Halifax Hariers
Halifax Harriers Athletics Club - Est. 1888




Report by Raymond

18 Halifax Harriers took on the Preston 10 mile road race from Hutton near Preston.  The race comprises of two laps, starting and finishing at Hutton Grammar School.  The route is relatively flat on a mixture of quiet roads and dual carriageways.  The conditions for the 560 runners were ideal, sunny, 4 degrees C and windless.

Once again, Sarah Cumber showed what a good runner she is by leading all the club members home in a new F45 club record of 1:02:32.  Sarah finished as third lady and first F45 just behind second lady Sarah Jarvis of Barlick (1:01:44).  The ladies race was won by international runner Helen Clitheroe from the host club in 59:38.

First man back for Halifax Harriers was the fast improving Michael King in a PB of 1:03:18.  Will Stewart, also with a PB, finished in 1:06:28.

Geoff Cumber was the M70 age group winner in 1:11:05, with Raymond Hall second in the M70 in 1:15:45.  Susan Hall was placed second in the F65 age group in a time of 1:37:28.

There were six other Halifax Harriers members who set PB’s at the race.  They were James O’Rourke 1:09:44, Keith Lemon 1:14:06, Hanni Fisher 1:14:54, Daniel Ryan 1:17:41, Margaret Deacon 1:20:50, David Parrington 1:33:15.

Other runners for the club were Marc Rocheteau 1:13:29, Paul Hopkinson 1:14:05, Nigel Rigg 1:14:48, Jonny Lister 1:20:17, John Moore 1:26:46, Martin Haigh 1:36:31.

This weeks races



The New York Marathon is one of the world’s most popular races, and is a demanding course, particularly in the last miles through Central Park.

Halifax Harriers Cathy Dawson showed how good a runner she is when finishing as second F50 in a time of 3:07:00.  This time broke the club record for the age group by an amazing 25 minutes.


Once again, Halifax Harriers had a strong team at the 32nd running of the Leeds Abbey Dash.  Ideal running conditions greeted the field of 8,900 runners, it was cool and sunny with almost no wind.  As always when there is such a large field it takes a long time for all the runners to cross the start line on Wellington Road, but with wide roads most of the time there was sufficient room to run at runners chosen pace.  The race heads out to Kirkstall Abbey at the 5k point, before returning back to the finish on the Headrow in front of Leeds Town Hall.

The first three men back for Halifax Harriers all ran 37 minutes and were only separated by a few seconds.  Niall Smith led the way in 37:26, followed by Paul Booker 37:52 and Stephen Rainbow 37:54.

Halifax Harriers first three ladies were led home by April Caufield 39:11 with Johanna Sutcliffe just behind in 39:42.  Rachel Beaumont followed in 42:52.

Other Halifax Harriers runners were:- Michael King 38:48 (PB), David Ingle 39:23, Will Stewart 39:59, Will Carver 42:14 (PB), Keith Lemon 43:10 (PB), Geoff Cumber 43:18, Richard Palethorpe 43:44, Marc Rocheteau 44:01, Paul Hopkinson 44:21, Jenny Hopkinson 44:26 (PB), David Johnson 45:17, Wayne Stevens 45:44 (PB), Hazel Berrett 45:44, Nigel Taylor 46:04, Daniel Ryan 46:07, Raymond Hall 46:15, Nigel Rigg 47:46, Jane Hobson 49:45 (PB), John Moore 51:13, Sophie Baxter 51:28, Janine Thompson 53:33, Martin Haigh 54:46, Deborah Kirkbride 55:33, David Parrington 56:07 (PB), Kirsty Carver 57:49, Susan Hall 59:48, Audra Naylor 1:00:32. Monica Gallagher 1:03:02.

Bronte Way


Report by Ryan

Five Halifax Harriers athletes took on the Bronte Way fell race on Sunday (29 Oct)

The event takes runners from the start at Wycoller Country Park, around 7½ miles, through gorgeous and scenic countryside overlooking valleys and by reservoirs, along the Bronte Way path.  Eventually coming down to Bronte Bridge and waterfalls and ascending to the moors above Haworth, finishing by passing the parsonage and a final short, steep ascent up the cobbles into the centre of Haworth and the Fleece pub at the finish.

