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Road Section

 

2010 Road section reports

Road championship points (updated 5th Oct 2010) on the members page.


Report on the Junior / Senior Men’s Race at the Yorkshire County AA Road Relays at Leeds Metropolitan University Carnegie Campus – Saturday 11 September 2010

The Junior / Senior Men’s race was contested over the same course as the ladies, but consisted of six men in each team racing over 3 laps (6,450m). The Holmfirth men fielded quite a strong team but had a hard act to follow after the women winning their first gold medals at this event and some of the juniors winning gold medals earlier. The elder statesman of the team, Dave Watson was given the job of leading the Holmfirth challenge on the first leg. He set about his task in determined mood and gave the team an excellent start finishing in first place (20.50), which proved to be the fifth fastest time of the day. Matthew Johnson lacking recent races ran the second leg and felt the backlash of Watson’s good run as three teams eventually moved ahead. Nevertheless he recorded a good time of 22.08. Richard Smith getting back into shape after surgery on an old injury ran 9 seconds quicker (21.59) and regained one place to move the team into third, just 39 seconds behind leaders Bingley Harriers. Matthew Pierson ran the fourth leg and regained the lead for Holmfirth with an impressive run finishing 17 seconds ahead of Rotherham and Bingley. Matthew’s time, 20.13 was fourth fastest overall, but Phil Hoole of Rotherham running the second fastest time overall (19.46) moved his team into 2 nd place just 17 seconds behind. Richard Anderson who produced a super performance at the World Duathlon Championships the previous week finishing fourth in his age group took part in his first relay race for Holmfirth. Richard maintained the lead after the first lap, but was caught and passed by the impressive Alan Buckley of Leeds City who moved his team from fourth place into the lead with the 3 rd fastest time of the day (19.56). Anderson showed great character hanging on to 2 nd place with a time of 22.04, just 1 second ahead of Rotherham. Mark Buckingham ran the anchor leg for Holmfirth setting-off 62 seconds behind the race leader from Leeds City. He flew round the first lap catching the leader and moved into a comfortable lead. He cruised around the next two laps finishing with the fastest time of the day 19.34, clinching team gold medals for Holmfirth in a total time of 126.48 ahead of Bingley (129.21) and Leeds City, to round off a successful day for Holmfirth Harriers.

 

 


TENZING HILLARY EVEREST MARATHON 29 MAY 2010

A personal account / description by Richard Whale.

 

This marathon is recognised in the Guiness Book of Records as the world highest marathon. With a starting altitude of 17,593ft (5,356m) at Everest Base Camp.

Read more here>>

 


 

The Pennine Lancashire 5K Road Race – 11 July 2010

Report here >>


Sotos 10k Road Race, Fleetwood

Holmfirth Harrier Dave Turnbull returned to top form this weekend with an emphatic victory in the Sotos 10k road race held at Fleetwood. Dave, who spent most of 2009 injured and only resumed full training in March, coped with the warm conditions well and took full advantage of the fast, pancake flat course. He had to withstand a fast start by Blackpool’s Stuart Robinson, but surged into the lead at the 2 mile mark and continued to run strongly for the rest of the race. He came home in 32mins 20secs, just outside his personal best having opened a gap of 400m on Robinson.


Joe percy 10k

20 Holmfirth Harriers made the short trip to Thurstonland cricket club for the 2010 Joe Percy 10k. The 'A' team comprising of 10 members finished in second place in the team event with a combined total of 367 points behind Halifax who won the event comfortably with 150 points. Richard Smith was first harrier back in third position and Kath Farquar was the first lady home in the overall field.
 

1

BEN CROWTHER

HX

34-18

 

26

GARY DEAN

P

38-33

 

51

RICHARD HAND

SL

39-59

 

2

KEVIN OGDEN

S

34-24

 

27

DAN STUART

S

38-36

 

52

JONATHAN CARTWRIGHT

SR

39-59

M40

3

RICHARD SMITH

HF

35-17

 

28

MATT LONGDEN

HX

38-37

 

53

STEVE RIMMER

HF

40-02

M45

4

RYAN BARKER

HX

35-37

 

29

CARL SMITH

HX

38-39

 

54

JOE MANN

P

40-03

 

5

JOHN BROOM

HF

35-47

 

