Harriers’ team of seasoned runners clocks good times at West Park

Runners at Leeds Abbey Dash
Runners at Leeds Abbey Dash

Harrogate Harriers had a packed weekend of racing.

The third West Yorkshire Cross Country race took place in West Park, Leeds, where the Senior Men’s race over 10,300m pulled in a team of seasoned Harriers with Chris Gibbins leading the pack in 39:17 and 36th overall.

Brian Miller was next in 43:29 (94th), followed by Simon Claridge in 44:45 (106th), Tim Broomfield in 46:58 (122nd), Steve Nesbitt in 47:35 (125th) and Pat Brew in 47:43 (128th).

For the ladies the distance was 6,800m.

Ruth Jones and Nicola Gray were the only Harriers present and put in a sterling effort with Ruth finishing in 30:30 and Nicola in 33:27.

Helen and Martyn Price were flying the Harriers flag up in the Dales on Sunday completing the Wensleydale Wedge, a 23-mile off-road event.

In a tough race, Martyn finished 33rd in 4:10 and Helen 31st in 4:09

Although final results are pending we do know that Helen was in the top 10 ladies, possibly 6th or 7th, which is a fantastic achievement.

The weekend before saw Alistair Wallace and Andrew Wallace compete in the Whinlatter Duathlon in the Northern Lake District.

It was a tough race, very muddy and slippy underfoot,

The course was a 6.5km multi-terrain run, a single track MTB 18km, and a 5.5km trail run, all over a climb of 1075m.

The field was 213, so both results are rather impressive. Alistair came in 97th position in 2:55:02 position and Andrew was 150th in 3:20:05.

Andrew was ninth MV50, and with the field size taken into account, means that the average MV50 was faster than the average in the field.

It should also be noted that Alistair, who is only 16, got through in the national schools Cross Country qualifier last Saturday.

On November 9, Mark Jordan travelled to the village of Goathland to complete the Hardmoors 26.2 with 3,500ft of ascent, bogs and difficult terrain.

The sting in the tail was that the course was in fact 27.6 miles.

Mark did exceedingly well to come in 42nd position in a field of 104, with a time of 5:27:32.

To give some context to his result, the winning time was 3:39 and second place was 3:59, so it’s certainly a challenging marathon.

This year’s Age UK Abbey Dash in Leeds took place on Sunday, results for Harrogate Harriers will appear nxet week.