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BEST OF 2019

Williamson stars at Hell of a Hill race



HORNSEA  HARRIER  Mark  Williamson made a sneaky midweek  jaunt to contest the Hell of a Hill race, Mark running in his 38th marathon.  

The race, back in November, was run over a fabulous multi-terrain course with outstanding views and a number of race marshals who were amazing and so encouraging. 

Mark managed to finish the event  posting an amazing time of 4:18:51,  securing himself a fantastic third place in the process.

Peter Cork, who has only just joined the Hornsea Harriers recently, took on the Beaver Trail, a race over 15.1 miles  on Sunday, November 17, finishing in  an amazing time of 2:09:25.

Chris Ashmead ran in the East Park  Park Run last weekend and registered a time of 27:32, with Mark Bannister  running a time of 27:51 (Volunteered  as a pacer).

Even  with  horrific  weather  conditions to deal with in Derby on  Sunday,  November  17,  Mark  Bannister smashed his PB at the Derby 10-Mile race, finishing in a  superb time of 1:20:00. ON  A  SATURDAY  morning  in mid December there was a tremendous  turnout  at  East  Park  for fellow Harrier Mark Bannister who  sadly  passed  away  aged  34. 

His wife Vikki wanted to celebrate  Mark’s life by running the local parkrun with their dog Pesky who often  ran  with  him.  Vikki  was  supported by family, close friends, colleagues of both herself and Mark, students from Headlands School  in  Bridlington  where Vikki  worked, Hornsea Peleton who Vikki  cycled  with  and  fellow  runners.

 He was a regular at Hull while Vikki  often  volunteered.  Dave  Gingell, local fitmum runner wore the 28-minute pacer vest in memory of  Mark who recently paced this time. Mark was also a member of the Lonely Goat runners and people came from as far as Guisborough and Cleethorpes to run in his memory along  with  fellow  local  goats. Race Director Vicky Coe led the  usual announcements before the run followed by a minutes’ round of  applause  in  Mark’s  honour.

 Mark was a true hero till the end managing to donate four of his organs to help his memory live on.   Mark came late to running but made so many friends through it, inspired others and recently ran an amazing time at Manchester Half Marathon. He will he missed. Vikki would like to thank everyone  from the bottom of her heart for turning out to run for Mark.

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