British Northern Athletics & English National 6 & 12 stage Road Relay Championships

Sefton Park 28th March & Sutton Park 11th April

Holmfirth’s top endurance athletes have been busy in recent weeks, with the Northern Athletics 6 and 12-stage Road Relays in Sefton Park at the end of March, and the English National event on Saturday 11th April at Sutton Park, Birmingham.

Sefton Park was an ideal location for fast road relays and provided both spectators and athletes with a pleasant backdrop to the day’s racing. Having travelled over the Pennines in driving rain, the Harriers were rewarded with a beautifully sunny and breezy day on their arrival in Liverpool.

For the first time the format of the women’s race changed slightly with 2 of the 6 legs (1 & 4) being run over the longer distance circuit.

Holmfirth fielded two teams in the start line up of 61 teams, with some welcome new faces making an appearance in the B team. First off for the ‘A’ team was Ladies’ Captain, Helen Berry, who made a strong start on the long leg, returning in 4th place (27:42). Youngster Sophie Spencer did very well on leg 2, dropping just 4 places (16:13). Lorraine Smith, running a similar time (16:15) returned in 14th place on leg 3. Lucy Verrill took on the second long leg (31:54) handing over to Liz Woodfield in 16th. Liz managed to pick up 3 places on leg 5 (16:34), with Zoe Storr bringing the ‘A’ team home in 14th place (16:24) out of 55 complete teams in a total time of 2:05:02.

The ‘B’ team put in a great performance, finishing in 49th place in 2:32:02 with this event being the first race representing the club for half the team.

The event was won by Leeds City AC in 1:47:20 and the fastest times recorded were 25:43 by Eleanor Vernon of Stockport Harriers on the long leg, and 12:19 by Commonwealth track athlete, Laura Weightman of Morpeth Harriers on the short leg.

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Peter Brookes: getting the
men off to a good start

The men’s race had four long legs, (1,3,5 & 7) of 4.8 miles and eight short of 2.9 miles. Peter Brookes got the team off to a great start coming back in 9th place in 23.57. Veteran Dave Watson dropped to 10th on leg 2 but still put in a good performance running 12.40. Richard Anderson on 3 came back 16th in 25.28 feeling he hadn’t done himself justice. Stu Sharp, regaining form, up two places to 14th (13.09) on 4. Richard Smith had a strong run on leg 5 (24.46) gaining two more places to 12th. Jonny Mclean 13th in 13.26, Dave Turnbull 16th, 25.51 kept the team ticking along nicely. 18 year old Michael Adams was on leg 8 holding on to 16th in 13.34 followed by Chris Beadle on 9 (14.18) dropping to 17th. Phillip Hewitt 17th (13.23), Paul Crowther 16th (14.11) and newcomer Clark Hind 14th (14.50) ensured the team qualified comfortably for the National Road Relays. Total time 3.29.33

Leeds City also took the men’s title in 3:11:10, with the fastest long leg being clocked by Daniel Cliffe of Liverpool Harriers in 22:34 and the shortest by M AbuRezeq of Altrincham in 11:16.

Results - Women

14 Holmfirth Harriers AC ‘A’ 2:05:02

1 Helen Berry (4) 27:42, 2 Sophie Spencer (8) 16:13

3 Lorraine Smith(14) 16:15, 4 Lucy Verrill (16) 31:54

5 Liz Woodfield (13) 16:34, 6 Zoe Storr (14) 16:24

49 Holmfirth Harriers AC ‘B’ 2:32:02

1 Katie Billington (50) 35:30, 2 Cara Penfold (42) 16:35

3 J BaileyTaylor (43) 17:41, 4 Debbie Beck (49) 39:13

5 Diane Harper (49) 21:13, 6 Dionne Coburn (49) 21:50

Results - Men

14 Holmfirth Harriers AC 3:29:33

1 Peter Brookes (9) 23:57, 2 David Watson (10) 12:40

3 Richard Anderson (16) 25:28, 4 Stuart Sharp (14) 13:09

5 Richard Smith (12) 24:46, 6 Jonny McLean (13) 13:26

7 David Turnbull (16) 25:51, 8 Michael Adams (16) 13:34

9 Christopher Beadle (17) 14:18, 10 Philip Hewitt (17) 13:23

11 Paul Crowther (15) 14:11, 12 Clark Hind (14) 14:50


The English National event was held in sunny but very windy conditions. The format of the women’s race followed the regional event, in that two legs (1 & 2 this time) would be run over the longer course.

