Press Report 1st January 2019 from Nick Budd
Round up of the festive running.
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There was a lot of festive running over the Christmas and New Year Period for the Congleton Harriers which included the traditional Boxing Day jaunt up to the top of the Cloud, participation at the Christmas/New Year’s Day Parkrun and a few off-road social runs around Tatton Park, Three Shires Head and Sandbach to help counteract the excess of mince pies. In-between all the social running there was also a significant amount of competitive racing on offer as well.
On Wednesday 19th December Bryan Lomas competed in a 5k event at Alvaston, one of the Derby Midweek Race series. Bryan finished 24th out of the 83 runners (2nd in the M40 category) in a time of 18:42. Still returning from a period of injury, Bryan took the result as evidence as a continuing return to form and fitness.
On Saturday 22nd a large contingent of Harriers participated in the Congleton Parkrun as this was on the club’s winter competition list. That meant there were some fast times and a couple of new personal bests in evidence: Chris Moss was 7th in 19:10 followed by Stuart Rider 10th in 19:17, Bryan Lomas 11th in 19:26, Emma Taylor 13th in 19:46 (PB), Paul Steel 29th in 21:17, James Yates 34th in 21:53, Nick Budd 35th in 21:57, Nigel Poole 53rd in 23:44, Martin Sands 60th in 24:06 (PB), Sue Blake 69th in 24:57, Mark Tilstone 70th in 24:57, Paul Birdsall 83rd in 26:51, Louise Poole 90th in 27:59, Dave Taylor 103rd in 28:59 and Georgie Budd 112th in 29:40.
On Thursday 27th Bryan Lomas and Lucy Rusbridge competed in another 5k event - the Queens Head at Belper. On an undulating out and back course Lomas finished in 18:55 for 16th place and Rusbridge finished in 23:31 for 75th place.
On Sunday 30th Rob Parkin took part in the Adlington Winter Warmer. A race of around 10k with a bit of a difference in these days of smart watches and fitbits: each runner has to predict the time they think they will finish in and then run the race without the aid of any device. The winners (and prize winners) of the race is the person who is gets closest to their predicted time. Rob was 114th out of the 229 competitors in a time of 57:01. Having set a prediction of 55.00, Rob was well out of the contention for any of the prizes.
On New Year’s Eve four Harriers headed off to Lyme Park to compete in the Bowstones Fell Race. The Bowstones are a pair of ancient Anglian cross shafts situated beside the old ridgeway between Disley and Macclesfield overlooking the gorgeous Lyme Park, with extensive views across the Cheshire Plain, to the city of Manchester and the hills of the Peak District. The run starts from the Boards Head Pub in Higher Poynton and winds its way uphill, crossing the Macclesfield Canal, into Lyme Park, joining the Gritstone Trail up to the Bowstones themselves, before passing Lyme Hall and the deer sanctuaries near Lyme Cage, eventually winding back down to Higher Poynton.
It’s a tough challenge on a route just shy of 7miles with an ascent of 1066ft. The competitors, however, are compensated by the fine views and the free bottle of beer given to all finishers. In a field of 399 competitors, Nick Budd was the first Congleton runner back finishing 140th in 58:52, followed by Helen Jeffrey 167th in 61:18, Sarah Proudmore was next finishing her first race as a Congleton Harrier in 181st place in 63:03 and Steve Webb completed the quartet in 236th place in 68:18.
On New Year’s Day Bryan Lomas, having started the festive racing was also involved in the final race of the period; competing with Lucy Rusbridge in the Hangover Race held at Belper. A road race over a distance of 4.8 miles run on a cold but clear and sunny day with good views down into the Amber Valley. The race featured a swift first mile downhill then uphill very steeply in places to the highest part of the course somewhere after 3 miles before a long decent to the finish making for a challenging course. Bryan finished 8th in 31:11 and Lucy finished 43rd in 39.03.
Finally, a bit of advance news for 2019: entry is now open for the 36th outing of Congleton half marathon which will take place on Sunday 6th October. This popular, well marshalled event follows an undulating, scenic and rural course. As usual, all profits from the race are donated to charity. Normal entry includes a souvenir technical t-shirt and commemorative medal. New for 2019, however, for those runners who simply want to run without receiving any souvenirs, there is now is the “No Bear Frylls option” although early entry for this option is advised due to limited availability. To enter click on the link on the club’s website (Congleton-harriers.co.uk).
The club welcomes new members with club training runs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If you are thinking of joining but are unsure of your pace and ability to keep up, then consider the Monday run which are now being tailored to accommodate new prospective members. You can find full details on our Congleton Harriers website: Congleton-harriers.co.uk. You can also connect with the club on Facebook where details of club activities are posted regularly.