MARCH HAIR RAISER
It was an overcast and quite chilly Sunday morning when 26 harriers turned up for the slightly extended (10k) March Hair raiser course. Considering it was only a week after the Stafford half the temperature difference was very noticable, couldn’t wait for the start to get going and warm up a bit. The course was across farm fields and foot paths mostly with firm ground due to no rain for ages, although between mile 4 to 5 there was a bridle path that was very muddy underfoot, most runners elected to weave around and stick to the small firm area. The finish was on an uphill stretch which made sure you worked right up to the end. Good runs by Russ Barron coming in as first Harrier and 9th overall. Young ‘road runner’ Nathan Sabin out ran us all with an 18th place and 1st Under 20 male. I will beat him one day!!! It was my first off road race and thankfully I’ve not been put off so maybe I’ll consider taking part in the cross country this year. Darren Mattocks
|18th||Nathan Sabin (jnr)||40-59||1st U20|
|35th||Chris Skellern||44-17||1st F40|
STAFFORD HALF MARATHON
After having had several attempts at getting the Harriers times on the website I think we are there. It has taken a little time because some of you were hiding and in one case hiding very well.
However here are 104 finishing times. They are in chip time order as with the race being in the challenge that’s the way it will be marked.
It was great to see so many Harriers running the Home Half Marathon and it certainly put the club on the map.
|23rd||James Perkins||1-19-56||828th||Caroline Nichol||1-48-38|
|31st||Steve Vaughan||1-20-52||834th||Dave Stephens||1-48-44|
|33rd||Russell Barron||1-21-38||pb||837th||Esther Hughes||1-48-48||pb|
|79th||Mark Cooper||1-26-28||981st||Steve Woodcock||1-52-19|
|82nd||Richard Dinning||1-26-34||987th||Karen D Murray||1-52-29||pb|
|90th||Dave Clarke||1-27-04||1023rd||Rob Simpson||1-53-23|
|93rd||Ian Talbot||1-27-15||pb||1029th||John Greatholder||1-53-26|
|155th||Tanmay Joshi||1-30-58||pb||1041st||Mike Jones||1-53-38|
|166th||Mark Bridgewood||1-31-24||1085th||Sophie Cartmail||1-54-42|
|186th||Chris Owen||1-32-06||1129th||Bill Chidlow||1-55-35|
|231st||Chris Skellern||1-33-34||1136th||Helen Richardson||1-55-38||pb|
|249th||Mark Eccleston||1-34-02||pb||1173rd||Karen Sabin||1-56-46|
|252nd||Kirsty Stephenson||1-34-07||pb||1180th||Bill Whitworth||1-56-54|
|284th||Adele Arnold||1-35-11||1181st||Steve Clarke||1-56-54|
|335th||Brian Denham||1-36-36||1214th||Jeff Martin||1-57-42|
|342nd||Rob Proctor||1-36-37||pb||1318th||Sheyne Wilcocks||2-00-53|
|350th||Mike Down||1-37-18||1333rd||George Singh||2-01-24|
|370th||Ruth Umerah||1-37-55||1334th||Shaun Holt||2-01-27|
|379th||Joe Atherton||1-38-15||1354th||Karen Murray||2-01-53|
|395th||Mark Bentley||1-38-43||1369th||Lynne Geoghegan||2-02-22|
|411th||Andrea Sutton||1-39-16||1381st||Dave Chittem||2-02-41|
|414th||George Fox||1-39-19||1440th||Tony Baker||2-04-49|
|419th||Dave Preece||1-39-59||1457th||Amy Yeomans||2-05-17|
|422nd||Eddie Smith||1-39-44||1463rd||Dave Banner||2-05-34|
|430th||Paul Risby||1-39-59||1477th||Allen Aukim||2-06-11|
|458th||Tracey Gee||1-41-09||1491st||John Peake||2-06-41|
|481st||Neil Martin||1-41-27||1517th||Salley Liggins||2-07-46||pb|
