Report by Mark Gaughan
Harriers race well in tough Overgate 10k & 5K
It was a very misty morning on Sunday 15th April, with lots of athletes preparing themselves for a very challenging 10k & 5K run course that starts and finishes at Trinity High School, Halifax.
372 runners made their way from the school to the start line of the 10k, which is approximately half a mile away. Many thankyous were given by the organisers and Overgate at the start as this is one of their larger fundraising events of the year.
When the starter horn sounded a group of lead runners soon established a gap from the field, and with over 600ft of climbing in the first 2.5 miles this steep climb really tested all the runners.
At the half way point Joe Sagar from Spenborough and Tom Collinge from Queensbury had established a good gap away from Mikie Gaughan of Halifax Harriers who was in third place at that time. But once over the top of the hill Mikie Gaughan really speeded up, catching the two in front with every step, he passed Tom Collinge with just short of two miles to go and was closing on the leader fast, but had left himself just too much to do and was unable to catch the leader before the finish.
Mikie Gaughan finished in second place with a great time, especially on this testing course of 36:00. Five other Harriers also ran well on this tough course, Will Stewart finished 31st in 44:53, David Nutton 45th in 46:26, Nigel Taylor 99th in 52:12, Sophie Baxter 114th in 53:26 and Chris Burrell 227th in 1:01:22.
There were also two juniors competing in the 5k race which had a field of 106, Foley Marshall finished an incredible 3rd place in a great time of 21:50 and Katie Brook ran very well to finish 24th in 27:26.
Well done to all the Harriers that ran and all those helping organise and marshal the event!
Flat Cap 10k
Report by Michael King
On a foggy Sunday morning the first Flat Caps 10 km race took place in Sowerby Bridge. 155 runners lined up to test themselves on this challenging course. To say this was a hilly course would be an understatement as the climb was over 1000 ft. To make matters worse, as the runners climbed higher it got harder to see the competitors in front due to the increasingly foggy conditions.
Only a small group of Harriers ran the course due to the event being organised on the same day as the more established Overgate 10k, but despite this, the Harriers put on a dominant performance. The fastest Harrier on the day, Adam Breaks, was the first Harrier to finish in 2nd place with a time of 40:54, despite only recently returning to competitive running. The next Harrier to finish was Michael King who was placed 4th with a time of 42:06. The 3rd Harrier was Andrew Wiggins who placed 8th with a time of 44:30.
The always dominant April Caufield led the way for the ladies to finish the first female with a sprint finish and time of 45:47. Rachael Beaumont finished not far behind in 3rd fastest female position with a time of 48:17.
Richard Corney finished with a respectable time of 53:32 and Judith Cole finished with great time of 53:53 for this difficult race. A great performance by all and I’m sure only the start of what is to come for the season ahead. Well done to everyone who participated.
Hanni Runs Rome Marathon
Report by Hanni
The 2018 Maratona di Roma attracted over 15000 athletes from around the world and given the sensational sights that the course offers, it's not difficult to see why the race has grown so much in popularity in its 24 year history.
The race starts at Via dei fori Imperiali overlooking the magnificent backdrop of the Coloseum, and then wends its way through the city past famous landmarks such as St. Peter's Square, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain to name but a few. The course is relatively flat, with a couple of steady inclines just as the route branches away from the river and out to the northern part of the city.
Conditions were challenging, with over 18 miles of the course being on cobbled roads and temperatures soaring to 27 degrees only 2 hours after the starting pistol had sounded - a far cry from the snowy, sub-zero training all of the Halifax Harriers' Spring Marathoners have endured this year.
Hanni Maeer had high hopes of a more comfortable run, but had to accept that the heat would take its toll on her usual pace. Coming in at 4.23:55 was not quite the gladitorial performance she was hoping for, but it was a wonderful sight seeing adventure and experience all the same. Who knows, maybe a return to the ancient city will be on the cards again next year and there'll be a handful more Harriers to share the experience with.
Yorkshire Road relays - Men's teams
Report by Simon
Despite a fantastic run from James Habergam on leg 1 in the A team Halifax Harriers battled all the way to finish a very good 5th team place overall. James ran the fastest time of all competitors on the day and finished in 1st place in a time if 14.57 for the 4800m course of 3 laps. James handed over to Mikie Gaughan who battled and hung on to 3rd place keeping the Harriers in contention running 16.12. Mikie passed over to vet Will Smith who roared round in a quick time of 15.59 to hold bronze medals for at least a while. Joe Crossfield (16.40) ran the last leg and was overtaken by 2 stronger runners from Holmfirth and Hallamshire and the A team finished a great 5th team. They battled and it was a great spectacle to watch, relay racing at its best.
We had 5 teams overall and highlights were Peter Clegg 16.39 and Paul Sutcliffe despite pulling a calf muscle limped around the first leg just to keep his team going and fast improving Michael King who ran a quick 18.13.
The teams finished 5th, 19th, 23rd, 30th and 36th
In order of fastest tines posted
James Habergam 14.57
Will Smith 15.59
Mikie Gaughan 16.12
Peter Clegg 16.39
Joe Crossfield 16.40
Simon Johnson 17.13
Adam Brakes 18.01
Ryan Barker 18.02
Michael King 18.13
Liam Spencer 18.22
Andy Wiggins 18.24
Niall Smith 18.28
David Ingle 19.20
Will Stewart 19.35
Mark Knowles 19.37
Mark Gaughan 20.24
Paul Hopkinson 21.19
Paul Sutcliffe 21.25 on one leg
Richard Phelps 24.12
Next relays for all age groups September.
