A party of 28 enjoyed the annual club trip to Mallorca. Indeed, several enjoyed it so much that they are still on the beautiful Spanish island! Others have reluctantly returned home.
The centrepiece of the holiday was Sunday's races in the capital of Palma with the races taking place against the stunning backdrop of the Gothic cathedral. The club bus arrived at the venue early with the bleary-eyed runners and their supporters able to enjoy the sun rising over the sea. The warm, sunny conditions necessitate an early start.
The marathon and half marathon courses include an out-and-back section along the coastal road before moving into the twisting and turning streets of the old city. The marathon course consists of two laps.
Ryan Barker was the only Harrier to accept the challenge of the full marathon, recording a time of 3:36:35 in 135th place. Three runners wore club colours in the half marathon. Simon Johnson led the way, finishing in 1:27:48. Simon was second in the M55 category and 45th overall. Mark Crabtree and Martin Ellis clocked times of 1:44:55 and 1:58:22 respectively.
Unusually, the overwhelming majority of Harriers opted for the shortest event. The 10k course along the coast was reduced to 9.5k due to part of the course through the Docks being unavailable this year. Twenty Harriers took part with several treating it more as a recovery run following their marathon and half marathon expoits the week before.
Craig Empsall led the contingent home, finishing in 113th place in 41:47. Hazel Berrett was next in 44:52, taking second place in the F60 category. Dennis O'Keefe was second M70 in 55:17. Full Harriers results are on the website: https://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/recent-race-results/
Sutton Park, Birmingham
After a very successful qualifying campaign at the Northerns at Manchester 2 weeks ago, spirits were high for Halifax's debut in this prestigious event. Standards are very high with many teams fielding international athletes.
The men finished an excellent 48th place of 80 teams from the Midlands, Southern and Eastern regions. The winners were Aldershot with Leeds 2nd and Cambridge 3rd. We are now hoping to build on today's event and we have several runners on the sidelines who are now challenging for the first team.
In leg order for Halifax (5.8k)
Tom Hodgson 18.11
Max Wharton 18.14
Ben Crowther 19.45
Alex Franklin 20.10
Ewan Wheelwright 18.48
Will Smith 20.21
The action continues at the National XC relays in Mansfield on the 5th November where both the men, ladies and juniors compete for Halifax.
Pictured in the photo is Ewan Wheelright (19 years old) who ran outstandingly.
Harriers were well represented at both the London and Chester Marathons yesterday. Congratulations to all who ran and very well done!
There were seven in club colours at London where the sun shone on a warm, dry Autumn day. Luckily, the heavy rain that had been forecast for the capital did not materialise.
James O'Rourke led the contingent home, finishing in 3:09:42. Rob Hick also broke the 4 hour barrier, clocking a PB of 3:55:15. Chris Kirkbride finally ended an 11 year wait to run at London, crossing the finishing line in 5:12:38. Other Harriers were: Steve Denniss (4:50:33), Rachel McCauley (5:08:13), Angela Cowton (5:15:19) and Kirsty Carver (5:59:48).
Four Harriers competed in the Chester Marathon. Tom Paget was the first to finish in 3:19:18. Hazel Berrett set a new club F60 record to add to her host of other club records, completing in 3:55:43. Paul Hopkinson crossed the line in 4:00:57 with Stef Dickinson finishing in 4:11:08.
Great Scottish Run Half Marathon
Jane Stewart travelled across the border to take on the challenge of the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow yesterday. Jane finished in a time of 2:10:12.
Holme Valley Trail Half Marathon
The club was also represented at Saturday's Holme Valley Trail Half Marathon. This is a hilly course comprising two loops of moorland and forested tracks near Holmfirth. Fred Carver was fifth overall in 1:49:11. Andrea Ackroyd (2:19:25) and Margaret Deacon (2:41:32) were second and third respectively in the F50 age category. Jenny St Romaine won the F55 category in 3:04:38.