Graham Cooper in Canterbury. Photo G. Cooper

Press Report 8th March 2021 from Nick Budd

As the lockdown eases, more and more races are restarting and a number of Harriers have been making up for lost time over the last few months so it’s an opportune time to restart the Harriers Race Reports.


Working backwards, this weekend past saw two Harriers, Rachael Flentje and Graham Cooper travel down to Kent to take part in the Canterbury Trails race, a 100k route following Chaucer’s Pilgrims Way starting from the grounds of London’s Southwark Cathedral and finishing in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent.  They were aided in their efforts by Sean Rowsall who acted as chauffer there and back for the pair.  Graham completed the run in 14 hours 49 minutes, and Rachael in 14 hours 2 minutes.  Rachael, Graham and Sean are all in training for their “3 people, 3 National Park in 3 days” charity challenge on 25th August which will see them complete 180 miles and 6 marathons over the three days raising funds for a number of charities (OCDUK, British Heart Foundation, Epilepsy Action, Young Minds and MIND).

Bryan Lomas descending Shutlingsloe

Also, in action, albeit a little closer to home, were a number of Harriers taking part in the Peak Skyline event.  The full event is a gruelling 29.5 miles with 6000 ft of ascent from Buxton, a loop through Grin Low wood then up to Cut Thorn followed by a route taking in Three Shires, Ramshaw Rocks, Hen Cloud, Roaches, Luds Church, Gradbach, Shutlingsloe, Shining Tor, Goyts Moss before a descent back to Buxton.  Not quite as gruelling, the Half Skyline event is still a challenging 14.5 mile run with almost 3000ft of ascent.

In the full event, Bryan Lomas was fourth home and first V50 in a time of 5:10:51.  In the half event, Phil Dawson and Sarah-Louise Proudmore crossed the line together, (officially 3:06:17 and 3;06:18 respectively) both finishing 2nd in their respective age categories.





Ian Stanway at Sandbach 10k

Earlier in the month there were Harriers in 10k Road action. At the Sandbach 10K, which this year featured a new course, and had waved starts based on entrants estimated finish time to help reduce congestion and reducing the spread of COVID there were three Harriers.   Ian Stanway was the first back finishing 29th out of 180 runners in 42:23 and earning a new 10k PB.   Jason Jones was the next Harrier back in 35th place in 43:33 and Lee Mackin in 104th place 53:29.   At the Chase the Sun Tatton 10k Jade Longmuir finished 173rd out of 317 in a time of 55:05.

At the Lancaster Marathon on 18th July Suzie Roscoe set a new PB, coming in as second woman home, to finish 24th out of 48 in 4:09:04 which ranks as one of Suzie’s proudest running achievements.

There were 8 Harriers who took part in the 5 mile Alderley Park Trail run on 21st July.  Out of the 350 runners Dave Clark finished 34th in 32:17 followed by Graham Cooper, 44th in 33:07, Sean Rowsall, 85th  in 35:42, Kelly Hurlstone, 104th in 36:35, Georgina Budd, 107th in 36:35, Laura Taylor, 195th in 42:39, Sarah Higgins, 228th in 42:39 and Rob Parkin, 236th in 45:07.

Dave Taylor was the only Harrier in the Peter Brinsley Bosley Village Fell race on Saturday 10th July, finishing the 4.7 mile race in 54th place in a time of 55:26.

Suzie Roscoe after Lancaster Marathon

At the Wilmslow Summer 10k, on Sunday 11th July out of 1780 runners Kelly Hurlstone was the first Harrier to finish in 48:28 in 616th place followed by Mike Stanley, 714th in 50:04, Danny Jackson, 800th in 51:53, Louise Poole, 825th in 52:26, Nigel Poole, 831 in 52:32, Rob Parkin, 976th in 54:38 and Josie Galbraith in 55:30.

On Wednesday 7th July, two Harriers were racing. Bryan Lomas took part in the DCRO Dash, a 5.3 mile fell race with 1263ft of ascent, finishing 13th and 2nd in his age category in a time of 44:06. Back at Tatton in another 10k Jade Longmuir finished 128th out of 262 entrants in a time of 53:35. Bryan was back in action on the following Wednesday in the Bamford Carnival Fell race, a 4.5mile, 100ft ascent finishing 20th out of 240 runners and 2nd in his age category in a time of 35:26.

Going back further into June, at the Shrigley Stag Fell Race on 26th June, a 6.5mile 919ft ascent fell run, Tom Walker was 23rd in 50:31, Graham Cooper, 52nd in 56:46, Phil Dawson, 90th in 62:20, Rachael Flentje in 67:10 and Sarah-Louise Proudmore 122nd in 68:41.

There were 6 Harriers who completed the Coleshaw 10k on 20th June.  Kelly Hurlsrtone finished 248th in 47:45, Rachael Flentje, 320th in 50:43, Josie Galbraith, 421st in 54:31, Jackie Moss 510th in 58:37, Martin Wood 584th in 1:04:51 and Cathy Dean 610th in 1:07:17.

Sarah-Louise Proudmore and Phil Dawson were also in action at the Dark Peak Trail Run, a 15.7 mile, 2,295ft run on 13th June.   They finished 49th and 50th in 02:51:52 and 02:51:54 respectively in a field of 108 runners. The day before, Graham Cooper was 50th out of 182 finishers in the gruelling 50 mile Pennine Barrier Ultra, completing the course in 11:24:30.

The club is always keen to see new members whether you are a speedy racer (on or off-road) 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.  Mondays are especially good for runners wanting to try the club out for size and is proving to be very popular.  There are also social runs on Sundays.

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.