Race Report April to June 2019

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Harrier Games 2019

Saturday 29th June 2019

Well done to all those who took part in the Harrier Games at Rowley Park, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, but nevertheless a very enjoyable and fun event. There were some excellent performances put in by the juniors and adults, despite the hot running conditions. Thanks to everybody who helped with the event – the organising and planning, all those on the day at Rowley Park, as well as those who provided the excellent food catering at Perkins afterwards.

 

Group A

 
Number
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
PLACE
MEDAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil Hilsdon
4
5.33
1
 
0
 
0
0.29
2
 
0
11.16
1
4
1
G
Wayne Gallagher
14
5.36
2
 
0
 
0
 
0
1.09
3
11.39
2
7
2
S
Jason Littlewood
15
6.02
5
 
0
 
0
0.27
1
1.07
1
 
0
7
2
S
Richard Crump
16
5.53
4
14.84
1
 
0
 
0
 
0
11.41
3
8
4
B
Jake Oliver
7
5.48
3
 
0
 
0
 
0
1.08
2
12.34
4
9
5
 
Ian Hodkinson
29
 
0
 
0
2.41
2
 
0
1.10
4
12.38
5
11
6
 
Liam Duggen
25
6.02
5
 
0
2.39
1
 
0
1.11
5
 
0
11
6
 

 
 Group B
 

 
Number
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
PLACE
MEDAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucas Willson
31
5.56
1
 
0
2.35
1
0.30
3
 
0
 
0
5
1
G
Tai Hodgkinson
1
6.05
2
 
0
2.39
2
0.28
1
 
0
 
0
5
1
G
Dylan Shrehorn
6
 
0
13.22
1
2.47
3
0.29
2
 
0
 
0
6
3
S
Morgan Allen-Hingerty
8
6.42
5
16.25
3
 
0
 
0
1.15
1
 
0
9
4
B
Mark Oliver
17
6.44
6
 
0
 
0
 
0
1.22
3
14.33
1
10
5
 
Mathew Black
30
 
0
13.76
2
3.02
5
0.31
4
 
0
 
0
11
6
 
Antonio Treglia
10
6.38
4
 
0
3.07
6
 
0
1.21
2
 
0
12
7
Senior Performance of the Day – extra award
Matthew Hilsdon
3
6.06
3
 
0
2.48
4
0.32
5
 
0
 
0
12
7
 
Katie Peacock
11
6.44
6
 
0
 
0
0.35
8
1.22
3
 
0
17
9
 
Jack Heath
24
6.44
6
 
0
3.38
7
0.34
6
 
0
 
0
19
10
 
Reuben Willson
32
7.04
9
16.50
4
 
0
0.34
6
1.25
5
 
0
24
11
 

 
 Group C
 

 
Number
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
PLACE
MEDAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caleb Allen-Hingerty
9
 
0
15.51
2
3.04
1
 
0
1.20
1
 
0
4
1
G
Rose White
27
 
0
14.88
1
3.48
4
0.34
1
 
0
 
0
6
2
S
Victoria Shrehorn
5
 
0
15.69
3
3.20
2
0.35
2
 
0
 
0
7
3
B
Evan Saddler
21
 
0
 
0
3.35
3
0.41
3
1.41
2
 
0
8
4
 
Leo Hodgkinson
2
 
0
 
0
3.56
5
0.45
4
1.53
3
 
0
12
5
 
Pete Williams
12
 
0
21.31
4
3.57
6
0.45
4
 
0
 
0
14
6
 

 
 Group D
 

 
Number
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
PLACE
MEDAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Palmer
18
 
0
16.43
1
3.14
1
0.36
1
 
0
 
0
3
1
G
Mel Gorman
22
8.28
1
17.71
3
 
0
0.39
2
 
0
 
0
6
2
S
Edie White
26
8.34
2
 
0
 
0
0.41
4
1.45
1
 
0
7
3
B
Mark White
28
8.35
3
 
0
 
0
0.41
4
1.45
1
 
0
8
4
 
Will Edgar
13
 
0
18.58
5
3.14
1
0.39
2
 
0
 
0
8
4
Junior Performance of the Day – extra award
Asha Willson
33
 
0
17.47
2
3.43
3
0.41
4
 
0
 
0
9
6
Junior Performance of the Day – extra award
Summer Sadler
20
 
0
18.50
4
4.11
4
0.43
7
 
0
 
0
15
7
 
Alexa Hall
23
 
0
19.49
6
4.17
5
0.44
8
 
0
 
0
19
8
 
Suzzanne Brotherhood
19
8.46
4
23.80
7
 
0
0.47
9
 
0
 
0
20
9
 

 

Newport & district 10k

Sunday 23rd June 2019

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
176
Elizabeth Stork
01:13:40
 

 

Meerbrook 15K

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Pos
Name
AG
AG Pos
NSRRA
Chip
49
Matt Sargent
MSen
22
 
1:07:05
51
Michael Dobson
M50
3
 
1:07:35
58
Justin Green
M45
8
897
1:09:20
79
Wayne Gallagher
MSen
28
 
1:11:19
82
John Scott
M50
7
 
1:11:41
87
Richard Crump
MSen
29
 
1:12:47
93
Ian Wood
M55
3
356
1:13:40
99
Spencer Holland
M50
9
778
1:14:08
120
Antonio Treglia
MSen
36
 
1:17:04
122
Darren Mattocks
M45
12
610
1:17:20
179
Melonie Deakin
F50
4
84
1:27:07
184
Eddie Smith
M65
2
 
1:27:36
195
Richard Booth
M45
25
326
1:31:20
210
Andrew Robinson
MSen
47
 
1:36:47
225
Sally Haycock
F40
16
 
1:45:23

 

June Handicap

Thursday 20th June 2019

Well done to all those who ran on a what turned out to be a lovely summer’s evening, and thanks to the marshals and time keepers.

