Race Report July to September 2014

 

Stafford Harriers Press Report

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

Bill Whitworth

Stafford Harrier Val Stuart set herself a personal goal in 2014 which her team mates have enthusiastically embraced – running 70 miles in the season to celebrate reaching her 70th birthday and in doing so raising money for the Williams Syndrome Foundation, a cause very close to her heart.

This weekend saw Val choose the Nottingham Half Marathon as her penultimate event and, to show their support, a contingent of 13 Harriers accompanied her.

From the tree-lined University Boulevard, this fast flat course takes runners down around Highfields Lake and through the Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham, one of the most iconic buildings in Nottingham and on around the sights of Nottingham – the castle, the famous Trent Bridge cricket ground and Nottingham Forest Football Club before winding along the river to the finish at Victoria Embankment.

The event was won by Matthew Kimutai of Run Fast 1:04:21 with leading lady Gladys Kwambai also of Run Fast who finished in a time of 1:14:22.

Leading Harrier was Ryan Nokes in 95th place in 1:22:38 while Val Stuart crossed the line in 2:49:33

Harriers times were

 

name
time
Ryan Nokes
1:22:38 PB
Ian Hodkinson
1:35:33
Gill Hodkinson
1:46:14
Mark Oliver
1:49:13
Rachel Davis
1:50:21
Ian Dale
1:51:54
Charlotte Ward
1:58:12
Richard Davies
2:02:29
Julie Mogey
2:08:17
Joanne Oliver
2:10:54
Lindsay Foster
2:10:54
Hannah Lloyd
2:34:35
Val Stuart
2:49:33
Marie Davies
2:50:45






 

WINDSOR HALF MARATHON

28/09/14

 

Arrived on the Friday evening and stayed at the Holiday Inn Slough situated right on Slough train station which was handy to catch the 6 min train journey to Windsor.

This race was a 1pm start not sure why but was nice to have a lie in and enjoy breakfast with plenty of time to get to the start.

Felt excited but also little nervous as done very little training due to Ill health and no running for 3mths but I was determined to give it a go.

 

It was a well organised race plenty of water stations around the route and scenery beautiful around Windsor Great Park. Although very hilly there were also plenty of downhills.

I found the last 4 miles really tough and past a lot of runners needing st john ambulance assistance.

A very hot day combined with a 1pm start made this a very tough race for all.

But great scenery and a good one if you want a bit of a challenge. I wouldn’t suggest anyone else do it as their first Half marathon as it’s very hilly!

I especially enjoyed the turn at 12 miles down the last mile with Windsor castle in front of you. The support for the last two miles was excellent with plenty of encouragement.

Although I didn’t get a good time of 2hrs 41, I was pleased to have got round. A nice medal for finishing too.

 

Rachel Marsden

 

North Staffs Cross Country League

Race 1 – Winsford, Cheshire
27/09/2014
Report Tracey Jones

 

The cross country season got off to a promising start for Stafford Harriers, with 15 ladies and 16 men competing in the first fixture, hosted by Vale Royal AC. It was great to welcome new members to the club Debbie McDermott and Glyn Wade straight into the squads as well as Rachel Davis, Justine Hall, Steve Jackson and Rich Rae joining the teams this year.

The ladies race consisted of 2 laps of the course totalling 3.5 miles whilst the men tackled 4 laps at 7 miles.

The ladies maintained their division one status this season and are currently 5th of 8 teams. The men were relegated to division two but after race 1 are leading the division consisting of 20 teams.

 

Results as follows:

POSITION
NAME
CAT.
TIME
25
Michelle Fox
W35
24.29
36
Tracey Jones
W40
25.34
47
Chris Skellern
W50
26.23
54
Liz Stanyer
W40
26.47
60
Julie Addison
JW
26.58
69
Gill Hodkinson
W40
27.39
76
Shelley Burns
SW
27.55
85
Rachel Davis
W45
28.16
99
Sandra Smith
W45
29.15
104
Justice Hall
W40
29.42
111
Jane Bisiker
W50
30.10
113
Debbie McDermott
W45
30.26
118
Jill Ross
W45
30.58
166
Lauren Gee
JW
38.40
168
Sara Broome
W45
40.20

174 finished.

 

POSITION
NAME
CAT.
TIME
33
Phil Hilsdon
SM
42.42
44
Nathan Sabin
JM
43.28
54
Mark Bridgwood
SM
44.22
79
Richard Rae
SM
45.48
115
Ian Hodkinson
M40
48.17
126
Jim Smith
M45
49.10
144
Glyn Wade
M45
50.30
153
Dave Marsden
M60
50.55
156
Steve Jackson
M40
51.01
165
Chris Ross
M50
51.44
172
Darren Mattocks
M40
52.04
203
Mark Bentley
M50
55.20
214
Eddie Smith
M60
56.37
232
Dave Mantle
M60
60.52
237
Graham Williams
M65
62.04
252
Michael Jones
M70
72.52

256 finished.

 

Next race is 25th October 2014 at Stafford Common see the North Staffs Cross Country League website for further information.

If you would like to join the teams, please let Tracey Jones have your name and date of birth.

 

APLEY ESTATES 21K

Saturday 27th September

Report by Caryl Gibson

 

We were supposed to do this race way back in February but back then flooding had vastly reduced the course so it was postponed to this September. Positives here, we got two weekends away in Bridgnorth but one negative, it meant we did miss the first cross country of the season in Winsford, another positive, however, at least I didn’t end up late and starting after everyone else! lol!
The race took place in magnificent grounds – we ran through woodlands, across fields, up steep gullies, down shingled paths, past Apley Hall, over cattle grids and past outbuildings bigger than my house.. so this was a bit like all the normal cross countries rolled into one – especially as we had opted for the 21K (other options 10k or 5k). Bonus – we got to do the course twice as the 21k was two laps! I did wonder what on earth I was doing as we embarked on lap two as others peeled off to the finish!
I did think early on – actually before I even started the race- that maybe combining a race with a weekend away was not the best idea! Friday night had been spent in Bridgnorth in a very nice wine bar where an impromptu surreal Northern Soul experience proved to be the highlight of the evening. It’s a long time since I have actually seen people dancing ‘proper’ Wigan style. The last time was when I was still in the North and Northern Soul was the norm so I just had to join in! Several glasses of wine later, no taxis to be had, the wine bar owner gave us a lift back to the camp site and my resolution not to drink before a race was in tatters!
Race day – OMG – couldn’t face breakfast, was dreading running – at least the race started at 2.30! and then we were off – lap one – not so good, passed the finish and start of lap two wondering what on earth I was doing? Lap two started to feel ok. Final home stretch I got past some other runners, finally finished, with thanks to the nice first aid man who stopped me from keeling over, made me walk round, fed me lemon drizzle cake and gave me a recovery drink.
Despite my hangover I got 2nd over 50 and even better beat the three ladies who got the 40+ trophies!
I definitely wouldn’t recommend doing a ‘hangover race’ unless everyone else is hungover too! In fact Saturday night I had to switch to cocktails as I couldn’t face red wine! So I guess that makes me a proper Harrier?
I would definitely recommend the Apley Estates run – but maybe not the boozy night the evening before!

