Harrier teams rub shoulders with elite at Heaton Park

Harrogate Harriers
Harrogate Harriers

Harrogate Harriers had a grand day out on Saturday when they fielded teams for the first time in the Northern Road Relays at Heaton Park, Manchester.

With lots of famous runners on show, and even an Olympian or two, the quality of the field was extremely high.

Both the ladies and the men’s team finished in the top half of the table, the ladies team placing 21st in the 6-stage with the men 39th in the 12-stage.

The ladies’ team comprised: Emma Robinson, Jenny Hutcheson, Nicola Smith, Jude Muir, Isabelle Rowe and Cathy Wright. The men’s team: Chris Miller, Ashley Brook, John Young, Paul Moses, Jonny Johnson, Brian Miller, Jake Turnbull, Stephen Nesbitt, Jamie Dilasser, John McNerney, Chris Gibbins, Timothy Richards. Well done to all on great times on a hilly course made even more difficult by the strong winds and occasional pedestrians as the park was also open to the public.

Meanwhile five Harriers travelled to Calderdale to compete in this year’s Haworth Hobble. First back for the club was Martyn Price in a PB time of 5:50:04 with wife Helen in 5:50:33,  also claiming a new PB and first LV40 spot. Next was Mark Robinson in a PB time of 6.23:58, while David Fountain clocked 6.33:24 finish.  Star performer of the day was first-timer Ros Moore timed 6:51:43. 

Elsewhere Wendy Marks and new Harrier Jillie Townend travelled to Stafford for their half marathon.

Wendy achieved a course PB by 3.5 minutes, for 14th lady, 1st FV45, in 1:33:03. Jillie Townend recorded a PB of 1:58:00 and 3rd FV55 prize.

The day after the Harriers’ team successes at Heaton Park Jamie Dilasser headed over to Lancaster to take part in the Trimpell 20, finishing 72nd place in 2:21:02.

Darren West completed the 11th of the 52 half marathons he is running in 2014, a heroic effort to raise money for Martin House. This race was at Kirkley Hall in Northumberland and he achieved 1:36:02.

Also on Sunday was the Lightwater Valley 10k.

Barry McGuire was fourth in 35:26. Alex Green was next Harrier in 43:50, earning 47th position. Sally Houghton Wwas 79th and 8th woman, with 46:43.

The Bradford 10k, a new addition to the Harriers club championship races, saw 5 Harriers taking part.

Adam Prentis was first Harrier over the line, with a new PB of 39:34 and 80th overall. Cathy Wright clocked 40:52 for first in her category, FV50 and 101st position overall.

Other results were: James Lennon, 329th overall, in 46:55; Toby Eastaugh, 530th, in 49:33; and Georgina Lennon, 1086th, in 59:32.

Stephen Kirk attended the South Yorkshire Half Marathon, earning a time of 1:38:30 and 49th overall.