Press Report 19th May 2019 from Nick Budd
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Racing this week for the Harriers started mid-week at two different events. Out in the Goyt Valley, starting on
the banks of the Errwood reservoir, was the six-mile Shining Tor Fell race. This is broadly a three-part race with most of the 1042’ ascent up to Shining Tor happening in the first couple of miles. Once at the top the racers can briefly draw breath, take in the stunning views before tackling a relatively flat two mile dash on the flagstoned path across the gritstone ridge running past Cats Tor to Pym’s Chair before a steep dash back down to the reservoir and then a final charge across the dam to the finish. Out of the 247 runners Helen Jeffery finished 162nd in 59:19, Sarah Proudmore was 169th in 60:26 and Josie Galbraith was 216th in 67:45.
Further South in Oulton there was a larger contingent of nine Harriers in action at Mick Hall’s Stone 5-mile road race. This is a relatively new race in only its 3rd or 4th year and was established to raise funds for the Lynfoma Association. Setting off from the picturesque Oulton Cricket Ground the 300 runners navigated a two-lap undulating course. Bryan Lomas finished 21st in 34:30 (3rd in the M45 Category), Emma Taylor flew round finishing 25th overall and as 2nd lady in 34:58, Carol Bird was 47th overall, 5th lady and 1st in the F55 category in 37:27, Mel Worthington was 65th and 2nd in the F45 category, Michelle Steven was 80th in 40:26, Paul Crean was 121st in 43:09, Suzie Roscoe was 122nd in 43:22 and 3rd in the F35 category, Kelly Hurlstone was 127th in 43:59 and Rob Parkin was 135th in 44:36. The fine running from Taylor, Bird and Worthington meant they also won the ladies team event.
On Saturday there was more fell racing with two Harriers participating in the Mount Famine Fell Race. This is one of the many races in the area around Hayfield in Derbyshire. Relatively short at five miles, the race still features some steep climbs, starting with a wooded climb from the outset which all add up to a total 1850’ of ascent. Anthony Allan was 15th out of the 142 runners in 52:23 and Bryan Lomas was 31st in 57:11.
Sunday saw the final two events of the week featuring Harriers. Over in Chester James Yates was 830th out of 4307 runners in the Chester Half Marathon followed by Jody Brooks in 1841st position in 1:57:01 and Daniel Forse in 3147th place in 2:14:58. Whilst in Manchester there was a solitary Harrier competing in the Manchester 10k: Mike Stanley finishing 1452nd in 46:38.
Its now only three weeks to the next race organised by the Harriers: the Passing Clouds Fell Race which will start at 11.00 on Sunday 9th June from Tittesworth Reservoir. This 9.8-mile race takes is the iconic peaks of both Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches just outside Leek. At £6 entry (plus car parking at the reservoir), it is an absolute steal for off-road runners; no pre-registration as it is all entry on the day.
For the marshals, there is another recce run of the route this Sunday, setting off at 9.30 from the reservoir – the recce is open to both Harriers and friends as it is also a bit of a social run (it is a fairly demanding route though, so some prior experience of the distance and type of terrain needed). Further details on the club website and Facebook.
And, on the social front, there is the next club away run taking place next Tuesday 28th May after the bank holiday: an 8 mile route around the Peak District and Dane Valley setting off at 7.00pm from the Wild Boar Inn on the A54 for club members.
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: Congleton-harriers.co.uk. You can also connect with the club on Facebook where details of club activities are posted regularly.