30

RICKY SOUTH

HF

38-40

M50

55

PAUL LEE

M

40-07

 

6

ANDY WHITWORTHM

M

35-52

M40

31

ADRIAN ROYSTON

HX

38-43

M40

56

STEVEN CROFT

SR

40-08

M50

7

DAMIEN COLE

HX

35-54

 

32

MARK PIGFORD

SL

38-48

M40

57

DANIEL SHAW

SR

40-12

 

8

ANTHONY BRADFORD

S

36-17

M40

33

TOM McNALLY

DD

38-57

M45

58

ANDY BEARDSLEY

M

40-15

M45

9

LEE BUCKWELL

HX

36-31

 

34

KATH FARQUAR

HF

38-59

F40

59

SIMON BROWNE

DD

40-17

 

10

JAMES FRANKLYN

HX

36-37

M45

35

SARAH CUMBER

HX

39-01

F35

60

ROB JAMES

M

40-19

 

11

IAN WHITEHOUSE

HX

36-41

M40

36

MARK LEGGETT

DD

39-10

 

61

PETER HILL

D

40-24

MV

12

ROSS McCLELLAND

DD

36-47

 

37

CRAIG EMPSALL

HX

39-27

M40

62

STEVE BLACKFORD

DD

40-29

M55

13

JAMES CLARKE

D

37-08

 

38

DAVID HONOUR

SR

39-30

M40

63

ROB KERSEY

HF

40-31

M55

14

SIMON RAWNSLEY

HF

37-12

 

39

DAVE LEES

P

39-34

 

64

MARTIN BOOTH

P

40-37

M45

15

ROB LEES

P

37-14

 

40

TREVOR WRIGHT

L

39-38

M60

65

ANDY TYACK

M

40-42

 

16

JIMMY MORRIS

D

37-19

 

41

BRIDGET COOMBER

DD

39-39

F45

66

RAY HALL

HX

40-53

M60

17

SIMON COURTNEY

SR

37-21

 

42

ANDREW FERGUSON

SR

39-42

 

67

DENE TOWNED

HX

40-55

M50

18

MICHAEL HYDE

SR

37-25

 

43

DARREN HANSON

HF

39-43

M45

68

TONY GARDNER

DD

40-57

 

19

ANDREW MESKINMON

D

37-26

M45

44

ALEXIS BRADBURY

D

39-4

 

69

RICHARD ALSTON

D

41.11

MV

20

ANDY THORPE

HX

37-29

M40

45

TREENA JOHNSON

D

39-45

FV

70

GARETH BURRELL

HX

41-15

MJ

21

ANTHONY BRADFORD

S

37-33

M40

46

DAVE SHEPHERD

HF

39-50

M40

71

NEIL HOMER

HX

41-33

 

22

DONALD KENNEDY

L

37-36

M45

47

RALPH BARKER

DD

39-51

M50

72

BRIAN CAMPBELL

DD

41-34

M40

23

MATT DILLINGHAM

M

37-38

 

48

STUART McCORMICK

SR

3-52

M40

73

STEVEN HARE

HX

41-42

M45

24

MARTIN HALL

D

38-17

MV

49

JON COLLINS

SL

39-54

 

74

JAMES CHAPMAN

 

41-47

 

25

KEVIN HOULT

SR

38-23

 

50

MARK CRABTREE

HX

39-58

M50

75

MIKE BALDWIN

DD

41-50

M55


John Carr 5k Race Series

 

Four Holmfirth harriers completed all of the race series, John Ewart (2 nd M50) Nathan Martin, Lucy Griffiths & Lesley Ewart (1 st F55).


Bern 10 Mile Road Race

 

Mark Buckingham was selected to represent England in Switzerland. Mark was the first finisher from the team in a time of 51.40 in 13 th place and the second European home with the first 11 places being filled by Africans. The race was won in 48.52 by Kenyan Daniel Chebli


Club 5

 

The annual club 5 was run in good conditions on Tuesday 25 th May. A field of 47 runners took part in the event with Mark Buckingham finishing in 1 st place in a time of 24:26. Matthew Pierson was a close second in 24:45 followed by one of our newer club members Ali Hassan in 27:22. Katie Walshaw was the first lady home in 28:51 followed by Kath Farquar and Helen Berry.

