This year's Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York on January 17th took place in excellent running conditions and delivered personal bests for two of the club's runners. Robbie Kelly broke the 1 h30min barrier for the first time finishing in 1.27.54 and John Lynch was delighted with his time of 1.43.45. Martin Randall also squeezed under 1.30 although his name is missing from the official results.
Three members ran in the Darlington Parkrun last Saturday. Stuart Hardcastle's remarkably consistent times continued with 22.09, with Jess Young not far behind in 22.44. Liz Sowter ran her second Parkrun a little faster than her first, finishing in 26.48. Michael Rosher was the only Swaledale runner at Not a Parkrun in Reeth and completed the 7km offroad course in 38.24.
There was a good turnout at the rescheduled Jolly Holly Jog in Ripon on Sunday 24th with nine Swaledale runners amongst the 525 participants. Derek Parrington is based in Calderdale these days but continues to represent Swaledale and made the trip back for the race. He finished as first V50 and 19th overall in 41.43. Martin Randall was next club runner home in 45.59, followed by Alan Mackay in 51.35. Carol Murray was the first club woman to cross the line in 54.27 although Suzie McGann had a faster chip time of 54.16 despite finishing three places behind. Other club times - Zoe Mackay 59.10, Richie Smith 61.33, Julia Spittle 61.21 and Marian Hunter 67.01.