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Bank Holiday Sunshine

June 3, 2014

There were a number of races over the Bank Holiday weekend involving our members, ranging from short road races to AL fell events.  Harrogate Harriers are nothing if not a cosmopolitan bunch ……

Saturday 24th May
The BUPA Westminster Mile took place in London with Harriers’ Ashley Brook winning his age group (55-59) by a considerable margin. He ran a superb 5:28 to take that victory by 20 seconds, this really was an exceptional result, well done Ash!  Results

Also on Saturday was the Hutton Roof Fell Race, which turned out to be a great event.  Despite all the rain it was dry for the  duration of the race and after a fairly gradual ascent to start with, the middle of the course presented an almost vertical scree slope that seemingly went up forever!  The five Harriers who took part acquitted themselves admirably with Chris Miller earning 5th place in 52:55; club coach Ian Rowbotham coming in 32nd in 59:58; Nick Andralojc coming in 84th place in 1:05:23. Brian Miller was 109th in 1:08:02; Sally Houghton, 156th and 19th lady in 1:14:00.  Results pending

Sunday 25th May
At the extreme end of the scale both Ben Grant and Jake Turnbull headed to the Lake District to compete in the Helvellyn & the Dodds fell race.  Covering a distance of over 11.5 miles and on some of the highest ground in England, this race’s outrageous climbs and descents really make it stand out with an overall climb of 4,500ft.  The indomitable Ben Grant chalked up another MV60 category win, finishing in 2:50:49/26th place overall with Jake Turnbull not far behind in 2:54:27/35th place overall.  Results pending

Mark Jordan and Monika Papaj took to the trails for the Montane Ultra 26 held in the Howgills mountains near Sedbergh.  The Howgills offer stunning running terrain: a collection of large, grassy hills, with steep, persistent climbs and incredible views that make for a challenging but enjoyable race.  Both ran a good race, Mark finished in an excellent 4:58:05 and 51st overall/5th MV50, while Monika completed in a fantastic 5:01:54 and 53rd overall/7th lady.  Results

Sarah Gill @ Melmerby

Sarah Gill @ Melmerby

There was also a more traditional outing for the club on the Sunday, the 10K race at Melmerby. This is a very pretty, undulating route, and the day presented ideal weather conditions for running with the heavens only opening once most runners were over the line!  The club did very well with Andy Grant finishing 2nd overall, John Young finishing 4th, Wendy Marks coming in 3rd lady, Sarah Gill earning 1st FV45, the ladies winning the team prize, and many PBs achieved by individual members.  Results

Tim Pocock also took part in the inaugural Tewkesbury Half Marathon on the Sunday. With a beautiful route planned around the medieval town and surrounding villages, the race was in jeopardy for a while as organisers found out at 4am that morning that thieves had stolen many of the direction signs they had put out to mark the way and warn other road users!  Luckily they moved quickly to rectify the situation, as did Tim,  finishing his race in a PB time of 1:46:16 for 186th place. 

Darren West completed Liverpool’s Rock N Roll half marathon on Sunday, his 23rd of 2014. His time was 1:36:38, 235th of 3485. He felt it was a satisfying outcome to a stop start run in dry conditions. Having gone out too fast he paid the price in the middle of the race but picked himself back up in the last 4 miles.  Results

Monday 26th May

Tim Palmer at Austwick

Tim Palmer at Austwick

Bank holiday Monday kicked off with two great local off-road events and a number of Harrogate Harriers taking part:  The Austwick Amble was always going to be a an enjoyable day out, timed perfectly to coincide with the village’s annual street market!  The race is ran over a looped circuit on the southern flank of Ingleborough and covers approximately 8 miles with around 1,200ft of cumulative ascent.  It was a hot day with the sun beating down on the runners, however that did dry out the ground a little (necessary after all that rain!) and there was terrific local support.  Nick Andralojc (who represents the club at many local fell races) started the event but stopped to attend to a fellow runner in distress and ensure that he obtained treatment so didn’t finish on this occasion.  Four Harriers remained in the race and had excellent results:  Tim Palmer 34th in 1:02; Harry Brook Dobson 69th in 1:10; Dan Simmons 82nd in 1:12; Sally Houghton, 86th and 6th lady in 1:13.  Having finished the race, the Harriers team took advantage of the river to have a dip at the end to cool off and ease aches and pains!  Results

Also on the Bank Holiday Monday was the Ilkley Trail Race, a 6.9 mile event with 700ft of climb. Most of the climb is in the first half of the race, leaving runners free to enjoy the wonderful views over the Wharfe valley and on to Ilkley Moor and then (refreshed and reinvigorated) pound back down the hills for a super fast finish.  This was one for the ladies and Jo Williams finished 171st in 1:03:00 while Liz Sandell finished 191st in 1:06:26.  Results

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