 

The handicap winner was Margaret Smith with a superb run in 32:56, following up her excellent recent London Marathon exploits.

 


Wombwell 5

Holmfirth Harriers have been in road racing action across the county recently.  At the Wombwell 5 miles in South Yorkshire John Broom finished 3rd and 1st V40 in 28:14.  A number of Harriers raced the first of the John Carr 5k series at Esholt, Bradford.  This race was also part of the club championships and the Yorkshire Veterans 5k Road Championship.  First back for the club was John Broom in 16:58, also picking up the 3rd YVAA M40 prize.  Next back was John Ewart in 17:27, narrowly missing out on a M50 award.  Steve Rimmer M45 ran 18:02 closely followed by Nathan Martin in 18:22.  Brandon Holroyd M35 achieved 18:50 and the first lady back for the club was Lucy Griffiths in 19:10.  Dawn Broom ran 19:38 to claim the 1st F45 YVAA award and Lesley Ewart F55 completed a successfule evening for the females also claiming first in her F55 category.  Bill Wade M65 ran 21:36 and fellow M65 Tim Cock completed the course in 24:28.  Hilary Booth completed the Holmfirth contigent with 26:45.


Club 5

 

The Club 5 will be on Tuesday May 25 th from Neiley. There will be a list going up shortly for club members to sign up. Please try and sign up in advance as it makes organising the event a lot easier. This is a great event for members of all abilities to take part in. It is a handicapped race so all those involved has a chance of picking up a prize.


Joe Percy 10K

 

The Joe Percy 10k will be on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm from Thurstonland Cricket Club. There will be an entry form put at the club on the road section notice board which you must sign up on by Tuesday 8th June as this is a mass entry event. Entry is £3 per person which must be paid on the day. No money - no number - no excuses!! This race is part of the 2010 road championship.


Holmfirth Harriers in the London Marathon

 

 

2 reports here>>

 


Wakefield 10K 28th March 2010

 

Holmfirth Harriers have been in action over the roads and trails of the region in recent weeks.  On Sunday 28th March the 3rd leg of the club road championship took place at the Wakefield 10k.  In very blustery conditions, first back for the club was John Broom in 13th, debuting as a V40 in a time of 35:29 on his return from a rib injury.  Next back was triathlete Steve Rimmer (V45) in 38:43 followed by Brandon Holroyd in 40:18.
 
The women had a strong showing on the day with Julia Johnson (F45) finishing first in her category with 41:43 and being joined in the winning ladies' team by Rachael Mellor ("nd F45) in 43:21 and Lesley Ewart (1st F55) in 43:40.  Also picking up points in the road championship were Andrew Kerry (42:18), Vicky Rhodes (51:10), Tim Cock (51:23), Hilary Booth (55:51), Isobel Gabanski (63:32), and Donald Bamforth (M70) (67:27).


Salford 10K

 

On Good Friday a small but competitive group of Harriers made the trip across the Pennines to run in the well regarded Salford 10k.  In a high quality field, 2 Holmfirth men battled it out for 1st place, with Mark Buckingham managing to drop clubmate Matthew Pierson on the second 5k loop to claim victory in 29:59 (before cycling back through the hills to clear a space for his Easter eggs).  Pierson ran a pb of 30:07, the windy conditions impeding his hopes of a first sub-30 clocking.  Road captain Dave Turnbull continued his rehabilitation from a long term injury with a solid 34:08.  Dawn Broom (F45) battled through to finish second F45 in 40:30.
 
 


Harriers Qualify for National Relays.

 

Sunday 21 st March saw Holmfirth Harriers competing in the Northern road relays at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester.

The men’s race is run over 12 legs, six long of 4.6 miles and six short of 3 miles, the odd numbers being the long legs and only the top 25 teams qualify.

Holmfirth’s men got off to a flying start with the in form Mark Buckingham coming back in first place with a 2 second lead over Sunderland and recording the fastest long leg time of the day in 21.58. Dave Turnbull, on the first short leg, came back in third and Jake Rowlands on leg three managed to keep the Harriers in the top five. From then on the team slipped down the field finally finishing in 15 th position, though Alistair Langron and Matthew Johnson ran particularly well. Some of the team ran below par due to just returning from injury and owing to a last minute drop out one of the clubs fell specialists had to be drafted in. Bill Stewart, who has an aversion to Tarmac, manfully stepped into the breech but found the consistent high tempo required in this sort of race particularly arduous. Bill though said he likes a challenge and was looking forward to taking part in the National road relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham the 17th April.

