Press Report 30th June 2019 from Nick Budd

Harriers after the Whalley Waltz race                               Photo Jody Brooks

This week’s press report 

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Michelle Stevens in Sheffield Photo: M Stevens
Hurlstone, Brooks and Proudmore at Shutlingsloe. Photo Mick Hall

The weather was blisteringly hot on Saturday, so it was a good job that the Whalley Waltz fell race features a deep water crossing at the finish; just what runners need after a sticky 5.8 mile, 899’ ascent run in the early afternoon sun.  This race, a traditional fell race attached to the Whalley Bridge Rose Queen Carnival, attracted 237 runners and a late social media blitz within the club featuring pictures of previous year’s river crossings resulted in seven Harriers featuring amongst that number.  Andy Roberts was the first Harrier to finish coming 32nd in a time of 50:58.In the heat, Emma Weston was also on blisteringly hot form finishing 45th in 52:55 to take 1st place in the F40 category and 5th place lady overall.  Adam Powell was next back in 76th place in 58:21 followed by Sarah Proudmore, 107th in 64:58, Dave Whittaker 116th in 66:45, Jody Brooks, 148th in 70:11 and Gemma Brinkhurst, 174th in 74:14.

Earlier in the week there were a couple of solitary Harriers runners in action at two separate races before yet another mass turnout on Thursday for the next instalment of the SMAC Summer Series. 

Rob Parkin took part in the Bramhall Food Bank 5 event.  This was the first of this year’s multi-terrain events run through Bramhall's Happy Valley, raising much needed funds for the Stockport Foodbank (in excess of £1000 just from this first race; further races are scheduled for July and August).  Parkin, a regular participant in this annual series finished the 5.5 km trail in 86th place out of 150 runners in 30:35.   

Brian Evans took part in the Sale Sizzler 5.  This 5k race attracted 520 runners and in clearly a fast field he finished 58th in 17:38 taking 3rd place in the M55 category.

Harriers at Shutlingsloe. Photo K. Hurlstone
Harriers at Sheffield. Photo Sheffield Run Website

This week’s SMAC race was a short but steep affair.  Only a measly 3.6 miles but featuring 1050’ of ascent as its straight up and down Shutlingsloe!  Thirteen Harriers were amongst the 207 competitors.  Paul Steel was first back for the Harriers finishing 50th in 33:19 followed by Adam Powell 67th in 34:59, Sarah Proudmore 102nd in 37:51, Jody Brooks 115th in 38:58, Paul Crean 116th in 39:04, Polly Kennerley 122nd in 39:52, Nigel Poole 124th in 39:58, Dave Whittaker 127th in 40:22, Kelly Hurlstone 130th in 40:39, Rob Soames 139th in 41:17, Suzie Roscoe 156th in 43:47, Josie Galbraith 157th in 43:58 and Polly Wilding 163rd in 44:40.

The final outing of the week was on Sunday when six Harriers journeyed to the other side of the Pennines to participate in the Round Sheffield Run.  Billed as “the original trail running enduro” this is an event comprising of eleven timed stages which add up to 20k of running (24k if you include the transitions) and almost 2000’ of ascent along hilly trails and wooded parklands around the perimeter of the Steel City.  Out of the 2056 runners Michelle Stevens was 291st in 1:37:17, Sarah Proudmore 643rd in 1:49:55, Suzie Roscoe 751st in 1:53:52, Rob Parkin 770th in 1:54:24 and Dave Whittaker 902nd in 1:58:11.  A special mention has to go to Sarah Proudmore and Dave Whittaker as this was their third race in four days!

This Saturday is the first of the month which means Harriers are on duty as pacers at the Congleton Park Run down at Astbury Mere.  They will be pacing at a range of different times from 22 minutes to 34 minutes, so if you have been at all inspired by this week’s report, come on down for the 9.00 start and be guided round.

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.