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June news

Edenfield fell race kicked off June, with another excellent showing of results. A sunny day on the
John Raho lead the Harriers home with 6th position overall and 3rd in his category in 48:32. Matt Dunn followed in 53:02, 4th in category. Matt Driver came in 20th overall, just 20 seconds behind Dunn. Carl Byrne bucked the trend by being called neither John nor Matt and came 6th in his age group. John Holt came home 18th in the hotly contested MV50 category, and Claire Raho came in 5th woman and 3rd in her category.
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7th June saw 2 Harriers take on a Lakeland classic in Ennerdale.
Matt Dunn and Carl completed a revised route, which avoided the summits due to a lightning risk. Still 21.5m with around 4,500ft assent which is not a bad day out in the Lakes! Matt completed in a respectful 3h58min & Carl finished a few minutes after. Some really boggy terrain took it’s toll on the legs but the highlight of the day for both was Joss Naylor holding the dibber box and giving words of encouragement at the Black Sail checkpoint – legend!

Harriers were out in force to marshall the Two Towers fell race, but a few racers joined in on the start line to fly the local flag. John Raho lead the early part of the race, and came in in an impressive 3rd overall. Mat Driver was next in 7th overall and 4th in his category. Jonny Nicholson came in 15th in his age group to bringing an excellent showing for the Harriers.

In a change of event the Harriers raced against the hill on 17th June. Bike v hill on Lumb Carr Road saw 4 Harriers testing their mettle against the gradient and Claire taking the cheque for first lady.

Show me the money...

Show me the money…

Next race in a busy month was Darwen Tri on 21st June. Two Harriers were competing, John Raho came 5th overall and 4th in his category and Matt Dunn came 16th overall and 3rd in his category. http://www.mytrievents.co.uk/…/03/Copy-of-Results2014.pdf. John had a little 1.29 (!) snooze he had in T1 and still did well!

Matt enjoying the descent

Matt enjoying the descent

 

and John with his race face on….

and John with his race face on….

Jo Stevens attempted the Yorkshire Dales top 10 epic the same weekend, a route over the 10 highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales. Setting off at 10pm from Horton the plan was to complete the 80 mile route in a continuous run. Supported by her husband Graham through the night and by Hannah the next day, it was a slog which started well. A lovely run over Penyghent in the fading light was beautiful, and Jo was feeling good past Fountains fell and the fierce cows (!) on the Arncliffe Road. A navigational error lost her an hour and she was glad to see Graham who put his trainers on and accompanied her up Great Whernside as the dawn broke. He left Jo to crack on over Buckden Pike, and met her with roadside support on the Cray Road. All was going to plan and more or less on schedule.
As the sun rose on a hot and sunny day the map reading went awry again, meaning over an hour was lost on the way to Hawes.
Hannah came out to meet Jo and set off over Great Shunner Fell – an amazing peak at the far end of the Dales. Fading feet and an increasingly decrepit back meant the schedule slipped and by the time they met Graham again at 55 miles and 16 hours, Jo decided to stop. Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience and immensely grateful to her supporters Jo has vowed to have another go older and wiser! Over £200 was raised for mountain rescue in the process.

The last event of June was the brilliant Day in the Lakes. The Harriers entered 3 teams to the half Iron Man distance triathlon in Ullswater.

2 Boys teams John Holt (swim), Mick Horan (bike) and John Raho (run) and Matt Dunn (swim), John Kirkham (bike) and Berin Jones (run) and a girls team Hannah Lambert (swim) Claire Kirkham (bike) and Carmen Byrne (run) took on the amazing event, with Steve Gregory as a solo entry for the Fire Service.

Results here – http://www.trihard.co.uk/adil/ADILhome.htm

A brilliant day was had by all and in spite of an impressive on road repair by Steve, he managed a great individual result. Mick’s boys came in claiming the prize for 1st really team and were 5th overall and Hannah’s girls 9th with no separate ladies relay results. John Kirkham’s team came in as 15th relay team and all should be pleased with their results. Some outstanding individual efforts not least John Raho’s 1st overall run time, should not be forgotten in what was another strong team showing from the Harriers. Have a look at our social pages for the non-competitive but no less important crack support team!

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