Many congratulations to Harry Johnson who won the popular Tadcaster 10 mile race on Sunday, setting a new personal best time of 53:19 and continuing his recent phenomenal form over all distances. There were nine other Harriers amongst the more than 800 finishers, competing on the closed road course around the town and along quiet country roads through surrounding villages. This was the latest event in the club's Race Championships.
Will Carver was next home in 1:04:53 followed by Simon Johnson in 1:05:14. Rachael Beaumont (1:14:23) won a closely fought battle with Joanne Arundale (1:14:28) to be the first female Harrier across the line. Other Harriers were David Ingle (1:15:57), Kirsty Carver (1:39:13), Martin Haigh (1:43:34), Deborah Kirkbride (1:46:38), Chris Kirkbride (1:50:15).
Two Harriers made the journey to north Wales to compete in the scenic Conwy half marathon on a wet Sunday morning. Marc Zeller finished in 141st place out of over 2,500 runners in 1:33:47 with Marc Rocheteau clocking 1:46:59.
Elsewhere, Stephen Rainbow competed in the Tatton Park half marathon in and around the beautiful grounds of the Cheshire stately home. Stephen finished an impressive 34th out of over 1,200 runners in a time of 1:20:52.
Last weekend three Harriers took part in a series of trail races around the Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs near Harrogate. Margaret Deacon (and her dog, Finn) was second in the Reservoir Dogs 6.6 mile race in 56:59. Andrea Ackroyd completed the half marathon in 2:10:03 and Jenny St Romaine clocked 1:09:49 in the 6.7 mile event.
Ryan Barker participated in the Saltergate Gallows Fell Race in the North York Moors, completing the 12.4 mile course with a total ascent of 1,640’ in 1:54:24.
Josh Hall-Brown ran in the Gran Carrera del Mediterraneo half marathon in Alicante in Spain, finishing in 23rd place in 1:16:20.
On a bleak day at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield, a selection of Harriers' athletes proudly represented their club at the National Cross Country Relays on Saturday. Mud, rain, and a bit more mud was the order of the day, and with determination they thrived in the conditions. With top athletes coming from all across the UK, the competition was fierce, and we salute the remarkable efforts of all our runners.
Our awesome juniors
Eli Cattermole, Ben Slow, Sam Keighley, Beau Clark, Oliver Powell, Tom Wright, Jacob Ewart, Faye Skilbeck, Abbie Brown, Jemima Jeffs
Our fantastic seniors
Verity Clements, Ellie Horrocks, Cara Bintcliffe, Josh Hall-Brown, Ben Crowther, Max Burgin, Harry Johnson
Gunpowder Plot 10k
There were plenty of fireworks for Will and April Stewart at the Gunpowder Plot 10k on November 5th. Will went off like a rocket, finishing third in a field of 160 runners in 42:46. April was first female finisher, and sixth overall, in 44:35. The course consisted of two laps around the Knavesmire in York on a fast, flat course on a mix of path and grass.
Guy Fawkes 10 Miles
Continuing the Bonfire Night theme, Marc Rocheteau ran the Guy Fawkes 10 Mile race on Sunday. Marc completed this popular hilly road event at Ripley near Harrogate in 1:21:39.
Delamere Half Marathon
Also on Sunday, David Broadley ran the Delamere Forest half marathon. David completed this trail event, with panoramic views of the Cheshire countryside, in 2:20:34.
Cop Hill Fell Race
Nigel Crossfield ran in Sunday's Cop Hill Fell Race, completing the two lap six mile course in 57:02. This is the only race that allows access to Meltham's iconic Cop Hill and is famous for its cake afterwards. Sounds perfect for next year's Fell League!
Shepherd's Skyline Fell Race
Seven Harriers took to the hills above Todmorden on a damp Saturday afternoon to compete in the Shepherd's Skyline Fell Race; the latest race in the club's Fell League. Conditions were very soft underfoot with plenty of mud and puddles but it stayed dry during the race. The 6.2 mile course climbs to Stoodley Pike from the Shepherd's Rest pub in Lumbutts. There is then a steep descent before another ascent followed by a technical, rocky descent to the finish.
Lee Cattermole was first home, finishing 47th in 61:18. Maksymillian Stytsun was next in 70:49. Andrea Ackroyd took maximum points in the women's section, clocking 78:14 and taking second place in the F50 category in her first fell race since the Calderdale Way Relay in May. Jane Hobson was third F50 in 80:41 with Stef Dickinson hot on her heels in 81:02. Martin Ellis (83:08) and Jenny St Romaine (114:05) completed the Harriers' line-up.