Big Wins For Harriers

This week Richmond and Zetland Harriers got back to racing with a bang and some fantastic results coinciding with the improvement in the weather. Racing at Dishforth, the Lakes, Bedford, South Shields, Leicester, Ripon, Stockton, Lancaster and Darlington!

Ian Hepworth took the trip over to Lancaster for the Trimpell 20 in preparation for his annual assault on the London marathon and finished a great run in 387th position (3:35:23, V70). Some of our younger juniors represented North Yorkshire in their English Schools year 7 races in Leicester. Both Shannon Robinson and Holly McCowie were selected for North Yorkshire in the girls Year 7 race with excellent performances from them both. Shannon finished in 30th and Holly in 58th. These great runs ensured that North Yorkshire took 2nd overall in the team race. Josh Hammett also was running for North Yorkshire in the Year 7 boys race and also produced a fantastic run, finishing in 48th overall.

The Lightwater Valley Challenge 10k multi terrain race was run around the site and Richmond's Chloe Dalton produced a sensational run and not only was the first U17 across the line but also took the overall ladies win in a big new personal best (44:19). Pauline Whittaker also had a great run finishing in 75th, the 11th lady and the top V50 (51:42) and Nicki Buckett also was out on the course having another good run and finishing in 103rd (57:04). The shorter 3km race for more junior runners was a clean sweep for our athletes, with Tom O’Mahoney taking 1st place followed by Joe Reeve just behind in 2nd and Callum Crisp in 3rd.

Jane Bond took the trek to Coniston for the 14 miler and produced a fine run in 933rd (2:35:35). Over on the track at Spenborough, Ken Harker continues to sharpen his speed taking on a 3000m to finish in a very good 3rd (10:35) and then doubled up with the shorter 800m in 8th (2:25).

Ropner park was the final course for the Stockton trail series and our athletes were to the fore once again. Joe Reeve took top honours in the junior 2km race in another great run and Daniel Francis produced another podium run in 3rd in the senior 5km, but added to his other top notch performances during the season was 1st in the overall standings.

Carl Jones was back combining his running with his cycling skills in the Ripon Hornblower duathlon and it was another outstanding performance to finish in 4th overall and the top V40.

20 laps of Darlington south park was the course covered for David Hack and Kiska Wilson for their London marathon preparation. David finished his 20 laps and miles (2:15) and Kiska also completing the course (3:03).

Bedford was the setting for the super series duathlon in which Charlie Stephenson had an excellent result in 26th and Matt Lambert was very close behind in 31st but only 10 seconds separated them!

Kev Bond took a trek around Buttermere for his first proper trail race over 10 miles of undulating running finishing a super 26th (1:27:00).

Ken Harker ran the 5km at Temple Park, South Shields, producing another excellent run and time, finishing in 11th (17:56).

At the British duathlon championships Tony Lambert took his first steps in duathlon with a great result in 78th overall and 15th in his V45 age group.

The inaugural Dishforth Dash was held on the airfield at Dishforth over 10km and the win was claimed by Richmond's Reece Dalton in a huge new personal best (33:10, pb). Ryan Greer was next also in a big new pb in 138th (49:49, pb), Diane Adkins with another good run in 165th and a new pb (52:10, pb), Nicki Buckett in 208th, smashing her pb in the process (55:30, pb) and Karen Greer in 280th, another to smash her pb (1:02:56, pb). In the junior Dash, Joe Reeve also took the top honours and Thomas Greer was 7th.

In other news congratulations to Harry Robson who has been selected for GB in duathlon for the World Championships to be held in Denmark in July.

Harry Robson was also 2nd at Catterick park run (17:44) and Michelle Sprent-Broadwith travelled to Fountains Abbey for her parkrun and finished in 157th (27:40).

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1300 – Chloe Dalton winner of the ladies race at Lightwater Valley 10k.