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HARRIERS LADIES LEAD THE WAY

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Report by Raymond

Halifax Harriers had 28 runners at the Windmill Half Marathon on the Fylde coast.  The race starts and finishes at Fairhaven Lake and is run on paths and roads along the coast.  The runners pass the “windmill” twice on the two lap course.  On a day of sun and some wind, it was easy to see why there is a windmill located at the southern turning point of the race.  The race route has many twists and turns, with a stretch of grass on the turn by the windmill.

Halifax Harriers had 3 ladies in the top 10 in a field of 680 runners.  April Caufield was 2nd lady running a PB of 1:34:46.  Rachael Beaumont was 7th lady in 1:41:00 and 1st F45.  Hazel Berrett, 9th lady, set a club F55 record of 1:41:30 and was 1st F55.

Paul Booker led Halifax Harriers men home when finishing as 4th man in a PB of 1:19:34.  Paul Berry made a return to the half marathon distance after a few years absence with a PB of 1:26:54.  David Ingle also set a PB of 1:27:45 when winning the M50 category.

PB’s were also set by the following runners – James O’Rourke 1:34:46, Kevin Lusk 1:37:17 (3rd M55), Keith Lemon 1:46:17, Andrea Ackroyd 1:56:10, Jane Hobson 2:02:50, Sue Radcliffe 2:08:30, Kirsty Carver 2:31:03.

Other runners for the club were – Michael King 1:33:56, Mark Crabtree 1:33:58 (2nd M55), Will Stewart 1:37:05, Robert Hick 1:40:54 (3rd M60), Paul Hopkinson 1:42:41, Hanni Fisher 1:43:09, Paul Greenslade 1:45:32, Jonny Lister 1:52:03, Michelle Broadley 1:55:45, John Moore 1:58:02, Margaret Deacon 1:58:56, Deborah Kirkbride 2:05:59, Susan Hall 2:17:23 (2nd F65), Christopher Kirkbride 2:21:07, David Parrington 2:21:11.

RECORD FIELD AT HELEN WINDSOR 10K

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Report by Raymond

The 29th running of the Helen Windsor 10k promoted by Halifax Harriers from Greetland Allrounders Rugby Club had a record entry of 330 runners.  Held on a lovely summer evening the temperatures were warm, but not as hot and humid as last year.  This year the race incorporated the Yorkshire Vets 10k Championships which boosted the numbers.  There was also a big turnout from local clubs – Stainland Lions, Northowram Pumas and Sowerby Bridge Snails.

For the first time the race was chip timed, so runners results were displayed as they crossed the finish line.

The race started above the Rugby Club on Norland Road.  As this road was closed to traffic for the start of the race, there was plenty of room for the runners to get into their running pace and spread out before joining the fast descent of Turbury Lane.  Then it was a 4k steady pull up to the high point at Scammonden Road, followed by 3k back down Shaw Lane and Turbury Lane.  Just when runners legs were beginning to tire, there was the final 800m back up to the finish.

Halifax Harriers ladies had a fine night.  First home was Johanna Winks (1st lady) 40:03 with Cath Dawson (1st F45) 40:28 close behind, followed by 15 year old Lucie Hall (1st female under 16) 42:43 in her first 10k race.  These 3 ladies taking the team prize.  Hazel Berrett was 1st F55 46:43 and Virginia Lewin 2nd F65 58:13.

For the men, Michael Gaughan was first Halifax Harrier to finish in 3rd place overall in 35:38, some 2 minutes improvement on his time last year.  David Ingle continues to improve and was second man back for the club in 40:41.  Next came Mark Crabtree 41:32.  Harry Johnson (1st male under 16) ran 42:20.

Joe Sagar from Spenborough won the race for the second time in 34:10 and in doing so helped his club take the male team prize.

Other Halifax Harriers runners were: Will Stewart 43:22, Rob MacDonald 43:55, Robert Hick 44:13 (3rd M60), Peter Matthews 44:09, Rachael Beaumont 44:32 (3rd F45), Kevin Lusk 44:44, James O’Rourke 45:16, Paul Greenslade 45:53, Hanni Fisher 46:47, (3rd Senior Lady), Richard Palethorpe 47:15, Jonny Lister 48:13, Nigel Taylor 48:46, Richard  Corney 49:01, Samantha Sugden 50:46, Nigel Corns 50:52, Keith Midgley 52:55, John Moore 53:30, Martin Ellis 54:25, Sue Radcliffe 57:35

Northern Masters call up for Halifax Harriers duo

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Report by Paul Sutcliffe

Two long standing members of Halifax Harriers - Katrina Oddy and Paul Sutcliffe -competed in the British Masters Track and Field Championships held at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on 25 June.  Both Katrina and Paul performed season bests, Katrina placed 5th overall in the women's V50 800m and Paul 10th in the men's V45 800m.

