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Some of our vet runners

YVAA Programme for 2010

The YVAA multi terrain Grand prix races are a good place to start with the Vets; about 5 – 6 miles long they vary from almost pancake flat as at York to quite hilly (!!!), like our own from Neiley. Races can be entered on the day, only cost £3 to enter, cater for all age ranges and abilities, from 35 to 80+. At most races there is also free food and a hot drink after the race. Prizes are given for all 5 year age ranges, depending on entry, with several spot prizes as well.


If anyone would like to try out these races next year and would like a lift please see Rob (on the desk) at the club or by email.

Details of all the races we compete in can be found at www.yvaa.org as well as from Rob and the Vets Notice Board at the Clubhouse.

Race programme here and calendar here


YVAA Cross Country Relays

Report and photos here

YVAA Road Relays, 2011

Report and photos here

Cross Keys Road Relays, Sat 3 August

Report and photos here

YVAA Multi – terrain GP 7, Bingley, 23 August 2011

Report here

Holmfirth Harriers Host YVAA Multi-terrain Grand Prix

Race report here (Word)

24th BMAF Road Relay Championships

Race report here

YVAA Cross Country Championships - 26 March 2011

Race info here (Word doc)

Race report here

Last race in the YVAA Grand prix Series for 2010

Race report here> (Word doc)

Cop Hill Fell Race / YVAA Championships, 18 November

Race report here (Word doc)

YVAA / Holmfirth 15mile Championships

Race report here

Northern Athletics / YVAA Cross Country Relay Championships

Report here

 Cross Keys road & fell relay


The runners ready at the start with Ricky and Julian well to the fore


On Saturday 4 th September 16 runners from Holmfirth crossed the Pennines to take part in the Cross Keys Road and Fell Relay from the Cross Keys Inn near Saddleworth. This long standing event has been well supported by Holmfirth Harriers and it was good to see four teams taking part on Saturday. Always enjoyable to take part in this is also a good race for supporting spectators especially when the weather is good as this year. First leg runners were Julian Rose, Ricky South (seen right), Maggie Sykes and Lesley Ewart. The first leg (and 3 rd leg) is a tough two lap course on the road; Julian came in 9 th, 19:08; Ricky 14 th, 20:36; Maggie 16 th, 2 nd lady, 21:43 and Lesley 23 rd, 3 rd lady 23:13.


The second leg runners take to the fell with two steady climbs and two fast descents. Gavin Baxter picked up 5 places coming back 4 th, 21:25; Jonathon Sykes made up one in 13 th, 21:44; Katie Walshaw (below) moved into 14 th and 1 st lady opening up a massive lead on the next ladies team, 22:50 and Yvette Arthur maintained her team’s position as 1 st lady vets in 23 rd, 28:50.


Back on the road for the third leg saw Simon Rawnsley (right) move up to 3 rd in 19:27 and Cara Penfold still clear as 1 st lady, 22:52. Maz Khoueiry ran a solid 22:11 and Helen Pettit surprised herself with an excellent 22:26. By this time positions are hard to tell for spectators unless you are at the end of the leg as runners on both their first and second laps are passing by, but both Maz and Helen held on to their team category positions.


The last leg then held the promise of great success for our teams. John Ewart, while still running well and giving his all, is not as fast as he was in his 40’s and couldn’t hold the chasing runner (who ran about 19:30 some 2 minutes faster than any of our teams on the fell), but still held on to finish 4 th, 1 st male vets, 21:39. Paul Crowther (left) running I think in his first team event for the club finished 12 th (about 3 rd or 4 th vets), 26:14. Jacqui Khoueiry on a rare outing on the fells held on to 14 th and 1 st ladies team in 26:41 and Karen Sinkinson came home in 21 st and 1 st ladies vet team in 28:09.

Another great day’s racing with a real team atmosphere.