21 k Results

name
time
Michael Dobson
1:43:50
4th overall
Caryl Gibson
2:19:28
2nd SVET (lady)
Joe Atherton
2:19:29

 

10 k Results

name
time
Nicola Colley
1:18:47

 

 

 

the don (double or nothing)

10 mile & 20 mile & 40 mile
19 and 21 Sept 14

Report by chris owen

 

this weekend i did a a unique formula for a race, 3 races,each day the distance and elevation gain doubled

it all started with a gentle 10m run, the only trouble was the race started the otherside ot the wrekin and at 23.00 fri and had to run back to iron bridge via the summit of the wrekin. running with a head torch is not ideal but what made it worst was the mist,visabilty less than 20m. getting to the top wasn’t to bad, a few false summits,coming back down was awful the path was steep and loose shale and i lost so much time.the rest of the route was mixture of footpaths and country lanes.through one field we warned about a couple cows,it was actually a herd and all you could see were eyes.

saturday was a 20m fun run starting at iron bridge to a secret location.the route was quite roads and public byeways.there were many climbs with the notable one being brown clee hill ,highest hill in shropshire which was 3/4m steep climb .after 16m i descided there wasn’t any reason to push and save my energy for sunday and realy slowed down.the secret location was widerhope manor a 16c dwelling now a youth hostle.

sunday,this was the main event a 40m ultra, from widerhope manor back to iron bridge via the long myn and wrekin edge with a fwe other hills as well

the whole route was via written instructions or gpx files ,luckily i got a nice gamin unit was able to use the gpx which made navigation so much nicer but still got lost a few times by not concentrating

the event was organised by beyond marathons ,a injurded ultra runner who oraganisers low cost ultra’s with a twist.next one is a 50m night run with a grim reaper trying to catch you

breakdown of my times
10 mile 1.47.09
20 mile 4.22
40 mile 8.53.08 total 70 mile 15.02.17

the winner was charlie sharpe 9.50.07 nearly 3 hrs in front . lady was melissa arkinstah in 13.24.49

 

 

 

ST THOMAS’ 7

21 Sept 14

 

Report by Liz Stanyer

 

A beautiful cool sunny morning for the latest North Staffs and Harriers Challenge race. However it didn’t feel very cool on the run and a few of us ungrateful Harriers moaned that it was too hot.

I’ve not done this race before and I am now officially banning the use of the word undulating (that means you Tracey!) I don’t want to hear undulating again to describe races, which are quite frankly brutal.

The race starts on a downhill narrow country lane and from then on is either up or down with no flat all the way. It’s a fast start and then the ups come within the first mile and further on you come out half way up the notorious Cheadle 4 hill. Up and down, up and down with, granted, a particularly spectacular long downhill about 3 mile (I think?).

This gave me little comfort as I knew what goes down must go up and I was pretty done in at this stage. I thought the hills were tough and relentless, every corner turned showed a hill view.

I got totally disorientated at 5-6 miles to see Phil Hilsdon and others coming down a hill towards us and thought, with horror, that I had a big loop somewhere to do. However, unfortunately Phil and others had taken a wrong turn due to lack of marshaling and they added an extra 1.5 miles to their 7 mile race. (Cue lots of gloating from Jim Smith etc. claiming victory over Phil!)

The last mile is majority downhill, and I thank a Cheadle runner for telling me no more hills, but you are greeted with a sheer cliff face back up to the school finish.

A nice technical T shirt, or if you didn’t like it, you could just steal a different colour from a fellow Harrier couldn’t you Graham? At the presentation, Mark the organiser, was visibly upset at the marshaling error and very apologetic to those affected.

Well done to Michelle Rushton-Fox and Ian Wood for winning their respective age groups.

This is a very tough race, 7 miles a difficult distance as you go off hard thinking it’s not too long then realise 3 miles in that actually 7 miles is very long! I’m sure others appreciated the pretty countryside and ‘undulations’ of the quiet lanes, but for me, I was too busy saying “never again” repeatedly to take any of it in.

 

 

Harriers results

First name
Surname Name
Group
Club
Pos
Time
NSRRA
Steve
Copnall
MSNR
Stafford Harriers
23
00:47:34
Ian
Wood
M50
Stafford Harriers
34
00:48:34
366
Keith
Skelton
M50
Stafford Harriers
40
00:49:04
Jim
Smith
M45
Stafford Harriers
44
00:49:52
Michelle
Fox
F35
Stafford Harriers
47
00:50:00
625
David
Marsden
M60
Stafford Harriers
64
00:51:20
Mark
Bentley
M50
Stafford Harriers
79
00:52:36
449
Tracey
Jones
F40
Stafford Harriers
88
00:52:51
171
Phillip
Hilsdon
MSNR
Stafford Harriers
94
00:53:15
165
Chris
Skellern
F50
Stafford Harriers
99
00:53:33
549
Liz
Stanyer
F40
Stafford Harriers
123
00:55:40
232
Eddie
Smith
M60
Stafford Harriers
127
00:56:12
342
Rachel
Davis
F45
Stafford Harriers
132
00:56:45
Tracy
Ridings
F40
Stafford Harriers
135
00:57:08
331
Shelley
Burns
FSNR
Stafford Harriers
145
00:57:40
Caryl
Gibson
F50
Stafford Harriers
156
00:59:05
Joe
Atherton
M55
Stafford Harriers
157
00:59:10
Sandra
Smith
F45
Stafford Harriers
158
00:59:12
Graham
Williams
M65
Stafford Harriers
166
01:01:16
65
Karen
Murray
F45
Stafford Harriers
180
01:03:35
224
Fred
Chidlow
M65
Stafford Harriers
186
01:05:18
384
Charlotte
Ward
F35
Stafford Harriers
197
01:08:34
603
Stuart
Fowlie
M50
Stafford Harriers
202
01:08:23
Bill
Whitworth
M70
Stafford Harriers
223
01:19:42
363

 

 

LICHFIELD 10 K

14/9/14

 

The Lichfield 10K drew a field of 26 Harriers on Sunday on an ideal running day as we head towards the autumn season. The event, which is highly popular in the region and regularly attracts more than 1,000 runners, was won by Chris Jordan of Leicester Coritanian in 32:48 and Natasha Blunt of Running Forever Running Club led the ladies home with her time of 39:19.