As a result of their performances, both Katrina and Paul were invited to represent Northern Masters in the 800m at the annual Masters Inter Area Challenge held in Solihull on 2 July.  Here Katrina finished in 4th place, recording a personal best time of 2min 39.3 seconds.  This now places her in the top 10 nationally for F50.  Paul finished 3rd in the 800m.

Katrina and Paul also ran a leg of the 4 x 100 metre relays, both teams finishing 3rd.

Both athletes scored valuable points and helped the Northern Masters team to 3rd overall behind Midland Masters and Welsh Masters. 

Jess Rayner qualified for the English Schools

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Report by Carol Rayner

Jess Rayner qualified for the English School Combined Events Finals in September with the U17s West Yorkshire Heptathlon Team.

The weekend of 24th 25th June, Jess, the youngest member of the team, competed in Middlesbrough at the combined events county championships for the u17 West Yorkshire team.  Her team mates included Rhea Southcott (Sheffield) Katie Joyce (Leeds) and Sian Horrox (Leeds).

After day 1 (80Mh, Shot, High Jump and 200m) the team were 1500 clear points ahead and started day 2 very positively.  Day 2 events included Long Jump, Javelin and Jess’ favourite, 800M.

The beautiful weather helped everyone’s spirits but the wind made javelin a little tricky. Jess Threw Shot 9.97 (PB), Javelin 21M (PB) LJ 4.61, HJ 1.27, 80Mh 13sec, 200m 29Sec  and 800m 2.56 finishing with a points score of 3228.

The team qualified in first place and are off to the finals in Boston Lincolnshire.

Thanks to all of her coaches and well done Jess.

WORLD AGE RECORD for MAX

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On 27th June Max Burgin set a new WORLD AGE RECORD for the 800m at Stretford.

Wonderful time of 1:49:42

Congratulations to Max and family from all at Halifax Harriers

50 Years a runner for Halifax Harriers

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Report by Raymond

50 YEARS A RUNNER FOR HALIFAX HARRIERS FOR KEITH

Halifax Harriers long standing member, Keith Midgley, celebrated 50 years continuous membership of the club at their annual Summer Handicap 10k.  Keith first joined the club in 1967 and has competed every year since for the club.

In the early days he was many times Halifax, Bradford and Yorkshire Champion, both on the track and cross country.  As a senior runner he has completed the Bob Graham Challenge twice, which involves covering 42 Lakeland peaks in 24 hours.  Keith has also run the Fellmans Hike (60 miles) nine times.  These are just a few of his achievements.

The Halifax Harriers Summer 10k Handicap is a flat and fast race from Halifax to Sowerby Bridge and back on the canal.  Slower runners start first and faster runners last.  All the runners converge on the finish line within a few minutes of each other if the handicapper has got his calculations correct and it is almost a lottery as to who becomes the champion.  This year Jim Goldsmith took the trophy as first back.

FIRST 3 PLACES FOR HALIFAX HARRIERS LADIES AT LINDLEY 10K

This is a testing 10k which starts from the centre of Lindley with a short, but steep, climb up Weatherhill Road.  Then it’s a steady climb up Lindley Moor Road which follows the line of the M62 to the 3k point at Mount.  There is then a fast downhill stretch almost to Greenhead Park at the 8k point.  A gentle incline along Halifax Road leads to the final steep climb up East Street to the finish.

Halifax Harriers Johanna Winks finished at 1st lady (1st F40) in a time of 39:40.  She was followed by Halifax Harriers April Caufield in 42:44, 2nd lady (1st FSen).  Halifax Harriers Rachael Beaumont then finished in 43:52, 3rd lady (1st F45).

Other Halifax Harriers runners were:- Will Stewart 44:46, Kevin Lusk 45:05, Nigel Taylor 49:07, Nigel Corns 49:45.

WORLD AGE GROUP RECORD FOR MAX

Recently Halifax Harriers Max Burgin set the second fastest 800 metre time ever run in the world by a 15 year old by running 1:50:04.

On Tuesday night at Stretford he went one better to become the world record holder for a 15 year old by running 1:49:42.

Many congratulations to Max on this amazing achievement.