Position
Name
Time
Handicap
Net Time
1
Beth Dark
0:33:47
0:05:45
0:28:02
2
Vanessa Welham
0:36:08
0:05:45
0:30:23
3
Chris Skellern
0:36:29
0:05:00
0:31:29
4
Mark Oliver
0:36:43
0:07:00
0:29:43
5
Jason Littlewood
0:37:39
0:10:00
0:27:39
6
Sandra Smith
0:37:47
0:02:30
0:35:17
7
Ian Heath
0:38:02
0:11:30
0:26:32
8
Wayne Gallagher
0:38:05
0:12:30
0:25:35
9
Karen Murray
0:38:13
0:02:00
0:36:13
10
Mark Bentley
0:39:05
0:02:30
0:36:35
11
Ian Wood
0:39:16
0:10:00
0:29:16
12
Peter Williams
0:39:30
0:05:00
0:34:30
13
Antonio Treglia
0:39:32
0:09:30
0:30:02
14
Spencer Holland
0:39:38
0:11:30
0:28:08
15
Graham Williams
0:39:43
0:02:00
0:37:43
16
Chris Elsley
0:39:55
0:05:00
0:34:55
17
Mel Gorman
0:40:24
0:02:00
0:38:24
18
Sally Haycock
0:40:48
0:05:45
0:35:03
19
Jack Heath
0:46:27
0:08:30
0:37:57

 

RunFest Wales

23rd June 2019

Race report Leon Stringer

To Rhyl for RunFest Wales, an event with 5K, 10K and half marathon races. I did the 10K and so on Sunday morning headed for race HQ in the RNLI station on the seafront. The course is billed as flat (“a festival of Personal Bests” according to the website) and heads out along the promenade to the outskirts of Prestatyn at which point you turn round via a path that climbs over the dunes — the entire course is on tarmac or paving — before taking the same route back. You can see the Sky Tower steadily getting closer on the route back. I started to flag coming up to 9 km, although the heat of the morning sunshine was fortunately held at bay by hazy clouds and a steady crosswind but this wind made it hard work. To get to the finish another unexpected climb over a low bridge and then over the line for a medal and cotton T-shirt.

10K results
183 finishers
1st M John Stringer (unaffiliated) 0:37:33
1st F Sarah Wealleans (Kirkby Milers AC) 0:43:58

Harriers
Leon Stringer 0:49:21

 

Stone 10k

Sunday 16th June 2019

Race Report by Chris Elsley

There was a good turn out of Stafford Harriers in Sunday’s Stone St Michaels 10k road race.
18 runners from the local club were among the field of more than 500 runners who took to the two lap course.
Starting out from near to the Lichfield Road based school, runners headed towards Stone town centre before taking a left towards the A34 then back along the A51. The course then takes a brief stretch along the canal and through the local housing before back on to the Lichfield Road and past the school for a second lap.
In a fast field, Justin Green was the first Harrier home in a chip time of 40.14 to take 63rd place overall.
Not far behind was Michael Dobson (40:32 – 70th) with Kian Arnott the third Harrier in 41:41 (83rd).
Vanessa Welham was the leading Harrierette, finishing 177th in 47:02 just ahead of the evergreen Chris Skellern (47:35 – 183rd).

 

Position
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
NSRRA
PB
63
Justin Green
40:14
M45
10
897
 
70
Michael Dobson
40:32
M50
5
732
 
83
Kian Arnott
41:41
MSen
37
 
 
87
Daniel Findlay-Robinson
41:54
MSen
39
741
PB
93
Spencer Holland
42:13
M50
8
778
 
110
Ian Wood
43:11
M55
5
356
 
114
Darren Mattocks
43:20
M45
16
610
 
131
James Bream
44:33
MSen
55
 
 
165
Dave Marsden
46:41
M65
3
 
 
177
Vanessa Welham
47:02
FSen
12
 
PB
183
Chris Skellern
47:35
F55
2
549
 
295
Nathan Tierney
52:49
MSen
101
 
 
303
Mark Bentley
53:06
M55
13
 
 
315
Karen Murray
54:05
F50
7
224
 
318
Andrew Robinson
54:17
MSen
107
 
 
337
Graham Williams
55:23
M70
4
65
 
354
Karen Gretton
56:38
F60
4
 
PB

 

Marchington 10k

Sunday 16th June 2019

Just one Harrier

Ed Smith in 51:41 1st in age group.

Gnosall 10K

Saturday 15th June 2019

No Harriers found in the results

 

Showground Relays amidst bad weather

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Race Report by Chris Elsley

Last Wednesday evening, around 1,500 runners of all ages braved horrendous conditions to compete in the 3rd running of the Showground Relays. The event is one of the key nights of the year for Stafford Harriers with several local charities benefiting from funds raised.

As well as the usual running clubs, stretching from Sutton Coldfield to Sandbach, the event attracts runners from other organisations. Barnfields and Chadsmoor were among the junior schools who entered team while Amey Consulting, the Amateur Motorcycle Association and Staffordshire Police were among the works team entries.

Rain fell heavily all evening, causing problems for the time keepers meaning that prize giving had to be delayed.

Potters ‘arf

9th June 2019

Overall Position
Name
Chiptime
Category
Category Position
102
Michael Dobson
01:33:42
M50
7
136
Ian Wood
01:36:27
M55
7
174
Justin Green
01:39:25
M45
17
251
Spencer Holland
01:43:42
M50
26
391
Chris Skellern
01:50:57
F55
1
456
David Marsden
01:53:31
M65
3
604
Richard Booth
01:58:22
M45
59
728
Karen Murray
02:04:14
F50
8
939
Suzanne Brotherhood
02:14:58
F45
39
944
Graham Williams
02:15:06
M70
6

 

aldridge 10K

9th June 2019

Robert Hoare 1:00:35

 

Ironman 2019

9th June 2019

Well done to Sally Haycock and Ian Hodkinson for taking part.

Many thanks to a number of Harriers who ran one of the water stations.

