Vale Of York Half Marathon And Other Races


Twenty members of Halifax Harriers returned once more to Sherburn in Elmet for the Vale of York half marathon.  This race has grown in size over the last five years and attracted some 2000 runners to this flat race on closed roads.  The race has only about 50m of elevation spread over the course and so is a potentially PB course.  The weather conditions on the day were ideal for the first eleven miles or so, then, when the runners were starting to tire, they were met by a stiff head wind into the finish.

Halifax Harriers, however, did have eight runners who set PB’s on the day.  They were James O’Rourke 1:29:03, Keith Lemon 1:40:38, Nigel Taylor 1:44:53, Sophie Baxter 1:46:24, David Parrington 1:52:57, Stefanie Dickinson 1:58:21, Deborah Kirkbride 1:58:27, Audra Naylor 2:17:08.

Other runners for the club were:- Michael King 1:25:16, David Ingle 1:29:31, Mark Crabtree 1:32:05 (3rd M60), Rachael Beaumont 1:38:43, Simon Lea 1:40:30, Margaret Deacon 1:52:04, Hanni Maeer 1:52:30, John Moore 1:57:32, Andrea Ackroyd 2:01:11, Susan Hall 2:15:48, Jenny St Romaine 2:17:10, Martin Haigh 2:21:21.


Five members of Halifax Harriers travelled to Newcastle for the ever popular Great North Run half marathon.  This is a race in which the majority of runners are out to raise funds for their favourite charity or just to experience running with thousands of other people.  Fast times are not easy to achieve due to crowds and time taken to cross the start line.

Halifax Harriers runners were:- Marc Rocheteau 1:44:47, Jazz Sandhu 1:49:42, Samantha Layfield 1:59:43, Paul Bunker 2:00:14, David Cooper 2:06:14.


Halifax Harriers April Caufield and Will Stewart were winners of the mixed pairs at the Yorkshire Pairs full marathon, with a winning time of 4:27:44. 

Also running the full marathon was Will Carver (28th) 4:16:15.

Four Halifax Harriers competed in the half marathon with Steve Sladdin finishing first for the club in 2:02:00.  He was followed by Hazel Berrett 2:30:54, Sarah Sladdin 2:43:42 and Sam Wright 2:51:13.