The Harriers men’s team didn’t let their start position, in fourth place, deter them on Saturday as they surged forward right from the start. In a wonderful tactical race the team quickly picked off the three teams in front of them, catching up to the front runners Ripon Runners at the end of the high street. The river crossing was tackled in style to tumultuous applause and cheering, and the race was over, the boys triumphant, with a net finish time of 13:10, beating the course record by a full 30 seconds. A superb effort by the team which comprised John Young, Chris Miller, Jonty Bright, Barry Mcguire & Jamie Dilasser whose son, Josh Dilasser, had the time of his life as their passenger! The Harriers women’s team’s experience wasn’t quite as smooth, thwarted as they were by a puncture in the first two minutes. The team, comprising Alex Richens, Helen Price, Ros Moore, Jean Croft, Lisa Smart and Rosie Harney, then had to clatter through the streets with a lob-sided bed on two wheels – an exhausting effort! They did however have an absolute ball on the day, and raised £1,200 for Parkinson’s UK in memory of Alex’s dad. Three other Harrogate Harriers ladies, Jenny Hutcheson, Paula Eastaugh and Issy Rowe, put in a great performance racing in the HPL Flyers team. They belted round the course in super-quick time, 16:19, for second place, just 6 seconds away from the winning ladies’ team, Ripon Runners. Full results here
A lot of Harriers have many strings to their bows, not just running. Many are very involved in triathlons and as such are members of triathlon clubs as well. Their efforts in this separate discipline don’t go unnoticed by their Harriers team-mates though, and some have been watched keenly as they’ve tested their mettle on some Olympic distance races over the last couple of weeks. Olympic distance is a 1500m swim, 40k bike, followed by a 10k run. On Monday 27th May, Jonty Bright took part in the Wetherby Triathlon, finishing in a fantastic 8th position, in 2:09:47. Richard Pennock and Harry Dowdell spent the following Sunday in Chester for the Deva triathlon, now in its 15th year and taking an altered course right through the historic city centre. Richard came in 252nd place, out of a field of nearly 1000, in a time of 2:21:18, followed just 3.5 minutes later by Harry in 326th place, 5th in his category, in 2:24:55. Cleveland was the scene for Tim Broomfield and Paul Berwin’s race on Sunday 9th June, an event known as the “Short Course”. They raced superbly, coming in 70th and 132nd respectively, in times of 2:21:40 and 2:45:57.
New HH member, Simon Reiter, took to the hills for the second running of the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, a 22k hilly route starting and finishing in Keswick. He finished the challenging course in 88th position in 2:08:28. Full results here