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June 13, 2014

31st May
Stephen Kirk ran the Blackpool Promenade 10-miler, another new race in the calendar.  A fast and flat course, it is run over two loops (6-miles and 4-miles) and Stephen reports that the weather on the day was very warm with little breeze, making it a bit more of a struggle than anticipated, particularly as he had walked the Three Peaks of Yorkshire just a few days earlier! Nonetheless he did excellently finishing in 71:22 and 32nd overall.  Results

1st June

Ros Moore finishing the Comrades Marathon in style!

Ros Moore finishing the Comrades Marathon in style!

The start of June was celebrated by three Harriers competing in three very different races. Emma Moore went East to Hull to take part in the Humber Bridge 10k. The bridge itself is very exposed and in the hot and sunny conditions sun cream was an absolute must.  Unfortunately, there were a number of collapses including the a runner who at the time was in second place, so the weather really did take its toll. Emma was delighted to finish in her best time of the season so far, 55:33.  Results

Darren West completed the Flaming June Half Marathon in Cambridgeshire, coming ever nearer to the halfway point of his 52 halves in 52 weeks. Once again it was very hot meaning Darren did well on the multi-terrain course to cross the line in 1:37:36.  Results

Ros Moore went rather further afield, in fact by some margin – she travelled to South Africa to take on the much-revered Comrades Marathon, a legendary race of rather more than “normal” marathon distance at 56 miles.  The race alternates annually between “up” runs and “down” runs and that dictates where the race starts and finishes. This year was a “down” year, so the race started in Pietermaritzburg and wound its way to Durban on the roads of KwaZulu-Natal Province, marked by “The Big Five” set of hills. There are five cut-off marks along the course which runners have to cross before a certain time, otherwise the horn blares and anyone who hasn’t reached it cannot continue.  Ros scorched past all of these, and in fact was very comfortably inside the overall finish cut-off time of 12 hours, crossing the line in a remarkable 10:46:15, thus earning herself a coveted bronze medal for coming in under 11 hours.  Very well done indeed, this must have been a real adventure!  Results

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