Message from Darren Mattocks

Once again Harriers you have done an outstanding job today on our feed station. I’m sure the athletes are eternally grateful. Big thanks from me to you all especially the youngsters who were in fine voice!!! 😂😂🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️😂😂

WESTBRIDGE 5

Sunday 2nd June 2019

 

Position
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
NSRRA
PB
25
Justin Green
32:45
M45
5
897
 
27
Jake Oliver
33:12
MSen
10
 
PB
28
Michael Dobson
33:13
M50
4
732
 
31
Liam Duggan
33:36
MSen
12
 
PB
32
Wayne Gallagher
33:39
MSen
13
 
 
40
Jason Littlewood
34:39
MSen
15
 
 
43
Ian Wood
35:03
M55
4
356
 
47
Spencer Holland
35:27
M50
7
778
 
84
Vanessa Welham
38:42
FSen
2
 
 
85
Chris Skellern
38:49
F55
1
549
 
92
Richard Booth
39:19
M45
12
326
 
96
Mel Deakin
39:42
F50
3
84
 
104
Mark Deakin
40:36
M55
7
 
PB
110
Mark Burrows
41:06
M45
15
 
 
131
Peter Williams
44:13
M65
6
865
 
134
Mark Bentley
44:20
M55
9
 
 
138
Karen Murray
44:34
F50
5
224
 
172
Tracy Burrows
51:00
F45
10
 
PB

 

Grasmere Gallop 17k Fell Race

Saturday 1st June 2019

A race at Grasmere has been held for the last 34 years. This year there were 5.7k, 10k, 17k runs.

Two members run the 17KM race.

Name
Time
 
Chris Ross
1:28:17
 
Graham Williams
2:00:41
1st M70.

 Chillington Half & 10K

Saturday 1st June 2019

10K Results

Just one Harrier found in the results.

 

Position
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
PB
46
Kathy England
01:06:46
F50-59
2
 

 

Half Results

For a Challenge race this seems a very well kept secret.

Position
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
PB
12
Michael Dobson
01:41:49
M50-59
2
 
15
Richard Crump
01:44:39
M30-39
4
 
29
Antonio Treglia
01:51:59
M30-39
10
 
70
Eddie Smith
02:06:43
M60-69
3
 
83
Scott Palmer
02:09:57
M50-59
17
 
133
Jo Oliver
02:24:39
F40-49
13
 
134
Mark Oliver
02:24:39
M50-59
25
 

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool

25 & 26th May 2019

It has been hard to find people as the club name isn’t included in the results.
So if I have missed anyone please drop an email to info@staffordharriers.co.uk

Marathon Result

Position
Name
Time
PB
 
Ian Hodkinson
03:38:16
 

Half Marathon

Position
Name
Time
PB
 
Jason Littlewood
01:42:41
 
 
Alan Jones
01:49:12
 
 
Sandra Smith
02:01:11
 
 
Gill Hodkinson
02:01:57
 
 
Lindsey Foster
02:05:16
 
 
Jo Oliver
02:08:29
 
 
Dawn Gibbons
02:25:14
 

5k

Position
Name
Time
PB
 
Phil Hilsdon
19:05
 
 
Jake Oliver
19:07
 
 
Jason Littlewood
21:16
 
 
Matthew Hilsdon
21:55
 
 
Alan Jones
21:56
 
 
Mark Oliver
22:02
 
 
Gill Hodkinson
30:13
 
 
Sandra Smith
30:13
 
 
Karen Hilsdon
30:13
 
 
Dawn Gibbons
31:19
 

Harriers 5K Time trial

22nd May 2019

Second of 4 events across the year. It is open to all Harriers, free to attend. This is a great way to see your progress across last year and now. This race was part of the Challenge. Thanks to those who helped out with the timing, recording of results and marshalling.

First Name
Surname
J/S
18-Jul-18
19-Sep-18
3-Apr-19
22-May-19
Wayne
Gallagher
S
21:00
19:45
18:45
18:27
Ben
Cook
J
18:45
17:58
18:50
Matt
Sargent
S
20:21
18:58
George
Hodkinson
J
19:07
Robbie
Gorman
J
20:07
19:33
John
Scott
S
19:44
Jake
Oliver
J
19:34
19:45
19:45
20:17
Richard
Crump
S
21:08
22:25
20:22
Jason
Littlewood
S
22:02
21:38
20:25
Lucas
Willson
J
21:20
21:23
20:19
21:12
Darren
Mattocks
S
22:12
21:22
Matthew
Hilsdon
J
21:39
21:32
Antonio
Treglia
S
21:40
Liam
Duggan
S
19:48
19:49
19:31
21:41
Jack
Heath
J
23:37
20:33
22:30
Dylan
Shrehorn
J
27:39
25:25
22:22
22:35
Vanessa
Welhan
S
23:00
22:46
Richard
Booth
S
23:31
Mark
Deakin
S
23:37
23:22
23:36
Matthew
Black
J
23:07
24:31
23:57
Mel
Deakin
S
24:36
23:38
24:03
Sally
Haycock
S
25:02
Diane
Turner
S
25:13
Andrew
Robinson
S
27:09
25:29
Victoria
Shrehorn
J
29:15
26:55
26:44
26:09
Peter
McCloskey
S
28:05
27:11
26:44
Max
Parry
S
26:53
Laura
Jones
S
26:53
Karen
Murray
S
27:02
Selina
Powell
S
26:52
27:27
Mel
Gorman
S
30:11
31:31
27:53
27:59
Shirley
Smith
S
29:17
30:01
28:49
29:52
Karen
Hilsdon
S
30:03
30:12
Tracey
Burrows
S
30:25
Claire
Heath
S
31:31
30:44
32:11
Louise
Strachan
S
33:02
Sarah
Gray
S
32:37
33:44
Valerie
Stuart
S
35:32
35:54
Sue
Bagot
S
35:42
37:03
Peter
French
S
37:41
35:20
42:03

 

Donna Louise 10K and 5K

Sunday 19 May 2019

Race Report Leon Stringer

To Trentham Gardens but first to the bet365 stadium as that’s where the parking is with double-decker buses shuttling to the venue. This arrangement worked well: it’s easy to get to and from the stadium, it has plenty of parking, and there was no hanging around for the bus at either end. At the stadium runners and supporters were issued with wristbands for free access to Trentham Gardens. On arrival at the venue it’s a ten minute walk to the start/finish line. As it’s a charity event it’s very family-friendly with people of all abilities taking part. There was music from Signal 1, food and drink stalls, face painting and other activities for children all making for a nice festival atmosphere.