|495th||Lucy Earnshaw||1-41-27||pb||1526th||Sara Broome||2-07-58||pb|
|496th||Martin Moore||1-41-27||1532nd||Tom Rogers||2-08-15|
|507th||Tim Hough||1-41-45||1535th||Joanne Carson||2-08-24||pb|
|517th||James Thorpe||1-41-59||pb||1620th||Michelle Jackson||2-12-48|
|519th||Dave Cook||1-42-01||pb||1700th||Frank Evans||2-17-04|
|530th||Darren Mattocks||1-42-20||1707th||Simon Stanyer||2-17-45|
|539th||Keith Faint||1-42-37||1711th||Denise Rogers||2-18-02|
|550th||Steve Babb||1-42-44||1716th||Sally Burns||2-18-06|
|615th||Steve Cooper||1-44-12||1718th||Alison Kelly||2-18-07|
|631st||Robin Eley||1-44-28||pb||1719th||Sue Down||2-18-07|
|634th||Steve Cartmail||1-44-35||1743rd||Paul Wilson||2-19-45|
|638th||John Richardson||1-44-38||1753rd||Rebecca Dale||2-20-26|
|641st||Wayne Vaughan||1-44-41||1794th||Kellie Lee||2-23-17||pb|
|655th||Kenton Sharpe||1-45-02||1844th||Elaine Rock||2-27-13|
|657th||Bernard Wilkes||1-45-04||1862nd||Helen Holt||2-29-37||pb|
|671st||Stuart Rowley||1-45-23||1868th||Judith Colman||2-30-38|
|674th||Steve Turner||1-45-26||1891st||Jo Oliver||2-36-12|
|677th||Simon Cox||1-45-29||1893rd||Louise Notely||2-36-17|
|693rd||Shane Duggan||1-45-44||pb||1921st||Stuat Fowlie||2-44-12|
|713rd||Craig Baxter||1-46-23||pb||1922nd||Kirsten Fowlie||2-44-13|
|734th||Vicky Lowndes||1-46-49||1941st||Val Stuart||2-55-52|
|764th||Emma Greensill||1-47-38||pb||1943rd||Wendy Bailey||2-59-26|
Twenty Three Harriers completed this years Stafford 20 with Paul Douglas first Harrier home and also first V55. Kirsty Stephenson had a great run to be first lady Harrier and also won the bronze medal in the County Championships. There were a number of pb’s but as yet I don’t have them all in.
Harriers Times and Positions as follows.
|46||Paul Douglas||2-19-51||1st V55|
|96||Kristy Stephenson||2-33-43||3rd County Champs|
|211||Karen D Murray||3-04-26||pb|
Above are the first three Harriers home, Paul Douglas, Chris Owen, Ian Talbot and Kirsty Stephenson.
Also shown are the three ‘Amigos’ enjoying themselves far to much.
STAFFORD HALF MARATHON EVENING
Thursday evenings Stafford Half Marathon evening was a great success with the four previous winners sharing their experiences with around 30 Harriers. Questions about the course, training, diet, kit and other relevant topics were covered, along with anecdotes from races past. Here we see Rob Cope, Christine Kilkenny, Clare Skelton and Chris Hollinshead at the club.
HEARTBREAK (14.5) HALF MARATHON
Report from Karen Davies
The plan had been to visit friends in Hampshire in early December and combine the trip with the Downton Half Marathon near Fordingbridge. However that trip got snowed/iced off (twice) and the race was cancelled – the option was money back or switch entry to the Heartbreak Half in the New Year. The latter was chosen (though unfortunately clashed with one of my favourites – the Milford 21 – sob!). Snow and ice stayed away – but the fine start at Sandy Balls in the New Forest soon turned to a chill wind then ended in cold, sheeting, drenching rain! The course was described as ‘testing’ and with some leg numbing hills it was definately a test. I enjoyed seeing the fabulous landscape and the New Forest ponies both of which disappeared from view about half way round the course!
