Ian Oldham's form has improved quickly in a short time since joining the club and he broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time at the Darlington Parkrun on March 12th, finishing 24th of 274 in 19.35. Stuart Hardcastle and Marian Hunter produced their usual steady performances with 22.17 and 27.13 respectively. Four club members were at the Northallerton Parkrun with Ronan Walsh coming 10th in 24.24. Liz Sowter recorded 28.04, Julia Spittle 28.37 and Nicki Walsh 31.33. Andrew Fletcher was first V55 at Fountains Abbey in 19.53 and Niall Cheyne ran the Skipton Parkrun in 23.18.
Also on Saturday, Jim Coldwell made his annual trip home for the Black Combe fell race ( 8 miles,3300 feet) in south west Cumbria. "The Combe" is the first obstacle facing weather fronts coming in from the Irish Sea and has a reputation for a special kind of thick mist. This year was no different and along with many of the nations best fellrunners Jim went off course in the clag, losing around 10 minutes. He finished 368th in a field of around 500 in 1.57.06.
On the same day, Jacqueline Keavney and Martin Randall ran in the 14.1 mile hilly Dentdale run. Jacqueline finished as 5th woman and first FV45 in 1.41.27. Martin was closer to her than at the previous week's Haweswater half, finishing in 1.42.45. The following day, as part of London preparation, Jacqueline ran the similarly hilly Spen 20 mile race on tired legs. In the circumstances she was satisfied to finish as 11th woman and second FV50 in 2.34.51.