Many thanks to Phil Coop for the report:-
“The Thirsk 10 mile race took place on Sunday 23rd March 2014 and was designated as Club Race Number #2 for the 2014 season.
Starting from Thirsk Race Course it was described as a fast flat 10 mile event with a good PB (Personal Best) opportunity for all competitors. The event is also wheel chair friendly.
On arrival at the track I was surprised as to how settled the weather was and couldn’t decide on vest or skin and vest. I went for the latter.
STAC had a good turnout with 10 gents and 7 ladies entries along with 6 ladies (acting as second claim) from Kippax Harriers.
Once assembled we were all ready for the off on a very pleasant morning. This was my first attempt at Thirsk 10 and I was really looking forward to it.
I’m not a great fan of loops but really enjoyed the ‘loop’ which formed part of this circuit. For those of you who are not familiar with the course the event follows country lanes away from Thirsk in an anti clockwise direction. At about mile 7 you run down a lane for about 1 1/4 miles then you loop back. Once the loop is completed you then have a further 1 1/2 miles to complete the course running the last 1/2 mile or so parallel to the race course.
The loop was a great opportunity to see all (or most) of the fellow STAC and Kippax runners. There were many ‘well done’, and ‘go on’ plus various waves of encouragement as we all passed each other. This was great and a real boost. On completion of the event you could then walk back to the finish area and support the remaining runners. We also had some great support from family and friends of the STAC runners.
The marshals were superb and did a fantastic job. There was plenty of water available (2 x bottled water stops) and bottled water was made available at the finish. The chip removal was quick and well organised as was the collection of your t-shirt.
The event had a strange moment when at around 12:30 the heavens opened and deposited a large amount of hail stones on all in attendance. These were not small, easily matching the size of Birds Eye Frozen Peas. Fortunately Shaun Loftus and I were lucky enough to be stretching under cover when the storm commenced. It must have been pretty bad if you were still out on the course of which approx 40% of the field still were.
To conclude I enjoyed the event and think it was a great choice to be included as a STAC Club Run and I hope this is included next year. For all of you who are wishing to step up from a 10K to a 10 mile event I would thoroughly endorse this event. If there was one thing to learn this year, it is to park at Tesco or Lidl nearby and not the racecourse as the gates were opened at 12:45pm and took about 15 minutes to get out.
Listed below are the times of all who attended. Very well done to all. PB’s are as indicated, and plenty there were! (apologies if you PB’d and it is not indicated)
Position Number Name Chip Time
37 762 Lee Sutcliffe 00:59:26 (PB…BOOM)
91 534 Ross Phelan 01:03:06
134 934 Kevin Booth 01:05:57 (PB…BOOM)
179 210 Paul Ebrey 01:08:04 (PB)
184 727 Ian Sheppard 01:08:33 (PB)
192 242 Chris Gill 01:08:49
340 68 Mage Booth 01:16:34 (PB…BOOM – First Lady home, well done Mags)
379 141 Phil Coop 01:18:44 (PB…BOOM)
488 422 Shaun Loftus 01:24:42 (PB…BOOM)
509 118 Wendy Chapman 01:24:45 (KIPPAX)
516 532 Kate Penrose 01:25:10 (KIPPAX)
563 530 Val Pell 01:27:30 (KIPPAX)
589 765 Rebecca Sykes 01:29:00 (PB (I think)…BOOM)
598 513 Kelly Palmer 01:29:44 (KIPPAX)
640 734 Michelle Smale 01:32:15 (Great to see you back and running so well Michelle….BOOM)
644 699 Samira Lambert 01:32:31 (KIPPAX)
647 53 Lisa Belford-McDowell 01:32:36
658 682 Ann Martin 01:33:13 (KIPPAX)
676 141 Nicki Coop 01:34:18
693 664 Andrew Gardner 01:36:17
698 317 Joanne Holland 01:35:46 (PB…BOOM)
720 729 Karen Sherras 01:37:16 (PB…BOOM)
792 701 Geoff Hardman 01:55:56
Post race quotes:
Lee Sutcliffe ‘ 59.26 PB by over 3 minutes’
Karen Sherras ‘Thirsk 10 done. My second 10 mile race and I smashed it. A new PB at 1.37 and that was 3 minutes quicker than I thought I would do it.’
Phil Coop ‘ Thirsk 10 miler. Massive PB, I’m all giddy and excited.
Nicki Coop ‘ Thirsk 10 – I loved it!’
Mags Booth ‘Happy Bunny raced for first time since back op at Thirsk 10 mile and got a PB. Back achy towards end but ok 🙂 x .’
Chris Gill ‘
Michelle Smale ‘ Well done everyone on your runs this weekend – excellent work. I am glad to report that the headwind was kept in Liverpool – not so the hailstones!’
Keep on running STACies