Double Firsts

April 16, 2015

The club has seen some terrific performances on the roads of late, it seemed for a while that a member was doing a marathon somewhere in Continental Europe every weekend!  With all this going on we sometimes forget that we’ve got some outstanding off-road runners too, this was demonstrated lately when a Harrogate Harrier won both the Troller’s Trot AND the Blubberhouses 25!!  Both of these local events are tough, uncompromising races of about the same distance with a good amount of climb, they attract the best of local talent so this really was a massive achievement.

First up was the Trollers Trot on 7th March, the weather was a bit windy but at least the snow we had earlier in the week had cleared up!  The moors were boggy and wet, however this didn’t stop Andy Grant who set off at his usual (fast) pace, running alongside another runner from Wharfedale Harriers, then without 10 miles to go he upped the pace and put some serious distance between them, eventually finishing the race in 2:57:01, over five minutes in front of the second-placed man.

Next it was the Blubberhouses 25 on 29th March, conditions weren’t brilliant and it was windy with rain/sleet at times, however Andy Dobby – a previous winner of this race AND the Troller’s Trot – wasted no time in pushing for the lead, swapping places on a continual basis with Liam Dunne (Otley AC).  As the pair climbed up towards Rocking Hall, they started to pull away from the third-placed runner and from there on it really was just between the two of them.  The rain and wind was definitely taking its toll, Andy reports that conditions were hard over Round Hill (the fell race route), but both runners kept with each other, so after the hard slog around Swinsty and back to Norwood they both did the sensible thing and crossed the line together, sharing the honours.  This was excellent running from Andy, he has struggled with injury in recent months and is only now getting back to his best.

Trollers Trot Results

Blubberhouses 25 Results

A Brace of Ten-Milers

March 27, 2015


Dan Atkinson gritting it out to the finish ….

The 2015 race season is well underway and we’ve already seen some great performances from Harrogate Harriers both on and off-road, we’ve had club members compete in ultra-distance trail events, fast and furious 10Ks, tough and muddy fell races and road marathons, our colours have been far and wide.  It’s getting to that time of year when the ten-milers take place though, for a (relatively) hilly area, we’re unusually blessed with a couple of nice flat 10-mile races – the deservedly popular Snake Lane 10 and Thirsk 10 – and it’s fair to say that most local runners will have their PBs at one of these fine events.

The Snake Lane 10 is a very popular race with the club, you have to be on your toes to even get a place (it fills up very quickly) and this year no less than 24 members made the trip over to Pocklington to take part.  Conditions were excellent for racing and Dan Atkinson put his recent injury problems behind him to put in tremendous run and be the first Harrogate Harrier across the line in 1:05: 10, just a few seconds ahead of Adam Prentis who had an equally superb run to claim a new PB.  Wendy Marks always enjoys this race and has been putting in some excellent performances in recent months – she targeted this race especially and didn’t disappoint, running an outstanding 1:07:28 to earn an new PB and 4th FV45.  Personal Bests also for Simon Moffatt, Darren West and Si Lawson – it really was the day for it!


Ros & Wendy at Thirsk

A similar number of Harriers made the slightly shorter journey over the Thirsk for their ten-miler (one of our Club Championship Races) and once again there was no shortage of action:  Andy Grant put in a scintillating performance to finish 4th overall in 54:03 and 1st MV40 by some margin.   Ben Shacklock – currently leading the Club Championship – pulled out all the stops to finish in a PB time of 1:03:56 while Adam Prentis picked up the threads from his Snake Lane performance and ran a terrific race, improving still further on his PB in 1:04:37.  Our first lady – or rather ladies – were Ros Moore and Wendy Marks who crossed the line together in 1:12:58, a new PB for Ros, excellently paced by Wendy.  Well done to all, great running!

Snake Lane 10 Results
Thirsk 10 Results

PECO XC – The Season So Far

February 24, 2015


Junior Harrogate Harriers give the Seniors a Cheer!

Four of the five PECO Cross Country races have now taken place, these have been have been staged at Pendas Fields (Wakefield), Nostell Priory, West Park Fields and Bodington Fields (Leeds).  34 juniors, 13 ladies and 24 men have contested at least one event: Ever-present in Junior Year 4-6 have been Joseph Harris, Mark Wood, Jessica Thompson James Wood, Callum Slee, Ella Colbourn and Emily Young, while in the Junior Year 10–12 Joe Bryant, Amy Proctor, Rebecca Wood, Emma Proctor, Louisa Welton and Isobel Harris have also been regular competitors. Seniors Emma Robinson, Jodie Peary, Jillie Townend, Steve Nesbitt and Stephen Kirk have all kept a clean sheet. All the juniors have performed really well,particularly Amy Proctor and Joe Bryant who are leading their respective age groups with Jessica Thompson, Joseph Harris and Rebecca Wood lying second in theirs. The ladies are also performing well, as they top the second division and are second in the Lady Vet 1st Division and individually Emma Robinson is currently in 6th position overall. The men are struggling as our very top runners have chosen not to be involved with the exception of Jonny Johnson who placed an excellent 6th in race 4. With one race to go the men are 6th in the first division (out of 7 ) and 9th in the Vet Premier division ( out of ten ). The club are in second position in the Colin Morath Memorial Trophy, this is awarded to the club that makes the most progress over the season. The club needs a good turnout of members at the last race on Sunday 1st March at Roundhay Park, especiallyfrom the men if we are to avoid relegation. The ladies need to cement their position at the top of the league and individually. My thanks go to Claire Wood and Simon Claridge for organising the juniors and Sue Moul our senior Peco representative. Details of all things Peco can be found at

Tony Essex
HHAC Chairman

Si Lawson @ Harewood

Si Lawson @ Harewood

Cold, windy conditions greeted the 18 Harrogate Harriers who ventured down to Dewsbury for the annual 10K and the first race in our club championship, we’re reliably informed that it was huge relief when the race started and everyone could warm-up a little!  Nathan Smith got his season off to a cracking start with a PB time of 38:36 and first Harrier across the line, sub-40 times also for Mike Gill, Ben Shacklock and Adam Prentis.  First lady was Wendy Marks in an excellent 41:11, followed by Ros Moore in 43:43.   Well done to everyone for some brave efforts in bitingly cold weather.  Results

The following week brought much friendlier weather for the annual Rombold’s Stride, this is a 22-mile off-road event that follows a circular route around Baildon, Ilkley and Rombold’s Moors.  First Harrier home was Andy Dobby (time TBC) in 11th place overall, while Helen Price improved on her course PB by 21 minutes to finish 9th lady in 3:39:48.  Tim Palmer, Phil Birch and Martyn Price all finished a few minutes later, mud-spattered but none the worse for it.  Results

The BHF Harewood Half-Marathon brought great weather with it and a good number of Harriers went down to enjoy the sunshine.  Jonty Bright put in a superb effort to finish 3rd overall in 1:30:06, while Steve Trudgeon finished 11th in 1:33:41 and I suspect easily won his age category.  The results are hard to interpret from this race (for some reason most club affiliation is missing), however I think that Melanie Rice was our first lady, finishing in 2:00:56 followed by Angela Barker-Charleton in 2:15:23.  Well done to all who took place, this was a tough one and there were some great performances from the club.  Results