 

Harrier times were

name
time
Richard Rea
0:40:45
Paul Higginson
0:41:57
Alan Griffin
0:42:18
Jim Smith
0:44:56
Chris Skellern
0:46:41
Will Grey
0:47:03
Darren Pyatt
0:47:39
Chris Elsley
0:47:54
Rachel Davis
0:47:55
Garry Lee
0:48:33
Leon Stringer
0:50:05
Anne Coghlan
0:51:36
Richard Draper
0:53:02
Kate Waterhouse
0:54:04
Julie Crocombe
0:54:21
Joanne Oliver
0:54:34
Karen Murray
0:56:09
Charlotte Ward
0:56:50
Julie Mogey
0:57:13
Claire Bradshaw
0:57:22
Ian Coghlan
0:57:30
Amy Oliver
0:59:45
Gemma Gray
1:03:45
Sarah Gray
1:09:10
Rachel Marsden
1:09:14
Linday Ashforth
1:09:43

 

 

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

14/9/14

Meanwhile a quartet of Harriers chose to take part in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon just over the border in Wales. Stockport Harrier Alexander O’Gorman won the event with his time of 1:08:35 and the leading lady for this event was Alison Lavendar of Oswestry Olympians who completed the course in 1:17:00.
Harriers who completed were

 

Michael Dobson
1:25:31
Sandra Smith
1:55:07
John Hateley
2:11:13
Nicola Colley
2:16:56

 

 

HARRIERS HANDICAP

11/9/14

A beautiful September evening saw 33 Harriers take part in the September Handicap with almost as many helpers! It was really great to see so many, with people taking on the timing and number recording for the first time, not an easy job, and lots of marshals too. It was also brilliant to see support out on the course. Big thanks to all!

 

So the race this time was won by Holly Wright who won it from the front after taking 4 minutes off her previous time. 2nd was Ian Coghlan with Simon Groom a close 3rd. Congratulations to you all.

The timings worked well with 30 runners finishing within just over 4 minutes of each other and 11 runners within 34 seconds of each other! This created really close positioning throughout the race, always someone to chase and some great sprint finishes (although defending champion Michael may argue about the ‘great’ bit on his sprint finish! More like a speeding dive across the line!)

Well done to all, thanks again to all the helpers who made it a successful enjoyable evening.

A reminder that the next handicap will be on December 21st. It’s a challenge race, a great build up to Christmas with the presentation and drinks and hot food back at the club. Please let me know in advance who can help and see you all then!

 

Liz Stanyer.


Ian, Holly and Simon

Name
Time
Handicap
Net Time
Ruth Edwards
00:39:32
00:02:00
00:37:32
1st time
Holly Wright
00:41:32
00:01:00
00:40:32
Tracey Burrows
00:42:05
00:01:00
00:41:05
1st time
Ian Coghlan
00:42:27
00:09:00
00:33:27
Simon Groom
00:42:33
00:15:45
00:26:48
Jim Smith
00:42:42
00:16:00
00:26:42
Keith Skelton
00:43:00
00:16:45
00:26:15
Ian Hodkinson
00:43:03
00:17:00
00:26:03
Jack Hodkison
00:43:06
00:18:00
00:25:06
Leon Stringer
00:43:12
00:13:30
00:29:42
Liz Stanyer
00:43:19
00:13:30
00:29:49
Nigel Addison
00:43:30
00:11:00
00:32:30
Julie Addison
00:43:50
00:14:30
00:29:20
Jill Ross
00:44:00
00:10:30
00:33:30
Jane Bisiker
00:44:05
00:10:30
00:33:35
Gary Lee
00:44:08
00:13:30
00:30:38
1st time
Jenny Addison
00:44:13
00:12:30
00:31:43
Chris Elsley
00:44:14
00:15:00
00:29:14
Mark Oliver
00:44:19
00:16:00
00:28:19
Angela Brookes
00:44:20
00:13:00
00:31:20
Amy Oliver
00:44:21
00:09:00
00:35:21
Steven McHugh
00:44:22
00:12:30
00:31:52
1st time
Chris Skellern
00:44:27
00:14:30
00:29:57
Graham Williams
00:44:34
00:10:00
00:34:34
Michael Bamber
00:44:50
00:06:00
00:38:50
Richard Caley
00:44:50
00:17:00
00:27:50
Paul Dunlavey
00:44:59
00:13:30
00:31:29
Mike Moore
00:45:07
00:03:00
00:42:07
Mark Bentley
00:45:19
00:14:30
00:30:49
Sarah Johnson
00:45:33
00:09:00
00:36:33
Ian Dale
00:46:10
00:16:00
00:30:10
1st time
Amanda Clay
00:46:13
00:12:30
00:33:43
Craig Baxter
00:48:10
00:11:30
00:36:40

 

Stafford Harriers Press Report

7th Sept

by Bill Whitworth

As the sun shone down 57,000 runners in various states of excitement and trepidation prepared themselves to take part in the BUPA Great North Run which covers the 13.1 between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields, taking in some of the most memorable structures and views of the area. Among them were 10 Stafford Harriers, who like everyone participating, were hoping they might be the 1 millionth runner to cross the line since the inception of this now world renowned event.
Britain’s Mo Farah won the men’s race in his time of 1:00:00, sprinting narrowly ahead of his rival, Kenyan Mike Kigen who was accorded the same time. Leading lady was Mary Kietany who also made history when she broke Paula Radcliffe’s existing course record by 1 second with her time of 1:05:39.

Harrier Runners were

 

 

Position
Name
Time
3000
Alan Griffin
1:41:08
3932
Tim Hough
1:44:05
4917
Rachel Davis
1:46:40
5536
Gill Hodkinson
1:48:10
8342
Angela Brookes
1:53:59
12270
Virginia Brown
2:00:27
12423
Alan Jones
2:00:40
17042
Tracy Kenny
2:08:53
30832
Lisa Goring
2:35:06
23070
Paul Stubbs
2:19:42

 

 

Sadly, none of them took the millionth runner spot! But they seemed to enjoy themselves.

 

We do recommend that you have a ‘cool down’ after a run but I have not seen this in the training manuals. PB

Closer to home, the South Cheshire 20 was one of the events in the Harrier’s Challenge and drew entries from 9 Harriers. This is a hilly course, with one or two that test the runners just at crucial times in the race , most notably at just before the halfway stage. Telford AC runners led the way in both the men’s and ladies’ events with David Webb completing the course in 1:47:56 while Michelle Clark recorded a time of 2:16:23.

Harriers competing here were

 

 

 

Position
Name
Time
54
Michelle Fox
2:33:27
55
Keith Skelton
2:33:27
96
Martin Moore
2:46:40
107
Liz Stanyer
2:50:59
123
Mark Bentley
2:57:02
141
Caryl Gibson
3:02:30
146
Anne Coghlan
3:04:52
162
Karen Murray
3:13:54
183
Charlotte Ward
3:25:52

Meanwhile in Wolverhampton, another contingent of Harriers competed in the Wolverhampton 10K and the Wolverhampton Half Marathon.

