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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

We’re pleased to announce that after a year’s absence, the Harrogate Town Centre 10K will return in 2017 and is planned to take place on Sunday 2nd July, starting at 10.00.   We hope to build on all the fantastic support Harrogate received in staging the Great Yorkshire Run in 2016, especially as this is an important year for athletics in our area:  Harrogate Harriers and A.C. have teamed with Ashville College to bring a state-of-the-art athletics track to the town and the race will support this initiative directly.  Please visit our Entry Page for more details.

Track Awareness Run

December 7, 2016

Harrogate Ringway

Harrogate Ringway

Monday 2nd January 2017 will be an important day for  Harrogate Harriers, we are planning a number of events to promote fund-raising efforts in support of building a full athletics track at Ashville College and the first will be our Track Awareness Run on the date above.   This will be a social run involving the entire club round the Harrogate Ringway starting from Waterside in Knaresborough at 9.30am.

We have now submitted a planning application to the council to build the athletics track.  Once this has been approved, we will begin the daunting task of raising the £1.5 million needed to build the facility.

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 keep 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