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Cross Country Section

34th YVAA CC Championships at Fartown High School

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On Saturday Holmfirth Harriers hosted the 2011 YVAA CC Championships at Fartown High School and thanks to a great turn out of volunteers to help with setting out the course, car parking, marshalling, refreshments, registration and clearing the course and hall after the event everything went off very smoothly. On the day nearly 220 runners made the start line about 60 less than actually entered but still a good turn out. While none of the Holmfirth teams had all their fastest runners out, the ladies in particular continued to show there strength in depth with 4 runners in the first 8 including Helen Berry 1st and Jacqui Khoueiry 4th.

In the age group categories we had:

F35 – F44 Helen Berry 1st and Jacqui Khoueiry 3rd and with Nicola Brown they also won the 1st Team medals. Debbie Hall also ran strongly to finish 17th, 6th F35

F45 – 54 Julia Johnson 3rd and with Jean Shotter and Helen Pettit they won the 1st Team medals. Also with the addition of Alison Whitelegg and Anne Smith they won the All to Count Trophy as well.

F55+ Lesley Ewart 1st and with Adrienne Dewhirst and Den Kersey they also won 1st Team so that’s 1st Team in all 3 age groups.

With many of our fastest men absent especially in the younger age categories the men found medals harder to come by.
In the M35 – 49 races Darren Hanson M40 was 1st Harrier home in 30th. Followed by James Durrans M40 in 46th; Gary Graham M40 in 48th; Brandon Holroyd our only M35 in 52nd having a very good run; Andrew Smithson M40 in 76th and Richard Mcleod M40 in 78th. It was a pity more of our younger male vets did not turn out to support these runners and at least give us a chance of fighting for the All to Count Team trophy.

M50 – 59 First home and running well once again was Andy Hauser 4th M55 in 12th overall followed by Kevin Yewlett M55 in 28th; Mike Pennington M50 in 56th and Steve White M55 in 8th.

M60 – 69 Rob Kersey was first Harrier home in 30th, 2nd M60 followed by Steve Beardsell M60 in 60th ;Bill Wade 4th M65 in 70th; Tim Cock M65 in 83rd and Bill Hunter M60 in 84th. This gave Holmfirth both the 1st Team (3 to score) medals and the All to Count Trophy in this age group.


Thanks once again to all those that helped and to all those that ran on the day.  


Over £200 profit was made on the refreshments so many thanks to everyone that donated food for the event.




About Us

Roger BradleyX-C secretary

Roger Bradley







Welcome to the Cross Country pages of Holmfirth Harriers AC. If you’re new to cross country or just thinking about having ago then Holmfirth competes in the WYCC league. This is a series of 4 races, usually in October, November and December (see Race Calendar on Website) and these races are suitable for runners of all abilities. Races start in the morning for juniors, with the senior women usually running at about 1.00pm and the senior men at about 2.00pm. Races are usually in parkland settings but in wet weather can be very muddy when studded shoes or ideally cross country spikes should be worn. In very dry conditions trail shoes can sometimes be used. If you are interested in having ago then talk to Roger Bradley, John Ewart or Helen Berry a.s.a.p. The entry sheet is on the Cross Country notice board and the cost is £7 for all 4 races.


Holmfirth Harriers also compete in the Yorkshire, Northern and English National CC Championships plus the YVAA CC Championships (see Vets Pages) which usually take place in January / February.


In order to get a Cross Country Page up and running on the website I (Rob K) am putting this together but really have more than enough to do with the Vets so if anyone would like to take over and put info., photos, race reports or whatever you like onto the page, then please contact me (contact on Vets page). It is only a short season with one or at the most two events in a month from October to February.


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