2018 Results

HH marathoners around the world

Two Harriers made the journey to Boston to take part in the grandaddy of modern marathons. Kevin-Malachy Murphy and Craig Barstow have both achieved breakthrough marathon times in recent years to meet the race qualification criteria. They both set out to make the most of the experience and certainly got plenty of that. With a strong headwind and torrential rain breaking the spirits of many runners, both did well to finish strongly, Kevin in 3:41:45 and Craig in 4:08:01. It looks to have been an epic adventure.

Jillie Townend enjoys the experience of Paris Marathon

Better conditions greeted Jillie Townend for the Paris marathon. With music and a great atmosphere she was given the full Parisian treatment, well earned in a difficult build-up. She enjoyed almost every minute, finishing in 5:15

Caroline springs to action

Out on the trails, Caroline Oldfield completed he second LDWA event in as many weeks. This time it was the Spring in Lakeland event –  24 miles from starting from Ambleside and inevitably taking in plenty of hills. She finished it as first female finisher in  4 hrs 47

No Vale of Tears

We had a number of runners at the Vale of York 10M, a flat and fast affair starting from the York Gliding Centre. Sharon Barlow will have been breaking their gliding club rules as she was really motoring. She broke the hour and finished 12th overall, 1st F40. There were great times recorded by everyone on a course that gets a little harder than the profile suggests.

Coralin Harrison continues her tour of Yorkshire’s airfields

Here’s the full HH finisher list.

Sharon Barlow 59:30

Paul Richardson  1:05:23

Charlotte Evans  1:13:14

Paul Cowham  1:15:35

Jillie Townend  1:29:32

Rebecca Tunnicliff  1:31:23

Coralin Harrison  1:52:29


Spring finally arrived this week and Harrogate Harriers were taking full advantage, with around 30 of us racing at five different locations.

Greater Manchester Marathon

The conditions at Greater Manchester Marathon were unexpectedly good given recent events and local support was characteristically described as ‘amazing’. Three Harriers ventured over this year, each

hoping to make the most of a great race atmosphere and a flat course. John Young put in a blistering performance finished for 2:43:27, which was enough to bring him home in 69th place. Rob Athey finished in 4:26:31, making him a five-time marathon finisher. Patricia Jones-Davies became our first debut marathoner of the year, completing at her first attempt 5:54:48. She says she really enjoyed the experience – Perhaps we have a new multiple-marathoner in the making.

Patricia Jones-Davies celebrates her first marathon medal

John Young contemplates the pain of running 2:43 (or possibly the fact that his number spells Boob)

The Off-road BBC – Blubberhouses, Baildon & Coledale

Blubberhouses 25 – First two ladies for Harriers
Harriers at the Blubberhouses 25

Harrogate Harriers at the Blubberhouses 25 (Martyn Price, Allison Palmer, Aimee Bellwood, Helen Price, Caroline Oldfield & Liz Sandell)

The Blubberhouses 25 trail race follows a long distance walking route and takes in 860m of climbing over moorland in its 25 miles. Walkers familiar with the route will be surprised by how quickly some of our local runners can complete it. Helen Price was of Harrogate Harriers finished 12th overall and first lady in 3:54. Caroline Oldfield made it a Harriers double, coming in 2nd 18 minutes later.  Martyn Price, Aimee Bellwood, Liz Sandell, Charles Casey & Allison Palmer also completed in some style. Worth noting that this race only costs £7 to enter. If that whets your appetite then keep an eye out for updates from our off-road captains as there are plenty more bargain challenges where this one came from.

Baildon Boundary Way

The Baildon Boundary Way is a well established fixture in the spring calendar perennial favourite trail race. It follows another walking trail, this one with an approximate half-marathon distance. Highlight of this race is the big hill at the nine-mile mark, just when you don’t necessarily need one. This year we had five runners taking part. Richard Willis (57th in 1:52:16), Brian Miller (89th in 1:57:14), Time Broomfield (99th in 1:59:40), Sue Moul (184th  in 2:14:08) & Aidy Murfitt (218th in 2:20:52)

Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race

If you wanted something easier then you might have opted for a little 8-miler on Saturday. If that option was Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race then you’d have been disappointed to find it included 1100m of ascent. To put that in context, it’s the equivalent of running up and down the Castle Ings in Knaresborough 37 times except that it would be twice as steep. Thankfully Jason Millward, David Oldfield & Ben Grant knew exactly what they were letting themselves in for. They had a lovely time, finishing 24th, 66th & 142nd respectively.

Thirsky Work

The Thirsk 10M had to be postponed from its original date due to snow and finally took place this weekend. Shuffling schedules meant a slightly different set of Harriers made it up to the start. This time the event was blessed with perfect conditions, leading to some good results and few PBs. Chris Miller stepped away from his usual trail preference to score an overall 7th place. In a notoriously strong field, there were also excellent category results for Shamiso Sisimayi as 2nd F35 and Simon Watson, 5th M55.

Some of the Harriers at the Thirsk 10M

Full results

7th Chris Miller (56:36)  ,  29th Josh Fuller (61:41)  ,  75th (5th M55) Simon Watson (66:15)  ,  110th (2nd F35) Shamiso Sisimayi (68:50)  ,  117th Simon Moffatt (69:07)  ,  139th Adam Couldwell (70:52)  ,  155th Geoff Hirst (72:28)  ,  175th Kevin-Malachy Murphy (73:04)  ,  177th Martin Shaw (73:08)  ,  225th Alex Green (76:43)  ,  228th Stephen Kirk (76:54)  ,  298th Roger Duckworth (81:18)  ,  422nd Alan Couldwell (88:50)

Easter weekend always provides plenty of opportunities for racing and this year was no different, with Harrogate Harriers taking part in events all around the district.

On Saturday 31st the Daffodil Dash offered a variety of distances around Temple Newsom. Jodie Peary and Sue Moul finished the 10k in 22nd and 23rd in around 1hr 6 minutes while Aimee Bellwood completed the half marathon distance, finishing 28th in 2:19. Times meant little, though, on a course that was both hilly and muddy.

Conditions weren’t any better for the Guiseley Gallop trail race on Easter Sunday when runners spent much of the race ankle deep in either water or mud. Chris Miller battled to a second place finish in a field of 457, conceding only seven seconds to Jack Cummings of Ilkley. Following them were Richard Willis (82nd), Brian Miller (83rd & 1st over-60), Tim Broomfield (129th), Matthew Lucock (314th) and Mike Gill (332nd).

Meanwhile, over at Elvington Airfield, Coralin Harrison and Jillie Townend were taking part in the Eelvington Flyer. Mud may not have been a problem but strong and cold winds put paid to any ideas of personal bests. Coralin finished the 5M race in 54:42 while Jillie took 10th place in the 10M in an excellent 1:10:22.

Eralier in the week Geoff Hirst and Paul Richardson visited the Brownlee Centre in Leeds for the second of the evening 5k series. They were both able to take advantage of the fast course and good conditions to record decent times. Paul finished 21st in 18:41 and Geoff posted 19:43, finishing 48th.