The victorious ladies vet (left) and open team (right) both winners of their categories





Holmfirth Harriers at YVAA Grand Prix Race 6 of 2010 Season

On Wednesday 4 th July a small band of Holmfirth vets made their way to Knavesmire, York for the latest round of the YVAA Grand prix series. This roughly 6 mile multi-terrain race was probably the flattest and therefore fastest paced of the series with something like 3 1/ 2 to 4 miles on tarmac paths and the rest on grass. All three female runners came away with a prize; Margaret Sykes was 4 th, 2 nd F40; Lesley Ewart 6 th, 1 st F55 and Rosemary Baker, in what was I think her first sortie into the vets’ races, 18 th, 3 rd F50. In the men’s race Simon Rawnsley, again a newcomer to these events was 4 th, 1 st M40; Jonathon Sykes 17 th, 6 th M45; Rob Kersey 35 th, 5 th M55; Maz Khoueiry 56 th, 10 th M35; Bill Wade 97 th, 5 th M65 and Tim Cock 122 nd, 8 th M65.

In all there were 78 in the women’s race and 149 in the men’s a total turnout of 227 runners. After the race competitors adjourned to the Knavesmire Pub for refreshments supplied by Knavesmire Harriers who were hosts at this race, while they waited for the results and prize giving. Once again a race in this series has proved a great success with a superb friendly atmosphere.


Other Vets races coming up


Next race in the Grand Prix series – Wednesday 18 th August, 7.15pm at Stainland (see club notice board or www.yvaa.org


September 19 th the YVAA Track and Field Championships takes place at Spenborough, details on www.yvaa.org and on the Vets Noticeboard.

Also on Saturday September 4 th the Cross Keys Road – Fell Relays for which we usually put in three or four teams. This is a very enjoyable event with a tough 2 lap (3 mile) road leg followed by a fell leg then by 2 nd road and fell legs. We usually manage at least an open team, male vets and female vets. Teams are entered on the day and composite teams made up of runners without a team are also allowed. Anyone interested in running let me know.


October 9 th YVAA CC Relays at Graves Park, Sheffield (2 mile legs) we can enter as many teams as we want so all are welcome to run.

October 10 th YVAA Grand Prix at Skipton a new event (unfortunately clashes with WYCC league race 1)

October 31 st YVAA 15 mile Championships (Holmfirth 15)



YVAA Grand Prix Race 5 of 2010 Season


Dave Watson being chased hard about ½ a mile from the finish of the recent Vets Race from Neiley





On Sunday 11 th July over 30 Holmfirth Harriers turned out to marshal, act as finish officials, flag the course and organise the catering after the YVAA Grand Prix multi – terrain race. Many thanks are given to all those that helped in anyway before during or after the race. Many thanks also to the land owners and local people that live on the route who cheerfully accepted our passing over their land and past their houses.

The race, over 6 miles of woodland, tracks and fields climbed up to Thurstonland then continued cross country to Farnley Tyas before turning back via the rec/playing fields and Ludd Hill lane for the long descent back to Neiley.

As can be seen in the picture, left, the race was much closer this year with Dave finishing just 10 seconds in front of the second placed runner.


Next home for Holmfirth in the men’s race was 8 th Julian Rank, 4 th M45 followed by 14 th John Ewart, 2 nd M50; 15 th Simon Rawnsley, 3 rd M40 (both seen in picture on right); 25 th Gary Graham, M40; 30 th Rob Kersey, 3 rd M55; 43 rd Maz Khoueiry, M35; 61 st Anthony Marsh, M50; 72 nd Bill Wade, M65; 82 nd Chris Whitelegg, M50; 84 th Rob Halstead, M50; 86 th Rod Futrell, M60; 88 th Richard Smith, M50; 93 rd Andy Hambleton, M55; 99 th Tim Cock, M65; and 106 th Peter Brammah, M50.

In the ladies race Margaret Sykes (left) continued to show good form by coming 2 nd overall and 1 st F40. She was followed by 5 th Lesley Ewart, 1 st F55; 6 th Barbara Hinchliffe, 2 nd F55; 12th Karen Sinkinson, 3 rd F45; 21 st Claire Whitwam, F45; and 42 nd Louise Day, F40.


