Saturday 13th October 2018

Lakes in a Day

A 50-mile ultra run taking runners from Caldbeck, on the northern edge of the Lakes, to Cartmel, in the south. The spectacular route takes in the summits of Blencathra, Helvellyn and Fairfield before descending to Ambleside and following the western shore of Windermere.

Garth De Roux was part of a team of 19 people taking part who all have Type 1 Diabetes. Until very recent times professional advice would be not to take part in sport, so to see so many take on a 50 mile ultra was ground breaking. Garth completed the challenge in 16:22:41.

Main image credit: Garth De Roux at Lakes in a Day 50-mile

Sunday 14th October 2018

Rombalds Romp

Jointly organised by Abbey Runners and North Leeds Fell Runners. There is normally a fell and trail version of this race but only the fell option was available this year. Amy Hardy was the only Harrier taking part. She completed the 6.5 mile course in 1:22:52. 95 finished.

Amy Hardy at Rombalds Romp by Woodentops

Manchester Half Marathon

The third annual Manchester Half took place on Sunday 14th October welcoming thousands of runners and spectators to the streets of Trafford. The skies were grey and the roads wet, but this did not dampen the spirits of over 10,000 runners who took part in the famously flat, fast and friendly course. With only a 41-metre elevation across the 13.1-mile course, the Manchester Half Marathon has become the race of choice for beginners, charity runners and elite athletes looking for a PB or qualifying time.

Three Harriers took part this year. Reece Milton was first Harrier home with a new PB of 1:24:03. He was followed by Steven Allen 1:55:42 and Lisa Speed 2:31:53.

Reece Milton at Manchester Half Marathon

Steven Allen at Manchester Half Marathon

Lisa Speed at Manchester Half Marathon

Yorkshire Marathon Festival 2018

It was relentless rain for the 2018 Yorkshire Marathon Festival, which seems to be getting more popular each year. It includes a Marathon and 10-mile race – starting and finishing at the University of York.

 10 Mile

The 10 Mile takes place as part of the Yorkshire Marathon festival. It boasts a largely flat and fast course and a great atmosphere. Starting at the University of York, the route heads into the city centre and out into the Yorkshire countryside before returning to finish at the university. First Harrier across the line in the 10-mile race was Philip Boynton in 58:10. He was followed by: Paul Beal 1:14:41, Jessica Jones 1:20:05, Darran Wilson 1:19:47, Emma Harrop 1:25:41, Merry Hill 1:30:14, Jacqueline Stack 1:37:13, Sue Lumby 2:05:19 and Andrew Charles 2:05:29.

Harriers at Yorkshire 10 Mile 2018


The race has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of Yorkshire’s sporting year. This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of York’s splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities. Described by the Daily Mirror as the Number 1 alternative to London and by the Guardian as a course on which to smash your PB, this race has written its own place in the running calendar. 10 Harriers took part in the full Marathon distance. Greg Brant was first Harrier home in 3:12:37. He was followed by: Ben Johnston 3:22:20, Joanna Shevlin 3:40:22, Ian Fitzgerald 3:41:06, Jenny Harrison 3:57:45, Fiona Hanson 4:03:08, Victoria Brides 4:29:15, Steve Wood 4:37:38, Helen Barber 4:38:01, Sarah Papadimos 5:08:47 and Hilary Wharam 6:28:14 (1st F75).

Greg Brant at Yorkshire Marathon by Andy Wicks