Harrier of the month nominations:
Alison Weston for the Burnsall double (including 3rd lady on the fell) and Borrowdale;
Tom Adams for 10k pb at Blackpool Illuminations;
Norman Bush for his 6 fell races this month, all good results
The winner is Norman Bush.
Volunteer of the month: Petra Bijsterveld for conscientiously collating the park run results weekly.
(1 8:03 Nick Swinburn, Northumberland) 3 8:15 Jack Wood 27 10:43 Steven Gott 40 11:17 Paul Calderbank 43 11:32 Lucy Haines 53 12:11 Jamie Hutchinson 60 12:25 Richard Joel 68 13:05 Peter Haines 69 13:10 Norman Bush 88 14:26 Mary Gibbons 116 finished Bernadette Raven won a close-fought FU17 race
(1 15:48 Ben Mounsey, Calder Valley) 6 17:52 Iain Gibbons 85 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Tom Adams won this race in a very swift 31:24. 909 finished. Results
1 17:10 Jack Wood 39 25:52 Norman Bush 46 27:25 Alison Eagle 72 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... Billed as the most challenging road run in Northern Ireland and having experienced what Yorkshire organisers can dream up I thought bring it on. My challenge was the ferry journey across a pretty treacherous channel, now a dive site with lots of ship wrecks, I'm not good on boats! The issue was that the run was exceptionally "undulating", sharply, with both short and long climbs. The second half was out and back and I was being encouraged much more than usual by those returning in front of me. When the results came out I realised I was the only female over 60 (one man also over 60), and obviously I looked my age, it was mostly good club runners that were taking part. My time definitely reflected the terrain (not the ferry journey, I had picked a calm day) and was 9 mins slower than last week's Burnsall run. Nevertheless I was second FV 50! Worth a go if you are ever anywhere near - a friendly, happy bunch of runners and islanders.
(1 57:57 Philip Goss, North Belfast Harriers) a new course record 132 1:41:49 Hilda Coulsey 190 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate (1 17:23 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers) 94 23:29 Philip Hirst 210 26:54 Karen Lambe 420 ran Southwark (1 17:12 James Tidd, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) 17 19:36 Rob Cunningham 292 ran Skipton (1 17:41 Tom Brewster, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) 15 20:20 Kate Archer 1st F 180 ran Keswick (1 17:08 Sam Stead, Keswick AC) 27 21:32 Helen Thurston 1st F 189 ran Wetherby (1 17:54 Tim Street, Holmfirth Harriers) 35 22:22 Geoff Howard 129 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
A nice sunny but not too warm evening at the Brownlee Centre on Bodington Fields for the third race in this series of six (though I am hoping it will become a permanent monthly fixture....).
Nice to meet Sally Armitage who recently joined the club having only taken up running earlier in the year, and who managed to get a shiny new PB.
These friendly races are open to juniors and seniors alike and I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to test themselves on the tarmac.
(1 15:30 Adrian Holliday, U/A) 70 20:45 Sally Armitage 95 24:03 Harry Sime 100 24:53 Petra Bijsterveld 120 ran
Sadly, Brian Sweet died on Tuesday 15 August, at home, aged 87. The club has many 'new members' since Brian last ran with us. However, there are many members who will remember Brian with great fondness for his commitment to the club.
Brian led Tuesday night groups, and was still doing the Harrogate Race League, well into his 70's.
He was an inspiration to many.
The funeral will take place on Friday 25th August 2.20 pm at Rawdon crematorium.
From Jamie Hutchinson.... you need to go some to pack as many climbs into a 14mile fell race. Add to this slippery trods for contouring and you have a pretty tough race.
Just a couple of harriers made it to Sedbergh - I just didn't have the legs to stay with Steve Turland as he disappeared out of sight going up Arant Haw. The race was won by Garry Greenhow from Ambleside AC in 2:20:28, with Steve Turland coming in 38th and 2:54:28 and I managed to finish in 3:10:56 and 59th - 169 ran.
