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Holmfirth Harriers Parlaufs 2010


The final of one of the toughest events on the clubs calendar took place on Thursday 27 th of May. After the qualifying heats the previous week when a record 118 athletes, young and old, entered and were paired up to take part in six qualifying heats 10 pairs took to the track for the Parlaufs final.

With the pairs running round the 200m track, chaining over every half lap this is not an event for the feint hearted as by the end of the 10minutes each pair cover almost 3000m and are running at top speed for most of that time.

In the final one of the junior pairs, Danielle Brown and Robert Hinchliffe set the early pace with Danielle in particular running very strongly to keep the pair ahead as she handed over to Robert who was chased on every lap by Mark Buckingham the fastest runner who qualified for the final. Mark’s younger partner Alice Orton showed great determination to keep the pair in touch and as the race progressed the pairing of Mathew Pearson and Daniel Ellis started to move through the field with Mathew putting his marathon endurance to good use and Daniel’s steady but consistent pace proving effective.

As the race neared the business end all three pairs were in with a shout but as the final minute approached when the faster athlete is allowed to keep the baton Alice managed to hand over the baton to Mark in first place and the writing was on the wall. Although Danielle and Robert continued to chase hard they could not stay with Mark and in the last lap they were passed by Mathew who was having a classic battle with Max Kaye who managed to pass him in the last five seconds but unfortunately he and Fiona Archer had been lapped. Back in the field Lewis Byram and Katie Walshaw had been having their own private battle which resulted in a view sharp elbows and batons being used in ‘friendly’ competition.

All who qualified for the final and also those who took part in the heats deserve congratulations as the effort put in by all 118 was excellent.

Final Result

1 st Mark Buckingham & Alice Orton

2 nd Mathew Pearson & Daniel Ellis

3 rd Robert Hinchliffe & Danielle Brown




Paulauf Qualifiers 2010


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Amira Mellor & Sophie Williams 14.3
Daniele Brown & Sam Hough
Katie Walshaw & Imogen Cargill
Mathew Pierson & Daniel Ellis
Aaron Arthur & Joseph Dendle 14.6
Max Kaye & Fiona Archer 14.4
Lewis Byram & Alexander
Mark Buckingham & Alice Orton
Lucy Farquhar & Zac Nettleton
Eddie Hinchliffe & Shea Kerry 14.4



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