Harrier of the month nominations:
Colin Williams for completing Thirsk 10 then Blackpool marathon 3hrs 21 and a week later the Fellsman;
Dave Reynier for London Marathon and a week later the 3 Peaks;
Hilda Coulsey for Guisley Gallop, Thirsk 10, Fountains 10k;
Pete Shields for Bradford 10k result in comeback;
Jack Wood for his under 3 hrs in the 3 Peaks plus Bunny runs first;
Mike Baldwin for his impressive 23rd in 3 Peaks;
Claire Baldwin for completing 3 Peaks in comeback;
Alison Weston 3rd LV50 in British Fell Champs and 3 Peaks;
Steve Murray Thirsk 10, York 10 and Bradford 10k pb;
Matt Cox sub 3hr (2:52) Manchester Marathon;
Jack Cummings 1st Guiseley Gallop and 1st Dick Hudsons
The winner is Peter Shields.
Volunteer of the month:
Pete Shields for his Wednesday sessions;
Peter Lewis for newsletter;
Petra Bijsterveld for modernising the membership process.
The winner is Peter Lewis.
Other news from the Committee on the Committee page.
From Hilda Coulsey ... This latest Harriers League race was billed as multi terrain and having not done it before we struggled with what to wear and what shoes, it kept us amused anyway! After the first 2k up a hill it transitioned to a muddy rocky path then a thick muddy couple of ks, the lady before me lost her shoe, various slips and falls, then back onto narrow local roads for the rollercoaster up and down second half finishing with a steep uphill in the final 1k. It was good, definitely worth another visit.
Based in Grantley, with proceeds going to the school, this was a very friendly, well organised race with lots of sponsorship, good refreshments and generous prizes.
Most of the prizes went to the local clubs; Harrogate, Nidd Valley, Knaresborough and Ripon but we came home with a good haul for our 6 runners: 4th MV40 Jonathan Turner, 3rd FV50 Tracy Watson and 2nd FV60 Hilda Coulsey.
From Caroline Howe... The Fountains 10k takes place in the village of Grantley near Ripon (not at Fountains Abbey as the name may suggest!) Billed as a 'true multi terrain race', three-quarters of it is on quiet country roads. The 1.5 mile off-road section begins with 'The Puddle' and then goes across a very boggy moor section - a real quagmire but good fun! The rest of the route was undulating, ending with the 'Hill of Pain'. Well organised, great marshalls, lots of support (including a brass band!), a handshake from the race director on finishing and a packed goodie bag... I thoroughly enjoyed this race and would highly recommend it. A Harriers league race, 6 of us took part, earning our points.
(1 35:11 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City) 15 41:09 Jonathan Turner 80 48:42 Caroline Howe 127 52:19 Tracy Watson 177 55:57 Hilda Coulsey 233 59:31 Jayne Norman 258 62:12 Kate Lofthouse 398 finished
From Peter Shields ... Results ...
(1 32:39 Joe Sagar, Spenborough) 107 41:20 Steve Murray 121 41:49 Rhys Jones 130 42:04 Adrian Bastow 417 48:05 Harry Sime 515 49:30 Peter Shields, 1st V70 811 53:28 Alex Stanley-Hyde 1897 ran
(1 2h49:08 Tom Owens, Shettlestone) 4 2h59:35 Jack Wood 99 3h45:31 Dan Wilkinson 167 3h56:25 Iain Gibbons 176 3h57:36 Steve Turland 187 3h59:45 Michael Lomas 248 4h10:11 Will Buckton 298 4h18:18 Alistair McInnes 369 4h29:13 Duncan Cooper 426 4h37:01 Dave Reynier 465 4h41:48 Richard Joel 512 4h48:19 Alison Weston 541 4h52:49 Dick Waddington 546 4h53:59 Michael Duffield 570 4h56:42 Dave Robson 606 5h03:41 Eleanor Bradley 623 5h07:12 Claire Mcloughlin 625 5h07:14 Mike Baldwin 701 finished
From Ben Sheppard...
According to the website, "the Fellsman is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet* in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales." Well, my garmin says over 12,000 feet. And I don't recall it being on a "path". It might be what someone I know calls an "old man's walking race", but if so it's a blummin tough one. Around 400 runners and hikers took part. The winner was Neil Talbot in 11:16 hours; first lady was Jessica Richardson (about 14 hours); and the final finisher took a total of nearly 29 hours. I finished in about 13:30 hours thanks in no small part to flawless navigation (by the person I happened to end up running the whole way with). It's a fantastic event and I strongly recommend you give it a go if you like old men's (and women's) walking races.
