Sunday 22nd December – Run Sunday

Sunday 22nd December – Run Sunday

1st home this week was P&B’s Boff Whalley in a V50 record of 20:07, first lady & 8th overall was Louise Riches in 23:09, other Otley runners were 3rd lady Sara Elliott 23:56, Charlotte Tomlinson, 26:34 & Anne Yeadon 29:13.  To read Paul Shack’s race report…

Hi everyone!

It was a brisk end to the year for Run Sunday and 36 people took time out from Christmas preparations to enjoy/endure a cool run around The Chevin. It was great to see you all but as always I must specifically thank our festive marshals who this morning were tail runner Peter Covey and marshals Andrew Thrippleton (with Olyve), Jacqueline Ellis, Martin and Will Campbell, Michelle Smith, Tom (Snr) and Tom (Jnr) Robertshaw. There were a couple of volunteering firsts as well with a pacer at 26 minutes in the form of David Ellis (well done on getting within 10 seconds on a tricky to gauge course)and our first male guest baker, John Ellis, who gave us two treats to choose from. Tracy Cratchley also provided some great ginger biscuits so there was loads to tuck into at the end of the run.

Three records today!

First across the line was Boff Whalley who in 20:07 broke his own best time and has achieved a Christmas Number One Record (for his age category). Not too far behind, taking a huge two minutes off the MJ13 record, was Jake Hellwell with 20:37-storming performance! Third was Dan Cobb with 20:50 followed closely by Tom Gatehouse four seconds later.

Our final record went to Tom Campbell who, drawing on his experience of the course last week, took over a minute off the MJ7 record. Well done.

For the women Louise Riches finished in 23:09 just shaking off Carol Gatehouse’s 23:17 challenge and Sara Elliot nipped in under the 24 minute mark in 23:56.

As always though it was great running from everyone.

In the Canine Competition Olive finished first in 23:17 (with Carol Gatehouse). Second was Penny (with Tracy Cratchley) in 26:10 and third was Puppy in 26:26 who was accompanied by Michelle Mangeolles. Our deputised doggie marshal this morning was Olyve with Andrew Thrippleton.

Massive thank you to the Ellises for their thoughtful high percentage alcoholic gift-I can promise you it will be savoured!! Also thanks to Will for the lift home in this chilly weather.

It was a great morning to wrap up the year and I’d like to thank all the runners, marshals, bakers and those that come along to cheer because it is you that make Run Sunday what it is (we can’t do it without you) and make it so much fun for me and Michelle. Also of course thank you to Michelle for putting up with all this running nonsense and giving up most of her Sunday mornings to take names!

Well we are having a break for a week and will be back on 05/01/2014 so whatever you are up to this Christmas have a great time and Michelle and I look forward to seeing you all in 2014!

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