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July started with a  championship race. The Cuerden Badger 10k was an evening affair, and counted towards the trail element of the championship. 15 that’s right, 15 (!) Harriers turned out to turn the Chorley Trails claret and blue, and all put in fine performances to bring in points in the fiercely contests championship race.

Here’s our Tim’s race report..

Another day to be proud about wearing maroon! The Holcombe Harriers pillaged Cuerden Park and owned the Badger Race.
15 Harriers competed.
Matt Driver came 2nd overall and 1st in cat with 38:32
Carmen Byrne came 8th overall and 1st female with 41:24
Matt Dunn came 5th overall and 1st in cat with 39:55
Chris Holmeswas hot on his heels coming in 6th overall and 4th in his cat with 40:11 giving Matt,Matt and Chris the 1st male team prize!
Neil Trott (despite going off piste) came in 11th overall / 5th in cat with 41:52
Carl Byrne was mere seconds behind Neil coming in 13th overall / 2nd in cat with 41:58
I [Tim] was chuffed with taking around 2 mins off last year’s time to come in 18th / 4th in cat with 42:28
Greg Webster came in 39th / 8th in cat with 46:49
George Critchley strolled home looking like he’d barely broken a sweat in 56th place / 6th in cat with 50:08
Captain Kirkham won 1st in cat in 60th place with 50:31
Bez Jones came 62nd /7th in cat with 51:03
Carolyn Lee was right behind him in 63rd / 3rd in cat with 51:10
Renee O’Mahoney came 82nd / 4th in cat with 53:48 wearing the correct footwear this time…
Yasmin Boodhin came 92nd / 7th in cat with 55:24
Then our final winner was Carole Critchley as 1st in her cat, 94th overall with 56:03
Amazing turnout and results everyone – Holcombe is firmly on the map for sure!

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Great performances by all the Harriers – check em out on http://www.ukresults.net/2015/badger2.html

Newcomer Shelley Wilson came 3rd in the Liverpool 5k – what a fab result in what looked like testing conditions! Well done Shelley!

Our stomping ground hosted the Radcliffe AC’s Bull Hill fell race – part of their 3 day series. 14 Harriers took on Bull Hill – an excellent turn out again, and great results too.

First Harrier back was John Raho in 3rd place, with Matt Driver in 4th just 30 seconds behind. Matt Dunn was 12th overall and 3rd in his category. Carmen was the first harrier belle home, 3rd woman and 1st in age group.

The rest of our results are here; http://www.ukresults.net/2015/bullhill.html

The second racing day was cross country  and Matt Dunn,  Tim Boland,  Roy Rowlands and Carmen Byrne braved the  route – fast, undulating and a lovely long uphill on each of the 4 laps. They set off at the front like Harrier Heroes. Super speedy Matt won v40, Tim was chasing hard, and Roy had the best sprint finish. Carmen says ‘I really liked this course- easy underfoot and got first woman, all good until they’d replaced me in the results for a bit as a Vet 60 called Mark. ho hum a bit of a reshuffle and all is okay’   More brill Harriers running followed by a well deserved brew.


Day 3 was more of the same from the Harriers – this one was a fast 5.25 trail-ish run. Matt ran a speedy 33.16, Carmen not far behind in 33.52, Tim 34.43 and John Appleby took over the best sprint finish mantle from Roy with a great finish in 36.14. Carmen got a great result as overall 1st woman, and Matt was first v40 with Tim hot on his heels.


Some proper Lakeland classic fun up next – as four harriers pitted their wits against the Kentmere Horseshoe. Carol Byrne flexes his muscles as roving reporter in this report;

“First out of the traps and leading the heroes up hill was Matt ‘Shiny Van’ Driver who stormed around the course and was the first Holcombe back in an incredibly impressive performance.

Second through for the Harriers was Matt ‘Chippy Tea’ Dunn who after a very easy start for him, picked up his pace and never looked back, coming in well under 2 hours.

Losing his virginity on Classic Lakeland mountain races was Skip ‘Never Done This Before’ Beaver who after trotting out an easy start was so close to breaking 2 hours. If the route had been correctly flagged for the last mile, that would have been 3 Harriers under the 2 hour mark.
Last in was Carl ‘Still Got the Tor Mile in my Legs, This isn’t really My Excuse, But a Point of Fact I Would Like Everyone to Take Into Consideration. Plus, I’m the Bloody Oldest and My Knees are Giving Me Jip’ Byrne. Who after a ridiculously slow start, being caught in what some angry bugger in a Holcombe Harrier vest compared to an Ikea sale queue on Boxing Day, managed to catch 38 people in the last half of the race. A true veteran of the hills, with nerves of steel, a 1000 yard stare and a slight twitch.

Byrne also put a formal complaint into the race director for misconduct by Beaver, who refused to fall over during the race to allow Byrne to catch him. To be fair, Beaver would have needed to fall 9 times and not bother getting up for a minute each time. The race Directors immediate decision of ‘Sod Off’ was the final decision on the matter.

Results like this show the Heroic Holcombe Harriers are developing a wonderful depth to the team with brilliant performances in 2015 so far across the board. Readers can’t wait to see what they do next.”


Greg Webster had a sneaky win over in the cock hill wood fell race – 1st MV40 and 14th overall – you dark horse, you!


Multisport fun

14th July was the first of the series of sumer aquathlons organised by Bolton tri club. 3 Harriers took part in the 1200m swim/5k run combo. First back for the Harriers and 2nd overall (but first out of the water) in 47:21 was Hannah Lambert. 2nd back was Steve White in 48:16 and bring in up the rear was Jo Stevens in 55:37


Meanwhile international harriers Claire and John Raho were testing their mettle on the Alpe d’Huez duathlon

John says ‘There’s not many races I’ve been to where the race briefing is in 3 different languages. This is what me and Claire found at the start of the Alpe d’Huez duathlon along with a multitude of trisuits from all over the world. The weather made us feel very at home with steady rain throughout as we completed a hilly 6.5km first run around Bourg d’Oisans before heading up the 15km Ape d’Huez climb to finish with a final 2.5km hobble. We were both pleased with our performances but felt very ill-prepared for the style of riding uphill for an hour, maybe at the end of our holiday we could have faired a little better. Claire came in 21st female (209th overall) in 2.07.38 and I was 61st man in 1.40.29  but was 2nd Brit so happy with that! Full results can be found here: http://live.sportcommunication.info/ALPE…/…/resultatfin.php


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