Hitting The Wall!

July 20, 2014

Harrogate Harriers had an excellent turnout for the entirety of the Harrogate & District Summer Racing League and were rewarded last week with excellent results both for teams and individuals.  Harriers won the first male team, first supervets and first elite categories, with 1st Male going to Mike Burrett, 2nd Male to Andy Grant, 1st M40 also to Andy Grant, 1st MV60 to Ben Grant, 1st FV50 to Sarah Gill and 1st Young Male to Ed Beecher.

Sunday 29th June
A number of Harriers, some first-time fell racers, took to the hills for the Settle Hills Fell Race. Seven miles in distance with 1312ft of ascent, the course is extremely challenging with lots of very steep ascent and even steeper descents requiring nerves of steel. Fantastic views all round made this a very memorable event for all involved. The heat of the day was particularly pronounced in the last mile in the valley but the finish line soon came into view with tea and cakes to follow.  Nick Andralojc was the first Harrier over that line, 35th overall, in an excellent 1:10:37. Guy Williams, in his first foray into fell-running and his first race of the year after recovering from an injury, was very close behind, 39th overall in 1:12:50.  Sally Houghton was third for the club, 57th overall and 8th lady in a time of 1:16:19. Dan Simmons was next, in 77th position overall, with 1:20:41 on the clock, followed by Liz Sandell in 1:30:59, 92nd place, and Emma Andralojc in 1:58:59 for 103rd position.

Also in the last week of June was The Wall Ultra Marathon which Paul Rock, despite being a relative newcomer to running, decided to try his hand at. He had done his first marathon in May, in Geneva, and was very pleased to finish that in 4:17, so the 69 mile, two day event in Carlisle seemed to represent the next step up for him! Traversing from Carlisle to Newcastle in two stages of 32 and 37 miles Paul was running for a total of 15:24, an experience he describes as “brutal” but enjoyable.

The World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall, was the setting for a wonderful circular-route half marathon last weekend. Extremely hilly with beautiful views the route really was mixed terrain with grassland, paths, forest tracks and small sections of road. The four Harriers who made the journey did themselves and the club proud, all four earning top 3 positions in their categories. Darren West was the first Harrier over the line in 1:42:14, earning himself an excellent 36th place overall and 3rd MV50. Wendy Marks was just behind in 1:48:25 which gave her 1st LV45 place and 73rd overall. Sue Moul was 136th in a great time of 1:55:19, 2nd LV45, and Coralin Harrison finished 404th overall in 2:38:18 for an excellent 1st LV65 place.

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