From Colin Williams ... at 02:33 on Sunday morning I completed my second Fellsman in a time of 18hrs 3 minutes, 3 minutes longer than it took me in 2013. I felt that I was going well for the first 25 to 30 miles but found the boggy ground tough and slowed during the later section. I was pleased to be able to run the final two miles along the road, something I wasn't able to do in 2013.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Cardiff (1 17:10 unknown) 4 17:27 Alex Hirst 693 ran Bradford (1 17:37 Tom Lee, Saltaire Striders) 25 21:48 Oscar Street 28 22:21 Caroline Howe 70 24:29 Tom Worboys 143 26:48 Paula Reynier 436 ran Skipton (1 18:06 Samuel Williams, U/A) 11 21:33 Martin Archer 21 22:54 Neil Pomfret 53 25:28 Nicola Budding 122 29:26 Bernie Gibbons 203 ran
1 46:51 Jack Cummings 4 49:20 Nathan Edmondson 7 50:02 Steven Gott 12 52:37 Daniel Lane 23 56:59 Dave Foyston 39 59:06 Helen Thurston 41 59:16 John Hayes 42 59:20 Helen Wood 51 60:12 Roy Ruddle 62 61:56 Tom Worboys 113 71:05 Geoffrey White 140 96:27 Sheena Pickersgill 142 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... The latest in this year's evensplits 5ks at the Brownlee centre in Leeds saw only a few Harriers attend, in fact I was on my own in the earlier B run. It was a little chilly and windy but nothing relatively! Great times all round, also Rob Budding nipped under the 20 mins and I the 25 mins. This was the third in the series of 10 so plenty of time to sign up for this fairly flat tarmac circuit and test ourselves throughout the year.
(1 16:07 Scott Harrington, Otley) 18 18:09 Dave Westhead 64 19:57 Rob Budding 66 20:05 Mark Iley 95 21:41 Archie Budding 158 24:50 Hilda Coulsey 201 finished
From Adrian Hall ... a wet and windy post-work race near Bristol
(1 16:16 Max Walker, unaffiliated) 21 19:39 Adrian Hall 51 ran
(1 2:04;17 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya) 2233 3:13:18 Derek Oliver 3413 3:23:39 Rob Cunningham 4192 3:29:01 Dave Reynier 6631 3:44:42 Lucy Williamson 9315 3:58:20 Tom Worboys 12729 4:15:49 Helen Waddington 16753 4:33:37 Gaenor Coy 31619 5:42:35 Jo-Ann Pattinson 36316 6:17:43 Abi Bailey
From Colin Williams ... The weather in Blackpool was a bit different to London, the temptature was 12 degrees and we started in heavy rain. The rain soon stopped but the return route along the promenade was into a strong wind.
The 2017 Blackpool Marathon was my first marathon, this year event was my 7th and a new PB for me.
Not as flat as you may think with a few ups and downs, a good event for those looking for an alternative to London.
(1 2:41:44 Richard Swindlehurst, Poole AC) 57 3:21:55 Colin Williams 574 finished
From Jim Ryder ... I completed the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race in 2h1m30s. Didn't see any other Harriers but a huge field, hot conditions & great views.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
York 1 15:38 Jack Wood 2 16:21 Matt Newell 4 16:52 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 66 20:29 Steve Newell 651 ran Highbury Fields (1 17:12 Seyfu Jamaal, U/A) 63 22:18 Geoff Howard 350 ran Bradford (1 18:04 Mark Hall, Otley AC) 162 26:32 Steph Fox 181 26:59 Oscar Street 536 ran Skipton (1 18:35 Logan Hargreaves-Madhas, Wharfedale Harriers) 32 23:35 Neil Pomfret 193 ran Bramley (1 17:52 Tim Patterson, Airienteers Orienteering Club) 2 18:14 Steven Gott 229 ran
From Caroline Howe ...The Vale of York 10 took place just a week after the Thirsk 10, thanks to the snow which postponed the latter - so it was a sense of deja vu...! Both are very flat courses, and both Harriers league races. I enjoyed Vale of York more as it was marginally 'less flat', and had a few more turns than Thirsk. It was also on closed country roads, whereas Thirsk is on not-so-scenic open A roads! The Vale of York is a fairly new race on the local calendar, but extremely popular already - a sellout with 1000+ runners. It starts at Rufforth airfield (the first mile is on the runway!) and was well organised, with a decent t-shirt and medal. Six Harriers took part - with Kate Archer continuing her excellent recent form, first Harrier home and 2nd F35. Kate was followed by Colin Williams, Jonathan Turner and Steve Murray in quick succession; then myself and Tom Lally.
