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Mickleden Straddle, 1 February 2009

A bitterly cold day for Mickleden Straddle. The forecast was for Siberian-esque weather in the High Peak bringing windchills of -10°C and snow showers. It wouldn’t have seemed so bad for a short race, but given the official race stats of 13.8 miles (1980 feet ascent), I knew I was going to be out for well over two hours. Brrrrrr.


Having packed the kitchen sink in my bum-bag and dithered endlessly over how many tops to wear, I managed to leave my Harriers vest at home. Not a good start. It just doesn’t seem like racing if I’ve not got my amber vest on, even if it is buried under three other layers and no-one can see it. I almost went back home to get the vest, in case this was a bad omen!

In the event, forgetting the vest didn’t seem to matter. I got round the course in under two and a half hours (my goal), without falling over (my other goal), and without over-heating beneath the mass of clothing I’d decided to wear (just). We had a short snow shower near Cut Gate on the way back, at which point I was very glad of the extra layers.


Fastest Harrier of the day was Bill, who came in sixth. Rumour has it that some of the runners he was close to took a sneaky short cut at the end through the wood, which must have been very annoying.


Fastest female Harrier was Lisa (not surprisingly) who also took the title of first lady for the race.


Lisa, Barbara and myself scooped the ladies team prize, but only after I’d persuaded the organisers that I was, indeed, female. Bizarrely, I appeared as ‘Paul Gould’ on the results board and was listed as a male runner. This was despite having used pink ink to fill out my entry form, donned pigtails and a snowflake-decorated buff for the race, and run like a complete girl whenever the terrain got a bit gnarly.


Prize for the hardiest Harrier should go to Jim, who ran wearing short running shorts (double brrrr). Chris Beadle most definitely had the most exciting post-race outfit!


Official Holmfirth results: 6 Bill Stewart (1.47.45), 17 Nigel Moran (1.56.42), 23 Chris Beadle (2.00.00), 28 Lisa Lacon (2.01.35), 41 John Adair (2.07.25), 91 Barbara Hinchliffe (2.26.10), 92 Paula Gould (2.26.12), 122 Jim Sommerville (2.35.15), 131 Robert Halstead (2.40.43), 134 Dayn Wilkins (2.41.50).





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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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