Men’s results.

1 st. Leeds 3hr 50 min

2 nd. Sale 3hr 55 min.

15 th. Holmfirth 4hr 10 min.

 

  • M. Buckingham 21.58 1st
  • Dave Turnbull 16.24 3rd
  • Jake Rowlands 24.04 5th
  • Richard Smith 18.08 12th
  • Dave Watson 23.55 10 th
  • Alistair Langron 15.55 10 th
  • Bill Stewart 26.36 12 th
  • Nigel Moran 17.11 13 th
  • Matthew Johnson 24.56 12 th
  • James Dewhirst 17.53 14 th
  • Julian Rose 26.12 15 th
  • Gary Graham 17.25 15th

 

Holmfirth ladies achieved their best result to date in this event, finishing an excellent 6th out of 26 complete teams and just over a minute outside medal position.  The ladies covered the same course as the short men’s lap, a distance of 3 miles. Junior Coach, Kath Farquhar, got the team off to a good start in 12th position from 34 runners in a time of 18:05, before heading straight off to support the Harriers' junior duathlon.  On leg 2, Claire Leaver improved one position, handing over in 11th place (18:41).  Helen Berry ran strongly to gain 3 places in a time of 18:21 (3rd fastest on leg 3) moving the team up to 8th position ahead of local rivals Leeds and Wakefield.  Lucy Griffiths, returning from a knee injury ran well to hold 8th position on leg 4 in time of 19:35.  Late replacement and veteran Lesley Ewart gave her valued support and completed leg 5 in 20:22, handing over in 11th place.  Katie Walshaw had another excellent run in the final leg, clocking the second fastest time on leg 6 in 17:39 and bringing the team home in 6th, in an overall time of 1:52:42.

 

The ladies event was won by Chester-Le-Street in a time of 1:41:12, a massive 7 minutes 33 seconds ahead of Hallamshire Harriers (1:49:45).  Third place was Liverpool Harriers and AC in 1:51:32.  Hatti Dean of Hallamshire, the 2010 Northern Athletics Cross Country Champion, clocked the fastest time of the day in 16:08.

 


Charles London Marathon in aid of Candlelighters

Charles Oondon Marathon - funding raising for CandlelightersI have been running now for just over 2.5 years and 2 years with the Holmfirth Harriers. I weighed over 19 stone and myself and 3 other friends decided running would be a good way to lose the excess timber! As an incentive 2 years ago we entered the Edinburgh hairy haggis relay, in the process I lost 5 stone and we lost over 12 stone between us.

 

After this adventure I caught the running bug, and this year I have been fortunate enough to get a club place to run the London Marathon. I decided it would be wonderful to make all my blood, sweat and tears go to a great cause.

 

My next door neighbour George Jackson is a 11 year old sports mad boy, into cricket, football and other sports and a supporter of Huddersfield and Liverpool. Last year he was diagnosed with leukemia. Over this period he has had wonderful support from his family, friends, Hinchcliffe Mill School, St. James's Hospital and Candlelighters. Candlelighters are based in Jimmy's in Leeds and do a fantastic job of supporting children  suffering from malignant diseases or severe blood diseases in the area. They have helped George greatly during his long stints in hospital.

 

I am putting a great deal of effort into the London marathon, with a hectic 14 week training schedule: training 6 days a week, covering over 660 miles in total, peaking at 65 miles in 1 week alone and getting up at 5.30am to train some mornings. I aim to complete the 26.2 miles of the marathon in around 4 hours. However my efforts pale into insignificance when compared to what the many children treated at Jimmy's that candlelighters support go through.

 

Please dig deep and support a wonderful cause. 

Many thanks
Charles


Meltham 10K

Steve Riimmer, Mark Buckingham and John BroomHolmfirth Harriers enjoyed successes across the board at the Meltham 10k road race on Sunday.  Braving frost and ice on some of the high roads above Meltham, Mark Buckingham took the lead early on, gradually dropping the small pack who tried to stay with him and finished 1st by over a minute in a time of 34:08.  Next back was John Broom, who worked his way through from 20th to 4th during the race to record a time of 37:22.  Completing the team which shared the team prize with Penistone FR was triathlete Steve Rimmer, who was 24th in 40:50.
 