The next race in the series is at Knavesmire on Wednesday August 4 th at 19.30. This as a virtually flat race with quite a lot of tarmac so unless very wet road shoes are usually ok.


Other Vets races coming up

In September the YVAA Track and Field takes place at Spenborough, details on www.yvaa.org and on the Vets Noticeboard.

Also in September is the Cross Keys Road – Fell Relays for which we usually put in three or four teams. This is a very enjoyable event with a tough 2 lap (3 mile) road leg followed by a fell leg then by 2 nd road and fell legs. We usually manage at least an open team, male vets and female vets. Teams are entered on the day and composite teams made up of runners without a team are also allowed. Anyone interested in running let me know.



YVAA Grand Prix Race 2 of 2010 Season

The long awaited 2 nd race of the 2010 season finally arrived and a small group of Holmfirth Vets made their way to Kirkstall for a new event in the Grand Prix calendar. Starting and finishing in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey this was one of the flatter courses and good fast running just about everywhere. A record entry, for a YVAA Grand Prix, of 236 runners completed the course. First home for the ladies was Margaret Sykes in her first GP race in 3 rd position and 2 nd F45 followed by the ever consistent Lesley Ewart in 6 th , 1 st F55. In the men’s race Jonathan Sykes, M45 made it a family double being again in his first GP and first Harrier home in 16 th; he was closely followed by Darren Hanson,M45, 19 th racing again for after a long break and then Rob Kersey, M55, 32 nd; Maz Khoueiry, M35, 65 th and Tim Cock, M65, 121 st.

There are two more races coming up this month Pudsey on Wednesday 6 th and Meanwood on Tuesday 22 nd. Both excellent races so why not get out and have a run.



BMAF Road Relays 2010

Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Report here>>


YVAA Grand Prix Race 3 of 2010 Season


June is a very busy month for the YVAA races with 3 Grand Prix races and the 5m champs at Howarth all in a 3 week period. First up on Tuesday June 1 st is the Kirkstall GP. This is a new race and details are on the YVAA website at www.yvaa.org . Next on Thursday 3 rd June is the 5m Championships at Howarth (pre-entry required to qualify for Championships) followed by the Pudsey Grand Prix and Meanwood Grand Prix on the 16 th and 22 nd June respectively.

Keep up-to-date by checking on the YVAA website or on the VETS BOARD at the club.


YVAA Grand Prix 6, from Neiley, Sunday 11 th July 2010


This race is hosted by Holmfirth Harriers and as usual we would like as many Harriers, over 35 years old, as possible to take part in the race. If you are unable to run then perhaps you would like to help with marshalling, supplying sandwiches, cakes etc for the after race refreshments, helping at the finish, acting as 1 st aid cover/emergency driver, help flagging the route on the Saturday before the race, help cutting back brambles etc. on a section of the course or one of the many other jobs that need doing before, during and after the race. All help gratefully accepted. Any runners, who can help before or after the race, as well as run, are also welcome.

If you can help in any way please sign up at the club or contact Rob by phone or email.



YVAA Grand Prix Race 1 of 2010 Season

The first race of the 2010 season kicked off with a great race from Meltham Cricket Club on Sunday 7th March. After a sharp frost overnight the ground was still firm and so made for fast going on most of the almost entirely off road course. The course is tough but none of the climbs are steep (other than the short one near the start that is), with plenty of fast gentle downhill running in the second half of the race for the 160 entrants.


Dave Watson making one of his rare appearances in these races showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field winning by some 21/2 minutes in 36:49. Nigel Moran 9th, 2nd M35, 41:28 was next home, followed by Gary Graham 11th, 3rd M40, 41:44; Steve Rimmer 15th, M45, 42:36; Chris Beadle 21st M40, 43:23; Rob Kersey 24th, 1st M55, 43:59; Ian Moore 31st, M50, 45:15; Dave Knight 36th, M40, 46:27; Maz Khoueiry 39th, M35, 47:22; Julia Johnson 43rd, 1st F45, 47:59; Lesley Ewart 47th, 1st F55, 48:27; Rachael Mellor 49th, 2nd F45, 48:50; Katie Woodings 94th, F40, 53:07; Bill Wade 97th, 2nd M65, 54:04; Bill Hunter 106th, M60, 55:33; Claire Whitwam 114th, F45, 56:58; Dayn Wilkins 115th, M45, 57:06; Tim Cock 117th, 3rd M65, 57:17; and John Ritchie 121st, M50, 57:56.