A glorious sunny morning saw entries on the day surge so much that organizers ran out of numbers and had to delay the start 30 minutes to register everyone!  Around 300 runners took part.

Once started the race saw Joe Dale of Victoria Park Harriers take the victory ahead of Ian Holmes of Bingley.  A fast time of 54:20 despite muddy, slippery terrain across the moors.

First back for the Harriers was Ryan Barker.  Although struggling on the muddy and boggy sections Barker made time on some of the longer trail and harder tracks to finish in 63rd place, 69:25.  Following closely behind- Simon Gelsthorpe (92nd 72:21) made good time across familiar tracks and finished strongly.  First Halifax lady Rachael Beaumont had a great run finishing 124th in 76:38.

Sarah Sladdin finished 222nd 95:04 and Martin Haigh 264th 1:51:12.  All finishers were rewarded with a pint of nice beer at the finish as well as soup to help recover.

Next race on the Harriers fell league will be the Stoop fell race on 17 December.




Halifax Harriers Sarah Cumber had a brilliant run at the Snowdonia Marathon.  The race is one of the toughest road marathons in the UK.  The race starts from Llanberis with a flat couple of miles before the first major climb of over 200m followed by a fast descent, then another climb at 13 miles followed by the killer hill at 22 miles with a climb again of 200m.  It’s then a fast descent on dirt paths before the last road section into the finish.

The weather was cool with mist on the high sections of the route.  Sarah Cumber started to make her way through the field in the second half, running strongly up the steeper sections.  The ladies race was won in a record time of  2:57:34 by Hayley Munn, followed by Andrea Rowlands 3:01:38.  Sarah Cumber was third lady in 3:13:39.

Also running for Halifax Harriers was Susan Corney 5:35:58.



For the second year in a row, Halifax Harriers April Caufield was the first lady to finish at the Bradford half marathon.  This is a multi-lap race round the centre of Bradford comprising of four 5k laps and a short out and back section to make up the full distance.

Last year April Caufield won in 1:35:36 but she has made great strides since then and was the clear ladies winner in 13th place in a PB of 1:29:21.

Halifax Harriers Will Stewart also had a good run finishing in 11th place in a PB of 1:28:41.



Report by Raymond

Halifax Harriers had a fabulous time on their annual club trip to compete on foreign shores.  For the third time on the trot it was back to Majorca for the half marathon and the 10k.  With lovely sunny weather and a great hotel it felt more like a holiday than serious races.  However, there were some great performances considering the temperature and the nature of the races. 

Both the 10k and the half marathon cover the same initial 6 miles which are along the sea front for 3 miles, passing the harbour with all the cruise liners docked for the day, before returning back to the start for the 10k runners.  The half marathon runners then follow a route passing through the old town on narrow cobbled and flagged alleyways, with many twists and turns.  The majority of the runners are there for the enjoyment of running in a beautiful city, with finishing times less important than at many races.

In the half marathon, Halifax Harriers had two runners well up in the field of almost 4000 runners.  Paul Sutcliffe was 54th in a time of 1:25:31.  Cathy Dawson had a brilliant run to finish as 6th lady (1st F50) in 1:28:47, a club record by over 10 minutes.

Other runners in the half marathon were Mark Crabtree 1:34:54, Kevin Lusk 1:42:25, Paul Hopkinson 1:44:02, Jenny Hopkinson 1:45:48, David Broadley 1:48:30, Jonny Lister 1:50:48, Daniel Ryan 1:54:47, Michelle Broadley 1:58:14, Andrea Ackroyd 2:05:22, John Moore 2:08:17, Susan Hall 2:17:07 (2nd F65), Deborah Kirkbride 2:20:03, Keith Midgley 2:20:04.

Halifax Harriers had 4 runners in the 10k. Simon Johnson was first back for the club in 23rd place with a time of 38:06 (2nd M50).  Craig Empsall ran 44:38, Raymond Hall 47:35 (2nd M70) and Jenny St Romaine 72:36.



