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Fell Section

Soreen Stanbury Splash, 24th January 2010

Photo by Paul WoodAn impressive 16 hardy Harriers turned up at Penistone Country Park, near Haworth, for Sunday’s Stanbury Splash fell race. Perhaps it was the lure of free malt loaf from the race sponsors, or the totally exciting chance to gain some early points in the Harriers fell championship (okay, not that exciting, but it got me out of bed). Or the prospect of seven muddy miles, 1200 ft of ups and downs, and four stream crossings.


Conditions were cold and wet – as is usual for all races organised from Penistone Country Park. So cold that Karen didn’t even realise she was wearing an extra fleece under her waterproof jacket until minutes before the start. Luckily a handy spectator was persuaded to take the extra layer and stow it safely in the registration hut, so she didn’t have to leave it in the muddy quarry or carry it around the course.


The usual charge out of the quagmire was led by Holmfirth’s own Bill Stewart, who clearly fancied his chances on the podium. Alas, it wasn’t to be and the legendary Ian Holmes from Bingley made sure that the winner’s trophy went home with him – just as it has done since 1996.


Bingley also took the men’s team prize, but only just. The speedy threesome of Tom, Bill and Gavin were a whisker away from winning the Toblerone and beer (and kudos) for Holmfirth, finishing fourth, seventh and 20th (out of 300). But as with Bill’s early charge, it wasn’t to be. Rumour has it that next year’s team will be bolstered by a new recruit…


We ladies were never really in the running, so to speak, given that the club’s faster females had opted to do the Northern cross-country championships the day before. But I think I’m right in saying that we all had a jolly good time. All four of us certainly made it to the pub afterwards. Oh yes, and I won a big box of chocolates for coming 12th lady (with a PB). A bit of a surprise that, having just had a six-week break from running, and given how much my legs ached the day afterwards, this is definitely NOT a recommended training regime!


Harriers results:

4 Tom Brunt (46:08), 7 Bill Stewart (47:03), 20 Gavin Baxter (49:51), 35 Andy Shaw (51:58), 56 John Ewart (54:06), 83 Wayne Byram (57:00), 93 Simon Rawnsley (57:47), 98 Rob Kersey (58:04), 155 Phil Hobbs (63:13), 170 Paula Gould (64:08), 207 Karen Sinkinson (67:53), 231 Bill Hunter (70:20), 240 Rebecca Halstead (71:17), 250 Rob Halstead (72:25), 268 Richard Whale (76:26), 280 Sophie Barraclough (79:04).





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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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