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Road Section

Northern Athletics Road Relays

Rob SavineSunday 20th March saw 21 Holmfirth Harriers and their supporters travel to Catterick for the Northern Road Relays Men’s 12 stage and Women’s six stage road relays. The last time the event was held at Catterick snow blizzards and freezing temperatures greeted the teams,; however this time around the conditions were perfect for running and an improved course provided excellent viewing positions for the supporters.

The men's 12 stage event saw the team tackle 6 long legs of 8km and 6 short legs of 4km. mark Buckingham lead the team off and sat in with the lead group. Mark handled the swift pace well and finished the first long leg in 5th place in a time of 21:57. Wayne Byram then took on the short leg and ran very well against a lot of track specialists to record a time of 13:49 and hand over in 11th place. Dave Watson, currently in training for the London Marathon ran a strong third leg in 24:02 and remaining in 11th. Alistair Langron managed to pick up one place recording a time of 12:03 on the fourth leg before handing over to David Turnbull. David, also in preparation for the London Marathon, moved the team up 3 places to seventh recording a time of 23:12. Simon Rawnsley then ran the third short leg slipping just one place to the team eighth at the halfway stage in 12:38.

Julian Rose was next to perform and he recorded a time of 25:48 on the seventh leg. On his debut performance for the club Rob Savine took over in 11th place and ran superbly to improve the teams position to 10th in a time of 12:54. Richard Anderson showed great endurance once again for the club recording a time of 23:59 and moving the team up one place into 9th before handing over to Gary Graham who slipped one place in a time of 13:58. Richard Smith maintained the teams position in a time of 24:42 before Steve Rimmer ran a time of 13:54 and a final team position of 11th place. Mark Buckingham's time turned out to be the seventh fastest long leg of the day and the race was won by a fantastic team performance from Morpeth Harriers.
Cara PenfoldThe ladies 6 stage race was run over the same 4km course as the men’s short leg.  First off for the ‘A’ team was all-rounder Katie Walshaw who made her usual fast start, finding herself in the top 3 for the first 600m.  She settled into the race and ran strongly, getting the team off to a good start in 10th position (13:11).  Ladies’ Vice Captain, Lesley Ewart, led the ‘B’ team on leg 1 coming home in 28th place, out of a total of 34 leg 1 runners in a time of 15:56.

Kath Farquhar ran very well, gaining 2 places for the ‘A’ team on leg 2 in a time of 13:45 and 9th fastest of the leg.  Zoe Storr, who had travelled across from her new base in North Wales and in her first road relay event for the club, had a good run on leg 2 for the ‘B’ team in 15:44 and handing over in 25th position.

Ladies’ Captain, Helen Berry, had a strong run on leg 3, gaining valuable places for the team, finishing in 4th position (13:35) and 2nd fastest of the leg.  Adrienne Dewhirst gave up her usual supporting role, valiantly stepping in to race for the ‘B’ team.  She finished in 24th position in a time of 20:33.  Due to a few athletes having to withdraw from the race, the ‘B’ team was left incomplete.

Fourth leg runner for the ‘A’ team, Claire Leaver, who ran well amongst some high class runners, dropped just 3 places in a time of 14:05, which gave her the 8th fastest time on leg 4.  Julia Johnson, who had been promoted to the ‘A’ team at relatively short notice, surprised herself by running a good time of 14:52 on leg 5, handing over in 9th position. 
The final leg was run by Cara Penfold, who having raced regularly for Holmfirth ladies over the cross country season and stepped up her training, earned her place in the ‘A’ team, picking up one place (15:16) to bring the team home in 8th place in an overall time of 1:23:56.  The event was won by Wakefield District Harriers in 1:19:56.  The fastest time recorded was 12:09 by Eleanor Baker of Stockport Harriers.




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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!


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