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Highways, Byways and Horseshoes

May 20, 2018

With three races this weekend counting toward our various club championships, there was plenty of reasons to get Harriers out there racing – from the highways of Leeds to the byways of Ripon and the trails of lakeland.

The biggest contingent were the 21 red vests who trooped south to the Leeds Half Marathon. It’s a mass start event following major roads and front-loaded with climbing. It isn’t easy to measure your effort for a good time in a race like that,  but quite a few of our competitors pulled out a good result. Gareth Somerville continued his strong recent run of results with a 1:22:41 to finish 49th overall. Paul Richardson surprised himself with a 1:27:09, with Adam Prentis and Stephen Trudgeon also dipping just under the 1:30 mark.

Some of the Harriers at Leeds Half Marathon

Shamiso Sisimayi was the 6th overall female, clocking 1:31:30. Sarah Gill’s time of 1:34:01 was enough to earn her 2nd place in her F55 category. The best category result of the day was Kevin-Malachy Murphy taking 1st place in the V60s in 1:36:26. There were plenty of other good results and  PBs amongst the Harriers present. Melanie Rice, for instance, beat her target well with a time of 1:51:58. r

The full results list can be found here

Ripon it up

Mark Jordan is first V60 at Ripon 10M

Andrew Dobby coming in 3rd at Ripon 10M

Meanwhile 17 Harriers travelled north to take part in the Ripon 10 Miler. This is a challenging course with much uphill and some sections of trail, but with running environment and atmosphere that attracts quality club runners from all over the district. Andrew Dobby was the first Harrier home in 1:01:47, taking third place overall. Next came Simon Watson in 1:13:03 and Mark Jordan in 1:15:42. Mark won the V60 category prize in the process. The first female Harrier over the line was Wendy Marks in 1:23:46, giving her third place in the F50 category.

It would feel weird not to mention that Andy Grant won the race. It was his first run in Leeds colours, but he’s still our mate and it was good to see him.

Harriers at Ripon 10M

Here’s a link to the full results

Meanwhile in a Fair Field…

Fairfield Horseshoe fell race is the first time our off-road championships has strayed outside the county and was supported by 11 runners making the short trip west. They were rewarded with some stunning views in conditions that had lakeland looking at its very best.

Jason Millward was the runner who gave the scenery the least respect, affording it only 1 hour 34 minutes of his time. David Oldfield hurried home seven minutes later, with others taking more time to appreciate their surrounds. The full details of those can be found here.

This is one of the off-road races rated as ‘long’ and certainly proved taxing. Martin and Helen organised a recce visit a few weeks beforehand, which certainly helps to de-mystify the event. There will be similar long trail events later in the summer, with associated recces. Keep an eye out for news on our weekly updates.

Harriers at Fairfield Horseshoe fell race

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