HALIFAX HARRIERS WIN JOE PERCY

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Report by Raymond

HALIFAX HARRIERS WIN JOE PERCY 10K – 1st man, 1st lady and 1st team

This year there were 9 clubs competing in the Joe Percy Invitation 10k, with some clubs sending teams of 60 or more runners. 

The times for the fastest 10 runners for each club count towards their 1st team points.  The next 10 fastest runners times count towards their 2nd team points and so on. 

Halifax Harriers were crowned the champions with 12 runners in the top 50 places.

New Halifax Harriers member, Will Smith, won the race outright in an excellent time of 34:34 on this testing course.  His time was also a club record for the M40 age group.  It was no easy race for Will, but, having followed Joe Sagar of Spenborough all the way round, he used his strength and experience to outsprint his younger rival in the last 50 metres to win by 5 seconds.

First lady to finish the race was the ever consistent Halifax Harriers Sarah Cumber in 39:17, some 2 minutes clear of the next lady.  Johanna Winks for Halifax Harriers finished 3rd lady in 41:13, just 5 seconds behind the second lady.

There were also age group wins for Charlie Spencer (U16) 40:52, April Caufield (U35) 44:29, Geoff Cumber (M70) 45:16, Laura Knowles (U18) 46:54 and Hazel Berrett (F55) 48:08.

The winning Halifax Harriers team was – 1st Will Smith 34:34, 6th Michael Gaughan 36:38, 11th Paul Booker 37:58, 15th Ian Whitehouse 38:12, 17th Adrian Thomas 38:27, 24th Sarah Cumber 39:17, 26th Ryan Barker 39:24, 31st Liam Spencer 39:48, 34th Simon Johnson 40:09, 41st Charlie Spencer 40:52.

Halifax Harriers other teams finished in 6th, 11th and 19th out of 28 teams.

Halifax Park Run

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Report by Raymond

HALIFAX PARK RUN

The largest field of runners since the inaugural running of Halifax Park Run saw 237 at the event.  The numbers this week were boosted by three local clubs sending large teams. 

Halifax Harriers had 35 runners on the starting line.  New member Will Smith was first to finish the Park Run in 16:51 to set a new M40 best time for the course.  Other best course times were set by April Caufield 20:41 (F20) and Hazel Berrett 23:06 (F55).

Other races this weekend.

We also had runners in the Warfedale Trail Half Marathon (First race in the clubs Fell League). First back was Steven Sladdin 1:48:28, followed by James O'Rourke 2:03:28, Rachael Beaumont 2:04:10 and Sarah Kidd 2:24:33.

Nearer to home was the Huddersfield Half and Full Marathon, in the marathon Matt Kay finished 11th in 3:50:41. Nigel Corns and Nigel Taylor ran the half finishing in 2:02:01 and 2:08:43 respectively.

VITALITY LONDON 10K

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Report by Raymond

Bank Holiday Monday saw some of Great Britain’s finest athletes compete in the Vitality London 10k round the streets of London on closed roads.  The race starts in the Mall with runners going through Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square then all the way to St Paul’s Cathedral and then back along the Strand, past Downing Street to the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.  The race organisation was excellent and all the needs of the runners were well catered for.

Halifax Harriers had been invited to send a men’s and ladies team to the race comprising of six men and six ladies. Conditions on the day were on the warm side,  which did effect the runners times.  Possibly the outstanding run for the Club was by Geoff Cumber who ran 42:19 to take 1st place in the M70 age group.  First man back for Halifax Harriers was Paul Booker in a PB of 36:11.  First lady for the Club was Sarah Cumber 37:50 (3rd F45).  David Ingle ran 39:26.  A trio of runners pushed each other all the way round finishing almost in a line with Rachael Beaumont and Marc Rocheteau both coming home in 44:03 with Kevin Lusk one second behind in 44:04. 

Other Halifax Harriers runners were Paul Hopkinson 45:04, Jenny Hopkinson 46:55, Margaret Deacon 49:50, Debbie Kirkbride 55:00 and Susan Hall 59:41.

Incredible run by Max

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Halifax Harriers Max Burgin who has just gone 15 ran an incredible time of 1:50:04 for 800m at the British Milers Club Grand Prix at the Sports City Manchester. Max running in the ‘C’ race finished in first place and set the second fastest time ever run in the world by a 15 year old. His time is also the third fastest time by anyone U17 in the UK. Max has almost 2 more years in left to run in this age group.

Earlier in the year whilst still 14 he ran 1:52:08 for an age best time by any 14 year old in Europe.

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