There have been some impressive performances by the club's more "experienced" runners at the last two Darlington Parkruns. All four club members at the February 20th event won their age categories. Andrew Fletcher (V55) finished in 20.08, with Jacqueline Keavney (FV50) in 20.11, Stuart Hardcastle (V60) in 22.39 and Liz Sowter (FV55) in 26.25. Jacqueline finished first out of all 292 runners in the age-graded results table. On February 27th Robbie Kelly was first V55 in 19.28 with Stuart first V60 again in 21.56. Niall Cheyne also ran, with a time of 20.46. Ronan Walsh was the sole representative at the Northallerton Parkrun on the 27th and came 14th in 24.35.
In contrast, new club members have been prominent at the start of the fellrunning year. Tim Grimwood finished an excellent 20th place of 100 runners at Glaisdale Rigg on February 21st and is currently in fifth place in the Male Open category of the Esk Valley Winter Series. Tim was also first club runner to finish at the High Cup Nick fell race (9.3 miles, 1500 feet) on February 27th. Cold, dry conditions saw Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough set a new course record of 60.01. Tim finished in 80.18 with Ian Oldham in 82.53. Jim Coldwell and Michael Keavney resumed their annual rivalry with Jim finishing in 88.38 just 12 seconds ahead of Michael. Rebecca Simpson was first club woman in 93.39, with Claire Stewart in 100.23, just ahead of Michael Rosher. This was the first race of the 2016 club fell championship, which looks set to be a closely contested affair this year.