It was quite cool for the time of year but dry with only a light breeze. Trentham Gardens are very pleasant surroundings for the event with rowers and waterfowl sharing the lake, and a pair of black swans with cygnets on the bank. The 10K (two laps) starts first then the 5K (one lap) a few minutes later. The course has no real hills but is quite undulating which quickly adds up. The 9K point is near the finish and you see people crossing the line and think you’re nearly done but instead you’ve got a steady incline to climb for your last kilometre, tough going if you went off a bit quick at the start (like me).

There was only chip timing for the 10K but there was an excellent second place finish for Jake Oliver in the 5K.

Results 10K:
1st M Dominic Plant 38:05
1st F Livvy McGreavy 48:02
Harriers:
Leon Stringer 51:26
Valerie Stuart 1:15:24
Sarah Gray 1:15:24

No times for 5K

2nd Place Jake Oliver

Chester Half

Sunday 19th May 2019

Position
Name
Time
1909
Simon Groom
1:57:41

Windemere Marathon

Sunday 19th May 2019

No Harriers found in the results.

Harriers went to the dogs

Saturday 18th May 2019

A good sized group did go for a night out to the Dog racing at Monmore Green on 18th May.It was really good value for money and a great night out for a laugh with fellow harriers, and we’re not racing for once!

White Peaks Marathon

Saturday 18th May 2019
Race Report by Simon Bromley

Myself and Sarah arrived at Cromford Meadows Rugby Club on the morning of the marathon and half marathon.  As the race was a point to point event, the rugby club was the finish point.  We collected our number and T shirts from the club house, enjoyed a very long queue for the toilets and made our way to the buses that would shuttle myself to the Marathon start line and Sarah to the start of the half.
Sat waiting to depart, talking to some of the other runners on the coach who had done this race before, you get the impression that it’s not as flat as the course profile would have you believe.  One runner described it as 21 miles of elevation and the rest downhill (Just what you need on tired legs).
The coach sets of at 10am, the journey to the start on the Tissington Trail was dotted with some amazing views of the peak district.  Other than a small incident of our coach driver taking out a drystone wall and destroying the back end of the bus, it was a rather pleasant journey.
The start was simply a spray-painted line at a point on the trail.  Myself and the other 147 runners completing the Marathon, milled around have a natter, again, those who had previously completed this race were talking about some of the issues people would encounter, such as the downhill at mile 24 and having to time your descent to avoid the kerb stones.
The Marshalls called us to order and gave us a briefing about a minor diversion over a field to avoid a bridge that had collapsed due to being hit by a lorry, wished us all luck and set us on our way.
The first part of the route was out from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay.  This was an uneventful first half, Other than the chap that at about 6 miles in decided to stand at the side of the trail, drop his shorts and begin applying copious quantities of Vaseline to body parts, there were some amazing views of the countryside to distract you from what could only be described as a long run down the Isabel Trail.  We reached the turnaround point at Parsley Hay, 11 miles in.  Here we left the Tissington trail and moved on to the High Peak trail to begin making our way back to Cromford Meadows.  Again, some of the views were spectacular, it’s worth doing the run just to see some of the fantastic countryside that we don’t normally get to see living in a town.
16 miles in, you begin to start feeling the pounding your feet are taking running along a constantly stony pathway, at mile 18, we reached the diversion that we were told about.  It was a welcome relief to run on grass and rest the feet from the pounding they were taking, however, the diversion was all too short and we were soon back on the trail and the only thing you could think about now was getting to the end and putting your feet up.
At mile 20, came the first of the downhill sections.  It wasn’t a steep incline downwards but it certainly took its toll on the knees.  The trail became reasonably flat after that and although the pace was slow due to experiencing cramp in both calves, the occasional glimpse of more amazing scenery soon took your mind of the pain.
Mile 23 was probably the hardest mile, there was nothing to see, some long dark tunnels and you were almost enclosed in by trees, but just when you thought this was it, you came out upon the most amazing view of the whole race.  The rolling hills, trees and countryside as far as you could see almost made you want to stop right there.  It was the sort of place where you could sit on the wall all day and do nothing but look.  This view was short lived however as you soon hit mile 24.  The stories at the start were right.  This was a long, long downhill with large kerbstones that were built into the path to help you climb up.  This was punishment on the knees.  A mile downhill.  I always though the last mile of the Snowdonia Marathon was tough, but this really took it out of the legs.
At the bottom of the hill, you join the last mile of the run onto the canal towpath.  Here you run out on one side for just over half a mile and then cross a small bridge, that honestly felt like you bounced over it for the last 3 quarters back to the Rugby Club, the finish line and a well-earned pint.
The White Peaks Half and Full Marathon is hosted by Matlock AC running club.  It is well marshalled and has plenty of water stations along the route.  Although you don’t pass many people along the trail, those that you do pass give you an encouraging smile, a high five and a well done to help keep you going.  Well worth doing if you like a point to point race, but definitely plenty of padding in the foot department needed.

Stone 5 Mile

Wednesday 15th May 2019

No race report

Position
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
PB
31
Michael Dobson
36:04
M50
4
 
35
John Scott
36:27
M50
5
 
40
Ian Wood
36:53
M55
4
 
43
Spencer Holland
36:56
M50
8
 
67
Darren Mattocks
39:02
M45
9
 
93
Alan Jones
41:22
M50
12
 
101
Chris Skellern
41:48
F55
2
 
102
Richard Booth
41:50
M40
20
 
152
Sally Haycock
45:48
F40
7
 
170
Graham Williams
48:15
M70
4
 
175
John Finney
49:05
M70
5
 
178
Karen Murray
49:35
F50
6
 
226
Julie Nokes
54:50
F55
9
 
272
Sarah Gray
59:43
F60
6
 

 

Phoenix Flyer 5k at Dawley – race 2/6 of the Sexarathon series.

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Race report by Mel Deakin

Ben, Mark and I went to Dawley, Telford for this 5k race which is the second race of six in this series. The course is 3 laps around the town centre. I ran here last year so knew it was deceptively challenging in that there are two ups and downs per lap, not massive but enough to feel it, then you have to do it three times… We arrived in plenty of time for the 7:30 start, and jogged around a lap as a warm up.

