Harrogate Harriers battle slippery slopes at final PECO race

Endurance Life CTS13-14 Northumberland
Endurance Life CTS13-14 Northumberland

Harrogate Harriers took part in the final PECO cross country race at Northcliffe Park in Shipley.

This was the wettest race of the season and the mud was deep through the rutted tree-rooted woodland paths.

Nine Harriers took part, results as follows: 55th Jamie Dilasser, MV40, 34:21: 88th Paul Render, MV55 37:02; 95th Stephen Kirk, MV40 37:23; 116th Emma Robinson, F Sen 38:18; 125th Nick Andralojc, MV50 39:00; 149th Stephen Nesbitt, MV45 40:19; 194th Alex Green, M Sen 42:45; 259th Alan Couldwell, MV55 46:55; 260th Jean Croft, FV50 47:02.

Team results were as follows: Men’s First Division 5th out of 11 teams; Men’s Vets Premier Division 5th out of 10 teams; Ladies First Division 6th out of 11 teams; Ladies Vets First Division seventh out of 10 teams.

Saturday saw the 30th Dent Brewery 2014 Dentdale Run, with two Harriers racing it in style.

As well as the usual tea at the end, every runner was rewarded with a celebratory 230th anniversary cupcake, further adding to the enjoyment of this particular race.

Delighting in marvellous weather and scenery, despite t ired legs after the Trollers Trot the weekend before, Mark Jordan crossed the finish line in 114th position in 1:45:23.

He was closely followed by Tim Broomfield just 11 seconds later in 1:45:34.

Sarah and Mike Gill took on the challenge of the Dambuster Duathlon in Rutland Water on Saturday.

This comprised a 10k run round the lake and across the dam, followed by a 42k bike ride, finishing with another 5k run.

Mike completed the three events in a total of 2:26:54, with wife Sarah not far behind at all in 2:41:32.

On Sunday Darren West entered his 10th of 52 half-marathons at Milton Keynes.

He was disappointed, feeling that he was under-prepared, tired, and also suffering from some heat exhaustion.

Nonetheless, whilst not up to his usual speed, he managed to achieve a sub 1:45 time of 1:44:02 and came 513th in a field of 2487.