About 170 finished with winning times: Nick Buis, Totton RC, 1 hour 20 mins 55 sec: Tracy Cook Dorset Doddlers, 1 hour 37 mins 38 sec and Harrier times, Karen Davies 2 hours 36 seconds (12th lady) and John Greatholder, 2 hours 13 mins 45 sec.
Probably choose Milford next time!!
Report from Ian Talbot.
I arrived at the car park at Milford greeted by the wind and rain, I asked myself if this was really such a good idea.
I looked for another Harrier face and eventually found Chris Owen, the only other Harrier running the race. We did a long warm up which consisted of stretching twice and away we went.
For about 4 miles Chris and I ran together keeping a decent pace. Then I tucked in with a couple of runners from Stoke and Matlock. They were running well and kept me going at a decent pace. The course was well marked considering the boggy conditions. We got to the halfway mark in around 1hour 16 minutes and all seemed ok. Then we hit the switchbacks which were a little tough to say the least!
After regaining my breath I managed to keep going at a good rate until the two lads I was running with starting to pull away and from that point it became a lot tougher. Once I hit the 18 mile mark at around 2 Hours 15 (previous longest run the Trig around 17miles) my legs were gone. From that point it became a seriously hard slog. Once I hit the final hill I was slightly lifted and I managed to finish in about 2 Hours 48, with Chris following me in around a minute behind. Well done again Chris. Big thanks to Edd and Tracey for their support on the course, and Esther for her photos and encouragement at the finish line. I enjoyed it now it’s done but think it may be a while until I do it again.
RAIL TRAIL DUATHLON – New Zealand 26
I managed to do the Duathlon this weekend, covering the full Rail Trail over 2 days (91km on the first day and 59km on the second).
The running bits were no problem of course, but I struggled with the bike rides particularly the first day when I rode my Dawes road/trail bike. I had tried the bike out on sections of the trail beforehand and felt reasonably comfortable, but that was more leisurely riding and when it came to trying to go fast it was a different proposition! Partly because the trail was too full of loose stones in some stretches; partly because I decided to fit toe clips on the day and I struggled to get my knobbly trail shoes into them and they hurt after a while; and partly because the saddle was too angled and I kept slipping forwards ( I know I should have stopped to adjust it – though I’m not sure the allan keys I took with me fitted that particular nut).
On the second day I used my old Scott MTB bike without clips and the trail was much clearer and shorter (well 25km + 17km compared with 2 x 37km on Saturday), and I was much happier (though the saddle slipped to a forward slope early on).
I finished 7th from 11 finishers in the vets(o/40) individuals, 15th from 26 total individual finishers (including 1 female individual) and 80th from 145 total finishers including teams of 2 – 4 members.
Saturday time 5hrs 33min (4.27min/km) and Sunday time 3hrs 09min (3.20min/km).
It’s not really a good way to do the Trail as you see little of the scenery (head down pushing the pace or struggling to stay upright) and get to read none of the information boards and don’t get to stop at the various cafes / pubs on the route!
But at least I’ve done the whole route now.
ENGLISH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Alton Towers 19/2/11
It was agreed by all of the organising committee that these were probably the worst conditions the National had ever known. It was suprising really as on the Friday the Event Referee walked the course in a pair of normal shoes. During Friday night however it rained most of the night before turning to snow. At 7am the course was white over and the snow turned back to rain. Then as thousands of runners ran the course it just churned up. Everyone who ran it will certainly remember it.
Four of our ladies ran in the Championships and finished 41st team out of 67 finising teams and were ahead of all the local clubs with the exception of Trentham. There were 553 finishers the second highest ever in a National.
We had nine men running in the Championships finishing 89th team. There were 1302 finishers.
Just seven Harriers went down to Stourbridge to run the Stourbridge Stagger. This is a 10 mile off road race that is famous for it muddy tracks. This year it appears that it was dry ish.
The race was Won by Paul Rogers Tipton in 1-04-15 and 1st Lady was Jessica Harvey Telford in 1-16-54.