Michael Dobson took 10th place finishing in a time of 39:44 for the 10k which was won by local runner, from Wolverhampton and Bilston, Phillip Nicholls in 31:12.

In the Half Marathon Ian McBride of Salford Harriers won the event in 1:10:59, while the ladies’ event was won by Audrey Wilson from Wolverhampton and Bilston in 1:28:47. Four Harriers completed the event.

 

Position
Name
Time
114
Ian Williams
1:40:27
522
John Hateley
2:17:37
670
Simon Groom
2:57:30
45th Lady
Natalie Godfrey
1:40:20

 

RUGELEY 10K

25/8/14

Report from Ian Hodkinson,

 

Only 87 entered with 83 finishing on a fairly good course from the Leisure Centre up to the top of Fair oak pools following the heritage trial then

Looping round just Marquis Drive to return back the same route to finish beside the brook, outside the leisure Centre.

Due to the nature of the route, it was pretty much a steady uphill first half ending with the steep hill towards marquis drive before the 2nd half came all the way back down hill.

Most of the paths were excellent considering the weather with just the occasional puddle and plenty of mud splats!

The race was won by Gareth Briggs in 36.22mins with first lady coming 17th in 46.23mins being Lisa Knight of C&S.

Only 6 Harriers made the very short trip across the chase with the first home being Steve Vaughan in 5th place in 39.40mins

This is a really good course which follows plenty of ground covered in our Sunday club runs & is very cheap to enter, with a little room for improvement in the organising.

Definitely worth a go before it gets too popular.

 

Others harriers results as below;

Position
Time
Name
5
39.40
Steve Vaughan
10
42.26
Ian Hodkinson
14
44.55
Ian Wood
33
49.47
Will Gray
81
70.49
Debbie Garcia
83
75.03
Sarah Gray

 

LEEK HALF MARATHON

 

Report by Graham Williams

 

Another race and yet more hills following Meerbrook. Nearly ninety NSRRA runners braved the elements and the Roaches. This was how NSRRA described the Leek Half Marathon. The weather was drizzly, very windy on the roaches, even some sunshine and for the latter runners pouring rain. Only ten Harriers competed but there were still some good performances with Michael Dobson first Harrier home and Michelle Fox first lady. Race winner was Carl Moulton of Boalloy Running club in 1.17.10 and first lady Michelle Buckle of Newcastle Staffs AC in a time of 1.31.18.

 

Harrier times as follows

Pos
Name
Time
25
Michael Dobson
1.30.50
2nd V45
42
Ian Wood
1.33.54
3rd V50
50
Keith Skelton
1.35.05
79
Michelle Fox
1.40.54
147
Mark Bentley
1.54.44
160
TracyRiding
1.58.55
First Group X
165
Graham Williams
2.00.26
3rd Group F 3rd V65
179
Karen Murray
2.08.02
3rd Group W
198
Charlotte Ward
2.19.27
200
Michael Jones
2.20.56
2nd Group G 3rd V70

 

TRACKLESS TEN

 

Despite all the problems on the night Joe has come up with the goods and supplied the results of the Trackless Ten. The Challenge Tables have been updated.

It’s a good job Chris Owen isn’t in the Challenge as he put his chip on his dog’s collar and it finished 10 to 15 seconds in front of him. Would have got him disqualified.

 

Pos
Time
1
01:00:54
Ryan
Nokes
PB
2
01:01:01
Phil
Hilsdon
PB
3
01:07:35
Ian
Wood
4
01:08:38
Mark
Jeffery
5
01:10:15
Alan
Griffin
6
01:12:17
Dave
Payling
7
01:12:37
Ian
Dale
8
01:13:09
Richard
Caley
PB
9
01:14:54
Jim
Smith
10
01:15:11
Tracy
Jones
11
01:17:12
Chris
Owen’s dog.
12
01:18:42
Chris
Skellern
13
01:19:24
Leon
Stringer
14
01:21:04
Paul
Reese
15
01:21:44
Chris
Elsley
16
01:22:22
Eddie
Smith
17
01:22:27
Caryl
Gibson
18
01:23:34
Alan
Jones
19
01:23:34
Sandra
Smith
20
01:23:57
Jill
Ross
21
01:25:36
Tom
Mellor
22
01:26:26
Richard
Davies
23
01:26:45
Karen D
Murray
24
01:27:37
Steve
McHugh
25
01:31:29
Colin
Eccleston
26
01:32:23
Katrina
Jones
27
01:33:05
Ian
Coghlan
28
01:33:34
Charlotte
Ward
29
01:33:35
Eddie
Gould
30
01:33:39
Alan
Hewson
31
01:34:38
Mike
Jones
32
01:35:26
Julie
Nokes
33
01:38:02
Becki
Hollins
34
01:38:03
Sally
Liggins
35
01:38:13
Tina
Darby
36
01:38:45
Stuart
Fowlie
37
01:40:01
Lindsey
Foster
38
01:42:32
Rachel
Pine
39
01:42:32
Ruth
Edwards
40
01:42:39
Kelly
McHugh
41
01:42:51
Michael
Bamber
42
01:43:01
Helen
Morris
43
01:49:37
Holly
Wright
44
01:52:32
Sara
Broome
45
02:00:37
Val
Stuart

 

 

ISLAY HALF MARATHON

4th August 2014

 

Caryl and Joe ran the Half Marathon at the weekend. Below is a report but as it has pictures embeded then it comes as a PDF.

Download2014Islay half

 

 

Staffs Knot

30th July 2014

 

A record number of runners took part in perfect weather.

Again perfect organisation and a great number of Harriers helping out.

 

 

By the way Joe seems to have worked through the night to get the results ready.

 

 