The race starts half way down the high street. I did feel a bit like a sardine at the start, a lot of runners crammed in but once we started the field soon thinned out and there was plenty of space to run. Then it was just a matter of running and keeping focused. I don’t mind laps as you know what is coming and I was really trying to run fast enough so I wouldn’t be lapped. I really thought I was going to do it, then about 400m from the end of lap 2 I heard the lead bike coming through and the leaders passed me, amazing pace. Lap 3 was a bit of a blur. At some point I overtook both Ben and Mark and finished ahead of them, a bitter sweet victory as neither ran their best.

I love these shorter distance evening races. Alas we will miss the next in the series as it clashes with our own Showground Relays but we should be back for the one after that which is Ironbridge on 26th June.

1st Tom Bains Tipton Harriers 15:20

1st female Jess Humphreys Wolves and Bilston 17:54

196th Melonie Deakin Stafford Harriers 23:45

205th Mark Deakin Stafford Harriers 24:00

218th Ben Deakin Stafford Harriers 24:20

430 runners finished

Market Drayton

Sunday 12th May 2019

No race report yet.

 

Position
Name
Time
Cat
PB
48
Wayne Gallagher
38:42
M S
PB
109
Liam Duggan
40:41
M35
PB
189
Jason Littlewood
42:49
M S
 
289
Antonio Treglia
44:52
M35
PB
444
Alan Jones
47:10
M50
 
478
Chris Skellern
47:46
F55
 
518
Ian Williams
48:12
M50
 
537
Richard Booth
48:28
M40
 
568
Mel Deakin
48:46
F45
PB
579
Katie Peacock
48:54
F S
 
638
Vanessa Welham
49:39
F S
 
1286
Graham Williams
57:24
M70+
 
1350
Claire Williams
58:19
F35
 
1419
Melanie Gorman
58:57
F45
PB
1424
Suzanne Brotherhood
58:59
F45
 
1610
Elizabeth Stork
01:01:20
F S
 
1792
Sarah Bromley
01:03:50
F45
PB
1808
Rachel Marsden
01:04:06
F55
 
1972
Dawn Gibbons
01:06:24
F45
 
2167
Jo Probyn
01:10:07
F40
 
2401
Sarah Gray
01:16:16
F60
 
2434
Deborah Garcia
01:17:24
F50
 

 

Lichfield half

Sunday 12th May 2019

No race report

Pos
Bib #
Name
Gender
Category
Chip Time
PB
229
672
John SCOTT
M
MV50
01:51:54
 
352
673
Sally HAYCOCK
F
FV35
02:00:59
PB

 

Mow Cop Killer Mile

Thursday 9th May 2019

Race Report by Val Stuart

Well it started by a phone call I had from Joanne “Mum” thinking of entering Mark, Jake and myself in the Killer Mile, what do you think do you want me to enter you ??. Yes that would be good I said. Well I thought its only a mile can’t be that hard !! “Oh dear”.
Thursday 9th arrived, cold and rainy all day, (race was starting at 7.10) but by about 6.30 the rain had stopped. Finally found somewhere to park and had to walk down most of the hill that we were eventually going to run up to get to the start.
The start was at the level crossing, we had to make sure we were on the right side of the crossing as the loos and stalls etc were on the other side , and I have never seen so many trains pass through in 1 hour.
6.45 the fun run starts with lots and lots of children, they were great.
7.05 we are on the start line on the correct side of the crossing – 7.10 and we’re off, Joanne,Mark,Jake, Ian and Gill Hodkinson, Mel Deakin, Alan Jones and me coming up the rear.
Well as hills go I have never seen one quite like it, so steep, but I was determined to do it and tried very hard to run the whole way but about three quarter of the way I relented and walked a little bit then Ian and Mark came back and ran the last bit with me. The support from the locals and marshalls was amazing, encouragement all the way, and you know what I enjoyed it in a funny sort of way.
Will I do it again next year “YOU BET I WILL”

Val Stuart age 74and a half. xx

 

Name
Bib
Category
Gun time
Jake Oliver
511
M18
00:09:28
Ian Hodkinson
470
M40
00:10:19
Mark Oliver
513
M50
00:11:30
Alan Jones
478
M50
00:11:54
Mel Deakin
445
F40
00:12:57
Gill Hodkinson
469
F40
00:14:20
Jo Oliver
512
F40
00:14:21
Val Stuart
537
F70+
00:17:50

 

Uttoxeter Festival of running

Sunday 5th May 2019

Race Report by Graham Williams

Uttoxeter Half Marathon

Twenty five Harriers travelled to Uttoxeter for the sixth NSRRA race and tenth race in the Harriers Challenge, with runners hoping to gain points in either or both. After collecting numbers, chips and T shirts, the race started just inside the race course gates with the 10K and half marathon starting at the same time. The weather was perfect for running cool with some sunshine. This was rather different to last year with a temperature of 27°, when most people suffered with the heat. The half is a tough course with the first mile a steady climb before turning off the main road. The route is undulating with some sharp climbs and descents along well made country roads. The finish was within the race grounds and it was strange to run the last part on grass after being on a tarrnaced road for so long.

First home for the Harriers was Wayne Gallagher followed by Liam Duggan and Michael Dobson. The winner was Liam Bradbury of South Derbyshire Road Runners in 1.17.17 and first lady Lauren Charlton of Newcastle Staffs AC in 1.28.25.

