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Noon Stone (26th February 2011)

Often held in atrocious conditions on the Pennine moors above Todmorden, the category AM Noon Stone fell race had the potential to be a tricky first counter in this year’s Holmfirth Harriers Fell Championship. As it was, the weather relented for the most part, so navigation wasn’t too much of an issue and the competitors just had to contend with plenty of mud and peat clawing at their shoes for much of the 9 mile course.

Last year’s race was an English championship event, attracting over 400 entries – some of them must have enjoyed the occasion, because there were still nearly 250 runners this time around, including 11 Harriers eager to put down a marker & grab some points.

First back for Holmfirth, finishing 30th overall and 1st lady was Ladies Captain Helen Berry, in a time of 1.25.40. Helen was comfortably ahead of her nearest rival, Helen Skelton from Mercia, who was some four minutes down in 1.29.40. Next back for Holmfirth (and complaining his legs weren’t long enough for the peat bogs) was Chris Beadle, finishing 95th overall in 1.37.31, just pipping Phil Hobbs, who came back in 1.38.29, finishing 109th. 

Holmfirth runners packed the middle order, with Jason Kaushal, Ian Arnold, Dave Knight & Richard Wade all finishing under the 1 hour 50 mark. There was then a bit of a gap to ever-green Rob Halstead who finished in 2.04.26 and two of our fell-running V60 stalwarts, Bill Hunter (2.11.35) and Jim Sommerville (2.12.14). Our final runner was Rebecca Halstead, who is slowly but steadily coming back from injury and completed the course in 2.23.16.

As most of us hadn’t done the race before, the general consensus was that it had been a tough but good choice. This was no doubt helped by the fact that the race HQ is located in the Top Brink Inn at Lumbutts, in the shadow of Stoodley Pike monument and where post-race food consisted of very generous and reasonably priced chip butties!

Results: 1st Tom Addison (Helm Hill), 1.12.05; 30th Helen Berry, 1.25.40; 95th Chris Beadle, 1.37.31; 109th Phil Hobbs, 1.38.29;  151st Jason Kaushal, 1.45.17; 158th Ian Arnold, 1.46.02; 160th Dave Knight, 1.46.42; 180th Richard Wade, 1.49.35; 225th Rob Halstead, 2.04.26; 230th Bill Hunter, 2.11.35; 231st Jim Sommerville, 2.12.14 and 236th Rebecca Halstead, 2.23.16.
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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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