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Ruby Sykes: late step up to long leg

Holmfirth ladies were only able to field one team on the day, but unfortunately due to a bout of food poisoning, their final runner was unable to start, leaving an incomplete team result. Those that did run coped well with last minute changes and put in fine performances. The start line seemed to have fewer teams than in previous years, with only 52 starting; less than in the Northern regional event a fortnight earlier, though the standard was still very high. Jordan Mullinger led off on the long leg of 8.9km, returning in 37th (37:12). Ruby Sykes was pleased with her performance on leg 2, having stepped up to the longer distance just that morning, returning in 38th place (40:05). By now the field was very spread out and the winners were certain not to be caught. Helen Berry managed to pick up 8 places on leg 3, clocking the 10th fastest time on leg 3 and 17th fastest of the day (18:29). Sophie Spencer dropped just one place on leg 4 (22:37), only for Zoe Storr to make up the place again with a solid run on leg 5 (21:47).

The event was won again by Aldershot Farnham & District in 2:13:49 and the fastest times recorded were 29:53 by Emelia Gorecka (Aldershot) on the long leg, and 16:44 by Laura Weightman of Morpeth Harriers on the short leg.

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Steve Green: former winner

The men’s race was run over alternate long (8.96k) and short (5.14k) legs. Missing some of the Northern team who would be considered ‘A’ team runners we still managed to draft in some willing replacements. Peter Brookes, in great form at the moment, again led off the team and had a superb run coming home in 17th place (27.58). Stu Sharp, against some hot competition, dropped to 29th (17.16) on 2. Leg 3 saw vet Steve Green, a previous winner of this event in 1996 when he ran for Bingley, put in a solid run (30.19) 31st. From here the club gradually slipped down the field despite some good individual performances. At National level the performances have to be exceptional to be anywhere near the front end. 4 Kai Sunman (17.48) 34th. 5 Scott Smith (32.00) 36th. 6 Michael Adams (18.48) 38th. 7 Phillip Hewitt (32.45) 40th. 8 James Knapper (19.06) 40th, running his first relay for the club. 9 Chris Beadle (34.55) 42nd. 10 Clark Hind (20.12) 46th. 11th Alistair Langron (32.45) pulling one place back to 45th, and finally Paul Crowther on the last leg was set off on the mass start (18.49) 44th. Total time 5.02.40

The men’s title went to Morpeth Harriers who didn’t lose the lead they took on leg 3 in 4:21:52 and the fastest times recorded were 26:41 by Micheal Callegari of Shaftesbury on the long leg, and 15:01 by Samuel Mitchell of Notts AC on the short leg.

RRA Road Relays 11 April 2015 womens team in part

Ladies team is Helen Berry, Zoe Storr,
Jordan Mullinger, Sophie Spencer

Results - Women

Holmfirth Harriers AC ‘A’

1 Jordan Mullinger (37) 37:12, 2 Ruby Sykes (38) 40:05

3 Helen Berry (30) 18:29, 4 Sophie Spencer (31) 22:37

5 Zoe Storr (30) 21:47

Results - Men

43 Holmfirth Harriers AC 5:02:40

1 Peter Brookes (17) 27:58, 2 Stuart Sharp (29) 17:16

3 Steve Green (31) 30:19, 4 Kai Sunman (34) 17:48

5 S SmithHarrison (36) 32:00, 6 Michael Adams (38) 18:48

7 Philip Hewitt (40) 32:45, 8 James Knapper (40) 19:06

9 Christopher Beadle (42) 34:55, 10 Clark Hind (46) 20:12

11 Alistair Langron (45) 32:44, 12 Paul Crowther (44) 18:49


Photos available shortly from: HHAC Flickr page

Full results: Northerns: Women, Men; Nationals: Women, Men

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