5 Mile results

Race Pos
Forename
Surname
Gndr
Cat
Cat pos
Time
8
Matt
Woodman
M
MSen
8
28.48
12
Mark
Bridgwood
M
MSen
11
29.15
15
Ryan
Nokes
M
MSen
13
29.36
20
Phillip
Hilsdon
M
MSen
17
29.58
47
Steven
Copnall
M
MSen
28
32.29
64
Jack
Hodkinson
M
MSen
36
33.24
72
S R
Jackson
M
M40
9
33.48
74
Alan
Griffin
M
MSen
41
34.07
90
Jim
Smith
M
M45
14
35.16
102
Alan
Cook
M
M50
8
35.45
108
Thomas
Exton
M
MSen
50
36.17
129
Tracey
Jones
F
F40
6
37.12
131
Darren
Mattocks
M
M40
19
37.15
143
Chris
Skellern
F
F50
1
37.37
154
Liz
Stanyer
F
F40
8
38.25
166
Dave
Cook
M
MSen
63
39.12
172
William
Gray
M
MSen
65
39.22
180
David
Taylor
M
M45
29
39.59
182
Marcus
Clay
M
M40
28
40.04
184
Roy
Clay
M
M55
7
40.10
188
Ralph
Wedlock
M
M55
9
40.26
193
Jenny
Addison
F
FSen
9
40.50
195
Angela
Brookes
F
F35
7
41.02
203
Graham
Williams
M
M65
4
41.33
209
Liz
Cook
F
F45
3
41.47
215
Jillian
Ross
F
F45
4
42.24
218
Alan
Jones
M
M45
32
42.39
220
Tracey
Ridings
F
F40
12
42.43
227
Richard
Davies
M
M40
33
43.15
246
Fredrick
Chidlow
M
M65
7
44.28
252
Joanne
Oliver
F
F40
16
44.54
253
Amy
Oliver
F
FSen
14
45.09
270
J H
Jackson
F
F40
19
46.16
282
Charlotte
Ward
F
F35
19
47.00
289
Liz
Simcox
F
F40
21
47.35
296
Mike
Jones
M
M65
11
48.04
300
Michael
Bamber
M
M50
20
48.12
315
Julie
Nokes
F
F50
14
49.24
324
John
Hateley
M
M65
14
50.26
335
katy
Sigley
F
F35
26
52.15
343
Maria
Davies
F
F40
25
53.54
347
Holly
Wright
F
F35
27
54.46

 

 

 

Fun run results

 

 

Runners No
Time
Race Pos
Forename
Surname
Gndr
Cat
Club
523
12.00
1
Will
Sammons
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
511
12.05
3
George
Hodkinson
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
506
12.09
4
Owen
Turner
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
505
12.40
5
Ewan
Jackson
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
508
13.38
6
Jake
Oliver
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
514
13.56
7
Ali
Morgan
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
527
14.29
10
Taygen
Pike
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
510
14.47
13
Kieran
Mogey
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
501
15.41
15
Robert
Gray
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
512
15.43
16
Matthew
Hilsdon
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
507
16.00
17
Alfhe
Darby
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
533
16.31
18
Sami
Morgan
M
U21
Stafford Harriers
504
16.37
21
Evie
Jackson
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
536
16.41
23
Lara
Tolley
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
526
16.43
24
Polly
Pye
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
502
19.10
27
Lucy
Taylor
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
513
21.20
31
Amy
Simcox
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
509
21.28
32
Lilia
Mogey
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
503
21.42
33
Katie
Taylor
F
U21
Stafford Harriers
520
21.49
34
Rose
White
F
U21
Stafford Harriers

 

 

 

 

Race reports

 

 

Race report by Amy Oliver
I enjoyed this race a lot. It was my second 5 mile race after JCB and I wanted to see if I could get a quicker time. I started off at quite a fast pace because I felt on the JCB race I could have gone quicker. I managed to sustain this speed throughout the whole race and was really encouraged by all the marshals. At about 4 miles, after the tough hill, I gradually picked up my pace as I knew there wasn’t far to go. I purposely made sure I didn’t eat too much heavy food that day as I find if I eat too much I get a stitch. I was really thrilled with my time of just over 45 minutes as my time for JCB was 49.26.

 
















Thunder Run 8 stage 10k lap relays

26/27 July 2014

By Joe Atherton

I arrived at 2:30pm on Friday and Darren Mattocks, Esther and Steve Batho were already there and had been busy erecting the Harriers gazebo and tents. We put up another two or three and spent some time sorting out the communal area. The Sun was hot and the inside of the tents were like the inside of a very hot thing, only hotter.

Esther & Co went off to register the Teams while I checked to make sure that the Fosters had made it unaffected by the long journey. The first few seemed a bit dodgy but I persevered and indeed they did get better.

Craig (Bingo!), Bridgie, the Bisikers, Ang & Mark, Leigh and Simon (Stafford FM) arrived in the course of the remainder of the day with some going back home again when they saw what and who were there. Never mind; the remainder of us spread out and had a pre-race party (because we are Serious Runners).

 

Race Day

 

What I initially thought was a crap sleep turns out to have been excellent compared to the following night (5 hrs vs 0.00 hrs) but I felt excited and itching to get off on the first leg. The rest of the posse arrived in plenty of time for their legs and thankfully for us in the C Team Craig volunteered to take Alan G’s place after he pulled out unexpectedly.

I lined up along with several hundred other Leg 1 / Solo runners ready for the start. The Sun was hot and unrelenting and I knew that this was going to be a tough call. The first 1k took us to the bottom of a steep climb through the woods, and the one and only bottleneck of the whole event. However I was just glad to get into the shade even though I was a little disappointed to be walking unbidden. The middle of the course varied from shady woods with treacherous roots and dips, to stretches along the sides of fields and hedgerows. We actually looped back to the camp for a fly-by and some welcome support from fellow runners and their families. We surfaced from our final wiggle through the woods just before the 8k mark. A short climb up a rise gave us a good view over the surrounding countryside with Catton Hall in the distance. Then we dropped down doubling back towards the finish area. The 9th kilometer was downhill / flat and the fastest of the course. The tenth was through the encampment and the support was totally immense (although during darkness they whispered the ‘well done’s and ‘keep going’s while I whispered back my thank-yous).

 

The intermediate legs

 

Esther and Steve had this ingenious idea of bringing along a whiteboard with all of our teams listed with the expected times of handover. This meant that we could set our alarms and have naps in between legs. It also served as a brain replacement since by 5 in the morning I didn’t even know what running was let alone when to do it.

I ran at 12, 7:45, 3:30 and 11:30, taking over from Craig and handing over to Ed. The 2nd stint was probably my best because it was light and the temperature had dropped significantly compared with the afternoon’s leg. The 3rd leg was in darkness plus headtorch. The latter part of the course through the woods was especially treacherous with the roots and other obstacles being 10 times more challenging than daytime running. It was the last leg that I will never forget though. The temperature was up again but very cool with a welcome breeze in the woods. The support in the last 2k was so incredibly loud that next year’s event may come with a health warning and free ear plugs. I don’t think that any of the Trentham Runners will be able to talk this morning.

My reception at the Finish funnel was probably the best that I can remember in 20 years of running. However Shelley brought the First Harriers TR24 to a crescendo by getting us all to run in hand-in-hand with final Harrier Rachel across the finish line.

Let’s get this on the Harriers diary as an annual event, but please remember that it is a Team event and so your commitment needs to be 100%. On that note a well done Esther not only for the superb organising but also for being a stalwart in the face of so many last minute cancellations.

 

 

Report by Rachel Davis

 

I was totally unprepared as to how taking part in this years Thunder Run with the Harriers was going to test me not only physically but mentally. Three teams of 8 were entered & the race started at midday Saturday.

