Just a quick update for you all regarding what’s been happening on the road over the last few weeks.
There haven’t been any races in the 2022 Championship yet; I thought you might all appreciate using January to get back up to speed! Liversedge Half Marathon is the first one to look out for, taking place on Sunday 13th February. There are only 48 places left at the time of writing, so if you want to sign up then you may need to look sharp:
It’s only £17.80 to enter – which is excellent value for a half marathon – and is less than a 30-minute drive from Neiley. I’d love to get as many Harriers as possible there for the first championship race of the year. Age, ability, and fitness really don’t matter; just feel free to come along and get involved!
It’s worth noting that places at the Salford 10k on 15th April (Good Friday) are also selling well; there are only 26 places left out of 600 at the time of writing, although I’ve been told that the license is for 750 and that more places will be made available if there is demand. That said, I’d be looking to sign up very soon to avoid disappointment on what is a quick potential PB course.
Ten Harriers made the trip to York for the Brass Monkey Half Marathon on 16th January. Helena Croft continued her recent excellent form by being first Harrier home – recording a fantastic PB of 1:24:31 in the process – whilst Matthew Rose ran his fastest half marathon for four years to come back as first male in a time of 1:36:17. There was also a huge 13 minute PB for Phil Brown, as he completed the race in 1:36:59. A full race report can be found here.
The ever-popular Meltham 10k was held on 30th January, where 14 Harriers made it to the start line. Tim Brook showed that he’s not just a fell runner, finishing as first Harrier and third M40 in an excellent time of 38:12 on what is a challenging hilly course. New member Sarah Todd was first female home in 45:21, whilst another new member – Anthony Waring – was third M50 following an excellent run of 42:25. Ruth Churchill Dower also had an great run, finishing as third F50 in 52:41.
Congratulations are also due this month to Tracey Newman, who this year is running 2022 miles including 22 marathons or ultras to raise funds and awareness for The Ella Dawson Foundation. She has started well, finishing as first female in the Sir Titus Trot Ultra (32 miles, 6:17:42) before following that up with the Sir Titus Trot Marathon 24 hours later (5:12:58). The following weekend was a relative break as she raced in the Brass Monkey – a measley 13 miles – before finishing as second female the weekend after in the Frickley Frollick (30 miles, 5:35:02). Well done Tracey!
The Club 6 is taking place on Sunday 20th February and full details can be found on the event page. To date around 25 people have signed up; some way short of the 40 or so that normally race. The event is a great morning out and as it is handicapped can be won by absolutely anyone; please don’t be shy and put your name down! You can sign up either online or by putting your name on the form in the clubhouse.
A number of marshals are still required to assist on the day of the race, so if you’re willing and able to help then please let me know.
Finally, good luck to everyone taking part in both the Dewsbury 10k and Snake Lane 10 over the next few weeks! Transfers are still open for Snake Lane, so it may be worth keeping an eye on social media if anyone is still looking for a place.