Weekly update 21st-22nd September 2019. By Cat J

After last weekend’s epic adventures in Swaledale, many club members took it easy this weekend. However some wanted to keep their legs moving and took advantage of doing some more running/racing closer to home.

-On Saturday 21st, Peter Baker ran Markeaton parkrun in a swift 21:44. Not only did he achieve a new pb, but he was 6 mins faster than he was 6 months ago, a superb achievement!

Sunday 22nd was a much busier day for the club!

-A trio of Harriers tackled the excellent T’Owd Man off-road half marathon on Sunday 22nd September. A damp day, but the weather didn’t deter our members! Ruth Keeley was 2nd lady, and David Horton was 1st Vet50 and 8th overall. Obviously David’s pre-race ‘consumption of liquid carbs and grape based electrolytes’ worked like a charm!…. Mark Beighton also ran and was 18th overall out of 63 runners. Malcolm Weir did a great job of marshalling and supporting our runners. A smashing effort by all in the soggy weather!

– Andy Paisley fancied a race a little farther afield in Edale. Having spotted the Grindsbrook Circle on the FRA site he decided to give it a go. In his own words

“Fabulous weather, a terrific route with three steep climbs. It’s got quite a bit of Edale fell race in reverse about it but makes you go up and down a bit more. Very low key, the second picture genuinely is all the entrants bar me. 18 runners. Loved it.”

-Also on offer were a variety of 10k races. Keely Allen completed the Sheffield 10k. Two Harriers ran the Stafford 10k with Annie Wray finishing in 50:53, and Tom Wright in 45:35. PB’s for both of them so a cracking result!

Lastly, Phil Butt ran the ‘Denby Dash’ and had a few words to say about his race experience.

“It was mostly off road with some road bits, so I ended up slipping around in my road trainers 🙂
Despite this, the first half went swimmingly. However, at some point in the second half, it dawned on a fairly large number of us that we’d taken a wrong turning somewhere.
Still, we found our way home eventually. No idea how far anyone actually ran and the results will be meaningless.
Having said all that, it was a really enjoyable run.”

Lots of fabulous achievements again by club members despite the worsening weather. Well done all!