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Easingwold 10k 2024: Three and easy for Mason as Firth goes faster for Tadcaster

Charlotte Mason put one hand on the 2024 York and District Road Race League trophy with a third straight win as the summer series reached its halfway point at Easingwold, where Joe Firth grabbed a second victory in the battle for men’s glory. City of York AC frontrunner Mason – the 2022 champion who had…


Charlotte Mason put one hand on the 2024 York and District Road Race League trophy with a third straight win as the summer series reached its halfway point at Easingwold, where Joe Firth grabbed a second victory in the battle for men’s glory.

City of York AC frontrunner Mason – the 2022 champion who had already claimed gold at both Tadcaster and Pocklington this term – recorded a course-best 36:04 in Tuesday night’s 10k challenge which took 417 competitors up a steep climb to Crayke from Millfields Park and back home via the windy and undulating Daffy Lane farm track and a leg-draining last drag down Mill Lane.

Nik Tarrega of Tadcaster Harriers was almost four minutes behind Mason with a 39:54 as Pickering Running Club’s Kelly Richmond (40:00) – rising from fifth last time out – pipped Pocklington Runners’ Georgia Hird to the podium by one second.

Tadcaster’s Firth took the opening win of the campaign in his home race but missed the second fixture at Pocklington, allowing team-mate James Eaton to steal in and stake his claim for the senior individual prize. However, his 32:38 here – a huge improvement on his 2023 time of 33:52 – gives Firth the clear upper hand heading into the back half of the series, which continues on the Knavesmire on June 4.

In superb running conditions, cool and dry under cloudy skies with barely any wind, Vale of York Athletic Community hopeful Thomas Fell built on his strong curtain-raising display at Tadcaster with 33:22 for second, narrowly edging out Eaton (33:43), who also seized another veteran-40 category win. York Postal Harriers’ Dom Carter (34:09), Tom Pavis of York Knavesmire Harriers (34:19) and City’s Michael Lambourne (34:46) completed the top six.

In the M40, Knavesmire’s Charlie Goodwin (36:07) and Tadcaster’s Darren Tomlinson (36:13) remain in contention behind Eaton after repeating their 1-2-3 result from two weeks ago.

Knavesmire’s Dave Smithers went 3-0 in the M50 stakes with a 35:27, leaving Mark Thompson of Selby Striders (37:35) and Pocklington’s Richard Ginn (38:09) with it all to do in the coming months.

Stephan Tomaszewski is unmatched at the M60 level after signing for 40:49 to trump City duo Stephen Wright (41:53) and David Lancaster (43:24) at Easingwold while Pickering’s Michael Hetherton (52:27) continues to keep Mark Thompson of Tadcaster (55:06) at arm’s length in the M70. David I’Anson of Knavesmire is the sole M80 racer and a 1:05:02 was his reward for another dynamic effort.

Katie Wise has impressed on her return to racing for Pocklington and in shaving three seconds off her last 10k time to sign for 41:55 – good enough for fifth lady overall – she put daylight between herself and Postal’s Louise Boaz (44:56) and Liz Gilley of York Acorn Running Club (45:04) in the F35 category.

The sixth lady home, Samantha Davies, shone for hosts Easingwold Running Club with 42:12 for top spot in the F45, where Pocklington’s Fiona Randles (44:13) and Acorn’s Julie Lawn (45:39) are in hot pursuit. Karen Wood dominated the F55 class with 43:56 for City as Anita Ruddock of Knavesmire (47:32) and Tadcaster’s Sue Tindall (49:11) consolidated a tight contest.

It pays to be called Sally in the F65 competition. Sally Ann Polkey swept to victory for Tadcaster in a season-best 51:53 ahead of home challenger Sally-Anne Lardner (1:00:18) and Pickering’s Sally Brown (1:02:48).

Pocklington’s ladies powered to a 37-point team victory with four of the top 21 places, including Hird, Wise and Randles in the front seven, with early pacesetters Knavesmire bumped out of the podium spots as Postal (56) and Acorn (80) instead made the biggest impact north of Easingwold.

Tadcaster’s leading men benefitted from Firth’s win to score 44 with six places in the top 12 while Pavis and Smithers helped Knavesmire improve to second with 119 as Acorn slipped to third with a 175 which was anchored by Matthew Kiddle’s 16th-placed finish.

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