Besides the usual age group prizes 37 in all yesterday, every 15th runner also got a spot prize as they finished. The usual free hot drinks and food were available to runners after the race and thanks are given to all the Meltham team for a very successful event.

The Kippax race doesn’t look like it is going ahead so we are trying to fill the gap so in that case the next races will be the 10K Champs at Beverley on the 9th May, the National Road Relays on the 15th May, then the Kirkstall GP on Tuesday 1st June.

I will be putting a list up for those people that are available for selection for the National Road Relays shortly. Please look at your diaries to see if you are available.



YVAA CC Championships 2010

Race report here.

Calderdale Way Relay 2009

Race report here.

33rd YVAA CC Championships at Graves Park, Sheffield
Saturday 6 th February 2010

I know this is still a long way away but please make a note of the date and put in your diaries. This is an excellent course and not normally too muddy and without any big or steep climbs.


We usually get out about 30 runners for this event and would like to at least equal this number next February. The ladies run 5k and the men 10k, the race for ladies and men over 50 starts at 12.30 pm and the race for men under 50 starts at 1.30 pm. All standards of runner are welcome and would be a valuable part of the team as every runner counts towards the team points.

YVAA Grand Prix Awards 2009

With only a small number of our fastest vets doing enough (6) races to qualify for the overall championships our medal winners were well down on what we are actually capable of as a club. Nearly all the lady Vets that have run a race this year would have been in the medals had they done enough races. Many thanks to all those that do turn out for this series of really varied and enjoyable events, I hope you all come back next year and complete more races. The provisional programme is now on the website and copies are available on the Vets Board at the club. Next year we are going to be giving 10 extra spot prizes throughout the race to spread the prizes to more people.


Medal winners:

F45, 3 rd Claire Whitwam a great effort for someone who thought they would be at the back of the field at the start of the season.

F50, 1 st Lesley Ewart

M55, 1 st Rob Kersey

M65, 1 st Bill Wade

Last Race in YVAA Grand Prix Series for 2009

Race report here

YVAA Fell Champs at the Cop Hill Fell Race, Meltham

Race report here

YVAA 15 Mile Championships

(Incorporated in Holmfirth 15)

Some of the Holmfirth vets at the Holmfirth 15 mile Championships With many of the Holmfirth Vets involved in marshalling and other jobs connected to the race only 12 Holmfirth vets took part in the YVAA 15 mile Championships on the last Sunday in October. Three medals were picked up on the day with Lesley Ewart winning the F55, Tim Cock the M65, and Jane Stirling 2 nd in the F35 category.


Full Holmfirth Vets results below.

49 th Michael Pennington M50, 1:46:47; 58 th, 1 st F55 Lesley Ewart, 1:50:05; 79 th, Rob Ellis M45, 1:55:29; 80 th Ian Goulding M45, 1:55:55; 103 rd Mark Dolan M45, 2:01:58; 117 th Sean Doyle M40, 2:07:00; 118 th Steve White M55, 2:07:25; 125 th Dave Riddle M45, 2:08:41; 134 th Jason Kaushal M40, 2:09:52; 137 th Claire Whitwam F45, 2:12:51;

146 th, 1 st M65 Tim Cock, 2:17:03; 155 th, 2 nd F35 Jane Stirling, 2:23:42.


YVAA Track and Field Championships

A very small contingent of Holmfirth Vets competed in the recent track and field championships at Spenborough. Whether this is due to the relevant recent addition to Holmfirth Harriers of track and field and so a lack of tradition in this discipline for our older runners, I’m not sure but I’m sure we could do quite well if more of us had a go. Of the runners that did travel several came away with medals.