(1 23:05 James Hall, Wharfedale) 31 32:53 Norman Bush 39 32:25 Alison Eagle 43 37:12 Natalie Curtis 56 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Burnsall Feast is a traditional Dales village summer gala with fun for all the family, including junior fell races and for the seniors a 10 mile road race and the classic fell race to choose from, or to run both!
The road race is a counter in the Harriers League this year but only four Harriers lined up. Early on in the race we were tested by a stiff breeze and intermittent heavy showers which due to the wind took on a rather horizontal character. The course is undulating with around 800ft of ascent but there is lovely scenery in compensation for the effort required. The back of the field spread out so much that for the second half of the race I found myself completely on my own without anyone in sight either in front or behind. I liked the peace and quiet but it is harder to maintain the tempo. I was pleased to get back to Burnsall and treated myself to the nicest flapjack ever, full of banana and chocolate!
(1 57:33 Julian Hood, Skipton) 27 68:49 Dave Robson 78 83:06 Alison Weston 102 92:33 Hilda Coulsey 108 97:02 Petra Bijsterveld 120 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... The classic fell race is 800 ft straight up and down over just 1.6 miles. Alison Weston did the double and managed to come home as 3rd lady having already done the road race, a fantastic result. I very much enjoyed spectating on the bridge from where one can see the entire race, a long line of dots moving up and down the fell.
(1 14:28 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 11 17:09 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 86 24:43 Robert Budding 94 25:37 Alison Weston 3rd lady 129 finished
From Jim Ryder ... There were three Harriers out in what was a really tough 9 miles - very windy, wet underfoot and lots of vertical!
(1 1:22:51 Daniel Mills, Barlick) 21 1:40:39 Jim Ryder, 2nd V50 61 2:02:30 Jo Foster 3rd Lady, 1st LV45 93 2:19:12 Adela Reperecki, 1st LV55 115 finishers
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 18:00 Alexander Flaherty, Bingley Harriers) 87 24:12 Sarah Haines 415 ran Harrogate (1 17:20 Aidan Adams, Leeds City) 349 36:44 Emma Curran 378 ran Stretford (1 16:36 Chris Stanford, Warrington Tri Club) 10 18:28 Rob Cunningham 438 ran Dalby Forest (1 17:55 Matthew Middleton, Scarborugh AC) 8 19:57 Jez Hellewell 184 ran Trelissick (1 18:39 Tom Phillips, Woodford Green AC) 155 31:52 Sue Verspyck 248 ran
From Sally Armitage ... results ...
(1 27:01 Jonathan Johnson, Rotherham Harriers) 58 36:32 Sally Armitage 144 42:20 Peter Shields 267 ran
From Jean Sullivan ... To celebrate 'Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann', Ireland's national festival of traditional music being held in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ennis AC hosted a 5 mile road race to commemorate the start of the celebrations.
As this coincided with our trip to Ireland Richard and I decided to enter the race (our 1st ever race in Ireland!). A very well organized, but laid back event. This undulating course along Irish country roads was very well marshalled and all finishers received a lovely teeshirt. It attracted a fast field with the 1st runner finishing in just over 25 minutes. I smiled as I approached the finish line as the PA system announced the arrival of Jean Sullivan who had travelled all the way from Yorkshire for the event!
(1 25:43 Niall Shanahan, Crecora) 19 33:03 Richard Joel 54 40:06 Jean Sullivan 92 finishers
Provisional results ...
(1 10:47 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 24 13:51 Lucy Haines, first lady 54 16:10 Peter Haines 55 16:17 Norman Bush 74 18:17 Peter Lewis 89 finished
From Jamie Hutchinson ... a cracking run from Turner Hall campsite and taking in Grey Friars, Swirl How, Coniston Old Man and White Moss. 12 miles and mostly pretty runnable apart from ascent (slow!) of Grey Friars. Enjoyed the route and lovely descent back into the campsite and flagged although following the flags proved mildly challenging - use of campsite showers a bonus!