For the next 24 hours we took it in turns to run 10k twisting & turning through various terrain of forest & open fields from blazing hot sun to pitch black & showers during the night wearing head torches.

The lack of sleep & eating all over the shot started taking its toll on me after my 3rd run which I’d done at 5 in the morning. I was at an all time low tired, emotional & feeling totally empty of all energy.

It was becoming apparent from the times we recorded on a chart that it was likely that I was going to have to go a 4th time as earlier runners in my team had been putting in some incredible fast times.

The race rules stated a team member had to be on the course at all times of the 24 hours & it looked like Tracy was going to be coming back at 11.55. For the lap to count it had to be completed.

I slowly walked down to the start with my Harriers top back on & came across Craig who had just finished his lap. He’d seen me earlier after my 3rd run & his face said it all he gave me a hug & a kiss told me to be safe. I have to say it was 100% the support I got from my fellow Harriers that I made it back to the start line & when Tracy came in with a few minutes to go I set off with the baton on my last lap & I’ve no idea who was down at the start but I heard them cheer me on my way which lifted me.

Support had previously been tremendous around the course but as everyone had started making there way to the finish for the presentation it was just me & the other last competitors, whether they were running or walking, giving each other encouragement to get to the end.

Suddenly at 9km the support was back other running clubs/spectators cheering us on.

It was when I came to the final hill that I was completely blown away & I’m hoping they saw the smile on my face when I saw the support that was waiting for me from all the other Harriers. The cheers they gave to get me up & round the last bit to the finish straight where, very fittingly, they joined me & ran to the finish line together will stay with me as one of the most memorable moments I’ve experienced. Tears of joy this time hidden by my sunglasses.

The camaraderie that had developed between all 3 teams in just 24 hours was to me summed up in this moment & if you listen to the video footage you can hear the commentator as we cross the line saying ‘what massive support some of you have this is incredible’ couldn’t have put it better myself.

Once again a massive thank you to you (Esther) & Steve for organising it an amazing weekend my name is already down for next year!

 

 

Here are some photos of what is set to become a Harriers Annual. The Harriers are so hi-tech now we even have photos from a helicopter.

 







Trentham 10K

20 July 2104

 

Report by Liz Stanyer

 

Another hot sticky humid morning for the latest NSRRA race, the first running of the trentham 10k which was formerly a popular 10 mile event. There were lots of grumblings about the cost of this event as at £14 it was far more costly than similar NSRRA races. Would it prove to be worth the inflated price? Personally, for me, sadly not.
The start was poor, 280 runners packed in to a narrow lane on a steep downhill. The start whistle blew and it took 12 seconds before I took a single step. It was then a clumsy stop/start down what should have been a decent charge downhill, due to massive slow running congestion.
The running then finally opened out onto the wider road and we were away.
The hill up to the motorway was a slog and the steepness of the hill past the caves didn’t disappoint. However running all the way to the top to then turn around a cone and head straight back down was demoralising and in parts impossible to run freely, and to then turn sharp left and hit the same gradient hill you’ve just slogged up, well that was a killer.
There are some lovely long runnable downhills after you’ve trashed your legs on those hills, but it was from here on in I completely messed up my race. For some reason I thought the markers were in miles not kilometres and foolishly thought I was motoring, wow I could still see Tracey and Chris! I got to 6 and thinking only a quarter of a mile to go put in a surge of pace, chuffed to bits to be feeling so great in the latter stages of a tough 10k. That was until I saw a sign in the distance for 7 and the realisation of how wrong I was slowly hit home. I felt crushed to know I had miles not metres left to run!
The long hill after the roundabout came as a shock, I had forgotten that one. More good down hills to finally get to the exhausting end which involves a lengthy steep up hill before a drop down to the finish.
I much preferred this race as a ten miler. I didn’t like the start and the hill section of running up, round a cone then down, then up, was messy and very hard work.
Listening to other runners comments post race I wasn’t alone, so I hope that Trentham take note and bring back the Trentham 10 miles, not kilometres. And in the meantime I will learn to check my watch against the number markers!

 

Place
Name
Time
54
Ian Woods
42:39
74
Michelle Fox
44:29
86
Tim Hough
45:32
88
Robert Proctor
45:54
108
Tracey Jones
47:08
122
Chris Skellern
47:48
128
Darren Mattocks
48:19
133
Mark Bentley
48:44
141
Liz Stanyer
49:18
160
Eddie Smith
51:58
168
Tracy Ridings
52:44
190
Graham Williams
54:29
214
Gael Earp
57:44
228
Michael Jones
60:37
232
Charlotte Ward
60:52
255
John Hateley
64:22
261
Bill Whitworth
67:01

 













The 2014 Edition of the Harrier Games

19th July @ Rowley Park

 

Report by Ian Hodkinson

 

This years’ Games were a fun event (seriously!) open to all Adults & Juniors.
Anyone who had ever dreamt of being the next Mo Farah or Usain Bolt – had the chance to have a go on a proper track Vs their fellow harrier friends !
27 Juniors & 23 Adults were able to experience running track races against a top class field of fellow harriers on Rowley Parks top quality track & at the same
time beating Mum’s, Dad’s, friends & other harriers.
This year we held the Annual Harriers Games @ Rowley Park Stadium on a Wet & Humid day with early morning thunder storms (which might have scared a few runners off).
But, by the orders of Mr Chairman, the rain held off just in time for us to get the games off with the traditional 1 miler race.
Everybody ran 3 x track events (2 x long + 1 x short or 2 x short + 1 x long), with all athletes grouped into leagues of similar abilities.
There were some top performances on the day with some very close finishes (plus a couple of Juniors beating their Dad mentioning no names)
I think it was fair to say that everyone who took part really enjoyed themselves, if not in the races at least at the social & presentations held afterwards
At the Morris Man. Prizes generously donated by Craig were awarded to each group winner.
Full results & Group standings are as below:-

 

