Andy Grant leads at the Guy Fawkes 10.
(Melissa Peakman Photography)

Andy Grant marked an emphatic end to his 2017 season with a superb win at the recent Guy Fawkes 10, finishing in a new course record time of 56:09 – an outstanding result on a very tough course.  It’s been an incredible year for the Harriers Club Captain and one where his huge training investment has borne fruit:  He has won 9 out of the 21 races in which he’s competed in 2017, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story as his phenomenal performances have pushed him well up the UK’s age-group ranking in several categories, including 3rd at 5,000m track (15:50) and also 3rd at the marathon distance with his most recent PB of 2:32:26 at Jersey.  This is a very diverse range of disciplines and demonstrates – if proof were needed-  what a superb all-rounder he is and how he continues to defy the odds and deliver time after time.

He is typically modest about his achievements and rates being selected to run for Yorkshire at the Inter-County XC Championships as one of the highlights of his year, also finishing in second place on leg 1 of the Calderdale Relay with clubmate Chris Miller, despite a bad fall on the final descent that saw him dislocate his shoulder.  Many runners would have simply retired.

He remains unbeaten in the MV45 category in 2017 and has become the British V45 10-mile champion as a result of his consistent performance at this distance, doing so on courses that are not amenable to PBs.  You have to wonder what 2018 will bring for Andy?

Typically Determined!
(Melissa Peakman Photography)

Of course, running prowess is expected in the Grant family – Andy’s dad Ben Grant is a noted fell-runner and still competing at the highest level, securing the 2017 English MV65 Fell championship and placing 3rd in the 2017 British MV60 Championship, both truly stunning achievements.  Both father and son have done nothing but bring great credit to running in the Harrogate area and it goes without saying that Harrogate Harriers are inordinately proud of them.  Well done both!

2017 Race Wins – Andy Grant

Feb – Muddy Boots 10k
May – Track 5000m and Ripon 10
June – Track 5,000m and Wetherby EL
July  – Track 5,000m and Burton Leonard 10k
Oct – Shaun Lee Johnstone 10
Nov – Guy Fawkes 10

Power of Ten Profile

All Smiles at the Haverah Trail Race …

We are pleased to announce that The Harrogate Haverah Trail race will return in 2017 following a successful first outing in 2016.  This is a rare opportunity to race in the little-known Haverah Park, a corner of Yorkshire unknown to most.  The race follows a fantastic series of trails and pathways that take you up and around Beaver Dyke and John O’Gaunts before returning you back to the picturesque village of Beckwithshaw, it’s all going to happen on Sunday 24 September.

More details available on our dedicated race page.  You can enter this year’s Haverah Trail race via SI Entries, please click the banner at the top of the page.  We look forward to seeing you!

Rory Stead, Aberdeen AAC

We had a marvellous, sunny break in the weather for the 2017 Harrogate Town Centre 10K and as always, there was a tremendous vibe in Crescent Gardens as the 600 competitors prepared for the race.  And what a race it was!  Harrogate Harriers Club Captain Andy Grant and Leeds AC’s Mike Burrett lead from the start with Aberdeen AAC’s Rory Stead close behind.  Andy and Mike battled it out, with Andy just leading after the first lap, however Rory ran a fantastic tactical race and overtook both on the second lap to finish in a storming 32:33.  Emma Clayton of Leed A.C. lead the ladies race from the start, the breezy conditions just preventing her from a proper assault on the course record.  Her finish of 35:09 was truly fantastic and we hope she’ll be back next year to give it another go.  Harrogate Harrier Crystal Goecker was next lady, followed by Caroline Bollon of Ripon Runners.

Emma Clayton, Leeds AC

Of course there was lots of action further down the field and those running the race for the first time discovered that the Harrogate Town Centre 10K really does have one of the fastest finishes in the business, everyone enjoyed the flying mile down Cornwall Road to Crescent Gardens and to the finish line, some tremendous sprint finishes ensued and kept the cheering crowd very entertained.

Many thanks to all those who took part and especial thanks to our generous race sponsors, we literally couldn’t have done it without you.  Hope to see you next year!

Full results available via Sports Timing Solutions

Race Photography by Dan Oxtoby