Its been a quite a while since we managed to round up all of the races our Harriers runners have been involved in. Apologies to those who have been out and about wearing the red and black vest since we last posted an update but there have been far too many events to catch up on over recent months.
Its a little unfair to pick out performances from amongst all the 10k PB, tumbling half marathon times and off road heroics, but one or two runs at the extreme ends of the spectrum do help to illustrate the incredible range of events that our members cover.
Julie Platt completed her second Ultra Marathon with an epic effort at the Hoka Highland Fling in Scotland. Fifty three miles of rock, mud and mountains were dismissed in a mere 11 hours and 30 minutes as Julie powered her way across the West Highland Way. By way of contrast Dean Atherton made his debut on the track when he represented the club over 1500m at the Harriers Open Track meet on April 6th. Dean covered the metric mile in 5:12:13 on his first attempt and has since brought his PB to 5:07:00
Last Wednesday saw the first of the mid week summer race series at Astley Park, Chorley and Harriers got off to a flying start. Andy Kaufman got himself on the podium with a 24:39 for second place. Barefoot specialist Colin McEvoy continued his startling progression wit a 17th placed finish in 28:16 chased home by Darren Jackson in 28:20 just 2 places behind. Dave Collins and Mike Harris saw 4 Harriers men finishing in the top 25 with Paul Bryers making his mid week debut in 31:35 for 45th place.
Jayne Taylor made it a podium double for the club with 3rd placed lady and 1st place in her age group in 29:31. Jayne led a whole posse of harriers ladies as Sarah Morton, Kelly Towns and Caroline Rosburn crossed he line as a trio in 75th, 76th and 77th place. Caroline had a stand out performance as second L50 on the night. Shona Taylor completed a fabulous turn out for the club in 88th place overall.
This Saturday, (17th May), sees our veteran runners heading to Sutton Park in Birmingham to contest the Masters Road Relays championships. Fro the second year running we are sending complete womens and mens teams to battle it out over the testing 3 mile course.
Next Wednesday sees the next of the mid week races with the Haigh Hall 4 miler starting at 7.30pm with a good turn from Harriers expected. The race covers a lot of the ground we regularly use for Tuesday training making it ideal for anyone looking to put all those hard hill miles to use.
The following weekend we have a number of runners taking on the Manchester 10k. Check back here to find out how everyone gets on!