Press Report 1st September 2019 from Nick Budd

Harriers at Mid Cheshire 5k Photo                                       S Roscoe

This week’s press report 

Course records, race records, club records all come tumbling down in week of personal bests!

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Carol Bird Photo: C Bird

The second half of August, despite the remainder of the holiday season, saw an increase in the racing activity across the Congleton Harriers community.  It started with an “old school” road race, then in the final week of the month there was a flurry of races starting with another of the internal club races, the Horseshoe Hobble, which drew out a significant number of Harriers.  There was also a fell run, the final race in the club’s summer series, a 10k and a half-marathon over the final week which included England representation, impressive results, race records, club records and more personal bests.  

The Taddington Lane Races is one of those races where they can’t be bothered with today’s modern technology and still use the traditional methods of pen, paper and a results board to post up the results.  Bryan Lomas participated in this 4-mile reminder of bygone days finishing 8th out of the 92 runners in a time of 25:12 which also saw him finish 1st out of 30 in the M50 category.

The horseshoe hobble is named after the Horseshoe Inn in Astbury from where the 5.8-mile race starts and finishes.  It’s a two-lap affair on quiet country lanes featuring a short dash through an intimidating dank tunnel under the canal; seepage from above creates a slimy floor which in the gloom results in some very careful foot placement from those runners of a more nervous disposition.  The hobble is one of those races where the more able runners are given a time handicap based upon their recent form (the most “in-form runner” set off a full 19 minutes after the first runner set off).  The theory is that it should result in a bunched finish with all runners approaching the finish line at the same time.  The winner of the race is not necessarily the fastest runner, it is the first to cross the line.  Honours and the modest prize pot (all the entrants contributing £1) went to Will Roberts.  He was followed by David Whittaker, Mel Worthington (first lady home), Stephen Canning, Paul Birdsall, Jason Jones, Nigel Poole, Louise Poole, Suzie Roscoe, Nick Wilkins, Chris Moss (fastest man), Sarah Proudmore, Martin Rous, Stuart Rider, Gemma Brinkhurst, Dave Taylor, Paul Crean, Adam Powell and Steve Webb. 

There were also three Harriers in action on the same evening in the 6.5 mile, 1507’ ascent Eyam Fell Race. Bryan Lomas, back in familiar territory having grown up in Eyam, finished 31st out of the 267 runners and 2nd in the M50 category in 48:03.  He was followed by Andy Roberts, 42nd in 51:34 and Lucy Rusbridge, 181st in 66:39.

Two days later it was the Mid-Cheshire 5k at Kingsley which was also the final race in the club’s summer competition and eleven Harriers featured in the field of 603.  This was a fast race with a new NSRRA record being set, two club records tumbling and four runners setting new personal bests. Jack Schofield finished 73rd in 16:02. This time set the new club record for the 5k distance.  Anthony Allan was 135th in 16:51 which also represented a new personal best time, Chris Moss was 239th in 18:39, Adam Powell was the next to set a new personal best finishing 296th in 19:36.  Emma Weston was 339th in 20:01 which was the second club record time to fall and also was a new personal best. Jo Moss was 390th in 21:08, Kelly Hurlstone was 485th in 23:10, Paul Crean was 487th in 23:12, Suzie Roscoe was the final Harrier posting a new personal best  to finish 492nd in 23:23, Nigel Poole was 527th in 24:35 and Elaine Statham in her first outing as a Harrier finished 578th in 28;22.  Statham started in style as she both finished first in the F75 category and set the new NSRRA record time.

As this concluded the club’s summer race series, the overall results were quickly collated.  The series saw Harriers run 295 times across all the competitive races in the series.  Congratulations go to Melanie Worthington, Sarah-Louise Proudmore and Kelly Hurlstone who finished up as 1st, 2nd and 3rd lady respectively. For the men it is congratulations to Chris Moss, Jack Sargeant and Paul Steel finishing as 1, 2, 3.

On Sunday Carol Bird got her just rewards for fine performances earlier in the year having earnt the right to represent England in the Maidenhead Half Marathon in the F55 Masters age category.  Carrying a slight hamstring niggle Bird was slightly down on her times from earlier in the year but still managed a highly impressive 1.34.30 to finish 4th in the age category and enjoyed the privilege of running in an England vest.

Emma Taylor Photo: E Taylor

Also, on Sunday, Emma Taylor was down in Cosford competing in the Spitfire 10k.  This is a slightly unusual and iconic venue with the race taking place around the hangers and grounds of the RAF Museum.  Emma is clearly showing some ambition because despite finishing 1st lady (a full two and a half minutes ahead of the second lady), setting a new female course record, finishing 11th overall (out of over 1300 runners) and setting a new personal best with a time of 38:41 she felt she hadn’t achieved the time she had hoped to!  There is clearly more to come from Taylor.

Don’t be put off by all the speed merchants above, our growing club is very welcoming to runners of all abilities and the club is always keen to see 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.  Regular club runs are held on Monday and Tuesday with speed training runs on a Thursday.  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.