The race was won by John Helme from Ambleside in 1 hour 32 - I managed 2 hrs 5 mins and 28th - 80 ran.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 16:53 Jack Thorp, Bingley Harriers) 96 25:08 Anna Nolan 415 ran Harrogate (1 16:16 Nike Burrett, Leeds City) 215 28:04 Karen Lambe 369 ran
Well done to Jack Wood, 51st overall in 3h59:39 and fourth GB team counter.
(1 55:55 Chris Miller, Harrogate) 5 59:52 Ben Sheppard 7 62:35 Michael Lomas 14 65:17 Dave Robson 26 68:59 Michael Duffield 33 70:02 Nick Pearce 1st V60 52 74:00 John Hayes 117 91:56 Bob Hamilton 127 98:53 Amanda Newham 135 finished
From Caroline Howe ... First time doing the York 10k. Well organised as the Run for All events usually are. The course is quite windy with a few sharp corners, and fairly congested, as you'd expect. But a great course as it takes in all of York's main sights - no boring bits! A great atmosphere during the race, and also before and after at the event village. I managed 46:12, a PB by nearly 3 minutes. Only one other Harrier in the 5000+ field.
(1 31:41 Liam Rabjohn, RZH) 695 46:12 Caroline Howe 1791 54:29 Diane Kitchen 5286 finished
(1 23;29 John Spill, P&B) 26 35:35 Norman Bush 48 finished
From Dick Waddington ... Borrowdale Fell Race is one of the classics of the Lakes, taking in Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Dale Head in 27km and 2000m of climbing. The eye watering record is 2.34 by Billy Bland, who was on hand to keep the gate open as we went up the first climb out of the valley to Bessyboot.
There was a good turn out of Harriers and we were split between wearing just a vest or a waterproof at the start - heavy showers kept drifting through the valley. It's a long and wild climb skirting Glaramara; the bogs were well topped up and the rocks were pretty slippy. By Esk Hause the rocks were drying out and skipping over the rocks was a bit easier. Scafell Pike was shrouded in clag and the big group in front of headed off in what I thought was the direction of Lingmell, so I peeled off and found the scree run that I shared with only one other. I didn't see any other runners until Styhead. Great Gable was no less steep than usual, but it soon passes to give way to a very pleasant traverse along the ridge down to Honister. Dale Head and the descent through slate quarry really finished off any good feeling that was left in my legs! I was pleased to get a PB by a few minutes from my last go at this race in 2012.
Well done to everyone who ran, especially Alison Weston, who was 2nd F50.
(1 2.50.05 Carl Bell Keswick AC) 94 4.05.31 Paul Carman 137 4.25.29 Dick Waddington 178 4.46.41 Jamie Hutchinson 180 4.47.14 Kate Archer 187 4.53.39 Alison Weston 200 4.59.53 Outi Kamarainen 207 5.05.21 Jann Smith
From Jane McCarthy ... After reading Dave Wilby's write up of this race a few years ago I was excited to be participating myself this year. Saturday morning was glorious, and starting in the stunning Swiss town of Gstaad the atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and the race very well organised. The uphill only route covers 26km and 2000m of climbing, starting with a more gentle 15km of trail and tarmac followed by 11km of gruelling uphill climbing to finish on the Glacier at 3000m. This race has the most incredible scenery from start to finish and superb support and refreshments along the route. Hoping to do it again. There is a marathon option also.
(1 2h32:49 Shaban Mustafa) 22nd lady 3h42:01 Jane McCarthy
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Highbury Fields (1 18:06 Quentin Guillet, U/A) 60 22:25 Tom Worboys 217 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:07 Alexander Flaherty, Bingley Harriers) 11 20:41 Rhys Jones 394 ran Pontefract (1 16:55 Terence Forest, Cairngorm Runners) 26 21:51 Geoff Howard 283 ran Skipton (1 18:38 Kyle Rabjohn, Richmond and Zetland) 3 18:56 Rob Cunningham 50 24:51 Chris Cunningham 194 ran
(1 33:03 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 40 44:49 Norman Bush 76 finished