The race was the first of the Club Road Championship events for the year, so featured a depth of Harrier runners.  Next back was Kevin Yewlett closely followed by Brandon Holroyd.  Also claiming points towards the championship were Sean Doyle, Philip Egan, Mark Dolan and Tim Cock, who also claimed the 1st V65 prize in the race.
 
The ladies' team was led home by Sarah Walker, 3rd in a time of 45:18 closely followed by triathlete Rachel Mellor in 4th, preferring an icy run to an icy bike ride in 45:58.  Again there was depth in the female finishers with Kiersti Dickinson, Clare Whitwam, Jane Greavs, Rebecca Crosby, Hillary Booth, Kane Stirling and Isobel Gabanski picking up valuable club championship points.


MARK BUCKINGHAM M HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 34.08
JOHN BROOM M HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 37.22
STEPHEN RIMMER M45 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 40.50
KEVIN YEWLETT M55 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 43.14
BRANDON HOLROYD M35 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 44.59
SARAH WALKER F HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 45.18
RACHAEL MELLOR F45 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 45.58
SEAN DOYLE M40 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 46.54
PHILIP EGAN M HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 47.55
MARK DOLAN M45 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 52.24
KIERSTI DICKINSON F40 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 52.28
CLAIRE WHITWAM F45 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 53.03
JANE GREAVES F40 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 53.40
TIM COCK M65 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 57.15
REBECCA CROSBY F45 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 57.52
HILARY BOOTH F45 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 59.32
KANE STIRLING F40 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 59.47
ISOBEL GABANSKI F40 HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS 68.37
 
Alistair Langron, training for his debut London Marathon in April finished 9th in the Ferriby 10 Road Race in East Yorkshire in an encouraging time of 57:05.


2009 Road Championship - Final results

  Men Women
1st Ricky South Claire Whitwam
2nd Brandon Holroyd Kiersti Dickinson
3rd Edward Brown Claire Leaver

 

Full results here (Excel file)


Road relays

The club captain and ladies captain will be soon approaching club members for the forthcoming road relay events.
 
This year the Northern Athletics Mens 12 stage and Womens 6 stage road relay are on March 21st at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester. The National Mens 12 stage and Womens 6 stage road relay are on April 17th at Sutton Park, Birmingham.
 
Please try and arrange your racing calender around these events. We need to put out the stongest available teams and this means as many members making themselves available for selection as possible. Look out for further information down at the club and on the website.


Brass monkey Jan 2010

Matthew Pierson broke the course record in this prestigious half marathon race staged at York Racecourse on 24th January. In the process Pierson retained the title he won last year and became the second fastest man in the UK over the distance this year. Running the whole race with just the lead car for company (the next runner finishing 7 minutes behind) Pierson comfortably hit his target by finishing in a new pb of 65:35. This was a good indicator of the progress the Outlane athlete is making at his temporary base at a Kenyan training camp and shows good signs for his London Marathon campaign.

Next finisher was John Broom (7th) in a solid 74:17, achieving a UK Athletics Championship entry for the marathon distance for the next two years. Maz Khoueiry achieved a new pb for half marathon of 90:24 closely followed by Ian Goulding (M45) in a time of 91:29. M65 Tim Cock ran his usual gritty race to finish in 113:42.

 

In the womens' race pride of place went to Dawn Broom who ran as well as she had for 4 years to finish an agonising 3 seconds outside her pb for the distance in 84:18. Dawn claimed 2nd F45 prize. Claire Leaver ran an encouraging debut over the distance, overcoming early shoelace problems to clock 85:50. The Holmfirth female contingent was completed by Rosemary Baker (F45) 105:31, Angela Currid (F45) 109:24 and Tracey Wadsworth (F40)


Ribble Valley 10k including Northern Athletics 10k Championships

Race report here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

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Welcome to the road running section of Holmfirth Harriers.

 

Holmfirth have a long and successful history on the roads and today our road runners represent the club on the local, national and international stage! We are keen to see all our members participate in events on the road and represent the club far and wider regardless of ability!

 

If you have anything of interest for this section please contact Dave.

 

 

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