YVAA Multi-terrain 2014


YVAA Multi-terrain GP 2 2014

On Sunday Holmfirth Harriers hosted the second multi-terrain Grand Prix race in the 2014 YVAA series. These races, for those that have not run them before, are spread throughout the year over Yorkshire (most in W. Yorks.) and consist of races of from about 4 to 6 miles over a variety of multi-terrain courses. Some like ours include some hard hill sections and others like York are relatively flat. Most races are between 60 and 90% off road / tarmac and they are aimed at all levels of running speed. As can be seen by Sunday’s results at www.yvaa.org   we had several runners over 70 and one over 85!

YVAA multiterrain

The start of the race

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There are loads of spot prizes as well as age group prizes in the usual 5 year age group categories.  Most runners were several minutes slower than last year due to the mud! Runners were treated to three freshly ploughed fields to negotiate just to add an extra challenge, a bonus resulting from running the race in March rather than July!

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While it was disappointing to see so few new Holmfirth runners taking advantage of this race hosted by the club, those that did run produced some excellent runs, both in terms of 1st 3 age category places and just in getting round the course in the muddy conditions. Most runners were several minutes slower than last year due to the mud!










Checking the position of water station with Simon                    Roger demonstrating his skills at directing runners to Hilary



Steve and Helen having far too much fun while a more serious Rosemary looks on!


                   John, Geoff,                                                     









                Sweepers Daisy, Olivia and Robert behind John M85 and Geoff M75






Tony and Louise after marshalling

Women’s results  

Lesley Ewart 4th, 1st F55, 52:36; Debbie Hall 5th, 2nd F35, 53:04; Helen Pettit 5th, 1st F45, 53:06; Jean Shotter 11th, 1st F50, 55:39; Barbara Hinchliffe 13th, 2nd F55, 56:36; Rosemary Baker 23rd, 2nd F50, 61:40; Claire Whitwam 24th, 3rd F50, 61:48; Jeanette White 50th, 3rd F60, 82:07

So all 8 Holmfirth women came away with a prize and showed how well we could do in the team Championships if we got them out at more races!


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            Claire                                    Jean                                           Helen


      Jeanette                              Debbie                                  Lesley                   Barbara on the way to Farnley Tyas


For the men, Dave Watson returned to the series and continued where he left off last year

with an easy victory. He was supported by 15 other Harriers.v22

Men’s results

Dave Watson 1st, 1st M40, 39:04; Jonathan Sykes 6th, 2nd M50, 42:14; David Roberts 12th, M45, 44:41; Andy Hauser 16th, 1st M55, 46:39; Kevin Yewlett 33rd, 1st M60, 50:25; Rob Kersey 34th, 2nd M60, 50:30; Ian Goulding 59th, M50, 54:08; Julio d’Escrivan 76th, M50, 56:48; Chris Whitelegg 79th, M50, 57:40; Bill Hunter 87th, M65, 59:32; Neil Midgley 88th, M60 59:48; Paul Winn 98th, M55, 62:36; Steve Hewitt 100th, M55, 63:04; Richard Smith 102 M65, 63:52; Tim Cock 117th, M70, 78:04; Steve White 120th (ran round with Jeanette), M60 82:08.


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  A happy Kevin with prize                                                                                                     

I would like to thank the 45 Harriers (and family members) that helped on the day setting up the field, marshalling and all the other roles needed to put on a race. Many thanks also to those that donated food for the after race refreshments (and of course Den who organised them) and raffle prizes. As well as being an advert for the club the race will have made about £390 for club funds so well done all those that helped and took part.

Thanks also to St John who provided safety cover for the race and I’m pleased to say only had one minor injury – Debbie Hall grabbing the barbed wire fence when she stumbled on a path near Farnley Tyas. She carried on, shepherded by nurse Pettit, to finish 6th so didn’t let it slow her down!









      The St John mobile 1st aid support                                                     We even supplied a colour coordinated tent!

Note: Anyone that won a £5 voucher can use it as their entry payment to the next race if they don’t want to save it until they need something from Sportsshoes.com


All photos by Norman Berry, there are a lot more fantastic photos taken by Norman at:





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