Saturday 16th March 2019
In 2019, the Hardmoors series is celebrating the 10th edition of the Hardmoors 55. For one year only, the Hardmoors 55 became the Hardmoors 50. The race takes competitors from Guisborough to Helmsley via through the North York Moors and the Cleveland Hills. This year’s race route was slightly shorter but included more ascent, with a couple of slight variations on the original route. Garth De Roux completed the course in 12:07:39.
*Main image credit: Garth De Roux enjoying the wet conditions at Hardmoors 50
An interesting event held in Reading combining both donuts and running! The flat course runs along the Thames Path, is suitable for all abilities and is clearly marked so runners can’t get lost. Runners are given a seven hour time limit to run any distance in the time available (from 5km upwards). Participants were provided with sweets, savoury snacks, fizzy drink, water, squash, fruit and donuts! All finishers received a bespoke medal and goody bag. Hilary Wharam completed a marathon in 6:26:55. This was her 72nd marathon as part of her challenge to do 100 marathons. Well done Hils!
Sunday 17th March 2019
This is a fast road race in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside around Thirsk. Conditions this year were sunny but blustery in places. First Harrier home was Martin Critchley in 01:05:43 (PB). He was followed by: Natalie Wood 01:22:58 (PB), Jonathan Shaw 01:29:49 (PB), Steve Wood 01:30:18 and Tommy Dickson 01:34:16. An impressive comeback race for Jonathan Shaw after his time away from the club due to a hernia operation.
Epilepsy Action’s Bradford 10K
Starting and finishing in Centenary Square, the course is fast and flat, making it a fantastic race for beginners and those in search of a personal best. It was a great blue and white turnout this year.
First Harrier home was Alex Leyland in 38:36. He was followed by: Ian Fitzgerald 42:42, Helen Thomson 44:07, Rob Webster 45:54, Naakesha Seth 46:06, Jane Webster 46:45, Jonathan Eagle 47:33, David Dutton 46:47, Giles Wilkes 46:55, Ian Robertshaw 48:55, Hannah Metheringham 48:57, Steven Allen 50:08, Victoria Brides 51:40, Sarah Papadimos 55:22, Sophie Kirk 55:30, Ian Taylor 56:43, Nicola Barnett 55:38, Hayley Moore 56:12, Jacqueline Stack 57:11, Deborah Lightowler 58:09, Georgie McCracken 59:10, Amy Hannell 1:00:38, Nikita Wilton 1:00:38, Emma Batman 1:01:58, Lisa Speed 1:03:10, Wayne Avery 1:04:59, Eleanor Lilley 1:08:45, Jan Calvert 1:09:43, Ian Brown 1:13:52, Sue Lumby 1:14:15 and Ginny Dutton 1:15:05.
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. Siân Walkington finished in 2:00:16.