Press Report 23rd June 2019 from Nick Budd

Martin Sands in Rio                                     Photo M Sands

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Josie Galbraith                                                         Photo: R Parkin
Harriers at Carlton Fell Photo: D Taylor

Some people will go to any length to run a marathon, but Congleton Harriers’ Martin Sands took that to extremes this week travelling almost 6000 miles to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Marathon.  A scenic point to point race which weaves through the streets and with beautiful oceans to your right and stunning mountains to the left it makes it one of the more picturesque races in the world.  Sands finished the challenging run in 4:11:15 (It has been pointed out to Mr Sands that there are easier, more local options on offer).

There were two new races on offer this week that attracted Harrier participation.  On Wednesday Rob Parkin and Josie Galbraith made the short journey to Stockport to take part in the inaugural Offerton 5 mile.  Like it’s big brother, the Stockport 10 mile, it starts and finishes at the Woodbank Athletics track taking in paths, parkland and muddy trails with plenty of ups and downs on the way.  This is one that is sure to attract more runners in future years.  Out of the 217 finishers Parkin finished 106th in 44:33 and Galbraith finished 138th in 47:17. 

On Saturday it was also the inaugural running of the Shrigley Stag Fell Race, a 6.2 mile, 919’ ascent run that attracted 131 competitors.  Part of the Pott Shrigley Rose Queen fete, three Harriers tried out the challenging route out from Pott Shrigley, through Lyme Park and back to the fete.  Sarah Proudmore led the trio home finishing 72nd in 54:27 to take second place in the F40 category, Dave Whittaker was 77th in 55:31 and Rob Parkin was 103rd in 61:16.

On Tuesday Harriers had a choice:  the Carlton Fell race, an attractive little race (albeit with a rather sharp scramble halfway round up to the trig point) and in the club’s summer competition or the club social away run around Wincle and Hanging Stones with the enticement of beer and food after as a reward.  Seven Harriers opted for the official race and took on the 4.7 mile, 840’ ascent route.   Out of the 99 runners Andy Roberts came home in 13th place in 36:56, just being pipped to 1st place in the M50 category and Nick Budd followed in 59th place in 46:10.  There then followed a tight grouping of Harriers;  Josie Galbraith was 83rd in 51:31, Harry Stubbs was 86th in 51:40, Malcolm Jackson was 88th in 52:02 and Dave Taylor was 89th in 52:22. Sandre Jackson was the final Harrier back finishing 96th in 54:50 which earnt her a nice box of chocolates as the F60 category winner.

Harriers at Ilam
Jessica Knowles, Emma Weston, Carol Bird and Bryan Lomas Photo: B Lomas

The next race in the SMAC Summer Series on Thursday was Ilam Hall, a 5.8 mile race that attracted 207 runners.  Paul Steel was 41st in 43:22, Adam Powell was 54th in 44:27, Mel Worthington was 57th in 44:38 (continuing her fine form of finishing top 3 in the F45 category; this time going one better as she finished 1st in the category), Polly Kennerley was 93rd in 48:22, Kelly Hurlstone was 95th  in 48:37, Sarah Proudmore was 103rd in 49:24, Nigel Poole 112th in 50:26, Jody Brooks 122nd in 51:40, Paul Crean 127th in 52:02, Dave Whittaker 128th in 52:04, Josie Galbraith (her  third race in a row following Carlton and Offerton the nights before) 159th in 55:52, Poly Wilding 170th in 58:22 and Ali McNinch 173rd in 58:52.

There were two road races over the weekend.  On Saturday it was the Meerbrook 15k and there were four Harriers taking on this challenging road race, two representing Cheshire, following a hilly route around Meerbrook, Gun Hill and Swythamley. In warm and sunny conditions Bryan Lomas finished 28th out of the 255 runners in 1:02:32, Emma Weston and Carol Bird (both representing Cheshire) were respectively 69th and 102nd in 1:10:34 and 1:14:38.  Jessica Knowles was the fourth Harrier finishing 140th in 1:19:59.  Lomas’ time was good enough to finish 3rd in the M45 category with Weston bagging 2nd in the F45 category and Bird taking yet another 1st place in the F55 category.

On Sunday it was the Colshaw Hall 10k.  This is always a popular race with a very attractive winners medal and there were 8 Harriers in amongst the 1071 runners.  Chris Moss was 39th in 39:45, Stuart Rider 46th in 40:33, Paul Steel 96th in 43:34, Mike Stanley was 135th in 45:05, Kelly Hurlstone 248th in 48:30 (setting a new personal best), Jody Brooks was 346th in 51:08, Josie Galbraith (an impressive 4th race in a week) 469th in 54:32, Laura Taylor, in her first race as a Harrier, was 517th in 55:33 and Sarah Higgins 542nd in 56:15 (setting a new personal best).

Back out on the hills, and also on Sunday there was a solitary Harrier taking part in the Kinder Trogg:  Andy Roberts completed the 15.8, 2,900’ ascent race in 2:28:59.

Harriers at Colshaw 10k                                                     Photo:  K Hurlstone

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:   You can also connect with the club on Facebook where details of club activities are posted regularly.