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Running news

September started with a fine performance from Mick Horan in the Salford 10k. a time of 37 minutes on the nose saw him come 5th Vet 40 and 31st overall from a field of 3000 runners! Good going Mick…

Greg Webster also pulled in a blinder at Wigan 10k in a super speedy sub-45 – a time many of us can only dream of!


Great work Greg!

Jo and Hannah stretched their legs in the Lakeland Trails 10k event in Keswick. http://www.lakelandtrails.org/download/Results/Keswick14/rptResult10km.html

The surprisingly hilly course left the girls wishing they’d looked at the course profile, but the weather (and birthday cake) more than made up for the shock to the legs and they had a cracking day out.

Next up on the running calendar was the Cross Keys relay event – something which will probably feature on the Harriers calendar every year due to the brilliant team spirit and good fun of the thing. Each time into the transition area, you are met with great cheers (and laughter thanks to John and his basic inability to count to 2….).

The relay out in Saddleworth consists of 4 legs of about 4 miles, with 2 road and 2 fell laps.

Girls team (the Hen Harriers) Carmen, Claire and Hannah split the legs with Claire putting in 2 fell and Carmen and Hannah doing the road legs one apiece.

For the boys, Matt Driver took on the fells with John Raho on the road.

First leg was on the road and John and Carmen were the first off on a 3 mile circuit of steep and ups and downs. After missing only one turn (and having to turn round from shouts from other runners) John eventually approached the transition area with three questions clear in his mind…..’ why am winning and noone else is even sprinting? Why is Matt not ready? Why did they say it was 3 miles when it clearly isn’t?’

It was only after tagging Matt and telling him to set off, he was told by the crowd it was actually 2 laps! Whoops! Luckily he didn’t make the same mistake on leg 3 which Hannah ran for the Belles! Leg 2 and 4 were on the fell both of which Matt and Claire completed. It consisted of two long climbs and a final fast descent approached in differing styles by our runners (see the photos!). The Holcombe Belles finished 3rd Ladies team and the Hounds finished 4th overall. We’ll be back next year!

The Harriers continued to take on the Lakeland Classics with 3 members (John Raho, Claire Raho and Jonny Nicholson) taking on the epic Three Shires race on 20th September. All placed well, though just completing this tough classic is an achievement in itself – worthy of the pasty and cup of tea at the end! Results here; http://223coaching.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/simple.html

Adding an element of extra excitement to the running, orienteering champ Matt Driver persuaded John Raho to have a go at street orienteering (street O). This is a running event where the object is to find as many controls located around Adlington and surrounding areas in 60 or 75 minutes. No Prizes, just for the fun of it.

John finished in what winner Matt called a ‘solid’ debut performance – maybe persuading a few more Harriers to join in next time…

Multi-sport shenanigans

The triathlon season is coming to a close, but not without a last hurrah from the Harriers.

First up this month was John Holt taking on the immense challenge of the Hellvellyn Tri which consists of;

1 mile swim in Ullswater
38 miles cycle – including the Kirkstone Pass
9 miles run up Helvellyn – 3118 feet (England’s 3rd highest peak) and the only UK based race in Triathlete Europe’s Top 10 Toughest Races on the Planet.

A cold morning dawned with not much will from any of the swimmers to get in the chilly (but beautiful)lake …

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However John did better than dip his toe in, and beasted the swim. A tough bike course, and a run up Helvellyn finished off the day, the 5th time he’s endured this monster of a race. He put in an awesome performance he should be very proud of.

Next triathlon was Jo’s second go at Buttermere. A great race, taking in Honister pass on the ride, Jo was pleased to take 17 minutes off last year’s time and come home 20th woman.

Team Horan took on the Fleetwood Tri, a pool based course with a flat out and back on the seafront. Connor (aged 6) came 3rd on his second triathlon, doing a much better swim but then being up against some big boys on adult bikes, but came back to smash it on the run. Dad Mick came 3rd Vets which was a great surprise given he could only manage breast stroke with his dodgy shoulder, but like son like father, he smashed it on the bike and really improved on the run time from last year. Good work! 10255893_10152767765885844_7911914790588623184_n-2


3 Harriers took part in Rochdale Tri Club’s “Splash and Dash” Aquathlon at Elton Reservoir in what’s proving to be a popular discipline.

Steven Gregory took first overall despite pretty injured legs. Hannah took 1st female (by 12 minutes) and 5th overall, and William John Holt brought in a top 10 position too.
Fantastic results.

And in biking news….

The OMM Bike 2 day event beckoned John Kirkham. Competing with friend Dave Peel in a two person team, they came an impressive 8th overall in the short course. Great work in what looks to be a solid MTB season to come. Shortly after he entered the first of the Dark & White MTB Orienteering Winter Series as a solo entry and not only did well but had a blast too. http://www.darkandwhite.co.uk/challenge-events-outdoor-activities.asp?race_id=499

Next one in a month – plenty of time to hone the MTB nav skills….



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