Press Report 15th September 2019 from Nick Budd
This week’s press report
Only three races to report on this week for the Congleton Harriers after last week’s blitz of activity.
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Only three races to report on this week for the Congleton Harriers after last week’s blitz of activity. Mid week, Bryan Lomas and Lucy Rusbridge were competing in one of the Derby Mid-week races; this time the Alveston 5K. Out of the 81 runners Lomas finished 7th overall, 1st out of 13 in the M50 category in a time of 18:25 and Rusbridge was 48th overall, 3rd out of 7 in the F40 category in a time of 22:57.
On Saturday Emma Weston was back in “three peak” action after her recent adventures up Ben Nevis the week before. With little time for legs to recover, this time she was tackling Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The Scafell Pike Fell race is short in distance at a meagre 4.5 miles but it packs a mighty ascent of 3000’ over the distance. This is a tough run! On the day Weston was 114th out of the 119 runners in a time of 1:20:13 which meant she finished 1st in the F45 category and 5th lady overall. Having completed all the three peaks races (Snowden was back in July) Weston was also 2nd overall in the “Queen of the Mountain” competition. Her reward: race award presentation from the legendary Josh Naylor MBE, a folk hero in the fell running community who, starting way back in 1960, has set many long-distance records throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Sunday saw three Harriers tackling the 7-mile St Thomas Road race around Upper Tean near Stoke. This race is organised by the St Thomas Primary Schools as a means to encourage fitness in the local community and to raise funds for the school. Out of the 181 runners it was good to see Char Wood, back in race action following injury, finish 58th, 8th lady overall, 2nd in the F40 category in a time of 53:47, Sarah Proudmore, one of the more prolific racers in the club, was 81st in 57:27 and 2nd in the F45 category and Gemma Brinkhurst was 114th in 63:18.
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: Congleton-harriers.co.uk. You can also connect with the club on Facebook where details of club activities are posted regularly.