Saturday 11th March
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. Lio Achard completed the challenging course in 5:33:59.
Dentdale Run (7.5 mile and 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. Plus, new for 2017, was a shorter 7.5-mile race taking in the first half of the course before cutting back to the village. Finishers were treated to a hot drink, sandwich and cake!
Janette Freeman crossed the line in 1:01:44 (3rd F45) and Jean Ellison in 1:26:26.
Paul Gidlow was first Harrier home in 1:27:22. He was followed by: Bev Hurst 1:52:49
Jane Webster 1:53:17, Jill Hobson 1:57:23, Theresa Duckett 2:00:25 and Kathryn Hind 2:01:28.
Leeds Liverpool Canal Canter
A scenic, fast and flat, out-and-back route along the beautiful canal tow path, great for achieving PBs. Runners can choose their distance, from the ultimate challenge of the Ultra to the sprint of the 10K with the chance to pit yourself against the Marathon or Half Marathon distances in between.
Harriers results were as follows: Zee Overton 1:10:09 (10K), Daniel Overton 1:31:04 (Half Marathon), Sarah Papadimos 5:16:23 (Marathon), Philip Ramsden 5:16:24 (Marathon), Hilary Wharam 6:41:00 (Marathon). Congratulations to Philip on his marathon debut!
Sunday 12th March
Silverstone Half Marathon
The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon takes place on the world-famous Silverstone motor racing circuit and offers a great opportunity to race on this iconic track. Founded in 2003 by the organisers of the London Marathon, the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon is a fantastic warm-up event for the London Marathon or a great race in its own right. Helen Barber was running to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She completed the course in 1:55:17.
222 runners took part in 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.
Lindsey Clegg was first Harrier home in 2.24.19. She was followed by: Ian Fitzgerald 2.33.12, Liz Huby 2.35.18 and Victoria Brides 3.31.04. Well done to the ladies who collected a team prize.
Wilmslow Half Marathon
The Wilmslow Half Marathon is a flat, one lap course on mainly flat rural roads. This year’s race was run in windy conditions. Ron Taverner completed the course in 1:31:43 – a 7 minute PB for him.
Sweatshop 10 Mile
Also, getting the miles in on 12th March was Richard Sunley, taking part in the Sweatshop 10 Mile Race in Blackpool. The race is an out and back route mainly along the promenade and so is a good, flat course. Richard completed the course in 1:05:42 (2nd M50).