Saturday 10th March 2018
Dentdale Run (14 mile)
Nestled in the Howgills, right on the Cumbria/Yorkshire border, Dent is a small village with a huge community pride. The Dentdale Run is a 14.2-mile road race staged on the roads and lanes around Dentdale, the Yorkshire Dales’s beautiful “secret” dale. Following a figure-of-eight course, it winds up hill and down dale, starting and finishing at Dent Primary School. The race is one of the most scenic road races you are ever likely to do. There is also a shorter 7.5-mile race taking in the first half of the course before cutting back to the village. Philip Boynton finished 6th overall in the 14-mile race in 1:26:14 (4th MSEN finisher). Congratulations Philip!
The gruelling Haworth Hobble is a local epic around the Bronte Moors. It is 32 miles and 1500m of ascent, taking in many of the local reservoirs, towns and hills including Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall. The race is a mix of terrain – fell, rivers, mud, forest trails, obstacles and some tarmac. This year’s Haworth Hobble was extra wet and muddy with a few stubborn patches of snow resisting the thaw. James Hingley was first Harrier home in 5:26:41. He was followed by Nathan Crossley in 5:33:50 and Lio Achard in 5:58:55. 313 finished.
Sunday 11th March 2018
Irwell Valley 20
This is a 20 mile off road event using trails and footpaths around the Irwell Valley, with the start less than 5 miles from the centre of Manchester. It is ideal preparation for a spring marathon. Helen Barber was first Harrier home in 3:28:43. She was followed by: Victoria Brides 3:30:20 and Tommy Dickson 3:41:15.
180 runners took part in this year’s Spen 20, a 20-mile road race hosted annually by Spenborough Athletics Club. The race starts and finishes on the Princess Mary Stadium track following a route through Scholes, Clifton, Hartshead and Roberttown. Neal Edmondson was first Harrier home in 2:16:02. He was followed by Lindsey Clegg 2:23:55, Emily Turner 2:46:48 and Wayne Avery 2:58:49.
Keighley BigK 10K
The Keighley BigK is a challenging 10K or 5K that follows a circular route through the paths, parks and roads of Keighley. This event is held in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. David Womersley was first Harrier across the line in 44:54 (2nd M60). He was followed by Steve Wood 51:31 and Natalie Wood 53:32. 754 finished.
Lisbon Half Marathon
The Lisbon Half Marathon course is very flat and one of the fastest in the world. It starts on the Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) and finishes in front of the “Mosteiro dos Jerónimos” Monument. It offers runners beautiful views of Lisbon. Emma Harrop finished in 2 hours 18 seconds.
Main image credit: Philip Boynton at Dentdale 14 by Andrew Thrippleton