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Track Awareness Run

December 7, 2016

Harrogate Ringway

Harrogate Ringway

Sunday 2nd January 2017 will be an important day for the Harrogate Harriers:  The club is hoping to build a full athletics track within the grounds of Ashville College and we have now submitted a planning application to the council.  Once this has been approved, we will begin the daunting task of raising the £1.5 million needed to build the facility.

We are planning a number of events to promote our fund-raising efforts and the first  will be our Track Awareness Run. This will be a social run involving the entire club round the Harrogate Ringway, taking place on Monday the 2nd of January (a Bank Holiday).

A number of seniors will run the entire twenty-mile route and we have estimated what time they will pass eleven key drop in/out points.  Others can join and run as far as they wish and then pull out at one of these points. Seniors will be encouraged to look out for younger runners, parents could also run if they wish. As everyone runs at a different pace, there will be a column of members stretching back over the course and with us all wearing club colours, we will not fail to make an impact and generate interest in our forthcoming project.

We will be encouraging our Juniors to seek sponsorship from friends, parents and grandparents etc therefore spreading the word of the Harrogate Harriers Community Track Project. We will also try and attract media interest and we want every member to promote our event where possible.

Harrogate Harriers have a combined a membership of almost six hundred and an enormous range of talent to draw upon.  THIS WILL ONLY WORK if we have close on 100% participation, so please do your best to support your club and the morning of the 2nd of January free.  It will be an enjoyable social event and the first step to the club having a track and headquarters of it’s own.

Key Drop-off Points

On-The-Day Instructions

Ladies XC Team

Ladies XC Team and Mascot

It’s been our most successful outing at the West Yorkshire Cross Country league for some years and there has been excellent participation from club members.  The last fixture of the year took place on Sunday 4th December at Keighley University Academy with a large amount of Harrogate Harriers competing in practically every category, the final results speaking for themselves:

For the ladies, Claire Jones finished 9th in the U20s, while Chloe Hirst was 10th in the 20 – 35 open category.  In the FV35s our ladies did fantastically well, Crystal Goecker, Emma Robinson and Helen Mercer Jones taking 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively.  In the FV50s, Sarah Gill finished 3rd.

In the Mens’ final standings, George Mills took the U20 title, while Jonny Johnson was 5th in the 20 – 35 Open category.  Andy Grant stormed to the MV45 title with four straight wins, while Chris Gibbins did well to claim 4th place.  It was a similar situation in the MV60 category, where Geoff King took 1st place with Brian Miller in 2nd.  Ben Grant made it a family double with 1st place in the MV60s.

There were lots of other great performances from our members, but these results really stand out and should not be understated – these are highly competitive events and Harrogate Harriers have really displayed our strength.  The overall team standings show that our Senior Ladies finished second overall, while our Senior Men claimed third, this is outstanding. Well done to all!!

Final Results

Haverah Trail Clean Sweep!

September 23, 2016

Lillain Eyre presents the Len Eyre trophy to Andy Grant

Lillain Eyre presents the Len Eyre trophy to Andy Grant

Amanda Seims - 2nd Lady at the Haverah Trail

Amanda Seims – 2nd Lady at the Haverah Trail

The months of planning and preparation were over and finally the Harrogate Haverah Trail Race became a reality – and what a day it was!  Nearly 300 runners entered our inaugural race and the weather was fantastic, the course in perfect condition and a truly superb race ensued:   Harrogate Harrier Andy Grant is having a great season and took home advantage and his recent win at the Wetherby 10K to good use, putting in a very hard effort to win the race in 1:04:56 – the new standard for future races.  It was a Harriers 1 – 2 – 3 with Club Captain John Young not far behind in 1:05:28 and Mark Bryant in 1:06:32.  The ladies also didn’t disappoint, latest Harriers recruit Crystal Goecker showed her class on unfamiliar ground to win in a superb time of 1:12:56 with Amanda Seims from Valley Striders second in in 1:18:17.  Emma Bruce rounded off a good day for Harrogate Harriers taking third place in 1:19:37

The winners trophy was presented to Andy Grant by Lillain Eyre, widow of the late Len Eyre and one of the greatest runners to hail from this area.  Len lived in Beckwithshaw and trained on Haverah Park, he had a superb track record and competed for Great Britain in the 1950 Empire (now Commonwealth) games, winning Gold at the 3-mile/5,000 metre event.  Lillian very kindly sponsored the the Len Eyre Trophy and it with huge pride that Harrogate Harriers are able to keep his memory alive.

Harriers Chairman Tony Essex presents 1st Lady prize to Crystal Goecker

Harriers Chairman Tony Essex presents 1st Lady prize to Crystal Goecker

The Haverah Trail Race was a tremendous success and looks set to be a calendar event for years to come.  This is testimony to a huge amount of work from club members, but especially to Harrier Dan Simmons whose brainchild it was.  Dan put in many hours of work and went to enormous lengths to ensure that the race went smoothly, from its planning stages right through to the last finisher.  So well done to all, but especially Dan – chapeau!  Finally, many thanks to our generous sponsors, we could not have put the race on without you:  Up & Running, Berwins Solicitors, Pullman Instrument, Kudos Showers, Aimee Bellwood Yoga and Achilles Heal Physiotherapy

Haverah Trail Race FINAL RESULTS

Harrogate Harriers Official Race Pictures

Haverah Trail Race – Information

Club Chairman Tony Essex and Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder - and some very excited young runners!

Club Chairman Tony Essex and Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder – and some very excited young runners!

Community “The Winner” As Harrogate Harriers Unveil Plans For £1.5 Million Running And Athletics Track

Harrogate Harriers have unveiled plans to develop a purpose-built running and athletic track within the grounds of Ashville College.  Once constructed, this will be first time in the organisation’s history that it will have a permanent home for both its senior and junior members.

The club, which can trace its roots back to the 1960s, now has 550 members – 300 of which are aged between ten and 17 – and has now begun a major fundraising drive to meet the anticipated cost of the scheme.  Detailed plans for the scheme are to be submitted to Harrogate Borough Council later this month with the hope of work staring in Spring 2017.  It is anticipated the track, which will be situated on a four-acre plot adjacent to the college’s all-weather pitch, will be completed later that same year.

Harrogate Harriers will have exclusive use of the track on three evenings a week, whilst the school will use it during the day in term time, and on some weekends.   Use of the facility will also be offered to community organisations and to local schools without a track of their own, to host their own sports days.

Club chairman Tony Essex said:  “We are very excited to be announcing these plans, the most ambitious in the club’s history.  Harrogate Harriers have been working closely with Ashville College in developing the plans, and we believe this is a partnership that will bring long-lasting benefits for many people.  This new facility will see our seniors – who currently meet at Harlow Hill Squash Club –  and our junior section, who have no base and train in various locations across Harrogate and Knaresborough –  be together for the first time.  One of our key aims is for the track to available to a wide range outside organisations, ensuring that the community is the winner in this scheme.” He added:

“We are now launching a major fund-raising initiative and have formed a committee who will spearhead the monetary drive and identify major sources for us to approach.”

Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder said:  “We are delighted to be partnering Harrogate Harriers in this very exciting project.  Over the last few years we have been developing our sports facilities, including an all-weather sports surface and upgraded sports centre, and this will enhance our provisions even further.  Once completed, our highly-skilled grounds team will take over the management and maintenance of the trach, thereby ensuring Harrogate Harriers are not left with any unforeseen future costs.”

“This will be a sports facility that Harrogate Harriers and Ashville College will be proud of and one that the whole town can, and will, benefit from.”