Check out these results from the North Yorks Schools Athletics event from the weekend……@HHjuniors Medallists are……..

 junior boys – Fred Yates (1st) and Freddie Brown (2nd) in sprint hurdles; Stan Mills (1st) in 200m; Zak Atkinson (3rd) in HJ; Fred Yates (2nd) in discus; Austin Rouse (1st) in javelin

 junior girls – Gabriella Whiteley (1st) and Therese Tolan (3rd) in sprint hurdles; Rose Forrest (2nd) in 1500m; Ella Colbourn (3rd) in 800m; Therese Tolan (2nd) in 300m; Jess Thompson (1st) in 200m; Jess Thompson (1st) and Abi Sorrell (2nd) in Javelin; Lex Whitaker (3rd) in HJ; Abi Sorrell (3rd) in LJ

 inter boys – Adam Seidel (3rd) in 800m; Charles Booth (2nd) in 400m; Ben Bhogal (2nd) in TJ; 

 inter girls – Helena DaCosta (2nd) in 300m hurdles and (1st) in 300m and (2nd) in 200m; Sophia Bottomley (1st) in LJ; Autumn Joseph (3rd) in HJ; 


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

Hot in the city

April 24, 2018

It’s often said that you should run a marathon in the same kit you used for training. It would have been a terrible mistake to run this year’s London Marathon in the three layers and a bobble hat we were all wearing until about a week ago. It was the hottest running of the race on record and anecdotally felt even warmer than the official reading of 24C. It soon became clear that this wasn’t a day to be gunning for a fast time. Thirteen Harriers started the race and we’re glad to say all arrived safe and relatively sound at the Mall.

Tom Borrowdale, Sarah Gill, Theresa Oldroyd, Shamiso Sisimayi, Wendy Marks, Gareth Somerville

Tom Borrowdale and Gareth Somerville may not have known it, but they we vying for the minor honour of being first Harrier home. They didn’t start together but somehow finished with a chip time separated by only five seconds. Tom took the honours but both broke three hours and scored PBs so they’re both winners. The first two women home were similarly close and even more impressive. Sarah Gill and Shamiso Sisimayi arrived either side of the 3:20 mark. Their split times show both women slowing hardly at all in the last few miles. They must have overtaken hundreds of faltering  runners. For Sarah it proved a remarkable result as she finished 2nd in her age category – an amazing achievement in one of the World Marathon Majors.

Adam Newton does his best to look cool on telly.

We had great stories all the way down the field. Kirstie Laughlan finished her first marathon. She had some real injury problems in preparation, but adjusted her strategy and completed. It goes to prove distance running isn’t just a physical sport – it requires good sense and mental toughness. She says this’ll also be her last but, well, we all say that. Wendy Marks said that and she’s just finished her 48th marathon.

It isn’t all about the running number either. Adam Newton has used this marathon as a way to raise money for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity in memory of his son Ricky. It’s a great cause for which he’s already raised nearly £1000. It isn’t too late to help him break that barrier by sponsoring him here.

Full results for Harrogate Harriers: Tom Borrowdale 2:58:03, Gareth Somerville 2:58:08, Simon Watson 3:15:14, Sarah Gill 3:19:38, Shamiso Sisimayi 3:20:04, Theresa Oldroyd 3:45:20, Wendy Marks 3:55:18, Jodie Peary 4:10:19, Adam Newton 4:13:50, Nathaniel Southworth 4:30:13, Jeff Paris 4:42:09, James Hawkins 4:42:16, Kirstie Laughlan 6:22:38

In weather like this you really want to be beside the seaside. That’s where Sue Moul was. The Blackpool marathon runs up and down the seafront. That means a lovely onshore breeze to cool you down in the latter stages. Or maybe a strong headwind just when you don’t need one, as was the case for Sue. Nevertheless she powered through for a PB of 3:54:41.