11 Tom Hobbins 1-10-20
39 Keith Skelton 1-16-29
48 Chris Ross 1-17-53
252 Lydia Hobbins 1-37-33
254 Jill Ross 1-37-58
287 Jane Bisiker 1-41-05
321 Brian Langston 1-45-26
A total of forty two Harriers took part in this annual race round the lanes of Alsager. Many of them were running in Harriers Colours for the first time and for some it was their first race ever. So well done to all.
Steve Vaughan was our first Harrier in 61st place and a creditable 29-28.
Nathan Sabin again showed that moving up to the senior ranks is well on course as he finished in 32-04 and second Harrier.
Chris Skellern was again our first lady home and took 2nd prize in the L45’s. Dave Marsden having a great run took second prize in the V55 age group. We also had Frank Grant 3rd V70.
There were pb’s for Ian Talbot, Chris Owen, Darren Mattocks, Karen D Murray and Alison Kelly.
The race was won by Anthony Ford of Sale Harriers in 23-49 and the first Lady was International runner Hattie Dean from Hallamshire Harriers in 27-32.
Below are the corrected results.
|209||Dave Marsden||33-59||2nd V55|
|210||Chris Skellern||33-59||2nd L45|
|597||Karen D Murray||42-49||pb|
|882||Frank Grant||57-27||3rd V70|
BRASS MONKEY HALF MARATHON
report from Julia Crick
I, and my partner Steve (who runs for Durham City Harriers) took part in the Brass Monkey half marathon in York on Sunday 23rd January. Its a fairly flat fast course that starts and finishes at the race course. The route heads south away from the city and takes you through some lovely villages and past plenty of farms! The only hills are when the road goes over the A64 and what looks like a disused railway line and you encounter these on the way out and the way back.
Its a very well organised event – this was their 39th brass monkey – and all the marshalls along the route were friendly and offered encouragement to the 1500 strong field. The conditions were great, not too cold that you froze to death waiting at the start line, fairly dry and slightly overcast with no wind!
Apart from the Great North Run this is the only other half marathon I’ve taken part in (only started running last February) so was pleased with my time of 2:02:38 beating my previous time of 2:11:56. Steve managed 1:59:55 so was really pleased to get under the 2 hour mark – next time I’ll get there!!
Its definitely a half marathon I’d take part in again but its a very popular event – the race was fully booked within 24 hours! and there are plenty more out there to try.
First male – Paul Martelletti – 1:05:21 (new course record) – Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
First female – Stacey Rogers – 1:21:12 – Heaton Harriers
FOUR VILLAGES HALF MARATHON
I was going to start this report by saying both myself and Sara Broome got seasons best(as this one of the first half marathons of the year) but we actually both got pb’s.mine was 1.31.04 and Sara’s was 2.16.54. The race was around quite country lanes which were virtually traffic free. The first 5m was gentally down hill with a climb at 8m,not severe but long and railway bridge at 12m. The weather was ideal ,cool and no windFirst male Neil Renault 1.05.54 Edinburgh acFirst female Michelle Ross-Cope 1.14.29 Stoke ac
NOT THE ROMAN 9
report from Joe Atherton
This is one of the more outlying races in the Harriers calendar, taking about 1.25 hours to get there. It is run in the countryside around Stratford-on-Avon. The race was well organised with ample toilet and changing facilities. The weather was dry, occasionally sunny, and quite windy on exposed parts of the route.
We had a 1km walk to the start, which was on a single track country lane with 800 of us queued up. I thought I’d got quite near the front but it still took me about 30 seconds to get into my stride. (I use the term stride very loosely; I’d done a pretty hard X-country the day before.) The roads were very quiet, and flattish. There was one slightly challenging hill at 5k but t’was nothing for a seasoned trig runner like me… I actually talked to several people that recognised me from the trig race, which helped take my mind off the pain for a while. There was split timing shouted out at 6k, which I worked out to be that I was doing 7:20 min miling. I actually finished with an average of 7:06!!! Due to the mildness of the weather I did actually lose quite a lot of fluid, so the two drink stops were very welcome. The last 1k was slightly downhill, and had markers at 1k, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, getting everyone psyched up tor a sprint finish (even I managed to pip someone in the last 25m).