Half Result

Position
Name
Time
Gender
Cat
NSRRA
PB
34
Wayne Gallagher
01:28:53
M
MSen
 
PB
61
Liam Duggan
01:33:52
M
MSen
 
 
63
Michael Dobson
01:34:12
M
M50
3rd Group C, 2nd M50
 
69
Ian Hodkinson
01:34:49
M
M45
 
 
70
Ian Wood
01:35:03
M
M55
1st Group D, 1st M55
 
73
Spencer Holland
01:35:55
M
M45
 
 
87
Nick Beckett
01:38:01
M
MSen
 
 
115
Jason Littlewood
01:42:17
M
MSen
 
 
117
Richard Crump
01:42:38
M
MSen
 
 
146
Alan Jones
01:46:57
M
M50
 
 
155
Chris Skellern
01:48:33
F
F55
1st Staffs Champ F55,

3rd Group M, 1st F55

 
176
Mel Deakin
01:51:40
F
F45
5th group M , 4th L45M
 
200
Eddie Smith
01:54:49
M
M65
 
 
222
Steve Turner
01:59:34
M
M55
 
 
243
Mark Bentley
02:03:21
M
M55
 
 
246
Karen Murray
02:03:50
F
F50
1st Group W
 
247
John Scott
02:04:30
M
M50
 
 
248
Sally Haycock
02:04:31
F
F40
 
 
249
Jo Oliver
02:05:11
F
F45
 
 
250
Mark Oliver
02:05:11
M
M50
 
 
258
Melanie Gorman
02:09:48
F
F45
 
PB
259
Suzanne Brotherhood
02:09:51
F
F45
 
 
261
Claire Williams
02:10:34
F
F35
 
 
262
Graham Williams
02:11:00
M
M70
2nd Group G, 3rd M70
 
318
Sarah Gray
02:48:55
F
F60
 
 

10K

Position
Name
Time
Gender
Cat
PB
7
Jake Oliver
42:03
M
MSen
 
70
Julie Nokes
01:02:55
F
F55
 
89
Val Stuart
01:16:28
F
F70+
 

2K

No Harriers

 

Three Forts Challenge

Sunday 5th May 2019

No results  yet

London Marathon

Sunday 28th April 2019

Only one Harrier in the event this year . Mark White and Julie Nokes won their place in our club ballot draw. Mark couldn’t take part due to injury but Julie ran and ran well she was within a minute of a PB.

 

Place (Overall)
Place (Gender)
Place (Category)
Name
Club
Runner Number
Category
Half
Finish
29034
10010
402
Julie Nokes
Stafford Harriers
24755
55-59
02:24:03
04:54:49

Spring Treble Barlaston ‘Ups & Downs’

 

Thursday 25th April 2019

One of our Challenge races.

Name
Time
Wayne Gallagher
34:33
Matt Sargent
35:11
Liam Duggan
36:51
Michael Dobson
37:10
Spencer Holland
37:44
Jason Littlewood
38:44
Ian Wood
38:56
Antonio Treglia
39:49
Darren Mattocks
40:01
Stella Dennis
40:52
Alan Jones
42:15
Richard Booth
42:37
Vanessa Welham
43:03
Simon Bromley
43:19
Chris Skellern
44:08
Dave Marsden
45:23
Mel Deakin
46:04
Mark Bentley
49:07
Karen Murray
49:41
Claire Williams
50:10
Melanie Gorman
53:58
Suzanne Brotherhood
53:58
Russ Horsley
54:04

The Chasewater Easter Egg 10K & 5K

Sunday 21st April 2019

10K Harriers times

Position
Name
Time
PB
96
Helen Richardson
52:27
 
263
Shirley Smith
01:05:09
 

5K No Harriers ran
 

Athens – 10th Poseidon Half Marathon

Sunday 21st April 2019

Race Report by Graham Williams

Eight Harriers and families left Stafford at 3.00am on Wednesday April 17th for the journey to Luton Airport. On arriving at the airport we were greeted by huge crowds queuing outside following a fire in Burger King (it was freezing). Eventually we were allowed in, cleared check in and another huge queue in security and boarded the plane. Unfortunately we had missed our slot so waited on the tarmac for an hour. Our hotel was well positioned being some seventy yards from the beach. Despite a busy road and tram line we were only twenty minutes from registration and the start and finish.

On Thursday we travelled by tram and metro into Athens to visit the Acropolis. Unfortunately it was closed following a lightning strike where two tourists were slightly injured and health and safety had to check the site! The next day we went to race registration. The start and finish were on a running track next to registration. Every evening we played cards in one of the meeting rooms. Jill went walkabout and when she had not returned after twenty minutes Joan found her locked in the loo! She was a bit upset we had started the game without her.

On Sunday, after a 7.00am breakfast the runners walked to the headquarters for an 8.30 start. As there was a half marathon, half marathon relay and a quarter marathon the course was two laps mainly along the coast. After leaving the track we ran round part of the 2004 Olympics village before going past the marina where there were endless multi-million pound yachts. We then ran on a dual carriageway past the hotel and returned to the start for the second lap. The weather was in the mid teens and it warmed up for the second lap which I found hard as the turning point on the dual carriageway seemed to have moved further away! There was little support on the course but there was a great band with excellent singers who were still performing long after the race finished. Having collected our T shirts at registration we were rewarded with a large medal and drinks of various flavours and endless fruit. I did the half marathon, John the quarter marathon and Jill and Chris the relay. Having started first Jill pulled a calf muscle after a mile and fortunately found Chris, swapped vests and he carried on doing most of the half. After a quick show we retired to TGI Fridays for well needed refreshments.

Later in the week we returned to Athens to visit the Parthenon on the Acropolis. It was a good climb but well worth it. I have been fortunate to visit many wonderful sites around the world and this was one of the best. John, Joan, Chris and Jill visited the first Olympic Stadium of the modern era (we saw it from a taxi). It is still in good condition and used as the finish of the Athens marathon in November, which starts at Marathon where the Greek soldier Pheidippides ran to Athens to report the victory over Persia in 490BC. Although the weather was good it was not as hot as in the UK but a good time was enjoyed by all.

Results: Half

Winner Anarngdoy Oeoaqpod
Unattached
1.10.13
First lady Aanah Mapia
Toulas Runners
1.32.23
Chris Ross
Stafford Harriers
1.55.20
Graham Williams
Stafford Harriers
2.13.58 First M70

Quarter

Winner Borodulin Ilia
Vladimir
39.01
First lady Nuyaiaoy
Lavinna
45.14
John Finney
Stafford Harriers
57.10First M70

South Cheshire Air Products 10K

Sunday 21st April 2019

Race Report by Leon Stringer

To Crewe for South Cheshire Harriers’ Air Products 10K. Two laps round an industrial estate in a former railway town on Easter Sunday won’t be much fun surely? Actually it was! It’s well organised with race HQ at the Manchester Metropolitan University campus with plenty of parking. It’s well supported with a lot of runners taking part. And it has a nice, friendly atmosphere. However the temperature was already climbing in the bright sunshine which would make it hard work. A lot of the course was in the sun with only a few sections in shade with a gentle breeze to alleviate the heat. It’s mainly a trek round an industrial estate but even that seems more pleasant on a sunny day and there’s a short section through woodland. Despite the non-residential area there was support around the course both from spectators and the friendly marshals. 326 runners took part.

