Harriers Round Up: October 2012

I seem to start the round up every month by remarking on how busy everyone has been at various events around the country. With the nights drawing in and the road racing season coming to a close, we seem to be busier than ever with a packed race calendar.

Along with a great start to our cross country campaigns in both the Red Rose and the Mid Lancs Leagues, our runners have been flying the flag, (or the black and red vests), in all sorts of road and trail races.

Gary Wane enjoyed a honeymoon in the Lake District last month but understandably found himself wondering what on earth to do for entertainment in the evenings. Along with the new Mrs Wane he did what any of us would in his position and donned his headtorch for a bit of fun in the dark. Sadly, his exertions were ended prematurely,  (which has happened to all of us at some point).

Gary says he had been looking forward to the Petzl Pitch Black night run at Grizedale Forest having entered the 20k option on the 27th October. Unfortunately he lost his footing in the dark and turned his ankle, ending up with his first DNF. Thats bad enough at the best of times but a DNF on your honeymoon? Thankfully its a minor injury and he’ll be back in action soon.

Also in action that weekend were Kevin Edwards and Mike Glynn in the Preston Guild Marathon, along with Graham Millington making a big fuss about his jog in the concurrent half marathon.

Kevin had initially feared that the moody weather would turn into a repeat of the arctic conditions that blighted the Manchetser Marathon earlier this year, so ended up relieived at just a mild gale and dose of hailstones! Kevin has never been accused of being one of our “Mardy” runners, but even he augmented the man-suit with a woolly hat and pair of mittens at the start. He was to run the whole route with his soggy hat depsite it gradually creeping down his foreheaed the more drizzle it soaked up.

Along with a lot of runners, he found the course more challenging than expected, finding it difficult to maintain a consistent pace over the continually change of gradient. The last tortuos mile into the town centre also features high on his list of least favourite finishes with its twists, turns and cruel inclines. Kevin brought his marathon home bang on the pre-race target though with a fantastic 3:11 effort to place him. Read Kevins Race report here:

We have yet to get the full gory details of Mark Glynns run, but congratulations are in order form all at Harriers: Mark not only took down his PB, he also smashed the 3 hour marathon milestone for the first time with a tremendous run. Also in action in Preston were Pat and Pauline who train with us regularly on a Thursday evening. Both ladies braved the conditions to complete a successful Half Marathon.

Darren Middleton is another of our runners who can find nothing better to do on a family holiday than go running about in public in his vest and shorts. Giving his wife and kids a break whilst on their break on the South Coast, Darren took part in a local 5 miler. Details are scant but on a crackly line from somewhere near Cornwall Darren repeatedly used the words “hills”, “mountains”, “horrendous” and “scrumpy”. Given the proximity to Hallowe’en when the race took place, it is appropriate that “The Reaper” snuck up on the locals to come home in about 16th place.

Harriers also turned out in force at the annual 8 mile Though the Villages event. Dave Collins was the first Harrier home bagging 4th M50 in the process. He finished a few minutes ahead of the rapidly improving Chris Burgess who found the repeated hill climbs for which this race is famous to be particularly tough. Kevin Edwards recovering from his marathon efforts just 7 days previously very sensibly decided just to jog round the course. That rare bout of sensible running lasted about a mile before he got stuck in and raced as hard as ever to finish 4th M45. 8th M40 and final Harriers man home was Mr Middleton makign a bold attempt to reap a weakened Kevin Edwards but finishing just 40 seconds behind in the end.

Representing the ladies in fine style were Julie Platt and and Jayne Taylor. Jayne got herself in a podium position as 3rd lady overall and and 1st F50. Julie Platt ran with Jayne for most of the race before losing a little ground on the descents. In the closing stages of the race she made a huge effort to pass another lady runner ahead in order to finish behind Jayne. It was only as she passed the long blonde haired lady rival at maximum effort she relaised that it was a male runner and she needn’t have bothered! Julie was 4th lady and 1st in the F40 category.

Also running last weekend were Mike Harris and Graham Millington who headed for Cumbria and the Finale of the Lakeland Trails series held in Glen Ridding on the shores of Ullswater. With 2 days of racing over 2 days, Graham is still hard at work on Chapter 3 of his epic race report. In the mean time congratulations go to Mike who placed 2nd in the Ullswater 10k race on the Sunday. Graham was delighted with 8th place overall and 2nd V40 in the 10am 14k Challenge on Sunday. This was after a solid run for 18th place in the preceding days Helvellyn 10k. A full race report will no doubt be released in hardback in time for Chrismas…watch this space!

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