GROUP A.
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Ian Talbot 390
2.22.04
1
27.21
1
60.91
1
3
Phil Hilsdon 388
5.08.30
1
62.18
2
10.38
1
4
Mark Bridgwood 386
5.08.81
2
64.09
3
10.40
2
7
Jack Hodkinson 278
5.18
3
2.24.18
2
27.49
2
7
Kev Darby 440
14.49
1
2.31.40
4
30.11
3
8
Ian Hodkinson 400
5.35
4
2.31.14
3
65.54
4
11
GROUP B.
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Steve Jackson 372
5.28
1
13.43
2
70.65
2
5
John Gomersall 373
5.33
3
13.24
1
2.46.30
3
7
George Hodkinson 251
5.30
2
15.14
4
68.52
1
7
Hannah Talbot 277
5.45
4
2.43.27
1
31.22
2
7
Jim Smith 376
2.44.40
2
30.90
1
73.32
4
7
Ian Dale 338
5.56
5
14.86
3
71.22
3
11
Joe Atherton 375
41.64
4
87.36
6
13.28
1
11
Dave Payling 385
2.47.89
4
33.68
3
76.56
5
12
GROUP C.
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
David Taylor 392
6.47
1
2.56.32
1
1.18
1
3
Caitlin Gomersall 374
2.56.48
2
34.60
2
1.19
2
6
Dom Mattocks 419
14.64
1
3.23
4
31.68
1
6
Caryl Gibson 339
40.97
5
1.42
3
15.09
1
9
Anne Coghlan 397
17.98
3
3.18
3
38.18
4
10
Julie Mogey 371
17.66
2
3.41
5
37.88
3
10
GROUP D.
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Gemma Gray 396
3.28
1
37.99
1
1.30
1
3
Katrina Jones 391
8.00
1
18.39
1
41.14
3
5
Hannah Lloyd 337
3.45
2
39.29
2
1.36
3
7
GROUP E.
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
400m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Amanda Taylor 393
4.07
3
45.50
1
1.52
1
5
Debbie Garcia 395
4.17
5
46.67
2
1.54
2
9
Sarah Gray 394
4.15
4
47.11
3
1.55
3
10
Juniors team one
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
600m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Gracie Marsden 301
18.36
1
40.26
1
2.44
1
3
Lucy Taylor 230
18.58
2
3.31
1
40.90
2
5
Katie Taylor 231
18.83
3
3.49
2
40.90
2
7
Ella Buckley 279
20.66
4
46.26
4
3.03
2
10
Lilia Mogey 229
20.66
4
47.68
5
3.17
3
12
Reece Bridgwood 215
22.27
6
50.52
6
3.20
4
16
Junior team 2
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
600m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Jessica Moseley 145
16.54
1
3.33
2
1.30
1
4
Evie Jackson 216
17.00
3
3.19
1
37.24
1
5
Grace Chalesworth 260
16.81
2
3.39
3
39.01
2
7
Aaron Dale 198
18.47
4
3.42
4
40.90
3
11
Sophia Bridgwood 228
18.89
5
3.43
5
43.25
4
14
Junior Team 3
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
600m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Harry Dale 232
16.44
1
3.00
1
1.20
1
3
Robert Gray 176
3.02
2
35.12
1
1.25
2
5
Cieran Coghlan 199
3.14
3
36.62
2
1.26
3
8
Matthew Hilsdon 175
7.12
1
3.22
5
1.34
4
10
Alfie Darby 303
17.77
3
3.17
4
38.26
4
11
Jack Brain 297
DNF
0
17.43
2
38.06
3
5
Junior team 4
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
600m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Ewan Jackson 197
14.94
1
2.42
1
31.45
1
3
Will Buckley 294
16.68
2
2.48
2
33.70
2
6
Alfie Marsden 213
3.03
4
33.94
3
1.20
2
9
Kieran Mogey 214
3.00
3
36.50
5
1.18
1
9
George Mills 302
17.27
3
3.13
5
34.32
4
12
Junior Team 5
1 mile
PO
100M
PO
800 m
PO
200m
PO
600m
PO
3000M
PO
TOTAL
Oliva Gonsalves 296
14.40
1
2.56
1
29.74
1
3
Oliva Black 295
16.12
2
3.04
2
35.68
2
6

 

 

Finally, a big thank you goes to Craig Baxter (Chief organizer) & Mike Jones for sorting the entries, groups & results.
A special thanks also to all of the track officials for time keeping, race places, starters etc.. (Liz, Simon, Tracey, Ed, Darren, Joe, Craig) without their help we couldn’t hold the event.

 

 

JCB 5 mile

17 July 2014

Report by Graham Williams

 

A total of thirty six harriers ran the fourteenth race in the Harriers Challenge covering all six groups. Again it was a very warm evening although by all accounts not as warm as 2013. The race is two laps starting at the bottom of a steep hill which has to be negotiated some two and a half times with the last half mile a coned section where you can be either depressed to see who is in front of you or delighted to see who is behind. The race was won by Ben Gamble of Tipton Harriers in 25.38 with first lady Rebecca Harrison of Cheadle in 31.24. First home for the harriers was again Phil Hilsdon in ninth place in 30.04 closely followed by Ian Talbot in eleventh place in 30.36. With Richard Rea in fifteenth place the harriers had three runners in the top twenty. First lady harrier was Michelle Fox in 34.47. All harrier chip times as follows.

 

Place
Name
Time
9
Phil Hilsdon
30.04
11
Ian Talbot
30.36
15
Richard Rea
31.01
31
Ian Wood
32.50
2nd M50
38
Stephen Jackson
33.39
39
Steve Copnall
33.38
50
Ian Hodkinson
34.09
51
Darren Mattocks
34.20
57
Mark Orchard
34.33
59
Michelle Fox
34.47
62
Jim Smith
34.59
63
Dave Payling
35.02
64
Mark White
35.13
65
Tim Hough
35.25
73
Alan Cook
35.57
74
Robert Proctor
36.07
76
Richard Caley
36.06
108
Mark Oliver
38.09
109
Liz Stanyer
38.16
2nd F40
121
Rachel Davis
39.02
132
David Taylor
39.36
133
Chris Skellern
39.41
2nd F50
152
Anne Coghlan
41.08
161
Caryl Gibson
42.31
162
Joe Atherton
42.31
174
Graham Williams
43.05
175
Liz Cook
43.09
206
Angela Brookes
45.08
229
Michael Jones
48.08
238
Katrina Jones
49.13
240
Amy Oliver
49.33
241
Joanne Oliver
49.27
247
Michael Bamber
50.10
250
Stuart Fowlie
50.35
283
Sara Broome
55.11
288
Holly Wright
55.59

 

 

Stafford Harriers Press report

13th July 2014

By Bill Whitworth

While Sunday began wet in the morning, by the time of the start off the Cheadle 4 race, it was sunny and warm. The race is part of Cheadle’s summer festivals and after a downhill start, the runners have a steep climb before they cover the gentle descent to finish amidst the annual carnival.
This year’s winner was Ben Gamble of Tipton Harriers 20:55 with leading local lady R Harrison of Cheadle Running club finishing 26th in a time of 24:39. Yet again Phil Hilsdon was the leading Harrier in 10th place with his time of 23:37.