Results (chip times):
1 M Jonathan Hiley (Unaffiliated) 31:23
1 F Kelly Crickmore (Stockport Harriers) 36:16

Harriers:

Position
Name
Time
PB
56
Michael Dobson
41:08
 
87
Spencer Holland
43:32
 
96
Ian Wood
44:02
 
132
Darren Mattocks
47:07
 
153
Chris Skellern
48:48
 
165
Richard Booth
49:35
 
197
Leon Stringer
52:05
 

Spring Treble ‘Kibblestone Klamber’

18th April 2019

Vest Number
Position
First name
Surname
Time
79
20
Matthew
Sargent
37:49
33
24
Wayne
Gallagher
38:06
24
31
Michael
Dobson
39:19
54
51
Jason
Littlewood
42:11
118
53
Ian
Wood
42:38
10
61
Simon
Bromley
43:41
92
63
Antonio
Treglia
43:52
50
80
Alan
Jones
46:00
95
85
Vanessa
Welham
46:29
7
91
Richard
Booth
47:30
83
93
Chris
Skellern
48:35
116
111
Karen
Murray
53:54
5
114
Mark
Bentley
54:44
99
115
Claire
Williams
55:06
47
125
Russell
Horsley
57:21
11
127
Suzanne
Brotherhood
57:42
158
128
Melanie
Gorman
57:42

Lilleshall 5m

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Race Report by Mel Deakin

This race is the first in the Sexarathon series organised by Telford AC. You can enter the series of races, or each race individually. This race was totally sold out this year, and I can understand why, it is a great midweek race in beautiful surroundings, starting and finishing at the National Sports Centre. I ran this last year and this time Mark decided to run as well. The first part of the course is downhill, which of course means uphill to the finish! Still a great run though, and a nice change to run a five miler. Next in the series is the Phoenix Flyer 5k in Dawley on 15th May.

1st Tom Bains Tipton Harriers 26:20

1st female Jess Humphreys Wolves and Bilston AC 29:57

176th Melonie Deakin 39:35

178th Mark Deakin 39:40

438 finished.

Droitwich Half

Sunday 14th April 2019

Only one Harrier

115th Alan Jones 1:46:08

Brighton Mararthon

Sunday 14th April 2019

Just two Harriers ran

Pos
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
2247
Debbie McDermott
3:51:03
F50-54
16th
4765
Ed Smith
4:23:29
M65-69
9th

 Newcastle 10K

Sunday 14th April 2019

One of our Challenge races, a very popular race.

Position
Name
Time
Cat
Cat Pos
PB
32
Justin Green
39:41
M45-49
8
 
46
Matt Sargent
40:43
MU40
21
PB
49
Liam Duggan
40:50
MU40
22
PB
56
Jake Oliver
41:18
MU40
25
PB
59
Spencer Holland
41:29
M45-49
14
 
60
Michael Dobson
41:40
M50-54
6
 
71
Ian Hodkinson
42:24
M45-49
17
 
74
Dan Findlay-Robinson
42:38
MU40
32
PB
98
Ian Wood
44:09
M55-59
7
 
121
Dave Marsden
45:34
M65-69
3
 
131
Jason Littlewood
46:15
MU40
50
 
146
Antonio Treglia
46:41
MU40
56
PB
150
Darren Mattocks
46:50
M45-49
29
 
153
Mark Oliver
46:56
M45-49
30
 
174
Richard Booth
47:43
M40-44
16
PB
181
Chris Skellern
48:02
F55-59
2
 
196
Vanessa Welham
48:27
FU35
14
 
201
Ben Deakin
48:33
MU40
72
 
228
Mel Deakin
49:37
F45-49
6
 
273
Peter Williams
52:45
M65-69
6
 
276
John Scott
52:53
M50-54
28
 
277
Sally Haycock
52:53
F40-44
9
PB
295
Steve Turner
53:48
M55-59
16
 
319
Mark Bentley
54:56
M55-59
17
 
323
Claire Williams
55:26
F35-39
9
 
325
Karen Murray
55:47
F50-54
14
 
346
Graham Williams
57:55
M70+
6
 
419
Tracy Burrows
01:05:44
F45-49
17
 
440
Sarah Gray
01:10:52
F60-64
5
 
452
Val Stuart
01:15:15
F70+
5
 

Jack Peaker Fordhouses 5k

Friday 12th April 2019

Race Report by Mel Deakin

I can’t believe 3 years has passed since the three of us last competed at this event. It is a flat, fast 5k run starting at Fordhouses Cricket Club in Wolverhampton, running on a mix of canal towpath and pavements through the local area. Great if you want to challenge yourself over the distance and do something outside parkrun. It was as well organised as ever by Wolves and Bilston AC. Despite Ben and Mark both finishing ahead of me (but not by much!) it was a great Friday night run out.

1st Chris Perrin Cannock and Stafford AC 15:35

1st female Scarlett Williams Wolves and Bilston AC 18:29

59th Ben Deakin Stafford Harriers 22:24

67th Mark Deakin Stafford Harriers 23:05

71st Melonie Deakin Stafford Harriers 23:21

Spring Treble ‘Hanchurch Hilly’

Thursday 11th April 2019

One of our Challenge races, a very popular race.

