Saturday 2nd March 2019

Punk Panther Race Series: Welcome Ultra 51K

The Welcome Ultra 51K is part of the Punk Panther Race Series. The races all start in Otley and finish in Pool-in-Wharfedale. They are a minimum of 50K (31.5 miles) and are run over a variety of challenging courses in West and North Yorkshire visiting stunning scenery including Ilkley Moor, The Chevin and the many reservoirs and beauty spots the area has to offer.

Neal Edmondson won the race in 04:46:19. Big congratulations to him. Garth De Roux also placed impressively finishing in 11th and a time of 05:51:04. This was a 3 minute course PB for him.

*Main image credit: Garth De Roux at Welcome Ultra 51K

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Norton 9

Luckily, runners avoided Storm Freya to have pretty decent running conditions, if a little chilly for spectators and marshals. Two Harriers took part this year. Philip Ramsden finished in 1:25:55 and Jacqueline Stack in 1:32:53.

Race report from Philip Ramsden:

Askern District Running Club put on a number of good races during the year, and the Norton 9 has a route similar to the others – all on country lanes, passing between open fields, undulating with little hills here and there. Only Jacqui and myself ran from HH. Parking is in a couple of fields, but well organised. Chip timing, with the number collected on the day. The start is 500 yards from HQ, so there’s a chance to warm up – it was dry with a cold wind, so good to get going after the traditional lengthy queue for the toilets.

With a maximum field of just 600, the runners are soon spread out. Despite warnings of the big hill at mile 5, it really was no steeper – and much shorter – than going up our ring road. The wind held off by and large, the marshals were enthusiastic, traffic control was excellent, there were two water stations.

At the finish, there’s a cotton T-shirt (surprisingly without a year on it) and they’d run out of medium and small T’s not long after I’d finished, which will have disappointed (and indeed surprised) many. No goodie bag – chocolate, vouchers, etc – but then for only £11.50, that’s not unreasonable.

It was the first time I’d run the Norton 9 – it will become a regular fixture from hereon.

Philip Ramsden & Jacqueline Stack at Norton 9

Haweswater Half Marathon

This is an out and back course from Bampton Village, passing along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley. The hilly course offers an exhilarating run in unique surroundings. Steven Allen was first and only Harrier! He finished the course in 01:52:41.

Steven Allen at Haweswater Half Marathon

Settle Half Marathon

A lovely road race along the country roads around Settle, organised by ‘It’s Grim Up North Running’. Jill Hobson was the only Harrier taking part. She completed the course in 1:51:41.

Image from Settle Half Marathon by Mike Clark

Brownlee Centre Festival of Running

A new festival of running for all ages and abilities held at the University of Leeds Brownlee Centre. This unique event takes place on a 1 mile cycle circuit and offers runners a multitude of different events to enter from a 1 mile race all the way up to 20 laps in the 20 mile event. Runners enjoyed a fun festival atmosphere with music and performances along the course. Harriers results were as follows:

Half Marathon
Mark Smith 1:16:56 (1st place)
Ben Johnston 1:28:59 (3rd place and 2nd M35)
Paul Beal 1:42:37 (3rd M40)

20 Mile
Jenny Harrison 2:56:04 (1st FSEN)
Mercedes Martin-Nevado 2:56:12 (1st F45)

Mark Smith winning the half marathon at Brownlee Centre Festival of Running