Ladies team at Yorkshire Road Relays
Report by Simon
The ladies team finished a fantastic 9th team overall with Angela Clarke making up the team as late as 9pm Friday night after a late drop out. It was great to see a ladies team competing and they were given a great start by up and coming "jack of all trades/distances" April Caulfield running 12.35 on the first leg to bring the team home in 9th a position which was held throughout the whole race. Rachel Beaumont took over from April and ran 13.31 followed by late sub Angela Ckarke 14.20 (ex hurdler and running the Manchester Marathon today) and Angela handed over to reliable Hazel Berrett and Hazel ran 14.51. April was the 17th fastest on the day and will be competing in the Sheffield Half Marathon today . A Multi talented ladies team indeed.
Yorkshire Junior Road Races - Brownlee Centre Cycle Track Leeds
Report By Simon
Top performances by the U13s set up a great days racing at the Brownlee centre race cycle track. The circuit is a mile long fast and a little undulating on one section. Elise Horner and Ned Hughes shone in the opening events with Elise finishing a very creditable 9th place and Ned Hughes 11th both in the U13s races. They ran 2 laps (2miles) Elise in 12.45 and Ned in 12.25. In the U13 boys Ned was supported by Ethan Clarke in13.53 and brother Elliott in 14.00.
In the U15 Boys Ewan Wheelwright finished 14th in 11.16 and Harry Brakenbridge finished in 12.54. The U15 Girls were represented by Iris Palmer in 22nd 14.06 and battling Rachel Hobson ran 15.06.
In the U17 Girls relay Laura Knowles ran a solo leg 1 as she had no teamates to fill a team but ran an impressive 13.17. The same was said for the U17 Boys with Charlie Spencer running the first leg in 3rd with 11.20 followed by Harry Johnson running 10.56 to bring Halifax into 1st place but no 3rd runner, a shame for both teams but they were desperate to run. So a great start to the rest of the days Senior relay races.
Will Wins at Cowm
Will Smith wins at Cowm Reservoir 5k in 16:58. Will worked his way through the field last night in very wet and in parts muddy conditions to record his first win of the season.
Harry Johnson was 5th and first junior in 17:31
Simon Johnson was 6th and first M50 in 17:34
It’s a Family Affair at the Salford 10k
Report by Raymond
On a lovely day for running fast times, Halifax Harriers Harry Johnson had an excellent run at the Salford 10k.
Last year, 16 year old Harry ran a PB of 40:00. At this year’s Salford 10k he set off on the flat 2 lap course running behind his more experienced dad Simon and tried to keep him in sight. Harry’s persistence paid off as he reduced his PB by over 3 minutes to finish in 36:40 as 2nd junior.
First to finish for Halifax Harriers was Simon Johnson who broke his own club record for the 10k in 35:33 (2nd M50).
Sarah Cumber ran her 2nd fastest 10k ever at the race, finishing as 1st F45 in 37:32, whilst husband Geoff Cumber ran 43:36 (1st M70).
Other runners for the club were: - April Caufield 40:39, Rachael Beaumont 42:47, Nigel Taylor 46:50, John Moore 48:51, Paul Bunker 50:08
Halifax Harriers Duo win Bramley tag team trail race
On a very wet and cold Saturday morning Michael Gaughan & Joe Crossfield made the journey to Bramley in Leeds to take part in the ‘Bramley Fall Tag Team Trail Race’. The race is made up of teams of 2, with over 50 teams taking part. The course is set on hilly trails which after the recent weather were very muddy in parts.
When the gun goes off one member of the team sets of and completes a 5k loop returning to the start area, they tag the second member who completes the same 5k loop. Upon their return they tag runner 1 who then completes their second 5k loop, tagging runner 2 for their second lap and then you are done! In other words, each runner runs 2 laps of a 5k circuit (10k total) 20k per team.
First to go for Halifax was Joe Crossfield he got in to the lead early on and held it well, running strongly to tag Michael Gaughan at changeover 1, with a lead of 25 seconds. Michael went out hard going slightly wrong at one of the turns and had to double back, but he still managed to lengthen the lead to 3 minutes 12 seconds by the time he tagged Joe to start leg 3. Joe went out strong again for his second 5k, by this time the weather was worsening but he still further lengthened the lead, tagging Michael to start leg 4 with a lead of 3 minutes 23 seconds. By now the rain had got a lot harder but Michael said he did enjoy the cooling effect! He powered up the trails and came in to finish clear first with the second-place team 5 minutes and 4 seconds behind him.
This was a great performance by two of Halifax Harriers talented runners, who both ran stunning times especially considering the terrain and muddy conditions! Michael Gaughan’s combined 10k time was 34:21 and Joe Crossfield’s combined 10k time was 34:12, giving a combined 20k time of 1 hour and 8 minutes. Great running and a well-deserved win!
Northern 12 stage Relays
Northern 12 Stage Relays and Junior Championships
Halifax Harriers competed in the Northern 12 stage relays at Birkenhead Park against the top clubs in the north of England. The team was a mixture of under 20 men and senior men running on this flat course within the park boundary. They finished in thirtieth place, just outside the qualifying positions for the national finals later in the year.
At the same venue, the Northern under 17 and 15 Championships were held. There were some fine performances by the up and coming junior members. In the under 17 boys race, Harry Johnson came ninth and Charlie Spencer twelfth. In the under 17 girls Laura Knowles finished sixth. The under 15 boys had three runners, Ewan Wheelwright 23rd, Harry Brackenridge 30th and James Johnson 33rd.