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April News

Amazing April – big results in big races

International News

Our international athletes were once again in action. First up John Kirkham braved windy, cold conditions to take 1st In Age Group at Grafham Water Sprint Duathlon, giving him a place on the 2016 GBR European Sprint Duathlon team to add to his place on The Standard Distance Duathlon Team.

Then the BIG ONE. Hannah Lambert and John Kirkham competed in the European duathlon championships Madrid.

On a wet, windy day in testing conditions on a hilly course John Kirkham came in with a time of 1hr 21.46 position 7th in age group and Hannah Lambert 1hr 18.25. 9th in age group.

An incredible set of results seeing the hard, hard graft paying off.


Marathon News

PBs & great achievements for those Holcombe Harriers who completed the Manchester Marathon. Chip times in order of finish;  Matt Dunn  3:01:31 Skip Beaver 3:28:19 Adrian Costello 3:45:34 Carolyn Burney  3:47:02  Mark Slocombe 4:38:25

Amazing stuff!
And the following week Neil Trott and Greg Webster took on London. Our first London Harrier place ever went to Greg, who did the club proud with an outstanding time of 3h36. Neil put in an super duper shift and flew over the line in an incredible 2h55. Top Drawer.
A marathon of an entirely different kind was completed by George Critchley the same weekend. The Yorkshire 3 peaks beckoned him, and a miserable day saw him finish 678th out of 802 starters in 5:18 – a great result.

Running News

The beginning of April saw a strong start for the Harriers. Yasmin took on the Guiseley Gallop,a 10km multiterrain, very muddy with a killer cross country style hill at the end.  She finished in a brilliant 61.44. Coming in 92nd out of 245 women and 380 out of 615 total runners.


Also that weekend was the Riving ton Pike Race. In the lovely sunshine 3 harriers tackled this straight up/down route . John Appleby did his first ever fell race and had a great result as 9th vet50 running a fast 25.34 with a great sprint finish to overtake a runner he’d been neck and neck with. Carl wasn’t sure how his legs would go on after 18miles lakes running the day before but once warmed up had a speedy run into 15th v40 place with 24.30 again with a sprint finish to hold off another runner. Carmen surprised herself and got 3rd woman. She says “having had a steady up felt like I was flying down and nearly caught 2nd (only 4secs behind) in 23.42. We celebrated in the pub. Fun all round:)” Well done!

The Wardle skyine race is a brilliant fell race. 4 harriers took it on, finishing well as you can see.

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John Appleby then went on to compete in the Radcliffe AC 10k Trail Race the very next day along with Berin Jones. Miserable conditions didn’t dampen their performances with 90th place, 14th MV50 going to John, and Berin returning to form coming in in a respectable 51:30 – 36th MV45.

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