Saturday 20th October 2018

British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Championships 2018

Hosted by Ambleside Athletic Club. Routes for all legs running on the iconic fells to the north of Grasmere and east of the A591. This promised to be the toughest British relay in years, with big climbs and rough ground taking competitors over sections of the Bob Graham Round, Fairfield Horseshoe, Grisedale Horseshoe, Old Counties Tops and Hodgson Brothers’ Mountain relay. 239 teams finished. Congratulations to the Horsforth Harriers team. Finbar Slevin, Tim Knighton, Amy Hardy, Nathan Crossley, Andy Smith and Leah Geldeard finished in 211th place.

Fin Slevin at British Fell Relays 2018

Nathan Crossley & Andy Smith at British Fell Relays

*Main image: Start of British Fell and Hill Running Championships 2018

Sunday 21st October 2018

St Aidan’s Half Marathon

Following on from the success of the East Leeds 10K (now known as the St Aidan’s 10K), this is a trail half marathon that starts close to the RSPB visitor centre at St Aidan’s Nature Reserve and follows the River Aire for a spin around Fairburn Ings before returning back to St Aidan’s. Four Harriers took part. First Harrier home and coming second in the F50 age category was Jane Webster in 1:50:42. She was followed by: Theresa Duckett 1:58:14, Merry Hill 2:06:40 and Nicola Barnett 2:16:05.

Jane Webster at St Aidan’s Half Marathon by Andrew Thrippleton

Merry Hill & Nicola Barnett at St Aidans Half Marathon

Bramley 10K

This is a two lap course run on roads starting and finishing at Bramley Park in Leeds. First Harrier home was Lindsey Clegg in 41:46 (7th place and 1st lady). She was followed by: Brendan Foley 44:43, David Womersley 45:35, Jenny Oldridge 46:54 (3rd lady), David Thirlwell 47:05, Chris Smith 47:21, Marianne Burgess 47:24, David Dutton 49:05, Charlie McNichol 49:49, Natalie Wood 51:03, Steven Allen 51:17, Steve Wood 51:42, Michael Yeadon 54:33, Carol Ramsden 56:42, Philip Ramsden 56:55, Tommy Dickson 57:59, Jacqueline Stack 59:52, Deborah Lightowler 1:00:31, Phil Smedley 1:02:19 and Ginny Dutton 1:10:53.

Harriers at It’s Grim Up North’s Bramley 10K

Marianne Burgess at Bramley 10k by Simon Cullingworth

Jenny Oldridge at Bramley 10K by Simon Cullingworth

Deborah Lightowler at Bramley 10k by Simon Cullingworth

Phil Smedley at Bramley 10K by Simon Cullingworth

Yorkshire Coast 10K

This ever popular event, organised by Scarborough Athletics Club is now in its tenth year. In honour of the 10th anniversary, the club had increased the entry number by 500 to 2,500. Even so, tickets were snapped up in just two and a half hours.

Runners assemble for the Yorkshire Coast 10K in Scarborough

The 10k followed a course from the Spa along the seafront and around the Marine Drive to the Sands complex, then through Peasholm Gardens, past the Open Air Theatre to the Sea Life Centre and then back via the seafront, to the Spa.

Only two Harriers were lucky enough to get an entry this year. Emma Harrop crossed the line in 52:38 and Ian Brown in 1:16:11.

Ian Brown at Yorkshire Coast 10K by Mik Lambert