So would I do it again? It was very well organised with plenty of parking and great facilities. The route was pleasant enough and the smattering of support en-route was enthusiastic. BUT it was a 68 mile drive, and 12k is a bit of an odd distance. So – maybe… But it would be nice if a posse of us were to attend the next time!
|Name||Overall position||Category position||Harriers position||Chip Time|
On a cold but fine day for running 20 Harriers took part in the annual Trig Race. This year it started from Milford just above Sister Dora’s and it saw runners going off in all different directions. The aim is to visit various Trig Points in a set order but along any tracks you wish. It was interesting listening at the end as folks compared thier GPS readings. The shortest distance I heard was 16.71 miles but then again two people came in together having run together and had recorded 16.82 and 16.93 so who knows. It was a long way with lots of climbs involved. The winner was Pete Vale of Mercia Fell Runners in a time of 1-45-03.
First Harrier home was Kate Burge in overall 10th place and 1st lady in a time of 2-07-31. First male Harrier was Ian Talbot who admitted he hadn’t got a clue of where he was going but he still finished 36th in 2-19-27.
There were lots more prizes for Harriers with Chris Skellern 2nd Lady and 1st L45, Liz Stanyer 3rd Senior lady, Tracey Gee 3rd L40, Karen Davies 3rd L45 and Brian Langston 2nd V65.
Here are all the Harrier times.
|10th||Kate Burge||2-07-31||1st Lady|
|50th||Chris Skellern||2-25-55||2nd Lady 1st L45|
|76th||Liz Stanyer||2-37-34||3rd SL|
|82nd||Tracey Gee||2-38-42||3rd L40|
|94th||Karen Davies||2-47-44||3rd L45|
|121st||Brian Langston||3-06-05||2nd V65|
If you want the full results then just click here
Here are a Happy gang of Harriers setting off on their jaunt round the Trig Race. Did I say happy?
Here is Kate Burge and Ian Talbot at the first crossing of Morse Gorse.
STAFFS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to Nathan Sabin who took the Bronze Medal in the under 15 Boys race in the Staffordshire County Championships held on Stafford Common on Saturday 8/1/11. This now means that Nathan will represent Staffordshire U15’s in the Inter Counties Championships which will be held at Cofton Park later in the year. Watch out for him on the TV as it is live on Sky Sports.
Also well done to Hannah Talbot who got a reserve place in the County team for finishing 10th in the Girls Under 13 race. Not too bad considering she just turned 11 in September. One to watch methinks.
I will put a full report on the Young Athletes page when I get it.
A Big thank you for all who helped to make these Championships a great success. Course builders and those taking it down, car park team, refreshment sellers (Jackie Grant, Sue Williams, Joan Finney and Jean Whitworth) and the frozen marshalls. There were many compliments passed on from Officials, Organisers and Team Managers about the organisation of the event, the course and the weather. (How on earth did we fix the weather?) Well done everyone involved.
For all the results of the races see below.
VERNONS STUPID HEROES BARE WRIST RUN
Well done to all of you that braved your hangovers to run in the Annual New Years Day Race.
It was good to see so many turning up for what has to be one of the best races of the year.
For those who are reading this and wonder what on earth a Limp Wrist Race is it is simple. You predict your time over 5 miles, you don’t wear a watch and the winner is the person closest to their predicted time.
The runner who actually finished first in the race this year was Mark Neeld from Stone Master Marathoners in 28-03 unfortunately that was 40 seconds faster than he predicted and so he was not in the prizes. The winner of the race was unattached runner Alan Jeavons in 38-50 just 6 seconds slower than his predicted time.
For all this years results please click on the link below.
Here is Team manager Eddie Smith along with the gang before start of the race.
“They are not leaving here till I find out who nicked my watch”