Race Position
First name
Surname
M/F
Time
15
Wayne
Gallagher
M
35.36
24
Matthew
Sargent
M
36.47
28
Spencer
Holland
M
37.19
29
Michael
Dobson
M
37.28
33
Liam
Duggan
M
38.18
36
John
Scott
M
38.50
37
Daniel
Findlay-Robinson
M
38.54
48
Ian
Wood
M
40.16
54
Jason
Littlewood
M
40.58
63
Simon
Bromley
M
42.14
66
Antonio
Treglia
M
42.29
68
Dave
Marsden
M
42.37
69
Mark
Oliver
M
42.45
71
Richard
Booth
M
43.02
80
Alan
Jones
M
44.14
82
Chris
Skellern
F
44.27
84
Vanessa
Welham
F
44.45
100
Sally
Haycock
F
47.04
105
Peter
Williams
M
48.36
116
Mark
Bentley
M
50.56
119
Karen
Murray
F
51.25
120
Claire
Williams
F
51.46
122
Graham
Williams
M
52.14
123
Jo
Oliver
F
52.15
127
Russell
Horsley
M
53.53
132
Suzanne
Brotherhood
F
54.46
133
Mel
Gorman
F
54.46
142
Mark
Burrows
M
01.01.11
143
Tracy
Burrows
F
01.01.13

 

CATHEDRAL TO CASTLE

Sunday 7th April 2019

The Cathedral to Castle 10 Mile Multi Terrain Run – or ‘Cathedral to Castle’ as it is affectionately known.

A multi-terrain event which uses the roads, paths, tracks and canal towpaths to take a varied route between Lichfield and Tamworth.

Position
Name
Time
PB
509
Kathy England
01:38:19
 
742
Lorraine Flory
01:48:49
 
743
Dawn Gibbons
01:48:50
 
890
Lindsay Lillico
02:02:19
 

 

Manchester Marathon

Sunday 7th April 2019

No race report.

Results

Position
Name
Time
Bib
Cat
Cat Pos
PB
338
Phil Hilsdon
02:54:21
938
MV40
58
 
2384
Ian Hodkinson
03:24:59
4084
MV45
298
 
5044
Debbie McDermott
03:48:06
9329
FV50
34
PB
9481
Lindsey Foster
04:33:39
13692
FV50
156
 
9636
Jo Oliver
04:35:51
14275
FV45
321
 
9682
Jason Littlewood
04:36:35
4256
MSEN
2380
 
10981
Gill Hodkinson
04:57:05
13851
FV45
445
 
10982
Sandra Smith
04:57:05
14755
FV50
225
 

 

 

Spring Handicap

Thursday 4th April 2019

Well done to all those who ran on a very wet and muddy course, and thanks to the marshals and time keepers.

Position
Name
Time
Handicap
Net Time
1
Matt Sargent
0:38:26
0:11:30
0:26:56
2
Jason Littlewood
0:38:37
0:09:00
0:29:37
3
Wayne Gallagher
0:38:42
0:12:30
0:26:12
4
Ben Cook
0:39:30
0:12:30
0:27:00
5
Richard Booth
0:39:51
0:09:00
0:30:51
6
Michael Dobson
0:40:18
0:12:30
0:27:48
7
Mark Oliver
0:40:44
0:08:30
0:32:14
8
Sally Haycock
0:41:15
0:07:30
0:33:45
9
Vanessa Welhan
0:41:33
0:08:30
0:33:03
10
Julie Nokes
0:41:48
0:00:00
0:41:48
11
Charlotte Ward
0:41:49
0:05:00
0:36:49
12
Karen Murray
0:42:02
0:05:00
0:37:02
13
Mel Deakin
0:42:11
0:08:30
0:33:41
14
Joe Atherton
0:42:43
0:09:00
0:33:43
15
Mark Bentley
0:43:20
0:05:00
0:38:20
16
Chris Skellern
0:43:31
0:08:30
0:35:01
17
Chris Elsley
0:43:33
0:08:30
0:35:03

Harriers 5K Time TRIAL

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

First of 4 events across the year. It is open to all Harriers, free to attend. This is a great way to see your progress across last year and now.

Thanks to those who helped out with the timing, recording of results and marshalling.

First Name
Surname
J/S
4-Apr-18
23-May-18
18-Jul-18
19-Sep-18
3-Apr-19
Ben
Cook
J
18:42
18:45
17:58
Wayne
Gallagher
S
22:11
21:00
19:45
18:45
Justin
Green
S
19:45
19:03
18:54
Chris
Harding
S
19:04
Liam
Duggan
S
20:10
19:48
19:48
19:49
19:31
Michael
Dobson
S
19:55
19:42
Jake
Oliver
J
21:50
20:00
19:34
19:45
19:45
Kian
Arnott
S
21:29
20:01
19:47
Lucas
Willson
J
20:38
21:20
21:23
20:19
Harry
Beckett
J
34:50
26:02
23:40
20:31
Jack
Heath
J
27:23
25:12
23:37
20:33
Ian
Hodkinson
S
21:27
20:40
Matthew
Hilsdon
J
23:41
21:22
21:39
Alan
Jones
S
22:56
23:05
22:06
Darren
Mattocks
S
22:12
Dylan
Shrehorn
J
27:39
25:25
22:22
Reuben
Willson
J
25:05
22:24
Richard
Crump
S
20:30
21:08
22:25
Ben
Green
J
25:10
23:12
22:25
Vanessa
Welhan
S
23:00
Mark
Deakin
S
23:37
23:22
Mel
Deakin
S
24:36
23:38
Joe
Atherton
S
23:59
Matthew
Black
J
23:07
24:31
Chloe
Burrows
S
26:45
27:19
26:18
Victoria
Shrehorn
J
29:15
26:55
26:44
Claire
Williams
S
26:55
Andrew
Robinson
S
27:09
Peter
McCloskey
S
28:05
27:11
Faye
Reynolds
S
27:30
Mel
Gorman
S
31:21
30:01
30:11
31:31
27:53
Karen
Gretton
S
29:52
28:22
27:46
28:07
27:55
Shirley
Smith
S
29:49
29:56
29:17
30:01
28:49
Karen
Hilsdon
S
32:38
30:03
Claire
Heath
S
32:38
31:31
30:44
Sarah
Gray
S
32:55
33:55
32:37
Peter
French
S
37:41
35:20
Valerie
Stuart
S
38:38
35:32
Sue
Bagot
S
35:42