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YVAA 6th Monthly Grand Prix of 2009

Dave leading the charge round the field at the start Sunday 12th July, Neiley

New Route for Vets Race Draws Over 150 Runners


On Sunday, 12 th July Holmfirth Harriers hosted the latest race in the YVAA multi-terrain Grand Prix series. This year a new longer but less severe route was devised that had competitors climbing through Cliff Wood and the Ridings Estate to Brockholes Road and then along the footpath to Thurstonland before turning for the long undulating run to Farnley Tyas. From there they made their way through the rec. to Hall Ing Lane and then back down to Neiley via Ludd Hill Lane and field paths for a final attempted sprint round the ¾ lap of the field to the finish.


  Dave Watson was 1 st M35 and 1 st overall of the 152 finishers in 36:40. The next local runner was Andy Whitworth of Meltham, 7 th, closely followed by John Ewart, 8 th, 1 st M50 in 41:29. Other Holmfirth results: Andy Shaw, 11 th, M45, 42:02; Gavin Baxter, 12 th, 3 rd M35, 42:09; Gary Graham, 16 th, M40, 42:59; Geoff Hall, 26 th, M35, 43:51; Chris Beadle, 29 th, M35, 44:14; Rob Kersey, 31 st, 1 st M55, 44:52; Kevin Yewlett, 36 th, 3 rd M55, 45:46; Jonathan Clowes, 40 th, M45, 46:49; Jacqui Dews, 44 th, 1 st Lady and 1 st F35, 47:41; Maz Khoueiry, 45 th, M35, 47:41; Lesley Ewart, 56 th, 1 st F50 and 3 rd Lady, 49:37; Barbara Hinchliffe, 59 th, 1 st F55, 50:36; Sean Doyle, 71 st, M40, 51:52; Bill Wade, 74 th, 1 st M65, 52:18; John Philpott, 75 th, M55, 52:23; Dayn Wilkins, 96 th, M45, 56:03; Andrew Hambleton, 100 th, M55, 56:45; Malcolm Sizer, 107 th, M60, 57:55; Claire Whitwam, 110 th, 2 nd F45, 58:16.


Leslie and Barbara storming down Alpaca Field on their way to the 1 st F50 and 1 st F55 double. Synchronised running, Rob and Jim Weldon of Pudsey Pacers who have been locked in battle for the last two years in the M55 age group are locked together on the first lap. This time Jim took an early lead on the climb through the woods but was caught and passed 3 fields before Farnley Tyas. Battle will no doubt resume at Knavesmire on the 29 th. Jacqui Dews is close behind and eventually finished 1 st lady.


Jonathan Clowes, 446 (where’s your club vest?) confirmed his strong run in the club 10, finishing 40 th overall.


Once again we had 5 runners over 70 years, including one over 80 years, the quickest of whom, Jeff Taylor of Meltham ran the hilly 6 mile off road course in under 55 ½ Minutes.


Thanks go to all the marshals and other helpers on the day – catering, results, finish recorders etc that made the race a success and without whom there wouldn’t be any races. Also many thanks to those land owners that allowed us to cross their land, in some cases even strimming paths and opening gates to make our passage easier.


The full list of results is on the YVAA website, www.yvaa.org . Future races are on the Holmfirth Harriers website, www.holmfirthharriers.com Entry is only £3 on the day and the next race in the series is at Knavesmire, York on Wednesday 29 th July starting at 7.30pm.


Rob K

Bill Wade about to overtake John a position he just held to the finish and to take 1 st M65 and Andy Hambleton giving it everything on the fast downhill slope
























Bob and Thomo two of the many marshals that helped on the day







About Us

Rob Kersey

Vets secretary

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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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