I would definitely do this race again. It is similar to the Yorkshire 10 mile in October, which I also recommend. There is also a Vale of York Half Marathon in September which starts at Sherburn-in-Elmet Airfield, for anyone who fancies something similar! However, I think I'm ready for a few hills now...!
(1 55:07 John Clifford, Evenwood) 54 1:06:54 Kate Archer 70 1:08:14 Colin Williams 84 1:09:01 Jonathan Turne 90 1:09:51 Steve Murray 224 1:16:52 Caroline Howe 228 1:17:49 Tom Lally 1152 ran
From Val Kerr ... I decided to enter this, my first triathlon, in January, and training in a nice warm swimming pool over the long winter turned out to be a good decision. The only disadvantage was that I didn't manage to get out on my bike until about 3 weeks ago. I really enjoyed the event and the different disciplines (swim 400 m, bike 22 km, run 5k) and was very pleased with my finishing time although my transitions were a bit on the slow side. This is a nice friendly triathlon and a great place to start for anyone wishing to try and emulate the Brownlees. Not sure if any other Harriers took part.
(1 57:26 Matthew Nelson) 467 1:40:30 Val Kerr 759 finished
(1 1:24:03 Nick Swinburn, Morpeth Harriers) 75 1:55:06 Roy Ruddle 210 ran
From Alison Weston ... Jack Wood had a fantastic run in the Mourne Highline race - the first British Fell Championship race this year. Less than 2 minutes behind the leader Jack came in 3rd, getting stronger throughout the race. Coaches dropped all the competitors at the start of the race at Spelga Dam, with the mist being so low that it was hard to make out the water or any surrounding hills! All hopes of stunning views along the route disappeared as the mist showed no signs of lifting. We were all grateful for the Mourne Wall which ran along the tops and helped with navigation, although I still managed to 'lose' the wall once or twice!
(1 1:35:02 Joshua Jardine, Helm Hill) 3 1:36:43 Jack Wood 206 2:31:20 Alison Weston 2nd LV50
From Jane Bryant ...
4 of us headed up to Hawkeshead for this alleged 10k trail race. We were set off to the sound of drummers from the field. This scenic run took us over muddy fields, through styles and over the Moor before running alongside Lake Coniston and THEN up the dreaded Coffin Trail! This was a rocky wet trail for approx 1m and then down a rocky descent back into Hawkeshead to the announcers voice only to to then turn away from the village and then back in through the fields! I was initially disappointed with my 10k time to find that it was actually 7.4m!
10k (1 48:56 Andrew Payne, Ribble Valley Harriers) 62 1:09:04 Jane Bryant 1st LV50 104 1:14:19 Anna Nolan 208 1:27:29 Jacqui Weston 466 finished 17km (1 1:02:44 Tom Payn, inov-8) 21 1:21:59 Jonathan Turner 182 finished 17k Challenge (1 1:17:06 Andrew Foster, Liverpool Pembroke & Safron) 99 1:41:30 Neil Pomfret 309 2:05:16 Dawn Turner 532 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:12 Benjamin Douglas, Leeds City AC) 36 20:17 Tom Worboys 528 ran Bradford (1 16:48 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers) 31 21:26 Dave Reynier 71 23:33 Oscar Street 161 26:34 Paula Reynier 610 ran Roundhay (1 18:48 Richard Thomson, U/A) 33 22:35 Geoff Howard 314 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:34 Tom Calvert, Knaresborough Striders) 25 20:06 Helen Thurston 517 ran Bramley (1 16:13 Joe Baxter, P&B) 2 18:26 Steve Gott 216 ran Stretford (1 16:49 Ed Fazakerley, Manchester Harriers) 8 18:15 Rob Cunningham 603 ran
1 15:55 Jack Wood, Egg Stage winner 3:23, Series Champion 2 16:18 Jack Cummings 11 18:14 Istvan Jacso 13 18:34 Daniel Lane 34 20:31 Bernadette Raven 1st GU17, 3rd lady 43 21:09 Colin Williams 51 21:40 Helen Wood 52 21:53 James Newman 58 22:17 Malcolm Pickering 1st V60 65 22:58 Harry Stead 77 24:22 Charlotte Elston 106 27:00 Tom Jackson 135 29:49 Anna Pickering 161 finished Ilkley 1st men's team
From Matt Cox ... Last Sunday saw Dick Waddington and I line up for what would be my first road marathon. Training in the run up hadn't quite gone to plan with at least 4 weeks out since Christmas with niggling injuries, but I started in reasonable shape after a good 3-4 weeks of consistent running behind me. Dick and I both started with the 3 hour pacer, and after a brief chat to Dick in the first mile, I pushed on, gaining slightly. The first half felt comfortable, and I was conscious to drink constantly and down gels every 10k. From miles 13 to 20 I made sure not to over cook it as I hadn't done many long training runs (none over 20 Miles!) so wanted to make sure I didn't blow up. By mile 20ish I was feeling ok, and was running well inside 3hr pace, so pushed on and thankfully judged my effort well, with a very hard last mile, to finish in 2.52.55. Dick had a good run up to mile 15, but suffered in the last half to finish in 3.22. Great support, and a good qualifying race for a good for age entry for London 2019...
