands Hardmoors marathon held over the slightly further marathon route of 28 miles had Rachel Ross Russell taking to the start line and a very useful run it was, with Rachel taking the ladies overall win and the 1st vet runner as well in 19th (05:38:27).

Closer to home at Wensleydale had Nicola and Paul Simpson finishing together in apparently joint 3rd overall (but it depends on who you speak to first) with Nicola taking the win as the 1st lady (03:47:15) over the 23 miles at the Wensleydale wedge.

On the slightly less muddy roads two of our runners took on the Tadcaster 10 with another set of great times and results. Carl Jones took 2nd overall in a new pb (53:59, pb) and Steve Sadler in 57th and the 1st V55 (1:05:30).

Tom O’Mahoney also took 2nd place in the 5k trail race in aid of the Daisy Chain Charity at Wynyard Hall (22:40) in some very testing conditions. Phoebe Haw also was on the podium for her school in the area cross country finishing a great 3rd in the Year 7 girls race.

Leon Reeve was also out on the cross country field in the Army UK North XC championships and placed 19th overall and the 3rd vet with son Alex in 90th and part of the winning U23 team.

It was also the latest round of the local cross country league at Whitby, with Ellie Rabjohn the first Richmond runner on the course and having a great run in 6th in the U11 girls race. In the U13 boys Thomas Carter was 7th, with Oliie Rogerson in 12th, Jack Vasey in 13th, Ollie Middleton in 19th and Sam Archer in 20th. These results gave the squad 3rd overall. Olivia Jackson-Bowers was 13th and Phoebe Haw 15th in the U13 girls race. In the U15 boys race it was a dominant display from our runners with Tom O’Mahoney taking the win, Josh Hammett in 3rd, Joe Reeve in 4th, and Dominic Wilford in 13th, giving the squad the team win. Alana Teasdale was 5th in the U15 girls race. In the U17 mens race Charlie Stephenson took the took honours in 1st. Nicola Simpson was 12th in the senior ladies and the 1st V45, Rebecca Smith was 23rd, Stephanie Stephenson was 24th and the 4th V45, Kimberley Reeve was 40th, Fiona Wilson in 42nd, Pauline Whittaker in 57th, Elaine Watters in 60th and Nicki Buckett in 95th. These results gave the ladies team 4th overall. In the senior men's race Jake Stephenson was a fantastic 4th overall and the 1st U20, Scott Wardman was 15th, Mark Forrest was 22nd and the 2nd V50, Tony Lambert was 26th and the 1st V45, Ken Harker was 31st and the 3rd V45, John Gray was 53rd, Anthony Jefford in 75th, Chris Soley in 82nd, Paul Simpson in 94th and Paul Bowman in 102nd, giving the squad 4th overall.

Rob Scott was the first finisher (17:23), followed by Mark Forrest in 2nd (18:12), Ronnie Corbett in 8th (19:31), Steve Sadler in 9th (19:45), Joseph Smith in 16th and a new pb (20:44, pb), Paul Bowman in 20th (21:03), Shaun Purkiss-McEndoo showed his legendary pace to claim 22nd place (21:18), Garry Malton was 24th (21:19), Ellie Robertson was in 88th as the 28 minute pacer (28:04) at Catterick parkrun. John Gray was 2nd (19:31) and Alastair Wilkin in 7th (23:02) at Northallerton parkrun.

This week it was the new winter course for Northallerton junior parkrun and it didn’t stop some of the younger runners from having great runs. James Holdsworth was 2nd (10:21) and Kiki Fletcher was 7th and the 2nd girl (10:49).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Image: Nicola Simpson and Kimberley Reeve at the Whitby cross country.