Thursday 19th July 2018

Huddersfield 5K Race Series (Race 3)

Huddersfield 5k Park Series are new weekly 5k races run in July at the stunning Greenhead Park. The popular weekend parkrun regularly has over 600 runners, so it seemed to be the perfect venue to organise an accurately measured, UKA licensed, live chip timed 5k event series. Two Harriers took part in race 3 of the series. David Womersley finished in 21:50 (1st M65) and Hilary Wharam 41:14 (1st F75).

Saturday 21st July 2018

Sir Titus Trot

Organised by the lovely folks at ‘It’s Grim Up North Running’, runners could choose from 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 20-Mile and Marathon distances along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Saltaire. Harriers results were as follows:

Tommy Dickson 25:26
Sam Foster 29:07
Hannah Smith 40:37

Hannah Smith at Sir Titus Trot 5K

Tommy Dickson 1:07:39

*Main image credit: Tommy Dickson at Sir Titus Trot 2018

Denholme Doddle

The doddle is a challenge walk that revives the Harden Hard’un. It follows almost the same 27-mile route but starts and finishes in the village of Denholme three miles from Harden and seven miles west of Bradford.   Half of the route is on open moorland with outstanding views.   It passes Top Withins (Wuthering Heights) and other well-known beauty spots in the Bronte Country.  Walkers and runners are welcome. Walking distances are 27 miles, 21 miles or 17 miles.  The time limit for all distances is 11.5 hours. Hilary Wharam finished in 10:03:00.

Scenic moorland at Denholme Doddle

Ingleborough Mountain Race

A classic up and down race from Ingleton to the top of Ingleborough. This race is held annually as part of the Ingleton Gala. The 11km/6.8-mile race sets off from the Community Centre Sports Field and climbs to 600m/1968ft. Tim Knighton was the only Harrier taking part this year, completing the race in 1:16:58.

Home of the Ingleborough Mountain Fell Race

Thunder Run

The 10th edition of the 24h Conti Thunder Run was held on the weekend of 21st & 22nd July 2018 at its regular venue Catton Park, Walton on Trent.

Conti Thunder Run is an off-road relay race against the clock. The event, already tough and mentally challenging in good conditions, was made all the harder by torrential rain, but it was an experience not to be missed.

One team member must be on the course at all times during the 24hrs. Runners must complete one full 10km lap before changing over with a team mate but may run 2, 3 or more laps at a time before changeover. The team with the most laps completed when the clock stops after 24hrs will win.

Helen Agar and Mercedes Martin were part of a Mixed Team of 8 runners. They finished in 156th position and a time of 11:52:26 after running 21 laps. 215 mixed teams of 8 took part.

Helen Agar & Mercedes Martin ran as part of a mixed team of 8 at Thunder Run 2018

Bingley Show 10K

This route is approximately 10k on public footpaths around Bingley and St Ives Estate. The race is held as part of the Bingley Agricultural Show. Just one Harrier took part this year. Vicky Brides finished in 1:15:35.

Vicky Brides at Bingley Show 10k by Sally Spencer

Sunday 22nd July

Scorcher Run Festival (Day 7)

This ultimate British run festival was held in Preston, Lancashire. Runners could choose from 5k, 5mile, half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon race distances on this lapped road course. Runners could enter any race any day for 1 or all 7 days. All events were chip timed and official UKA events. Hilary Wharam took part in the marathon on day 7 – completing the course in 6:57:35. This was the day after completing the Denholme Doddle – a 27 mile off-road marathon across picturesque Bradford moorland. There’s no stopping our Hils!

Arthur James Shaker

Formerly known as the Saltaire Shaker, this race was named as a tribute to the late Arthur James who encouraged and inspired many a local runner to “RUN BECAUSE YOU CAN”. The route which starts next to the picturesque Roberts Park is a 12.8 km (approx. 8 miles) loop, multi terrain, following sections of the Leeds – Liverpool canal towpath but with an undulating woodland section. Two Harriers took part this year. Steve Wood finished in 1:08:32 and Natalie Wood in 1:09:03.

Steve Wood at Arthur James Shaker by Philip Bland

Natalie Wood at Arthur James Shaker by Philip Bland