Press Report 22nd September 2019 from Nick Budd

Harriers at RunMaccFest. Photo S. Canning

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Harriers and Supporters at Lantern Pike                         Photo:  D Hill
Anthony Allen Photo: B Dale

There were four Harriers in action on Saturday in the Lantern Pike Fell Race in Little Hayfield.  The 5 mile, 1050’ ascent race is attached to the Hayfield County Show and Sheepdog Trials. The entrance fee to the show entitles you to run the Fell Race which effectively makes the race free, which must make it one of the most cost-effective races around.  There were two first timer Harriers competing (Sarah Proudmore and Ali McNinch) who were accompanied by Dave Taylor and Polly Kennerley who have raced this before.   There were 107 runners who set off in a temperature of 22 C making it rather hot work for a September race.  It’s also a bit of a cruel route for the racers as the ascent takes you close to the top before two steep descents dump the runners halfway back down the hill again to start the climbing again! Once the trig point is finally reached a 10 to 15-minute steep descent with a final sharp climb gets you back to the finish line.

Proudmore was 60th in 51:04 finishing 3rd in the F40 category, Kennerley was 75th in 54:50, Taylor was 91st in 59:40 and McNinch was 103rd in 68:49.  Post-race racers and spectators were able to unwind by watching the border collies rounding up sheep and by enjoying a welcome drink making for an excellent day out in the sunshine. 

Nick Budd spent Sunday expanding his repertoire by branching out into triathlon down in Nantwich, swapping the usual yellow Harriers vest for a natty red and black triathlon suit.  The weather looked threatening early doors with lashing rain, thunder and lightening (perhaps not a good mix with the swim being in an open pool and 21k of cycling on public roads).  By the start, however, conditions had improved, and the roads were sufficiently dry for some fast cycling without too much trepidation (although at least one competitor ended up with a very nasty gravel rash which is sure to smart for the rest of the week).  Budd finished his first event in a credible combined time of 1.23.23 taking 177th place out of 528 finishers.

The bulk of the Harriers in action on Sunday, however, were all competing in RunMaccFest; Macclesfield’s festival of running incorporating the Macclesfield half marathon, 10k, 5k, Fun Run and Community Challenges.  In the half, over a very hilly course through the leafy back roads of East Cheshire, Anthony Allen was the 8th runner out of the 502 competing to cross the finish line in 1.23.01 taking 2nd place in the M 40 category. Tom Walker 41st in 1:30:17, Jessica Knowles, was 155th and 3rd in the F45 category in 1:45:57, Adam Powell was 156th in 1:46:01, Andy Eaton 197th in 1:49:20, Nick Wilkins 226th in 1:51:38, Stephen Canning 293rd in 1:57:21, Rob Parkin 315th in 1:59:48,Andrew Bell 333rd in 2:02:21, Gemma Brinkhurst 373rd in 2:06:24 and Vicci Kirkpatrick 427th in 2:14:29.

Elaine Statham Photo: B Dale
Ian Stanway. Photo B. Dale

There were two Harriers in the 5k race and out of the 268 runners Ian Stanway finished 38th in 22:01 and Elaine Statham was 125th and 1st in the F75 category in 28:17.

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.