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Coiners Fell Races (2nd May 2011)

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The latest excursion on the Holmfirth Harriers Fell Championships was the short hop across to Mytholmroyd for the Coiners races, organised by our friends at Calder Valley Fell Runners. As with Pendle a month ago, the junior races were also a counter for this year’s English Championships, which ensured that competitors arrived from all over the UK to take part.
26 juniors turned out for the club and with very dry conditions underfoot, there was a possibility of some fast times in the May Day sunshine. We had 5 starters in the U8’s, with Elphina Waterman first home for the club, finishing 2nd girl, followed shortly by Freya Durrans, who finished 3rd girl. Running well in her first race for the club and just a few seconds after Freya was Ruby Yates, who was ably supported by Soljai Waterman & Ben Durrans, who both took advantage of the chocolate hand-out at the finish.

There was a great little battle at the front of the U10’s race, which involves a steep uphill start that quickly strings out the field. Callum Durrans and Finn Kerry were neck & neck throughout the race with Callum keeping the advantage to finish 5th in 9.26, with Finn just behind, 6th in 9.32. For the girls, Sunnivah Waterman had a superb run, finishing 14th overall from a field of 63 runners and 1st girl in a new record time of 10.20. Jimmy Burke wanted to see how he would fare at a higher level, so although he had only just turned 10, decided to enter the U12’s race. The longer distance was a test for him, but he was still first home for Holmfirth, finishing 12th overall in 16.52. For the girls, the honour of being first Byram went to Erica, who finished 13th overall, 2nd girl in 16.53, with Lucy just behind in 16.56, 14th overall & 3rdgirl.

A very high quality field assembled for the U14’s, with not only the local clubs represented, but athletes from as far afield as Middlesbrough & Cleveland, Lincoln, Scarborough & Border Harriers taking part. Lewis Byram showed once again he is the one to beat, as he was a clear winner, finishing in a new record time of 16.59. Also putting great performances were Seth Waterman, who finished 6th overall in 18.42 and Olivia Sykes, who was 24th overall, 6th girl in 21.25. Ruby Sykes was our sole representative in the U16’s and in her first year at this level ran well to finish the 3 mile course in 28.21.

For the seniors, Coiners is acknowledged to be “a runners’ fell race”, with the 7 mile, category BM course covering a series of well-defined paths and tracks. The recent spell of dry weather made the going even faster than usual – though the notorious bogs at the edge of Sunderland Pasture were as wet as ever. Katie Walshaw was on flying form, finishing amongst the leading runners and slashing a sizeable chunk off the ladies’ record. Taking advantage of the good conditions, she rocketed around the course in a record-breaking time of 51:07 and to the obvious surprise of some of the onlookers, who weren’t expecting to see a female runner in the top 10, she also finished in eighth place overall (out of a total field of 103).

Katie’s record-breaking run also put her ahead of Holmfirth’s first men to finish – Jonathan Sykes, 13th in 53:17 and Gavin Baxter, 16th in 53:54. The next Harrier home, and second female finisher, was ladies’ captain Helen Berry, 17th overall in 54:17, who combined with Katie & newlywed Lucy Needham secured the ladies team prize for Holmfirth. With Jim Durrans finishing 32nd in 57.49, we managed to claim 2nd place in the men’s team prizes behind Calder Valley.

The next race in the senior championships is the AM category Fairfield Horseshoe in the Lake District on Saturday 14th May, whilst the next race on the junior calendar is Saddleworth on Sunday 29th May, hosted by Saddleworth Runners over at Greenfield where we will be hoping for another great turnout of amber Holmfirth vests!


Results: 1st Stuart Bond (Dark Peak), 45:17; 8th Katie Walshaw, 51:07; 13th Jonathan Sykes, 53:17; 16th Gavin Baxter, 53:54; 17th Helen Berry, 54:17; 32nd James Durrans, 57:49; 45th Lucy Needham, 59:43; 54th Paula Gould, 62:14; 64th Debbie Hall, 64:10 & 85th Clare Ash, 70:34.


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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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