Press Report 29th April 2018 from Nick Budd.
In this week’s edition: our very own England’s 6th fastest, Perseverance finally pays off after 4 years, long distance madness and thoughts turn to Passing Clouds.
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There was again a wide variety of running on display this week from the Congleton Harriers across differing terrain.
On Thursday Nick Budd participated in the final race of the Stone Master Marathoners Spring Treble of trail races run over consecutive Thursdays in April. The final race was the Barlaston Ups and Downs. Starting from the picturesque Oulton Cricket Ground the first mile is all downhill and, as an added incentive, is timed as a sprint. Unfortunately, after 4 tiring miles, the final mile back to the cricket ground retraces the same route with a lot less sprinting on show. Nick finished in 67th position out of 119 runners in a time of 44:06.
Jo Moss was the single Harrier in action at the Mid Cheshire 5k on Friday evening. This event is incorporated into the English 5k championships so attracts top flight runners from as far afield as Brighton, Essex and Morpeth in Northumberland; the lead runners setting impressive times of just over 14 minutes. Jo continued her recent good form achieving another sub-20-minute finish. Jo crossed the finishing line in a time if 19.52 coming in as second lady in her age group. Impressively, this represents the 6th fasted 5K time for a V45 recorded in England this year!
Saturday saw four Harriers participating in the inaugural Shropshire Way 80K (SW80K). This is a tough 54-mile long-distance endurance event with over 7200ft of ascent spread over two days. Suzanne Roebucklawrenson, Debbie Hill, Ali McNinch and Brian Evans took in some of Shropshire’s finest scenery incorporating Wenlock Edge, Long Mynd and the jagged edged iconic Stiperstones as they traversed along Shropshire Way.
James Yates, Owen Burdett and Nicole Humphreys were the Harrier representatives at the Essar Chester Half Marathon on Sunday. James Yates put in a strong performance and finally achieved his goal of a sub 1hour 40minute time. James crossed the line in a time of 1:39:12, Nicole finished in a time of 1:44:29 and Owen finished in 1:59:01.
The Congleton Harrier host three races each year and the next one is fast approaching: the Passing Clouds Fell Race on 10th June which sets off and finishes from Tittesworth Reservoir. So, Sunday saw a recce run of the 10-mile route across the Roaches led by the Race Director with several volunteer marshals and friends to reacquaint themselves with the checkpoints along the way.
Congleton Harriers run three times a week from the leisure centre on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays and always welcomes new members.
Full details are on the Congleton Harriers website: Congleton-harriers.co.uk.