We seem to have a new star in our midst, that I have to confess I do not know, but Jennifer Ibbitson , F50 was 1 st lady and 1 st F50 in the hammer, 43.5m, the shot, 10.18m, the discus, 30.60m and the triple jump, 7.33m. She was also 2 nd lady and 1 st F50 in the javelin, 24.13m


Jacqueline France was 1 st lady and 1 st F45 in the 5000m in 20:21.7; Tim Cock was 1 st M65 in the 5000m in 24:34.3 and Robert Ellis was 3 rd M45 in 1500m in 5:30.5 and 5 th M45 in the 5000m in 21:06.5.

Well done to all of them and I’ll have to push to get a few more out next year.

Vets in the Prizes Again in YVAA Grand Prix Race

On Sunday a small group of Holmfirth Harriers Vets travelled to Greetland to the penultimate YVAA Grand Prix race of the 2009 season. In sunny calm conditions, very different to Saturday’s gales, 7 runners made the trip to this mostly off road multi – terrain race of about 6 miles. Stainland Lions organised the event and as usual everything was of a very high standard. The hilly route was well marshalled and flagged and a fantastic spread of food was available to competitors after the event while they awaited the results. Numbers were slightly down on other races this year probably due to the twice rearranged event and the tough course but 120 runners made it two the finish including two over 70’s!


Holmfirth results:

21 st Rob Kersey, 1 st M55, 43:06; 61 st Helen Pettit, 2 nd F45, 50:46; 62 nd Bill Wade, 2 nd M65, 50:54; 69 th Dayn Wilkins, M45, 52:11; 72 nd Steve White, M55, 53:01; 74 th Tim Cock, 3 rd M65, 53:52; 82 nd Claire Whitwam, 3 rd F45, 55:14

The last race of the series will be run at Spenborough on Sunday 15 th November when the overall positions for the year will be decided.


These races must be the best value and friendliest in Yorkshire at £3.00 entry, 40 + prizes and usually free food after the event. If you’re over 35 why not have ago next season when the races start again with a local race at Meltham, provisionally February 28 th.

YVAA Road Relays

Race report here

YVAA 10 K Championships

A very poor turnout at this well organised event, don’t know whether it was due to poor advertising, clash with Yorkshire Road Relays taking out the younger vets and the new Kirklees 10K from Leeds Road taking the ‘Fun Runners’ / non club runners or a combination of all three. Anyway only 66 runners took part on the day which was a great shame after all the hard work of the organiser and team of marshals. All but 4 of the runners were vets and almost 50% were over 50! Six Holmfirth runners ran with some good performances produced. First home for Holmfirth in 15 th place was Jonathan Sykes, 5 th M45 in 38:32, a good time on a fairly tough course. He was followed by Rob Kersey 22 nd, 4 th M55, 40:52; Lesley Ewart 34 th, 2 nd F50, 43:32; Robert Ellis M45, 38 th, 44:34; Margaret Sykes 41 st, 2 nd F40 (her first medal placing I believe, so well done), 45:06; Tim Cock 60 th,1 st M65, 52:34.

Knavesmire YVAA GP – 29 th July

As Tim and I made our way along the M1 towards Leeds through a cloudburst we were speculating about a possible low turnout for York, Knavesmire race given the terrible conditions; low turn out, hardly, 184 finishers another amazing number. In the event the rain had virtually stopped by the time we got there and was no more than a gentle shower as we jogged down to the start. On the start line it started to rain harder and an enormous expanse of black cloud loomed overhead. Within 2 minutes of the start we were running in another cloudburst, the path was like a stream and it was difficult to see through the water streaming of your head! At least the rain made everyone run faster to keep warm or so it seemed to me trying to keep up with the fast pace. As the race progressed the rain eased and conditions became quite pleasant if very wet underfoot. After the race and a nice cooling shower(!) we adjourned to the Knavesmire pub for the after race drinks a wonderful spread of food and the results and prize giving, an excellent evening and many thanks to all at Knavesmire involved in putting on the race.


Holmfirth Results.

