Press Report June 10th 2023 from Nick Budd
A busy first week of June for the Harriers
It was another large turnout from the Congleton Harriers at the second race in the South Moorlands Summer Series with 23 Harriers in amongst the 193 taking on the 5.8 mile Roaches route. This one was a lot hillier than the 1st race of the series with 753ft of ascent along a mixed trail and road terrain. The task was made harder by the rising June temperatures which had only slightly abated by the time the race set off in the evening.
Our first runner back was Stuart Rider who is in blistering form (he set a new Parkrun PB two days later in even hotter conditions) and finished 18th overall in 43:01 (3rd in the M40 category). Dean Windsor, was 74th in 51:08, Danny Jackson, was 76th in 51:27, Colin Watret, was 87th in 53:07, Ellie Dick, was 95th in 53:40, Graham Cooper, was 96th in 53:41, Iain Thacker, was 100th in 54:13, Sarah-Louise Proudmore, was 108th in 54:43, Linda Fairbrother, was 113th in 55:38, Will Roberts, was 114th in 55:41, Rob McDermott, was 121st in 56:09, Nigel Poole, was 122nd in 56:15, Georgie Budd, was 123rd in 56:18, Stephen Canning, was 145th in 61:06, Jackie Moss, was 156th in 64:54, Donna Charlesworth-Simpson, was 162nd in 66:01, Ella Lyman, was 167th in 67:13, Hannah Coates, was 176th in 69:59, Trish Ryan, was 181st in 72:27, Nicola Glover, was 184th in 73:31, Andrea Whiteley, was 187th in 75:44, Sarah Richards, was 190th in 77:52, Petra Thacker, was 191st in 78:37.
On Saturday, there were eight Harriers at the popular Wincle Trout race. Temperatures were even higher, with the 6.5 mile race setting off mid afternoon under searing heat. Everyone running agreed that conditions were extremely challenging and any hope of emulating times from previous races were out the window, with most runners just concentrating on trying to get round and not even the two cooling dips in the River Dane were sufficient to get body temperatures down (at least one of the Harriers needed a good ½ hour and 3 pints of water before he felt able to stand back up after the race). Results are still to be published, but well done to Chris Moss (who finished 20th), Debbie Hill (who got 2nd in the F60 category), Nick Budd, Louise Roberts, Chris Roberts, Beth Ambler, Nigel Poole and Ross Oldroyd for gritting it out. Kudos goes to Nigel Poole who also decided that a 5k parkrun in the morning was the ideal preparation for the afternoon race.
Temperatures were no better on the Sunday where there were two further races taking place, thankfully starting in the morning before temperatures reached their peak.
There were five Harriers at the Potters ‘Alf, which is a grueling half marathon around Stoke with plenty of killer hills. Andy Critchlow, was 235th in 1:50:14, Nick Wilkins, was 356th in 1:57:14, Lucinda Brown, was 384th in 1:58:16, Dean Windsor, was 494th in 2:04:27 and Rob Parkin, was 717th in 2:17:40
Just outside Knutsford there were 15 Harriers participating in the undulating Colshaw 10k. Out of the 551 runners Melanie Worthington, was 98th in 45:46 and also 3rd on the F50 Category, Colin Watret, was 111th in 46:34, Michael Stanley, was 118th in 47:03, Graham Cooper, was 172nd in 50:02,
Ellie Dick, was 182nd in 50:53, David Gowin, was 229th in 54:12, Donna Charlesworth-Simpson, was 263rd in 56:24, David Bloor, was 294th and 3rd in the M70 category in 58:30, Paul Crean, was 311th in 59:10, Mark Bowyer, was 315th in 59:43, Andrea Whiteley, was 356th in 62:26, Trish Ryan, was 357th in 62:26, Ella Lyman, was 360th in 62:46 and Elaine Statham, was 443rd and 1st in the F75 category in 70:13.
Special congratulations also go to Elain Statham who has again been selected to run for England against Wales in a 5k at the end of August.
If interested in joining us, there are club runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with most runs setting off from the Congleton Tennis Club. The club is always keen to see 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.