By Mark Fletcher
Richmond and Zetland Harriers took to the rather muddy local cross country league at Ormesby Hall and a few others went for a trot out at the ‘Brass Monkey’ half marathon at York.
Steve Middleton was the first harrier at the Brass Monkey half marathon in 37th (1:16:134th V40), Andy Pearson was 43rd (1:16:38, 6th V45), Carl Jones in 64th (1:18:37, pb), Jeremy Pattison in 82nd (1:19:50, pb), Donna Riddler in 317th (1:31:30), Kevin Bond in 501st (1:38:38, pb), Tony Ditchburn in 709th (1:45:39), Sarah Gregory in 710th (1:45:39) and Jane Bond in 1263rd (2:05:44, pb). The new course at Ormsbery Hall, proved a testing route involving road, track and plenty of muck!
Up first were the U11 boys with Charlie Spence in 12th, followed by Thomas Smith in 20th and the ever improving Thomas Greer in 23rd. Emily Smith had a good run for 13th in the U11 girls race. Charlie Stephenson, Josh Hammett and Daniel Francis were all tightly bunched for 7th, 8th and 9th, with Ali Chisholm and Lucas Holmes in 17th and 18th in the U13 boys race. The team was 3rd overall. In the U13 girls race Emily Francis was just ahead of Maisy Squires in 10th and 11th. Will Smith led the U15 boys team in 5th, with Matthew Lambert in 7th, Sam Kettlewell in 9th, Lewis Moore in 13th, Ralph Chisholm in 15th and Mackenzie Monteith in 17th. These results gave the squad 2nd in the team competition. In the U15 girls Anna Harrison was 9th.
In the U17 men it was a race between Jake Stephenson and Harry Robson taking 1st and 2nd positions, with Adam Walker in 4th and Josh Smith in 8th, giving the squad the team win. In the senior ladies race Michelle Nolan took the honours in 1st (1st V35), with Jo Adams in 3rd, Rosie Adams in 6th, Jacqui Keavney in 9th (1st V50), Rebecca Simpson in 10th (2nd V35), Stephanie Stephenson in 21st (2nd V40), Laura Kirkham in 28th, Chloe Dalton in 33rd, Katey Purkiss-McEndoo in 59th, Michelle Sprent in 60th, Fiona Wilson in 65th and Nicki Buckett in 73rd.
These results gave the ladies squad the team win. The men's race had Reece Dalton in 6th (1st U20), closely followed by Rob Scott in 7th, Tony Lambert was 9th (1st V45), Scott Wardman was 10th, Luke Hack 16th (3rd U20), Ken Harker was 18th (2nd V45), Mike Major in 20th, James Greer in 22nd, Lee Davies in 30th, Julian Simpson in 32nd, Steve Sadler in 52nd, Antony Jefford in 54th, Simon Withers in 64th and Shaun Purkiss-McEndoo in 71st.
This set of results gave the senior men the team victory. Darlington parkrun saw Liam Rabjohn smash his pb in 1st (15:48), Ryan Greer was 162nd (26:59) and Karen Greer in 283rd (34:38). At Fountains Abbey, Michelle Sprent was 158th (28:26).
Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website www.richmondzetlandharriers.co.uk.