week's report
Richmond and Zetland Harriers

THERE WERE SOME incredible performances this week from Richmond's athletes in both the junior and senior sections. With races from Cardiff, Birmingham, Richmond, Manchester, London, parkrun take over at Catterick and considerably closer to home in York.

Kyle Rabjohn was in action at the Cardiff cross country challenge, which is the first in the British athletics cross country challenge series, in which many of the top British athletes use to gauge their form ahead of the selection trials to be held in Liverpool later in the year. The course even included a tree trunk to vault. Kyle used his knowledge of running over fences in the U15 race to move away from the field after the opening exchanges to sprint clear from the pack in the final furlong to take the win!

A number of athletes took to the half marathon distance this week with Charlotte Wilton running well at the Royal Parks Half Marathon (1:36:01) and Lucy Verrill having a great run and finish at the Manchester half marathon (1:34:20). Graham Wilson ran his first ever half marathon, with wife Fiona pacing him round and they finished in 5946th and 5947th (both 02:21:56).

The local Richmond 10k is always a draw for our runners and this year was no exception. Jake Stephenson was our first runner home and the 1st U20 in 4th (37:24), with Lee Davies close on his heels in 5th and the 3rd V40 (38:00), Dylan Soley another to run well was 8th (38:19), Paul Brittenden in 13th (39:43), Jeremy Pattison in 15th (40:12), Leon Reeve in 22nd and a new pb (41:21), Anthony Jefford in 35th (43:19), Lewis Moore in 42nd (43:48), Tony Ditchburn in 68th (45:43), Stephanie Stephenson in 77th and the 2nd lady (46:52), Pauline Whittaker in 162nd (53:18), Ian Hepworth in 212th (56:09) and Zabi Dashwood in 362nd (78:31). The trio of Jake, Lee and Dylan also won the men's team prize.

The main event this weekend was the Yorkshire Marathon, but prior to the race a few harriers ran the 10 miler over part of the same course as the marathon. Mark Crawford was a very decent 47th (62:19), Rob Lickley had a good run in 139th (68:49) and also Sarah Gregory running well in 411th (78:23). In the main event Carl Jones stormed round the course setting a massive new pb in the process in a fantastic 11th place and the 2nd V40 (2:39:53, pb), Donna Riddler was 455th (03:22:47), Garry Malton in his first ever marathon was an excellent 1331st (03:49:51), Robert Haw ran well in 1895th (04:07:54), Kiska Wilson also produced a big pb in 2201th (04:17:50, pb), Diane Adkins also set a huge pb in 2719th (04:34:22), Ryan Greer in his 1st ever marathon in a very good 3407th (04:56:00) and Karen Greer also in her first ever marathon in a brilliant 4130th (06:01:21).

The club also took over all the roles at Catterick parkrun and were expertly marshalled by Jane Parker-Hack, who was the director of operations, Lee Davies was also the first finisher in 19.32. Ian Hepworth had a run out at the Sheffield Hallam parkrun finishing in 277th (26:03). Shona Fletcher was 33rd at Northallerton parkrun (31:33) out sprinted by her daughter in 32nd.

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Image: Kyle Rabjohn winner of the U15 British Athletics cross country challenge held in Cardiff.