Sad News

November 8, 2014

Ken Fozard

Ken Fozard

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death today of Ken Fozard after a short illness.  Ken was one of the greatest runners to ever compete in a Harrogate vest and an absolute bastion of Harrogate A.C. and more recently Harrogate Harriers.  His untimely death will be a significant loss to the club.

I have put together a short resume of his achievements and significant contribution to local athletics, which can be found at the following link.  Please take the time to read it and appreciate the running career of a truly great Harrogate Harrier.

Our sincere condolences to his wife Anne and family.

Tony Essex
HHAC Chairman

Victoria Tremlin leads the descent from Two Stoops (Sports Sunday Photography)

Victoria Tremlin leads the descent from Two Stoops (Sports Sunday Photography)

The third iteration of the Frostbite ultramarathon took place on Saturday 6th December and it certainly lived up to its name , because although the weather was clear and bright (to start with anyhow) it was absolutely freezing cold!  The race is organised by Pateley Bridge local and Berghaus athlete Rob Jarman and for 2014 he’d been forced to make some route modifications, meaning an increased distance of around 34 miles and 4,000ft of vertical ascent, but arguably a more technical and challenging route, winding through Glasshouses and Guisecliff woods before picking up the Nidderdale Way out to Ramsgill, Middlesmoor then Scarhouse reservoir.  From there the competitors crossed the dam and headed East over the damp and misty moorland known locally as The Edge, dipping under the famous rock formations of Jenny Twigg and Tib before dropping back down to Ramsgill and retracing their steps to Pateley Bridge.

An impressive nine hardy souls from Harrogate Harriers turned out to defend local honour and some fine performances ensued, particularly from the ladies:  First Harrier back was Helen Price, who finished an impressive season of ultra-distance and fell-running with an excellent 5h53m and 6th lady overall, while Victoria Tremlin put in a outstanding run to finish in 6hr13m.  Nick Andralojc and Sally Houghton – both running their first ultra-distance event – finished in 6hr29m, while Martyn Price, Tim Palmer, Tim Broomfield, Mark Jordan and Pete Edwards weren’t far behind, all placing well.
The mens’ race was won by Ben Harris (Retford A.C.) in an unbelievable 4:53:00 while Harrogate native Sally Fawcett (Dark Peak Fell Runners) comfortably won the ladies’ race in a speedy 5:27:25.  Congratulations to all those that took part, this was a very hard event held in tough conditions and it was entirely appropriate to have a strong Harrogate Harriers presence – chapeau!

Abbey Dash 2014

November 16, 2014

Running the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K is a bit of tradition for many Harrogate Harriers and I think we had a record turnout this year – an amazing 44 members stood on the start line and we had some truly excellent results that showcased the club in the best possible light:  Jonny Johnson had a terrific race and was the first Harrier across the line in a PB time of 32:59, while Cathy Wright showed her class to be our first lady finisher in an excellent 39:50 and 2nd in her age category (no small achievement in a race of this size).  There were sub-40 results from Ed Beecher, Tim Richardson, Rob Garbutt, Adam Prentis and Simon Watson, plus PBs from Charlotte Roberts and Steve Bowyer and probably more!  Well done to all.

The race was won by Andrew Butchart of Central A.C. in 29:17, while Steph Twell of Aldershot A.C. claimed the ladies prize in 32:28


BOFRA Championships 2014

November 7, 2014

John Young at the Kilnsey Crag race (Dave Woodhead)

John Young at the Kilnsey Crag race
(Dave Woodhead)

Our own John Young was looking for a proper challenge at the start of this season and had originally set the Fell Runners Association (FRA) English Championship as his target, however a slight “mix-up” with entry dates (that wasn’t quite the way he described it) meant that he was going to miss the first two races, so he decided to contest the British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) championship instead*.   This was a brave decision and meant that he would be running against some very serious competition, but it transpires that John did incredibly well and finished the series in 7th position overall.  This was superb running and just what you would expect from our Club Captain, our colours have been noted at the highest level – please be sure to congratulate John the next time you see him!  

* There are two official bodies that govern fell-running in the UK, this harks back to the days when there were both amateur (AAA) and professional cadres of runner.  The FRA is logically a descendent of the amateur running organisations and therefore the races tend to be of longer distances, while the BOFRA events trace back to the old days of professional fell runners and are short, steep and frantic, quite often they’re held at village shows or country fairs –  good for spectators!

John at the Cracoe fell race (Dave Woodhead)

John at the Cracoe fell race
(Dave Woodhead)

John has written a great account of his BOFRA season and it’s seriously worth a read (you can find it here), but a brief summary of his race season is detailed below:

1.  Kettlewell (13th place)

2.  Helm Hill (8th place)

3.  Cracoe (8th place)

4.  Ambleside Sports (7th place)

5.  Farleton Knott (6th place)

6.  Arncliffe Gala (7th place)

7.  Reeth Show (8th place)

8.  Burnsall Classic (6th place)

9.  Embsay (3rd place)

More information on BOFRA here

2014 BOFRA Championship Table here