Masses of Harrier running over the Easter break including a new “runner vs steam” event and a raft of impressive PB times.
Even the Easter Bunnies were out in force.
Full details in this week’s press release.
The Easter Bank Holiday saw Congleton Harriers taking part in a wide variety of events.
There were 3 Harriers at Crewe on Sunday for the Airproducts 10k organised by South Cheshire Harriers. Although not the most scenic of races the sunshine and daffodils were a welcome site and runners were cheered on by Olympian Yvonne McGregor MBE who was handing out water at the half way point.
What attracts runners from far and wide to this race is its flatness making for a fast course offering the chance of PBs for the athletes. And it didn't disappoint for the Harriers. Anthony Allan was first Harrier back in 6th place (4th out of 65 in his age category) in a time of 35:42 achieving a PB knocking a remarkable 1 minute 39 seconds off his previous best time and achieving an age-rating of 76.61%.
Jo Moss was next in also posting an impressive set of results against a high-quality field of runners: a PB by 22 seconds in a time of 41.18; 9th placed lady overall and first placed in her age group achieving an 80.15% age- rating.
Emma Weston was the final Harrier home, making a strong return to competitive racing in her first outing since January following injury she finished in 103rd place in a time of 43:28, 5th in her age group with an age-rating of 75.38%. Both Anthony and Jo capped off their runs as prize winners.
Charmaine Wood was in action on Easter Sunday at another fast course – a 10-mile road race taking runners along the river Teifi and through the university town of Lampeter in Wales. A lovely scenic undulating course, not too hilly, just right for a road race in perfect weather conditions for running, no rain and not too hot or cold. Charmaine was extremely happy with her performance finishing 4th lady overall, 3rd in her age category in a time of 71:07.
Final racing of the weekend, albeit in a lot less clement weather conditions, was at a new and more novel racing event on Easter Monday - Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail inaugural seven mile race in which runners are challenged to beat the steam hauled heritage rail service from Rowsley South station to Matlock Riverside station and back in the beautiful setting of the Derbyshire Dales.
Despite the atrocious conditions Helen Jeffery set off with 123 other hardy runners going head to head against the steam train. Helen finished is 53rd place in a time of 57:14, pipping the train to the finishing line by 10 seconds. This event is sure to attract more Harriers to it in future years.
It wasn’t all about racing though over Easter as many Harriers took advantage of the fine weather at the start of the break to head to the hills for some social running. Groups of Harriers, with friends, were out on the Friday and Sunday, many limbering up for next week’s Mow Cop Fell Race, running up Shining Tor and through the Goyt Valley. Other Harriers were out testing their legs with a 26.7m, 6000ft ascent across-the-hills run in preparation for an upcoming 80k ultra event .
With Spring in full flow (despite some last gasp attempts by Winter to hold on) and with the improving light in the evening we see the switch over from the club’s road-based training runs on Tuesday evenings to the more varied off-road summer runs. Full details about these runs, along with everything you could possibly want to know about the club, are on the Congleton Harriers website: Congleton-harriers.co.uk.
Congleton Harriers run three times a week from the leisure centre on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays and always welcomes new members.