Other Harriers who took part were

 

Place
Name
Time
10
P Hilsdon
23:37
53
I Wood
26:56
72
M Fox
28:08
90
T Jones
29:06
113
M Bentley
30:16
118
C Skellern
30:40
119
D Mattocks
30:40
123
L Stanyer
30:57
145
E Smith
32:29
152
T Ridings
33:08
171
F Chidlow
35:39
183
G Earp
36:56
206
M Jones
39:08
209
J Hateley
39:39
223
B Whitworth
43:34

 

Report by Liz Stanyer

 

A very drizzly start at the Cheadle 4 road race which soon cleared to overcast with the odd break of sunshine. A relief not to run in the blazing sunshine that seems to occur for every north staffs race I’ve done this year.
Just over 230 runners took part in this challenging 4 mile race with 15 harriers chasing points in their respective north staffs leagues.
The 1st mile is fast as it’s a slight downhill and plenty of space to go for it before hitting the hill. The next mile is all up hill which varies in gradient, flattening briefly in parts to then rise again. 3rd mile is all downhill to a flat ish final mile. The last mile takes you back to the road where you started and then you can see the finish but know you have to go all the way around the park to get to it.
A low key race, tough in parts but well organised and a nice finish in the park.
Matthew Hilsdon had a great run in the fun run which preceded the main 4 miler.














Black Country Half

5/6/14

Report Jean & Bill Whitworth

 

At the weekend, the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon was this year’s Harrier Charity Run and although there were a few puddles on the course after the previous night’s rain, it was as nowhere nearly as bad as previous years and we were rewarded when the sun came out about halfway through the race.
The race winner was Steve Brooks (Unattached) in 1:18:24,and the leading lady was Monika Lampart (Unattached) in 1:44:26.
Twenty-four Harriers completed the course, led home by Ian Talbot in 1:28:10 who was 4th overall with 555 runners completing the event.
Other Harrier times and positions were:

Place
Name
Time
4th
Ian Talbot
1:28:10
14th
Richard Rea
1:32:18
41st
Ian Hodkinson
1:39:21
55th
Paul Higginson
1:41:33
63rd
Alan Griffin
1:42:36
65th
Mark White
1:42:44
77th
Richard Caley
1:44:23
85th
Simon Groom
1:45:28
125th
Mark Bentley
1:49:45
165th
Rachel Davis
1:52:58
167th
Mark Oliver
1:53:17
183rd
Gill Hodkinson
1:54:58
215th
Tracy Ridings
1:56:54
225th
Eddie Smith
1:57:32
269th
Shelley Burns
2:01:46
280th
Anne Coghlan
2:02:49
308th
Graham Williams
2:05:23
316th
Natalie Godfrey
2:06:09
340th
Caryl Gibson
2:08:02
394th
Joe Atherton
2:15:21
459th
Joanne Oliver
2:26:04
460th
Julie Mogey
2:26:11
461st
Charlotte Ward
2:26:11
548th
Val Stuart
3:10:19

 

 

78th Pete Hodgett’s Memorial Handicap

3/7/14

 

Report by Liz Stanyer

 

Only 21 harriers decided to take part in the summer handicap with a warm welcome to the 2 new comers Steve and Simon. This was Steve’s first encounter with the Harriers and we hope he enjoyed it enough to come back.

It was disappointing to see so few helpers this time. If it hadn’t have been for Gill and Simon responding to urgent phone calls, two of the runners were going to have to pull out to help or the handicap would not have gone ahead. The plead for help went out in plenty of time and it’s a shame that with so many members we could only manage 4 helpers for a couple of hours for this summer evening event.

I understand Craig has stated there will be a rota for future handicaps as we are in grave danger of not being able to hold the handicap without sufficient help. Please can members put themselves forward, it’s a great little event and to either Marshall or help time keeping adds another dimension to being part of the Harriers, one which people enjoy and others benefit from. The next handicap will be a Thursday evening in September, so please can volunteers give me their names so we know we are ok to go ahead.

So on to the race. It was a warm dry evening with rain threatening but weather man Mick told us rain wouldn’t appear until later (he was right!). There were long stretches of the course where you were completely alone due to fewer runners (and this is why we need marshalls), however hit the valley and there everyone was.

Michael Bamber came in for a storming victory to promptly announce his retirement from racing once crossing the line.

Sara Broome continues to improve and moved up a position from last time to take 2nd.

3rd was Jack Hodkinson taking his Dad in style, despite starting a minute behind.

Full results below.

Time
Handicap
Net time
Michael Bamber
00:41:45
00:04:15
00:37:30
Sara Broome
00:42:04
00:00:30
00:41:34
Steve Copnall
00:42:22
00:15:30
00:26:52
1st run
Jack Hodkinson
00:42:55
00:18:00
00:24:55
Ian Hodkinson
00:43:08
00:17:00
00:26:08
Mick Jones
00:43:18
00:06:00
00:37:18
Liz Stanyer
00:43:29
00:13:00
00:30:29
Leon Stringer
00:43:35
00:12:45
00:30:50
Chris Elsley
00:43:40
00:14:30
00:29:10
Simon Groom
00:43:50
00:15:30
00:28:20
1st run
Mark Bridgwood
00:44:11
00:20:00
00:24:11
Jane Bisiker
00:44:19
00:11:00
00:33:19
Rachel Davies
00:44:24
00:13:30
00:30:54
Nigel Addison
00:44:27
00:11:30
00:32:57
Mark Bentley
00:44:28
00:14:30
00:29:58
Darren Mattocks
00:44:53
00:15:30
00:29:23
Alan Jones
00:45:47
00:13:30
00:32:17
Louise Morgan
00:45:50
00:04:00
00:41:50
Chris Skellern
00:45:54
00:14:30
00:31:24
78th run
Richard Caley
00:46:11
00:17:00
00:29:11
Holly Wright
00:48:33
00:04:00
00:44:33

 














Berryhill 10k

1 July 14

Report by Graham Williams
On a warm still evening eighteen Harriers took part in the eleventh NSRRA race hoping to improve on their tally of points in the various leagues. The race consists of one small and two large laps of a former colliery spoil heap with some testing hills and several sections off-road including some sand areas. The race was won by Ben Gamble of Tipton Harriers in 32.44 with first lady Michelle Buckle of Newcastle AC in 41.44. First harrier home was Phil Hilsdon in a very creditable fifth place in a time of 37.46. Michelle Fox was first lady harrier in 43.58.

 

In the Junior race trying to emulate Phil, Matthew Hilsdon finished 30th in 12.30 and Karen Hilsdon finished 39th in 15.55.

 

Harrier positions and times

 

pos
name
time
5
Phil Hilsdon
37.46
13
Ryan Nokes
38.26
19
Mark Bridgwood
39.45
41
Ian Wood
43.15
44
Michelle Fox
43.58 3rd F35
62
Tracey Jones
46.17 2nd F40
74
Chris Skellern
48.23 1st F50
85
Liz Stanyer
49.34
93
Eddie Smith
51.39 2nd M60
96
David Taylor
52.07
101
Tracy Riding
52.33
103
Graham Williams
53.10
105
Esther Batho
53.25
119
Karen Murray
56.29
123
Fred Chidlow
58.35
124
Mick Jones
58.47 3rd M70
135
Julie Nokes
63.35
137
Bill Whitworth
65.35