(1 1:22:09 Joe Baxter, P&B) 31 1:44:31 Jonathan Sinclair 32 1:44:49 Jonathan Turner 127 2:03:46 Jane Bryant 187 2:15:13 Harry Sime 197 2:17:00 Adela Reperecki 213 2:19:25 Pete Shields 223 2:21:47 David Howe 244 2:28:08 Melanie Edwards 275 2:35:18 Jacqui Weston 337 finished
(1 50:30 Dominis Shaw, New Marske Harriers) 96 1:07:53 Colin Williams 132 1:10:39 Steve Murrray 251 1:17:46 Caroie Howe 371 1:25:40 Hilda Coulsey 676 finished
From Caroline Howe ... A team of Sally Malir, Jane Bryant, Jane McCarthy and I finished 10th out of 23 teams. Legs were 2 miles and our overall time was 55:20 with some great individual splits! Moreover, it was a fantastic team occasion and a lot of fun!
The team of David Foyston, Matt Newell, Jack Wood and Nathan Edmondson finished an impressive 9th out of 38, while the team of Michael Lomas, Mark Iley, Malcolm Pickering and Arthur Reilly finished 32nd. Well done all! Results
From Geoffrey Howard... A calm, dry, still cool evening at Barrowford provided ideal conditions for the 7 April Podium 5k on Barrowford cycle circuit's superb running surface. There were two races: an A for sub 18 min runners and a B for the "rest". Most of the "rest" became uncatchable even within the first 20 metres and a so pretty much a self-disciplined solo run was called for ending up 33th out of 37 in 21m 37s.
(1 17:29 Andy McCue, Skyrac) 33 21:37 Geoffrey Howard 37 finished
From Alison Weston ... Just two Harriers for Coledale Horseshoe race this year. The race starts from Braithwaite, taking in Grisedale Pike, Eel crag, Sail and Barrow - 9miles and 3000ft climbing. Paul Carman ran the race in 1:33:28 (88th) despite running up and down Blencathra twice the previous day! Alison Weston a good bit further down the field in 1:51:04 (221st and 3rd LV50).
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:39 Timmy Gedin, Arena 80 AC) 22 22:08 Dave Reynier 470 ran Skipton (1 18:56 Andrew Cairns, Skipton AC) 17 21:17 Adrian Bastow 30 22:59 Neil Pomfret 181 ran Stretford (1 16:52 Gavin Browne, East Cheshire Harriers) 18 18:24 Rob Cunningham 566 ran
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1 16:03 Jack Wood 2 16:08 Robert Little 5 16:47 Jack Cummings 18 18:57 Daniel Lane 50 21:06 Bernadette Raven 51 21:08 Colin Williams 65 22:07 Helen Wood 66 22:09 Malcolm Pickering 1st V60 97 24:49 Isabel Macina 111 25:32 Charlotte Elston 112 25:32 Charli Macina 114 25:38 Lucy Jacques 123 finished Ilkley 1st men's team
Well done to Jack Cummings, race winner. Results ...
1 37:36 Jack Cummings 22 43:49 David Foyston 35 45:47 Jonathan Turner 50 47:06 Colin Williams 148 53:47 Tom Lally 226 59:16 Adela Reperecki 266 61:49 Peter Shields 280 62:34 Jean Sullivan 303 64:09 David Ibbotson 304 64:20 Petra Bijsterveld 310 64:35 Hilda Coulsey 317 65:40 Peter Lewis 326 66:47 Sheena Pickersgil 369 69:33 Ruth Jones 457 finished