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Soreen Stanbury Splash & Rat Runs (23rd January 2011)


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The lure of points for the first Junior Fell Championship, combined with the amazing quantities of Soreen Malt Loaf on offer meant that Penistone Hill was a riot of yellow & amber last Sunday. Holmfirth fielded 28 juniors, with representatives in every race from the U8’s to the U16’s and once again, we had a number of top 3 finishers.


With many runners moving up an age-group this time, the U8’s race had some new faces. Lewis Hodgson, not quite 8 yet, finished an excellent 3rd in a new PB of 3.32 and was joined by Freya & Ben Durrans and Thea & Abby Cromach, all relative newcomers to the delights of the Quarry runs & therefore mud!


As usual, the U10’s, U12’s, U14’s & U16’s all set off together, which meant a bunch sprint to be first out of the quarry – particularly important this time, as there were some 133 runners – surely close to a record entry and testament to the great effort that Dave & Eileen Woodhead put into these events. Once the field had spread out on the top of the moor, Holmfirth vests were to the fore once again. Jimmy Burke just goes from strength to strength and came in 8th overall, 1st U10 in a time of 7.07, which we think is a new record. Callum Durrans also ran well to finish in 8.09, 28th overall & 2nd U10 and George Hobbs, in his first race as an U10, finished 41st overall in 8.42.


Stanbury Splash 2011In the U12’s, Lewis Bartholomew had a great race, finishing 17th overall & 4th U12 in a time of 7.38 and Nicky Farquhar took the move up to the U12’s in his stride, finishing in 19th place, 5th U12 with a time of 7.43. For the girls, Lucy Byram was 1st GU12 & 12th overall in 7.28, edging out sister Erica, who was just behind in 7.40, 18th overall & 2nd GU12. Daisy Mae Hinchcliffe also ran well to finish 5th GU12 in a time of 8.44.


The battle for overall race winner was great to watch, particularly as it involved 2 of our leading junior athletes. The honours and first pick from the prizes table went to Lewis Byram, who just had too much for Seth Waterman this time. Lewis won in 6.22, whilst Seth was close behind in 6.32, a 1-2 for the U14’s. Eddie Hinchcliffe continues to improve with every race & finished 7th overall, 3rd U14 in a time of 7.06. For the girls, complete domination! Harmonie Waterman finished 4th overall, 1st GU14 in 7.01, followed closely by Olivia Sykes in 7.28 (13th overall, 2nd GU14), Sophie Spencer in 7.35 (15th overall, 3rd GU14) & Lucy Farquhar in 7.36 (16th overall & 4th GU14). The U16’s run 2 laps of the same course & Ruby Sykes in her first outing as GU16 ran very well to finish 2nd in a time of 13.30.


For the seniors, the thought of being outdone by the juniors had the desired effect and resulted in the men’s team prize going Holmfirth’s way for the first time in living memory! Congratulations to Tom Brunt (7th overall), Richard Anderson (11th overall) and Alistair Rees (16th overall) who pipped Bingley by 1 point.


The next race on the junior calendar is Ilkley Moor on Sunday 27th February - let’s try & match the success we had last weekend and demonstrate that Holmfirth is becoming a force to be reckoned with once again!


Phil Hobbs


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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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