Brownlees Storm to Victory at the Chevin Chase!

December 26, 2014

Alastair and Jonny Brownlee in Full Flight! (Courtesy of Debi Nicholson)

Alastair and Jonny Brownlee in Full Flight!
(Courtesy of Debi Nicholson)

It’s not every day that a normal club runner can line up alongside an Olympic champion – or to be more precise TWO Olympic champions – but that’s exactly what happened at this year’s Chevin Chase, as local triathlon heroes Alastair and Jonny Brownlee were both on the starting line ready to do battle with the other 930-odd athletes who had turned for this popular race, held every Boxing day and attracting considerable crowds.

The race starts in Guiseley and follows a mixed road/trail route of about 7 miles, climbing over Otley Chevin before a fast descent back to Guiseley – definitely one where the road runners have the advantage.  Harrogate Harriers had a terrific turnout with over 33 members determined to shake off the excess turkey and Christmas pudding!  Some exceptionally fine running ensued, providing great entertainment for the spectators gathered on The Chevin.  The race was won by Alastair Brownlee in a fantastic 37:03 – a new course record – with brother Jonny very close behind in 37:27, Ilkley fell runner Tom Adams put in a superb effort to take third place in 38:08.  The ladies race was won by Georgia Malir (Ilkley) in a fast 44.14.

Phil Sagar leads the Pack (yes, that is a guy dressed as a chicken!)

Phil Sagar leads the pack (yes, that is a guy dressed as a chicken!)

From a Harriers perspective, the performance of the day undoubtedly belonged to Chris Miller, fresh from his victory at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race last weekend he put in a scintillating run to finish in 7th place overall in a fantastic 40:54, a superb time and he could have easily been a place further up the field.  Good running also from Jonty Bright, finishing in 44:29 and 27th place overall.

Some excellent running from Dan Atkinson, Rob Garbutt, Nathan Smith, Dave Harrison and Adam Prentis resulted in well-deserved sub-50 minute times, meanwhile the first three Harriers ladies all finished within 20 seconds of each other!  Sarah Gill took the honours in 54:25 (3rd LV50), Victoria Tremlin in 54:35 and Helen Price – running a very short race by her usual standards – in a course PB time of 54:41 (3rd LV45).

Well done to all, the club was well represented at this race and you did us proud!


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