Press Report 12th May 2019 from Nick Budd
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There were thirteen Harriers amongst the 330 runners in the “Round The Runway” race on Tuesday; an interesting, undulating 5 mile, multi-terrain race on the perimeter footpaths surrounding Manchester airport where counting the number of planes coming and going provides the perfect antidote to counting down the miles.
First Harrier was Emma Taylor in 40th place in 33:30 followed by Jo Moss, 51st in 34:40, James Yates, 61st in 35:11, Melanie Worthington, 65th in 35:23, Helen Jeffery, 113th in 38:28, Paul Crean,145th in 40:26, Suzie Roscoe, 148th in 40:47, Rob Soames, 159th in 41:41, Ellie Dicks, 60th in 41:42, Rob Parkin, 169th in 42:21, Louise Poole, 179th in 42:44, Sarah Higgins, 214th in 44:31 and Sandy Hall, 230th in 45:57.
The Harrier women put in a particularly strong performance with Taylor, Moss and Worthington finishing as 3rd, 5th and 7th ladies respectively which was enough for them to comfortably walk away with first place in the ladies team competition. Worthington and Hall also both posted new personal bests for the 5-mile distance.
On Thursday there was also a strong turn-out at the Mow Cop Killer Mile. It might be only a mile in length, it is however, all up and with the worst at the end as the road peaks to a 25% incline. Out of the 174 runners the Harriers finished as follows: Anthony Allen was 4th in 7:52, Chris Moss was 21st in 9:05, Start Rider, 25th in 9:10, Jack Sargeant, 58th in 10:22, Mark Tilstone, 74th in 11:09, Kelly Hurlstone 103rd in 11:57, Rob Soames, 110th in 12:12, Jody Brooks 111th , Gemma Brinkhurst 127th in 13:12 and Sue Blake, 133rd in 13:29. There were also some fine age grade performances: Moss coming third in his age category although the standout result goes to Blake who won the F50 category.
On Sunday there were five teams containing Congleton Harriers at the Marathon Relay Charity race at Astbury Mere hosted by Boalloy. Three of the teams were looking to be uber competitive and take bragging rights and two were just out for a bit of social enjoyment. As the name suggests, it’s a 26.2-mile team race with each team deciding how many runners to use (with options open from 1-26!) and in what order they run. Most of the teams containing Harriers comprised 5-7 runners meaning each runner got a short recovery gap of 2-3 laps before having to run again. Astbury Mere being a mile in circumference makes this a particularly uncomfortable exercise, as the runners feel compelled to run at speeds outside of normal comfort zones. The three competitive teams did not disappoint and managed a 1,2 & 3 clean sweep out of the 22 teams entered. The first men’s team finished in 2:31:47, setting a new record for the event. They were followed by the women’s team in 2:53:03 and the 2nd men’s team 2:54:15. The other two teams: well, they were there for fun and to soak up the fine weather, so frankly, didn’t give a damn where they finished proving there is something in the club for all runners, competitive or not!
The club is always keen to welcome 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. 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.