Bed Race Glory!

June 26, 2014

Saturday 14th June:
Darren West travelled afar to complete the Isle of Skye half marathon in dry conditions. Another one ticked off in his attempt to run 52 half marathons this year. Darren finished 75th in a field of 450 finishers with a respectable time of 1:36:42 and was 6th Mv50-54 out of 33.  Results

While Darren was enjoying the the Isle of Skye, several Harriers travelled to Knaresborough to join the thousands for the Knaresborough Bed Race. The Harrogate Harriers men reclaimed top spot in style, completing the course in 12.51. Later in the day they went on to claim a world record for a 200 metre sprint and river crossing (with bed), beating the Knaresborough Striders by just 7 seconds – a great effort by both teams! Harrogate Harriers ladies also fielded a team running under the guise of Lexys Midnight Runners – completing the course in 19.28 and claiming the the 4th fastest female team spot!  Results

Wednesday 11th June:
The local mid-week Otley 10 miler attracted a bumper of Harrier’s, where they enjoyed a somewhat undulating route.  With two large climbs, and the corresponding steep descents, this is not a PB course, but some excellent times were recorded nonetheless; Andy Grant was first Harrier home, M40 and 5th overall in 57:28. Mark Jordon was first M55 in 1:11:06 and Sarah Gill was second F50 in 1:17:29. Results

Saturday 7th June:
It’s been another varied and wide spread week of racing for the Harrogate Harriers.  Last Saturday saw Ben Grant complete the Ennerdale Fell Race (a “counter” in both the English and British championships), in 3:39 and 106th position. He was 1st MV65 but importantly 2nd MV60, which moved him up the British Championship table. On the same day Brian and Chris Miller competed in the Weets Fell Race after deciding on something different to the usual Pen-y-ghent. The Weets fell race (9km) at Barnoldswick has been run since 1971. Notable competitors of the past include Ron Hill and Kenny Stuart a lovely little fell race with about the same climbing as Pen-y-ghent. There was very heavy rain before the race which thankfully stopped as the race got underway. Chris Miller came in 3rd (40.51) and Brian Miller 48th (52.12 and 3rd/55).  Results

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