John Ewart M50 15 th, 36:24; Rob Kersey M55, 30 th, 3 rd M55, 38:11; Jacqui Dews F35, 49 th, 2 nd F35, 40:25; Lesley Ewart F50, 54 th, 1 st F50, 41:11; Bill Wade M65, 70 th, 2 nd M65, 43:32; Tim Cock M65, 126 th, 50:34

Starbeck YVAA GP – 20 th August

With many of our runners taking part in the Dennis Stitt Fell Race from Cartworth Moor, only a small contingent of Holmfirth Vets travelled up to Harrogate for the Starbeck GP. Julia Johnson returning to the Vets competition came home 1 st Lady and 1 st F45 with Jacqui Khoueiry 2 nd and 1 st F35. Helen Pettit was not far behind in 8 th, 3 rd F40 and the group was supported by Claire Whitwam F45 in 28 th. Claire is likely to finish 3 rd or 4 th overall this year an excellent result considering she didn’t believe herself good enough to run at the beginning of the season. Only two male Holmfirth runners took part Maz Khoueiry M35, finishing 47 th and Bill Wade 62 nd and 1 st M65.

YVAA 6th Monthly Grand Prix of 2009

Race report here

YVAA5 th Monthly Grand Prix of 2009

Tuesday 23 rd June at 7.30p.m., Meanwood, Nr. Leeds

Just 8 Holmfirth Harriers made it to the YVAA Grand Prix race at Meanwood, near Leeds on a warm and sultry Tuesday night but those that ran came away with more than their share of prizes. 174 runners from 24 Yorkshire clubs completed the course with ages from 35 to 80! First home for the Harriers, making a rare appearance with Jean from their North Yorkshire home, was Andy Hauser, 17 th, 3 rd M50 in 30:15 followed by Chris Beadle who managed to spear himself on a stick when cutting the corners on the path, 27 th, 3 rd M35, 31:13; Rob Kersey, 38 th, 1 st M55, 31:43; Jacqui Dews, 55 th, 1 st F35 (1 st lady), 34:08; Maz Khoueiry, who chased Jacqui all the way to the finish!, 56 th, M35, 34:08; Jean Shotter,66 th, 1 st F45 (2 nd lady), 35:21; Bill Wade 83 rd, 2 nd M65, 36:39; Tim Cock,108 th, 3 rd M65, 40:41;and Claire Whitwam, doing brilliantly in her first year in the Vets Grand Prix, 110 th, 4 th F45, 40:45.


The next event is at Honley on the 12 th July. This is a new course of 6 miles and almost entirely off road. The full list is on the YVAA website, www.yvaa.org and also on the Holmfirth Harriers website, www.holmfirthharriers.com Entry is only £3 on the day.


Any Harriers not running who would be available to help on the day are asked to contact Rob via the club, email or phone (details on website).

YVAA3 rd Monthly Grand Prix of 2009

Sunday May 31 st at 11.00a.m., Haw Park Woods, Walton, Wakefield.

On a scorching Sunday morning 8 Holmfirth Vets made the trip to Walton near Wakefield for the latest race in the YVAA Grand Prix series. Over 170 runners turned out for this off road event on woodland paths, tracks and canal towpath.

This year a big turn out of Meltham runners swelled the numbers, the race being part of their club championship. While very warm in the shady sections, the race was roasting when in the full sun with little or no breeze to cool runners down. The race was in fact won by Andy Whitworth of Meltham in 31:15 Holmfirth runners had success in the F50 category and M55 category and all runners added valuable team points. Holmfirth results:


27 th Kevin Yewlett, 1 st M55, 35:22; 29 th Rob Kersey, 2 nd M55, 35:34; 52 nd Lesley Ewart, 1 st F50, 38:05; 58 th Bill Wade, 1 st M65, 38:31; 61 st Robert Ellis, M45, 39:01; 90 th Helen Pettit, F40, 41:21; 96 th Rob Halstead, M50, 42:44; 117 th Claire Whitwam, F45, 45:18


In much colder conditions at Howarth the YVAA 5 mile championships took place within the Bronte 5. This is a tough 2 lap course but still attracted nearly 180 starters. Disappointingly only two Holmfirth runners ran the race but Mick Mavromihales made a welcome return to racing after a two year break and finished an excellent 8 th and 2 nd M45 in 28:57. Rob Kersey the only other Harrier to run finished just outside the medals, 4 th M55.


