Press Report 5th May 2019 from Nick Budd

Rainow: Rob Parkin, Josie Galbraith, Rob Bedford, Anthony Allan, Kelly Hurlstone. Photo: K Hurlstone

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Last week’s Kinder Downfall fell race represented the last run in the Congleton Harrier’s winter competition and its conclusion allowed final positions to be calculated.  Congratulations go to Chris Moss and Emma Weston who were respective winners of the men’s and women’s open competitions.  Congratulations also go to Nigel Poole who won the handicap competition.

This week, therefore, saw the start of the club’s summer competition with a mid-week five mile fell race at Rainlow featuring 750’ of ascent that took in White Nancy, an iconic structure atop of the hills near Bollington.  There were five Harriers in amongst the 200 runners taking part.  Anthony Allan finished 14th overall in a time of 3:45 followed by Rob Bedford in his first race for the Harriers who finished 103rd in 46:46, Kelly Hurlstone, 140th in 52:12, Rob Parkin 157th in 54:25 and Josie Galbraith 160th in 56:47.  For Bedford and Hurlstone, this was also their first fell race.   This was one of those races geared up to raise funds for local charities and post-race an amazing array of cakes raised £1,000 donated to the Rainow Village Institute, Rainow Pre-School and to Buxton Mountain Rescue.

On Saturday four Harriers were at the second entry in the club’s Summer competition; again, a fell race and again in the Bollington area.  The Bollington Festival 3 Peaks Fell Race is the only fell race in the country to start and finish at a brewery, the race sees seasoned fell runners compete alongside relative novices over  5.7 miles of challenging terrain with runners facing 1200’ of ascent traversing Kerridge Hill, White Nancy and Nab Hill.  Of the 310 runners who finished Helen Jeffrey was 145th in 56:27, Malcolm Jackson was 243rd in 66:41, Dave Taylor was 250th in 1:08:03 and Josie Galbraith was 267th in 1:10:20.

On Saturday it was also pacing at the Congleton Par run, so thanks to Chris Moss, Jo Moss, Suzie Roscoe, Jason Jones and Jody Brooks who were doing the honours.  Whilst over at the Roaches there was a recce run for a number of the marshals who will be volunteering at the next race to be hosted by Congleton Harriers this year:  the 9.8 mile Passing Clouds Fell race which will set off at 11.00 on Sunday 9th June from Tittesworth Reservoir.

On Sunday three of the club trekked over to Halifax to participate in the Bluebell Trail Run, a 10.3 mile multi-terrain race, through woodland, canal towpaths, trails and Trooper Lane, a short cobbled street, reputedly the toughest cobbled climb in the country.  Out of 470 runners Sarah Proudmore finished 138th in 1:37:10, Dave Whittaker was 168th in 1:40:10 and Rob Parkin was 204th in 1:43:49.

Dave Whittaker, Sarah Proudmore, Rob Parkin                                                                     Photo:  S Proudmore

Further afield in Spain, Claire Cheetham was one of 1349 runners in the Valencia 5k finishing an impressive 102nd in 22:22 and 9th lady out of 683.

The club is always keen to welcome new members whether you are a speedy racer or more of a social runner.  So, if you are thinking of thinking of joining then just come along to one of the regular club runs for a few weeks and try us out for size; you will be made to feel more than welcome with no obligation to join.  You can find full details on our Congleton Harriers website:   You can also connect with the club on Facebook where details of club activities are posted regularly.