1st March had Chris Holmes in his favourite colours racing the Tatton Park 10k. A great time of 50:30 and a 150th place out of a massive 850 runners was a brilliant result.
And here he is showing that a well thought out recovery is as important as the race itself…
The following week was the Flower Scar fell race and its status as FRA Championship counter made for a fast, competitive field. 3 Harriers took on the challenge, Matt Driver, John Raho and Matt Dunn, coming in in that order, all in the top half of the field with Matt Driver hot on the heels of the legendary Steve Birkenshaw.
Next day in entirely different conditions Jo Stevens went to Marsden to take on the Ian Roberts memorial fell race.
In a cracking race Jo occupied the other half of the table but showing that the Harriers take on all shapes, sizes and speeds she was well pleased with her 119th place (out of a 130 runner field) which converted to a surprising 22nd woman and 6th in her age group! Fell running is a great ego booster!!
The weekend of 22nd March was a busy one for the Harriers.
Renee O’Mahoney, Steve Addleton and Neil Trott did the Wilmslow half marathon. Neil and Steve pulled in PBs at 1:23:08 for Neil and 1:37:29 for Steve. Renee, returning from injury, finished in a highly respectable 1:55:12. Great work.
Trimpell 20 beckoned Carolyn Burney and Greg Webster. Lovely conditions and smiley faces in this one – both making good on their marathon training with 2:38 for Greg and 2:53 for Carolyn. Impressive.
A great day too for those Harriers doing 2 crosses. George and Carole Critchley took on a challenging 17 mile route and Carl and Matt Dunn took on the longer 25 mile route. George and Carole finished in 3hrs 30mins. I was joint 1st home of the 25 milers in 3hrs 42mins and Carl decided 25 miles wasn’t quite long enough for him, so he did a couple of circuits of the golf course as well, finishing in 4hrs 20mins. Well done everyone.
29th March saw a great turn out on a wet old day for the Ron Hill Accrington 10k, a championship counter.
All came in well under the hour on a challenging course – unrelenting uphill for over 3 miles to start off with!
And all in the top 15 of their age groups, meaning BIG points for the championships! Sneak a peak at the tables to see the damage.
Finally in running news, 4 hardcore harriers made the most of British Summertime for a quick trip up Liver Hill for the Pete Hartley memorial race. This great out and back race was muddy to say the least, but they all beat the sunset with Carl first back in 44:02 shortly followed by Greg in 48:35, George was next in in 53:06 and Jo not far behind in 56:55 all finishing muddy but happy as this pic testifies…
Duathlons aplenty with John Kirkham kicking off March in style. He won 3rd place at the Dambuster standard distance duathlon, in what were, as you can tell for the glorious Rutland water behind, testing conditions. Well done Captain!
Not content with that, and leading up to a European Qualifier, John and Hannah took on the Epic (by name and by nature) Firefighters 2UP duathlon – where a team of 2 do all disciplines together.
They had a great time on a tough course finishing in 98th place out of 147 finishers, 12th mixed pair in a total time of 2.49.27.
“It was cold! and we battled over the Winter Hill and Anglezarke climbs 🚵 into the teeth of a stiff Easterley, considerably improving our placement in the field with our stealth tactics! It was a matter of digging deep on the last run with Hannah leading and keeping the pressure on our class competitors.” 🏃🚴🏃
That irrepressible duo then moved on to International ground in the Clumber Park Duathlon.
Hannah Harrier in the Sprint race came in 2nd in her age group in 1:21 and John “killer” Kirkham came 8th in his, giving him a place in the 2016 European championships. Hannah is between age groups, so her 2nd means a wait to see how she fares against the 35-39 age group, and is pending a roll down place.
We wait with baited breath for their ETU 2015 Madrid performance in a few weeks time.
Other sporting fun
Hannah has been back in the pool to the Padiham Aquathlon, taking first place comfortably and bringing home the silverware.
And finally Jo went up to Cumbria for the lovely Eden Valley Epic Sportive, doing the course in just over 4 hours; 19th woman home.
A great sporting month for the Harriers