The Vets Section for runners over the age of 35 is one of the largest and best supported sections in the club. As well as being active in many open races on road, trail and fell many Vets take part in the internal club races and the Yorkshire Veterans AA (YVAA) Multi-terrain series and various YVAA Road, CC and Fell Championships. All full members of Holmfirth Harriers over the age of 35 are eligible for these events. There is also the opportunity to take part in the YVAA Road Relays. For all these events we welcome runners of all standards as part of the team. While races are very competitive, runners of 35 to 80+ take part and from very slow to very fast. Everyone is given a warm welcome and supported by team mates and indeed opposing club teams. If demand is there we are always happy to put out multiple teams in team events so everyone can have a go.
Veteran racing is all about enjoyment and camaraderie.
So if you’re over 35 and fancy having a go at racing why not join us.
COVID_19 AND VETS EVENTS
Obviously at the moment there is very little racing taking place but YVAA are running a monthly age graded timed events that you are eligible to enter. Each month will have a different distance, so in January we had a 5K, February a 10K, March 5 miles and April is 10 miles. We will then do a 1 mile in May before returning to 5K in June, July 10K, August 1500m
The submit link will be updated at the end of each month.
The YVAA multi terrain Grand prix races are a good place to start with the Vets; about 5 – 6 miles long they vary from almost pancake flat as at York to quite hilly (!!!), like our own from Neiley. Races can be entered on the day, only cost £5.00 to enter, cater for all age ranges and abilities, from 35 to 80+. At most races there is also free food and a hot drink after the race. Prizes are given for all 5 year age ranges, depending on entry, with several spot prizes as well.
If anyone would like to try out these races next year and would like a lift please see Rob (on the desk) at the club or by email. Details of all the races we compete in can be found at www.yvaa.org as well as from Rob and the Vets Notice Board at the Clubhouse.
YVAA also have a Facebook group which has up to the minute information.
ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW WILL DEPEND ON THE STATE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
YVAA Championships – 2021 Races
For those that prefer the road, there will be the usual 5K, 5-mile 10K, 10 mile, ½ M and M races as well. It is hoped to hold the YVAA Road Relays, in which we will be looking to enter at least one team (more if possible) in each of the age groups F35 +, F45+, F55+, M35+, M40+, M50+, M60+ and M70+ teams (teams of three). We are quite happy to enter 2nd and 3rd teams (or even more) in an age group if we can get runners willing to run for the club.
There will also be the usual CC Championships, T&F Championships and Fell Championships
All standards welcome. Come and be part of the team.
Update on 24 August 2021
At the moment the only confirmed event is the YVAA Half Marathon at Lockington on September 5th, however it looks likely that the YVAA Fell Champs, within the Cop Hill Fell Race from Meltham, will also take place in early November. Just waiting for final confirmation.
Let’s hope 2022 allows us to get back to a full programme. The 2022 YVAA CC Champs will be during the weekend of 12th /13th March in the Sheffield area.
STANDARD ROAD RACE DISTANCE RECORDS FOR HOLMFIRTH HARRIERS VETS
I am sure there will be those of you that have run your best 5 year age group time during the last year, perhaps at the recent club events or a virtual event. Please look at the spreadsheets by clicking on the links. If you have and PB’s for a 5 year age group that would come in the top ten, then please let me know details (Race distance / event, date, age when ran and your time).