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Ice, Mud & Brass Monkeys!

January 18, 2015

Angela Gill in action at the Brass Monkey

Angela Gill in action at the Brass Monkey

The perennially popular Brass Monkey Half-Marathon once again lived up to its name, conditions were absolutely freezing cold meaning an icy course and not a little caution being required!  Over thirty Harrogate Harriers made their customary pilgrimage to the Knavesmire and some fine performances ensued, despite many moments more akin to Bambi on ice than running a half-marathon!

Andy Grant was first Harrier across the line in 1:14:01 and 13th position overall.  This was some way off Andy’s best, but he’s had a tough season and I think we can forgive him for one “bad” result!  Our first lady was Wendy Marks who, despite being unhappy with the icy conditions, put in a very respectable 1:35:22 to finish 42nd lady overall and 5th FV45.  There were lots of other great performances, but of especial note were PBs from Ros Moore (1:38:20), Geoff Hirst (1:29:26), Rob Garbutt (1:24:59) and Adam Prentis (1:27:42)

The race was won by Dan Jenkin from Durham City Harriers in a rather nippy 1:08:58, while first lady was Shona McIntosh from Hunters Bog Trotters (better known for their fell-running prowess) who finished in 1:16:13.  Results

Helen Price at The Hebden 22 Fell Race (SportsSunday Event Photography)

Helen Price at The Hebden 22 Fell Race
(SportsSunday Event Photography)

Meanwhile – and at quite the opposite end of the running spectrum – the Harriers fell runners were also in action this weekend in the hills of Calderdale.  The race in question was The Hebden, a tough off-road event that follows a circular route around Hebden Bridge, taking competitors high into the surrounding hills and fells before a final loop to the East of Cragg Vale and into Mytholmroyd, a sum total of 22 miles and 4,000ft of ascent.

As you would expect from recent weather conditions, the race was very hard indeed with ice, snow and driving winds to contend with, at one point deteriorating to a full-on blizzard.  Nonetheless, this is an expected hazard of winter fell running and the Harrogate contingent acquitted themselves with distinction:  Andy Dobby (making a welcome return to the fells) was first Harrier across the line, taking 9th position overall in an excellent 3h36m, while Helen Price did superbly to finish 2nd lady in 4hr08m, trimming 21 minutes off her course PB in the process.  Martyn Price and Mark Robinson put in similarly strong performances to finish well up the results sheet.  The race was won by Ben Mounsey of Calder Valley Fell Runners, while the ladies were led home by Josie Greenhalgh of Horwich RMI.  Results

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