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November News

Running news

Hannah kicked off November with a great solo showing at the Through the Villages race. A tough, hilly 8.45 miler saw her come in 4th in her age group – brilliant running and championship points to boot.

Next up on 9th was the  Wadsworth 1/2 trog – a proper fell race with lots of off piste over heather and bracken and loads of mud!!! Brilliant results for the Harriers; John Raho finished 3rd overall in 1hr 14m 26s: Matt Dunn finished 14 overall in 1hr 22m 16s & Claire Raho finished 68 overall (9 lady) in 1hr 42m 19s. Results here:  http://www.cvfr.co.uk/…/uploads/2011/07/Half-Trog-2014.pdf and bit of footage to whet your appetite for next year!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLkiuLeKCHw…

13 November was a night for the adventurous to take on the ‘Run in the Dark’ – Tim finishing in an impressive 39:28 and 14th overall in a brilliant 52:34 Sally Burgess. Great work guys!

Only for the strong of heart and character, the Tour of Pendle was as brutal as ever and the thick fog made for an added challenge. John Raho says ” I started well, after passing through CP1 in 6th place and still retaining 7th place through to CP5 the wheels started falling off and I eventually hobbled back into Barley in 30th place in 2.45.47. Matt Dunn decided it was not tough enough and added on an extra mile towards the end after taking the wrong route off the Big End and having to return back up the valley to get the last checkpoint finishing 117th in 3.10.58. One to return to next year…….again! Results: http://tourofpendle.co.uk/results-2014/

30th November saw Yasmin making her claret and blue debut in the Swinton women’s 5.25 mile road race. Finishing in 45:49 she was top half of the field – inspirational work given that her littlest is under 1! And a spot prize of choccies too!!


30th was also the running of the David Staff memorial race with team Raho taking on the opposition.  A route change meant a slightly shorter but steeper race. Pete Matthews from Blackurn Harriers ran away from the field and took an easy win in 25.31. Of the Harriers running, John Raho finished 4th with 28.51 and Claire Kirkham was 4th lady in 37.40 finishing 69th overall. There were 162 runners. Great going for the Harriers!


Cycling news

John Kirkham did a great job on his MTB in round two of The Dark & White Winter MTB Orienteering league, which was based at Tegs Nose Country Park, Macclesfield Forest. He says “The good weather brought out a good friendly crowd. Tegs Nose is situated high above the valley and I arrived with a game plan to stay up high and pick off some high scoring check points around The Cat & Fiddle before the inevitable descent into the forest for the easier pickings.
All went to plan and with 30 minutes to go, feeling happy with the swag collected, I planned my route back to base with a steep road climb, forsaking the bait cleverly laid on a parallel steep track.
No explanation for what happened next, save senility, but found I had to negotiate a steep slippery footpath for about 100 metres of elevation with bike shouldered. Time penalties in MTBO are severe!
Great day in a great area.”

And we say – well done John – tough events in tough conditions!

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