Matt Dunn kicked off February with a long local classic, the 19.25 mile Wadsworth Trog. That killer combination of ice on top and bog underneath made for challenging conditions, but Matt’s made of the strong stuff, getting his head down and his pace on, to finish in a brilliant 19th place, just 14 seconds over the 3 hour mark. Results here: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Trog-2015-results.pdf
Next up in February was the super tough Liversedge half, a championship counter and therefore hotly contested! Nine harriers made the journey over the Pennines for this hard and hilly half marathon, and they all did themselves and the Harriers proud. Results – http://www.roberttownroadrunners.co.uk/Liv%20Half%202015ResultsV1.pdf
Brilliant times and positions converted to championship points and we know what points mean don’t we….? yes, that’s right bragging rights in the clubhouse as the competition hots up!
Speaking of which the following weekend saw the first trail race in the championship with another great turn out for the Harriers. We should all be proud of the positive comments the race organisers and other clubs made about our band of claret and blue athletes, and also proud of our rock hardiness with a muddy muddy 10k over at Standish. In what was apparently a very tough race 13 Harriers turned out to race and 2 (one junior!) to cheer, and in spite of the cold and mud the Harriers once again pulled off a blinding showing with Matt Driver picking up a prize for 3rd in his category and 5th overall. Results here: http://www.ukresults.net/2015/standfeb.html
That same weekend, 3 Harriers ventured over the border to Llandegla Duathlon. In snow, ice and biting winds we all made it round the demanding course, Andy Raho in an amazing 9th position, though to be honest all did well to even get out of their cars!
Here’s hoping for better weather in March when the next championship counter is the Hilly Accy 10k.
Other sporting shenanigans
Our resident orienteer Matt Driver set a great course at Leverhulme Park which was enjoyed by Harrier Jo, great practice of map reading..
Then the following weekend Matt, John Raho and the Stevens family took on the Heaton Park route, with the boys taking places 1 and 2.