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.”


HDSRL Clean Sweep!

July 19, 2016


Simon Childs at Nidd Valley HDSRL

The Harrogate and District Summer Race League has been around for many years now and our fortunes have been mixed, however we’ve never failed to put on a good showing and be competitive.  2016 may well prove to be our Best Ever Year though, because we swept the board and won every category!  It’s hard to believe, but this has been a fantastic team effort that goes to show our depth and commitment, our members have turned out in droves and fought for every point, tooth and nail – you can’t ask for much more than that.   Much of the credit goes to our Evening League Coordinator Sue Moul, who ensured that an incredible 103 members participated across the four races, showing just how popular the league is and why other local clubs have sought to join in recent years.  Runners can of course compete both individually and for team honours, plus the social gatherings afterwards are very popular, all in all it’s a winning formula!  There were some outstanding individual performances, here are just a few of note:

  •  Jonny Johnson – 2nd Male overall
  • Andy Grant – 3rd Male overall/1st V45
  • Andy Dobby – 2nd V40
  • Lorraine Mitchell – 2nd Lady overall/1st FV40
  • Emma Robinson – 3rd FV35
  • Sarah Gill – 2nd FV50

The final scores – and it was by no means an easy victory, it was very close in some categories are below.  The 2nd place totals are bracketed:

  •  Main Team 3747 (3631)
  •  Ladies 1846 (1707)
  •  Ladies Vets 1126 (1118)
  •  Vets 1871 (1852)
  •  Super vets 1810 (1584)
  •  Elite 363 (326)

So WELL DONE Harrogate Harriers, take a bow – you have served your club and town well.


Lorraine Mitchell enjoying Melmerby!

The Melmerby 10K has been a mainstay of our racing season for years and it’s great to see that doubts over the race’s future have been resolved and that it looks set to continue.  It’s a fast one despite a few sneaky hills thrown into the mix,  many Harrogate Harriers claim their 10K PB here, it’s also fantastic that we can support village road races such as these, they are undoubtedly on the decline and anything that local runners can do to ensure their survival is a good thing.

Lots of Harriers turned up on a hot and humid day, nonetheless some great results ensued:  Andy Grant put in a superb run to finish 4th overall in a speedy 34:21, while Andy Dobby took 6th in 34:59 and Barry McGuire 8th in 35:22.  This meant, of course, that our guys easily scooped the team prize and deservedly so.  Our ladies did similarly well, Lorraine Mitchell ran a PB of 37:59 to finish 2nd lady overall, she reports an incredibly fast start – well under 5.30 for the first mile – meaning she went through 5K in a PB time of 18:34 then held on for her excellent finishing time.   Ros Moore and Sarah Gill finished in 42:54 and 42:55 respectively, this meant that they also took the ladies team prize, so a great day for the club!   Results