Thieveley Pike Fell Race
Four Harriers took to the hills on Saturday morning to compete in the Thieveley Pike Fell Race. This short (4.3 miles) but demanding race (1,312' of ascent with three climbs) starts in Holme near Burnley.
Fred Carver and Andrea Ackroyd took maximum points in the latest race in the club's fell league. Fred was first M23, finishing in 30th place in 40:46. Andrea was third F50 in 90th in 52:17. Hazel Berrett clocked 53:27 to take victory in the F60 category. Jenny St Romaine, who picked up an injury, came home in 1:21:23.
Munich-based Harrier, Hanni Maeer, returned to marathon racing at yesterday's Berlin Marathon, crossing the finishing line in 4:14:06.
Gareth Burrell and Angela Clarke both took part in Sunday's Greenway 10k; a fast out-and-back course along the tarmaced Spen Valley Greenway from Princess Mary Athletics Stadium. Gareth finished 4th overall in 37:55. Angela was second F50, taking 36th place in 47:32.
John Moore took first place in the M50 category at Sunday's 5k event at the Warrington Running Festival. John finished 30th overall in a time of 26:47.
Ilkley and Fleetwood Triathlons
Several Harriers were in triathlon action on Sunday. All had prepared diligently by attending Keith Midgley's 70th birthday party the night before!
Nigel Jamieson, Sharon Cousen, Margaret Deacon and Martin Ellis all competed in the short, but tough, Ilkley Triathlon. 2005 winner, Jonny Brownlee, turned up to draw the raffle and present the prizes. Sadly, there were no Harriers amongst the winners.
Heath Reilly, Geoff Cumber and Sarah Cumber all raced on the Fylde Coast at the Fleetwood Triathlon.
As a club, we have often failed to field a single team in the Northern 6 Stage Road Relays, so it was some achievement to put out teams in every category (except U17 Girls) at the Eithad Stadium in Manchester on Sunday.
Not only that, but the teams put in some excellent and highly competitive performances. The Men's A team finished in 20th place and qualified for the Nationals in Birmingham on 8th October. We think that this may be a first for the club. There were superb runs from Tom Hodgson, Max Wharton , Ben Crowther, Harry Johnson , Ewan Wheelwright and Alex Franklin.
A ladies team consisting of Verity Clements, Ellie Horrocks, Cara Bintcliffe and Katrina Oddy
finished a very creditable 45th team out of 90 teams.
Not forgetting our Men's B team members Will Smith, LIam Parkin, Adrian Thomas, Ned Hughes and Michael King who performed heroically in a record attendance field.
Simon Johnson said, "So proud to be Team Manager today."
As well as all the full teams, a special mention for Poppy Jowett, Annabelle Aghahowa and Oliver Powell who turned up and ran in incomplete teams.
Some notable performances: Kitty Harrison-Sergeant ran the 8th fastest leg in the U13 Girls and Sam Keighley ran the joint 6th fastest leg in the U13 Boys. The future looks very bright.
Nick Small commented, "Well done to all the athletes, parents, helpers, team managers and the coaching staff."
The last West Yorkshire athletics meeting for this season was held at Cleckheaton with the overall League trophies being awarded. Jack Fellows won the under 13 boy's trophy and Jack also received the overall Douglas Bedford award. Three athletes were awarded second place trophies: Chester Gately in the under 15 boys, Eesa Idrees in the under 20 men's category and Kitty Harrison-Sargent in the under 13 girls. Molly Firth claimed the under 17 women's first place and Maisie Brown took the third-place trophy.
Further success on the day in the championship. In the under 13 boys Jack Fellows took gold in the 80 metres, shot putt and long jump, Sam Keighley took silvers in the 800 metres and shot putt. Under 15 Ben Slow took home two bronze medals in the 800 metres and high jump. In the under 20 men's category Eesa Idrees was awarded gold in the long jump and a bronze in the 100 and 200 metres and James Shaw took silver in the 400 metres.
In the under 13 girls, Kitty Harrison-Sargent took gold in the 800 metres and a bronze in the 80 metres, sister Nia in the under 15 girls was awarded a Silver in the 200 metres and a bronze in the long jump. Molly Firth in the under 17 women's category taking gold in the 300 metres and silver in the 200 metres. Maisie Brown was awarded a bronze in the 100 and 300 metres.