Manchester, Thirsk and the off-road BBC
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.
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Patricia Jones-Davies celebrates her first marathon medal[/caption]
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John Young contemplates the pain of running 2:43 (or possibly the fact that his number spells Boob)[/caption]
The Off-road BBC - Blubberhouses, Baildon & Coledale
Blubberhouses 25 - First two ladies for Harriers
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Harrogate Harriers at the Blubberhouses 25 (Martyn Price, Allison Palmer, Aimee Bellwood, Helen Price, Caroline Oldfield & Liz Sandell)[/caption]
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.
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.
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Some of the Harriers at the Thirsk 10M[/caption]
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)