Sunday 30th June – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

Sunday 30th June – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Scott Harrington who “…equalled the course record matching Peter Branney’s time with a tremendous surge in the last 100 metres…” in 16.58 and the first lady in eighth position overall was Serena Blackburn (Horsforth Harriers) in 23.19.

Also for OAC, Steven Robinson finished sixth (20.39), second-claim member Emma Payne nineteenth (28.25) and Debra Brown 28th (34.57)

Race organiser Paul Shack’s report here

A great turnout on a day of changeable weather (but always muggy) saw four category records fall and the course record equalled in a show of determined running.

Initially thank you as always to our tail runners who were Lynda Parkinson with Izzy in her sports chariot (that must be some workout!) and our marshals were Brenda Grant, Helen Lally, Joe Webster, Michelle Smith and Petra Bijsterveld. We also had a guest baker in Gemma Harrington who brought along some, it was unanimously agreed delicious, flapjack-a perfect post run treat.

Before the start two people told me they hoped for records and both came through; the first man on a mission was Scott Harrington who equalled the course record matching Peter Branney’s time of 16:58 with a tremendous surge in the last 100 metres. Second and third across for the men were James Tarran (19:36) and David Ellis (19:41) who have both previously finished first. (Welcome back from the States, David). Fourth across was our second MOAM (man on a mission) was Phil McGeever who claimed the M50 record by quite a margin finishing in 20:16. Well done all.

Not to be outdone the women produced three record breakers and first across the line was Serena Blackburn who has set the time to beat with a new record for the F45s finishing in 23:19. Second finisher was the previous record holder, Helen Nurse, who finished in 25:13 followed by Claire Fisher in 26:01. Great running!

So that leaves two records; the first went to Rosie Nurse who shaved some time off her FJ16 record and last and by no means least was newcomer “Horsforth” Hilary Wharam who claimed the F70 record for herself. Well done you two!

It was great to see you all today and thanks for all the great running! Also thank you to Malcolm Coles for his thoughtful gift of wine, to Gemma for the much appreciated flapjack and as always to Will for the lift home.

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