We’re pleased to announce that after a year’s absence, the Harrogate Town Centre 10K will return in 2017 and is planned to take place on Sunday 2nd July, starting at 10.00. We hope to build on all the fantastic support Harrogate received in staging the Great Yorkshire Run in 2016, especially as this is an important year for athletics in our area: Harrogate Harriers and A.C. have teamed with Ashville College to bring a state-of-the-art athletics track to the town and the race will support this initiative directly. Please visit our Entry Page for more details.
Monday 2nd January 2017 will be an important day for Harrogate Harriers, we are planning a number of events to promote fund-raising efforts in support of building a full athletics track at Ashville College and the first will be our Track Awareness Run on the date above. This will be a social run involving the entire club round the Harrogate Ringway starting from Waterside in Knaresborough at 9.30am.
We have now submitted a planning application to the council to build the athletics track. Once this has been approved, we will begin the daunting task of raising the £1.5 million needed to build the facility.
A number of seniors will run the entire twenty-mile route and we have estimated what time they will pass eleven key drop in/out points. Others can join and run as far as they wish and then pull out at one of these points. Seniors will be encouraged to look out for younger runners, parents could also run if they wish. As everyone runs at a different pace, there will be a column of members stretching back over the course and with us all wearing club colours, we will not fail to make an impact and generate interest in our forthcoming project.
We will be encouraging our Juniors to seek sponsorship from friends, parents and grandparents etc therefore spreading the word of the Harrogate Harriers Community Track Project. We will also try and attract media interest and we want every member to promote our event where possible.
Harrogate Harriers have a combined a membership of almost six hundred and an enormous range of talent to draw upon. THIS WILL ONLY WORK if we have close on 100% participation, so please do your best to support your club and keep the morning of the 2nd of January free. It will be an enjoyable social event and the first step to the club having a track and headquarters of it’s own.
It’s been our most successful outing at the West Yorkshire Cross Country league for some years and there has been excellent participation from club members. The last fixture of the year took place on Sunday 4th December at Keighley University Academy with a large amount of Harrogate Harriers competing in practically every category, the final results speaking for themselves:
For the ladies, Claire Jones finished 9th in the U20s, while Chloe Hirst was 10th in the 20 – 35 open category. In the FV35s our ladies did fantastically well, Crystal Goecker, Emma Robinson and Helen Mercer Jones taking 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively. In the FV50s, Sarah Gill finished 3rd.
In the Mens’ final standings, George Mills took the U20 title, while Jonny Johnson was 5th in the 20 – 35 Open category. Andy Grant stormed to the MV45 title with four straight wins, while Chris Gibbins did well to claim 4th place. It was a similar situation in the MV60 category, where Geoff King took 1st place with Brian Miller in 2nd. Ben Grant made it a family double with 1st place in the MV60s.
There were lots of other great performances from our members, but these results really stand out and should not be understated – these are highly competitive events and Harrogate Harriers have really displayed our strength. The overall team standings show that our Senior Ladies finished second overall, while our Senior Men claimed third, this is outstanding. Well done to all!!
The months of planning and preparation were over and finally the Harrogate Haverah Trail Race became a reality – and what a day it was! Nearly 300 runners entered our inaugural race and the weather was fantastic, the course in perfect condition and a truly superb race ensued: Harrogate Harrier Andy Grant is having a great season and took home advantage and his recent win at the Wetherby 10K to good use, putting in a very hard effort to win the race in 1:04:56 – the new standard for future races. It was a Harriers 1 – 2 – 3 with Club Captain John Young not far behind in 1:05:28 and Mark Bryant in 1:06:32. The ladies also didn’t disappoint, latest Harriers recruit Crystal Goecker showed her class on unfamiliar ground to win in a superb time of 1:12:56 with Amanda Seims from Valley Striders second in in 1:18:17. Emma Bruce rounded off a good day for Harrogate Harriers taking third place in 1:19:37
The winners trophy was presented to Andy Grant by Lillain Eyre, widow of the late Len Eyre and one of the greatest runners to hail from this area. Len lived in Beckwithshaw and trained on Haverah Park, he had a superb track record and competed for Great Britain in the 1950 Empire (now Commonwealth) games, winning Gold at the 3-mile/5,000 metre event. Lillian very kindly sponsored the the Len Eyre Trophy and it with huge pride that Harrogate Harriers are able to keep his memory alive.
The Haverah Trail Race was a tremendous success and looks set to be a calendar event for years to come. This is testimony to a huge amount of work from club members, but especially to Harrier Dan Simmons whose brainchild it was. Dan put in many hours of work and went to enormous lengths to ensure that the race went smoothly, from its planning stages right through to the last finisher. So well done to all, but especially Dan – chapeau! Finally, many thanks to our generous sponsors, we could not have put the race on without you: Up & Running, Berwins Solicitors, Pullman Instrument, Kudos Showers, Aimee Bellwood Yoga and Achilles Heal Physiotherapy
Haverah Trail Race FINAL RESULTS
Harrogate Harriers Official Race Pictures
Haverah Trail Race – Information