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2015 Results

Darren West pushes on despite the conditions!

Darren West pushes on despite the conditions! (Photo courtesy of David Owen)

The wettest December in living memory has wreaked devastation on the North of England and our area has also suffered, the awful conditions meant that the local race calendar was under threat and the Chevin Chase was no exception.  As it was, the race went ahead but it was a challenge just getting there – the River Wharfe burst its banks at key crossing points between Harrogate and Otley, meaning several Harriers just couldn’t safely make the journey, moreover those that did only just made it in time!  Anyhow, a large contingent from the club still made it and what a run it was:  The rain had been bucketing it down for hours and the course was awash, even the road section at the start had a river running down it.  As you’d expect, things got a bit interesting as the course progressed off-road and the track leading down to East Chevin Road was hugely eroded and caught out many runners, simply due to the depth of water and rutted surface.   It was a bit dodgy, perhaps that’s why the Brownlee brothers (very sensibly) didn’t make their customary appearance.

Anyhow, I think everyone enjoyed the race despite the entertaining conditions -and it has to be said, Harrogate Harriers had some very good results:  Chris Miller had a superb run to finish third overall in 41:36, just 4 seconds behind Phil Tedd (Thames Hare & Hounds) who took second.  The race was won by John Franklin (Serpentine RC) in 40:39.  Other standout results were from Nathan Smith (49:45) and Darren West (51:15).  The ladies didn’t do too badly either, Helen Price was second LV45 (57:59), Sarah Gill second LV50 (1:00:25) and Julie Patmore third LV50 (1:00:44).  Results

Pass the Baton ….

December 2, 2015

Ian Rowbotham giving it everything ....

Ian Rowbotham giving it everything ….

Harrogate did pretty well in the 2014 UKA Fell Relays, so it was a bit disappointing that the 2015 event had a limited entry (just 140 teams) meaning no Mixed or V50 categories.  Nonetheless, we were lucky enough to have both an Open and V40 team accepted in the ballot, though it’s slightly ironic that our V40 team (Ben Grant, Martyn Price, Nick Andralojc, Steve Fry, Phil Mason, Ian Rowbotham) are all over 50 and it’s possible that we had the highest combined age of any of the competing clubs!  This year Clayton-le-Moors Harriers were the host club and course, that meant one thing:  Pendle Hill.  Home of the fearsome “Tour of Pendle”, this particular lump of Lancashire is a proper epicentre of fell running and many a runner has been reduced to tears on its steep and unforgiving slopes – a great location for a championship event!    All the big clubs were out in force and flying up and down the fell at ridiculous speeds, however we didn’t too badly, our Open Team (Chris Miller, Barry McGuire, John Young, David Fountain, Jonty Bright, Jake Turnbull) posting a very respectable 4:06:31 and 37th overall.  This was a great result for the club, both our teams fielding runners who were feeling well below par and should really have been at home with a mug of hot lemon – proper esprit de corps in action!  Results –  UKA Fell Relays 2015