Harrogate Town Centre 10K
The course is 2 laps of a residential area. It is undulating with lots of twists and turns. Starting and finishing in the picturesque Crescent Gardens, the race has a vibrant, cheerful atmosphere and one of the best and fastest finishes around. Jenny Oldridge was first Harrier home in 44:51 (4th V45) followed by Brendan Foley 48:23 and Ben Whitehead 55:47. 562 finished.
Now in its 24th year, the Eccup 10 was back for another sellout race! Last year’s course tweaks were retained including the faster finish straight, but still taking in the rural closed roads in and around Eccup that make this the most popular 10-mile road races in Leeds. 31 Harriers took part in this year’s race on a warm sunny day. Thankfully there was plenty of shade and a nice breeze so conditions weren’t too hot.
First Harrier home in 9th place was Neil Burton in 1:00:48 (3rd M40). He was followed by: Paul Gidlow 1:00:51, Philip Boynton 1:01:37, Neal Edmondson 1:03:10, Lindsey Clegg 1:05:56 (2nd F35), Steve Raby 1:06:16 (3rd M55), Mark Andrew Smith 1:10:25, Ron Taverner 1:11:48, Sean Veal 1:14:34, Jonathan Eagle 1:16:05, Bev Hurst 1:18:16 (2nd F50), Martin McCleave 1:18:26, David Womersley 1:18:27, James Mangeolles 1:20:06, Ian Robertshaw 1:21:52, Jamie Stewart 1:23:12, Natalie Wood 1:27:02, Caroline Asquith 1:26:48, Alison Traynor 1:27:27, Naakesha Seth 1:28:58, Steve Wood 1:30:07, Abigail Fairbairn 1:30:52, Steven Allen 1:31:27, Gini Knight 1:32:24, Helen Agar 1:41:19, Donna Milner 1:41:39, Tommy Dickson 1:42:46, Helen Fagg 1:42:48, Nicola Barnett 1:45:59, Steve O’Hara 1:59:36 and Hilary Wharam 2:11:38 (1st F70). 815 finished.
*Main image credit: Harriers at Eccup 10 By Ruth Morris