Historic reunion for Wetherby Lady Runners

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After a photocall to commemorate the historic double win of both Ladies Open and Veterans team trophies at the Harrogate and District Summer Race League, 11 Wetherby runners took the opportunity to test out the Hyde Park 5K ‘Parkrun’ route at the midweek John Lunn 5K.

They returned with a bag full of awards from this competitive meeting.

NADV110724 H'gate town 10k run.Ann Dale, Ian Smith, John Simpson and Julie Bucknell of the Wetherby Runners (110724AM5)

NADV110724 H'gate town 10k run.Ann Dale, Ian Smith, John Simpson and Julie Bucknell of the Wetherby Runners (110724AM5)

Ben Pye was first from the Club to finish at 23rd out of 105 runners, in 17 minutes and 22 seconds taking the prize for the first in the boys age 15-19 category.

Ian Legg was next in 30th in 18.44 and Lisa Mawer 35th in 19.04, winning the ladies over 40 prize. Caroline Lambert mirrored Pye’s achievement with the girls 15-19 category prize and also broke the Club’s record for the U-20s age group. Luke Broadbent was next at 42nd in 19.37, Tony Andryszewski 48th in 19.47, and Julie Bucknell 55th in 20.08.

This was Julie’s new personal best for the distance and also represented a new club record for the over 35 ladies.

Rob Anderson was pleased with a new PB of 20.52, next was Mia Moore in 21.10, Jo Derry in 21.19 and Laura Marks in 22.04.

The first three Wetherby ladies to finish also counted for the ladies team prize and were pleased to add the prizes to their haul.

At Sunday’s Harrogate Town 10k, the Wetherby ladies repeated the feat with another team win and a clutch of individual awards.

On a warm sunny morning 540 runners took part in the steeply undulating two lap road race around the residential streets of Harrogate.

Rob Gray was first to finish at 17th in 36 minutes and 44 seconds taking the second men’s veterans over 45 prize.

Lisa Mawer was third lady overall and also won the second Lady over 40 prize and Julie Bucknell finished 84th in 41.25 in spite of the discomfort of an undiagnosed foot fracture, collecting the over 35 prize.

Next was Ann Dale returning to form in 44.21. Richard Bell finished with a new PB in 46.08 just pipping Laura Marks in 46.09, although she collected the second Over 45 prize. Ian Smith finished in 49.00, John Simpson coming back from injury in 49.48, Diane Hill with a new PB of 59.11, Cathy Moores 59.52 and Liz Martin crossing the line in 1.00.33.

At the first running for the Great Bramham 10K run last week, Alison Dooley made her first 10K appearance in inclement conditions, to claim a debut time of 52.03 minutes. She was followed by Fiona Knapton at 82nd in 54.23 and Kay Rhodes 121st in 61.23. Gillian Fox made her first official race appearance in a debut time of 1.03.54 as did Sharon Smith in 1.12.32.