The next races are the Meanwood race on the 23 rd June and then our race from Neiley on 12 th July.

BMAF Road Relays 2009

Race report here.

YVAA Grand Prix, Race 2, Meltham

Another record entry for the Meltham Vets race saw 155 runners make the start line and 153 finished. Two runners were unfortunately attacked by horses and were unable to finish the race, suffering what we hope will prove only minor injuries, and had to walk back! The good weather of late meant conditions were drier than usual (we had snow last year) and while the strong head wind for much of the first half of the race made for hard climbs conditions were generally good for running. A good turnout from Holmfirth Vets, 18 in total, although only 4 women, the Lads Leap Fell Race having lured some away!


Dave Watson won the race in 36:07 and was also 1 st M35. next home for Holmfirth was Charlie Adams M40, 25 th, 41:44 followed by Rob Kersey 1 st M55,28 th, 42:07; Steve Nash M40, 35 th, 43:23; Kevin Yewlett 3 rd M55, 36 th, 43:35; Robert Ellis M45, 54 th, 46:53; Rod Futrell 3 rd M60, 56 th,47:10; Lesley Ewart 2 nd F50, 60 th, 47:42; Bill Wade 1 st M65, 71 st, 49:26; Andrew Kerry M40, 75 th, 50:06; Katie Woodings 2 nd F40, 81 st, 50:41; Helen Pettit 3 rd F40,86 th, 51:50; Dayn Wilkins M45, 87 th, 52:00; Peter Roberts 2 nd M65, 88 th,52:20; Andrew Hambleton M50, 92 nd, 52:40; Claire Whitwam 3 rd F45, 109 th, 56:38; Tim Cock M65, 115 th,59:00; Steve White M55, 121 st, 59;42. Host club Meltham AC supplied runners with hot drinks and free food after the race while they waited for the prize giving. As usual there were 40 prizes for leading positions in the 5 year age categories and also about 10 spot prizes. Races continue at regular intervals throughout the year on Sunday mornings and some summer evenings, the next race in the series being on Sunday May 31 st at Walton near Wakefield. This is a nice mainly woodland course on good tracks and paths. The full list is on the YVAA website, www.yvaa.org and also on the Holmfirth Harriers website, www.holmfirthharriers.com plus of course on the Vets Notice Board. Entry is only £3. The race entry includes free food after the race, 40+ prizes (including spot prizes) great competition and an incredibly friendly atmosphere.


Let’s hope for another good (or even better) turn out in May. Details on the board and website shortly.









About Us

Rob Kersey

Vets secretary

Rob Kersey

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The Vets section is one of the largest and best supported sections of the club. We compete in YVAA Grand Prix multi – terrain races, Road Relays Championships, Cross Country Championships, Fell Championships, the many Road Championship races and The Track and Field Champs. We also send teams to the National Road Relays at Sutton Park each year. Road Relay and Cross Country


Championships are particularly well supported with 30+ runners often turning out for the teams. When we get a strong team out we are always in contention for medals and have won silver medals at the BMAF National Road Relays in recent years as well as many Yorkshire medals in all events.


Winning medals is great for the individuals, teams and club of course but is not the only reason for taking part. Without the non ‘A team’ runners these events would be not only a lot less enjoyable as a team but virtually empty as an event. We welcome all vets into our teams no matter what standard so if you’re over 35 and fancy a run out please join us.



Vets records

For some time Ive been trying to collect your times for distances from 5K to a Marathon. While I have managed to cajole some information out of a few people there are still loads of runners that have not given me any times. As you will see (on the MEMBER's Page) weve posted those. Almost any time supplied is likely to get in the top ten simply because we have so few contributors. So why not let me have your times and see yourself in the top ten for your age group. Click on the link (to e-amil ROB) at the top of the page, then Email your best times. Thanks.


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