The Arthur James Shaker

Formerly known as the Saltaire Shaker, this year’s race was named as a tribute to the late Arthur James who encouraged and inspired many a local runner to “RUN BECAUSE YOU CAN”. This year’s route was slightly different but still approx. 13km multi terrain, mainly on canal towpath but with an undulating woodland section. After a loop around the field adjacent to Roberts Park, runners picked up the canal towpath before crossing for the steep climb up into Thackley and through Buck Wood. After dropping back to the canal, there was a fast 5K run home. Two Harriers took part in this year’s race. Catriona Astbury finished in 1:11:49 (2nd F45) and Natalie Wood 1:13:20.

Northumberland Coastal Run

That weekend also on 24th July, 30 Harriers made the trip to Northumberland for the annual Northumberland Coastal Run. The course runs along 14 tough miles from Beadnell to Alnmouth.

First Harrier home was Mark Smith in 1:27:56. He was followed by: Martin Critchley 1:38:32, Aiveen Smith 1:38:58 (8th lady), Lindsey Clegg 1:39:02 (10th lady), Andrew Teanby 1:41:11, David Womersley 1:46:11, Lee Greenhalgh 1:47:21, Phil McGeever 1:47:55, Philip Wilkinson 1:49:33, James Mangeolles 1:52:45, Edward Sanders 1:54:03, Garth De Roux 1:54:08, Bev Hurst 1:54:43, Joanna Shevlin 1:55:06, Jane Webster 1:55:16, Martin McCleave 1:57:30, Serena Blackburn 1:58:31, Jim Hopkinson 2:01:19, Ruth Hodgson 2:02:10, Keith Park 2:02:22, Jill Hobson 2:02:36, Martin Coates 2:03:34, Gordon Little 2:18:27, Angela Johnson 2:19:00, Steve O’Hara 2:24:40, Frances Wilson 2:29:31, Sheila Mason 2:32:54 and Gini Knight 2:40:16. Ron Taverner and Caroline Faithwaite also completed the course, finishing just under 3 hours.

Great Yorkshire Run

Partnered with Harrogate Harriers, this is a new 10K through the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This picturesque, multi-terrain route starts and finishes on Montpellier Hill, home to exclusive shops, bars, award winning restaurants and the famous Betty’s Cafe Tearoom. The route takes runners through the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens, as well as the highly acclaimed Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow Carr Gardens. Runners cross the finish line in the heart of the town centre. Ed Newbould was first Harrier home in 40:31. He was followed by: Graham Cottam 49:24, Brendan Foley 51:39, Sarah Papadimos 53:12, Ben Whitehead 58:47 and Tom Dickson 1:17:06.

Main Photo: Team photo at NCR by Nicola Wilde