• News from Jonathon

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020 from all of us at Easingwold Running Club!

Members of the club who attended the annual ‘Christmas Party’ on Saturday 14th December (sadly I missed it, working) report back that it was another good evening with excellent food and drink, good banter (including Kevin Johnson’s speech, which I have yet to read!) and disco as usual. Well done to our Social Secretary Catherine Skinner and her team for organising another well received ERC do.


Results wise (forgetting the General Election that is!), it’s been quiet on the Easingwold front.

There are perhaps fewer races in the pre Christmas scramble but Round 5 of our annual Club Championship (CC) took place at Acklam Grange near Middlesbrough on Sunday 8th December.


This was another race which doubles as one under the auspices of the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League (NYSDCCL). Our women were as follows: Claire Longbottom 26.58; Stephanie Cooper 31.08; Samantha Kelly 33.58; Linda Carruthers 42.17; Louise Gregg 42.21 and Catherine Skinner 45.59. The men’s team was as follows: Craig Gath 40.15; Mark Whiteman 42.56; Steve Loseby 43.34; Cameron Choules 44.26; Colin Fletcher 45.29; Nigel Ramsden 47.18; Howard Thompson 48.42; Richard Freeman 49.43; Richard Knott 49.47; Roy McGhie 51.24; Doug Perace 55.48 and Rob Cooper 1.00.35.


It’s early days for the Club Championship this season but the top three are respectively: Stephanie Cooper; Claire Longbottom and Lindsey Walker. Colin Fletcher; Neil King and Steve Loseby. Soon, the days will actually begin to lengthen (it’s psychological to get past the 21st!) and our next three CC races are all post Christmas.


CC6 - Jolly Holly 10k, multi-terrain, Ripon. 29th Dec.

CC7 - Temple Newsam 10m, multi-terrain, Leeds. 12th Jan.

CC8 - Richmond cross-country, Richmond. 16th Feb.


There are a few other non-CC events happening, including the York Brass Monkey half, so I hope to gather results next month.


Apart from races, ERC members are still burning (running shoe) rubber around the streets of our town on Tuesdays and Thursdays so congratulations to all who are donning cold weather gear and still getting out there, training, socialising, Park Running and some heading into the hills around the White Horse to enjoy the first sprinkles of snow.


It’s all good fun and that’s why we do it, so, please enjoy a few photos from our year and, again, ‘Best of the Season’ to our members, supporters and readers.



Jonathon Harris-Douglas, Publicity Secretary

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