Saturday 8th December 2018

Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K

Now in its 30th year and organised for the first time by youth charity Brathay Trust, runners set off from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Participants followed a new course taking in Elterwater village and Bayesbrown Woods and Farm before returning to their starting point. All those who crossed the finish line received a Christmas pudding and many ran in seasonally inspired fancy dress. The race sold out after attracting 300 more runners than last year. Four Harriers took part. First Harrier home was Mark A Smith in 43:13. He was followed by: Kevin Watson 52:19 (1st M70), Julie Smith 1:00:43 and Phil Smedley 1:05:07.

Main image: Phil Smedley (and friends) at Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K

Sunday 9th December 2018

The South Leeds Bah Humbug 10K

Hunslet Rugby Foundation, Morley Running Club, South Leeds Lakers and South Leeds Sisters joined forces to host the inaugural Bah Humbug 10k. Setting off on the track at South Leeds Stadium runners were soon faced with the infamous Scrooge Hill as they headed for the ancient woodland of Middleton Woods. A winding trail route presented a challenge for those looking for a quick time, whilst the beautiful surroundings made for an enjoyable canter for those of a more sedate pace. Race organiser Phil Hodgson commented “Running in South Leeds has exploded over the last few years. There is fantastic camaraderie between the clubs so what better way to celebrate this than by putting on a great event for the wider running community at Christmas.” Three Harriers took part. Jessica Jones was first home in 54:08 followed by Mercedes Martin-Nevado in 54:36 and Philip Ramsden in 1:06:37.

Jessica Jones at Bah Humbug 10K by Matt Blakeley

Mercedes Martin Nevado at Bah Humbug 10K by Matt Blakeley

Philip Ramsden at Bah Humbug 10K by Matt Blakeley

Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker

Another event from the team at ‘It’s Grim Up North Running’. A selection of races on the Leeds and Liverpool canal with a scenic, fast and flat, out-and-back route along the tow path. Runners could choose their distance from 5k to marathon. Deb Lightowler finished the 10K course in 1:08:03.

Runners at the Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker 2018 by Andrew Swales