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Huddersfield 10K - 2015

22 February 2015

Matthew Rose reports:

This was the second race in the 2015 Road Championships and on the same weekend as the Snake Lane 10, the Great North West Half Marathon and the National XC's in London, we still managed to have a fantastic turnout of 27.

john levick

John Levick 4th M50

The weather held off just as the forecasters had said to leave almost perfect conditions for this local, undulating and quite challenging 10K road race now in its 25th year.  I've had my share of injuries over the last few months but even with that, others had more excuses than me.. illness, bad backs, no training the list is endless - would any of us get to the finish line?

A well organised event, parking and race number collection was very straighforward and before you knew it we were all pulled into line and ready for the off.  For me, I've been absent from the club for a while and even then it's not always easy to speak to folk; today was great - an opportunity to meet a number of old and new faces and as always a bit of camaraderie and banter. 

The race started on time, chip timed so no pressure to get right to the front.. with a few last minute "good lucks" we were off.

debbie beck

A delightful performance
from Debbie Beck

There are a few good climbs in this race, starting with a gradual climb up Meltham Road the first real effort comes at the Big Valley Garage and the climb up and overt Netherton.  I'd prepared for this, overcook it and you'd suffer for sure.  Once up there just after the two mile marker you find your reward - a good half mile descent down Crossland Factory Lane before a short climb up Wood Bottom Road then a bit of flat before switching back down and then up the relentless Lea Lane/Netherton Fold.  On reaching Moor Lane we were presented with a massive lift as the the spectators and Marshals cheered and clapped us through... a short rise up Moor Lane follows before the most rewarding descent of the race down the hill finishing with Bank Foot.

As we headed through the Northern Light Gallery car park, Flaming Photography were there - interestingly the same abuse wasn't there at miles 5 as it was at mile 1 (I think I had company and Richard was being on his best behaviour!).  Across the River Holme, a short rise onto Woodhead Road and then after the final climb it's time to enjoy the descent back towards the finish.

Dinah Coggon

A very focussed
Dina Coggon

There was lots of support towards the finish along Brewery Drive, the road narrowed and just around the corner was the finish!  That was tough.. not just my words, many were of the same opinion, all this for a t-shirt?!

Harriers were in good spirits, Chris Beadle was the first male back for Holmfirth in 20th place and 00:39:39 and Jen Wolstenholme the first female 4th F35 in 00:48:08. As well as the success of being first back, both will receive the maximum 25 points towards the 2015 Road Championships.

This was my first 10K following my three+ months spell out; how great it was to be back out with likeminded folk even if I was out of practice.

The race winner was Marc Fenwick of Tyne Bridge Harriers finishing in 00:35:00 and Sheffield Running Club's Nicola Gleadall in 00:40:52.

Holmfirth results*: Chris Beadle 00:39:29 (20/5th M45); Michael Fanning 00:40:18 (28); John Levick 00:41:59 (47/4th M50); Seton Waddington 00:43:21 (64); Jonathan King 00:43:26 (67); Mark Littlewood 00:43:44 (77); Clark Hind 00:44:16 (83); Brandon Holroyd 00:45:02 (93); Rich McLeod 00:45:43 (104); Kevin Yewlett 00:47:14 (134/3rd M60); Matthew Rose 00:47:38 (147); Jen Wolstenholme 00:48:08 (158/4th F35); James Buttery 00:50:44 (214); Juan Biurrun 00:50:48 (216); Dinah Coggon 00:52:13 (244); Paul Winn 00:53:01 (265); Brett Rhodes 00:53:11 (272); Heidi King 00:53:20 (281); Jo Bailey-Taylor 00:54:02 (298); Alison Smith 00:56:06 (338); Philip Hanson 00:56:07 (340); Sarah Papadimos 00:57:18 (372); Debbie Beck 00:57:30 (377); Richard Whale 00:59:33 (409); Tim Cock 01:00:08 (421/2nd M70); Joanna Brown 01:07:36 (501); Katie Robinson 01:08:41 (509)

*Finish position is Chip position

Photos (courtesy of Flaming Photography): http://www.flamingphotography.co.uk/portfolio376132.html

Full results: http://www.ukresults.net/2015/hudds10k.html 

Feedback from the field...

James Buttery reported "It was great to see so many Harriers out running!" he added, "It was my first Huddersfield 10k and I thought the hills weren't as bad as I had been told so if anyone is put off about it being a tough course then don't be. The hills are challenging but no worse than the hills round Neiley and there's plenty of downhill too to make up for it. Think my next race will be the Club 6"
Joanna Littlewood commenting on her husband's second outing in Amber, "Mark ran well in his first race as a Harrier (43:44s) and was faster than he was aiming for. My daughter & I were nearly as long in the queue for a brew & sausage butty!! Looking forward to getting my trainers back on and be ready for my first race as a Harrier in the Club 6"
Heidi King stated "This was my first Huddersfield 10k and my 3rd race with HH. Easier than the Meltham and Netherthong routes but saying that I only managed 53 mins 20 and did Netherthong in 51 so more training required I think! Enjoyable morning and glad we made it back before the heavens opened!
Juan Biurrun had a fabulous run with PB's for 1 mile, 5K and 10K.. he commented "First Hudds 10k for me too. I am with James. Yes it is hilly, but it is not that bad, we run those types of hills on any tuesdays or thursdays club nights. So I would encourage to the people put off by hills to run it, good atmosphere with so many harriers turning up."
Clark Hind advised, "My first run in Harriers colours today and loved it. Had a great run and ended up with a faster time than I expected. Well done to everyone who conquered the course. Looking forward to the club 6 coming up!"

Well done everyone... the next race is the Club 6 - let's see you there on 15 March (mums paving the way for a lovely meal out afterwards)!

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