Report by Raymond

The inaugural Brighouse Running Festival took place on Sunday evening on what is claimed to be the flattest 10k route in the UK.  With an evening start under street lights, it was an unusual feeling running around closed roads in Brighouse in the dark.  The 10k attracted 184 runners with some excellent times being recorded.

There were some incredible performances by Halifax Harriers runners, but the standout performance was by April Caufield who finished as 1st lady in 38:37, a PB by 2 minutes.

In the juniors, running their first 10k, Harry Brackenridge 42:04 just held off Ned Hughes 42:52 – both excellent times for someone so young.

First Halifax Harrier in the race, in 3rd place, was Michael Gaughan 35:04.  Matt Kay was 8th in a PB of 38:38 and Johanna Sutcliffe (2nd lady) 39:25.

Other Halifax Harriers to set PB’s were Michael King 39:50, Will Stewart 40:21, Keith Lemon 44:30, Wayne Stevens 47:00, Jane Hobson 51:27.

Other runners were Mark Crabtree 40:58, Richard Palethorpe 43:30, Mark Gaughan 45:52, John Moore 57:36.

There were also shorter races on the day.  In the 2k race, Rachel Hobson was 4th in 8:18 and Elam Hughes 5th in 8:50.  The 4k race had only one Halifax Harrier runner entered, Bethany Sharp ran 23:03 for 17th place.


Sunday also saw runners competing over the full marathon distance for the club.  At York, Paul Bateman ran 3:46:50, Paul Hopkinson 5:10:11 and David Parrington 5:24:07.  At Chester, David Broadley finished in a PB of 3:44:48.



Katrina Oddy had a successful end to her excellent 2017 track season with three gold medals in the FV50 category over 800m and 1500m. First success came in the BMAF North of England Masters Championships held in Sheffield on the 3rd September, these championships are usually held with age groups of men and women competing together. On a windy day, she took the gold medal in the 800m F50 category with a strong run.

In the Northern Masters Championships held at Bury on 17th September she forced a strong pace in the 1500m, leading from start to finish with a personal best time for her age group of 5:24.3 beating some very good MV 50 runners in the process. Finally, in the Yorkshire Veterans Championships held at Spenborough on 24th September she again showed her pedigree to take the gold at 1500, again beating some very good M55 runners, this time with a blistering last 300m.

Katrina finished the season ranked 9th at 1500 and 10th at 800m in the national women V50 category.



Report by Raymond

A dull day greeted the 29 Halifax Harriers members at the Littleborough 10k.  There was a new flatter course this year for the 250 runners.  The race starts with a steady climb in the first kilometre up to Hollingworth Lake, then it is two laps round the lake on a mixture of roads and dirt paths.  The final kilometre is all downhill back to the finish.  This enabled the runners to put in a final effort to try and achieve a good time.

For the second year running the Halifax Harriers ladies won the team prize.  They were led home by 1st lady Johanna Sutcliffe 40:45, closely followed by April Caufield 41:05 (2nd lady) with Rachael Beaumont 43:39 (1st F45) making up the team.

The men were led home by Joe Crossfield 35:31 who was 4th man overall.  Paul Sutcliffe 38:22 finished in 14th place and 1st M45 and Paul Berry ran 39:41 (2nd M45).

Other age group winners for the club were Geoff Cumber 43:31 (1st M70) and Susan Hall 62:25 (1st F65).

The remaining runners for Halifax Harriers were Michael King 40:34, Will Stewart 41:55, Mark Crabtree 42:07 (3rd M55), John Whitlow 42:46, Kevin Lusk 44:03, Marc Rocheteau 44:40, Will Carver 44:43, Keith Lemon 45:13, Hanni Fisher 46:04, Hazel Berrett 46:12 (2nd F55), Daniel Ryan 46:44, Nigel Rigg 47:56, Charlotte Acton 48:41 (2nd FU23), Nigel Taylor 48:46, Raymond Hall 49:05 (2nd M70), Geraldine Roby 53:44, Heath Reilly 56:26, David Parrington 57:38, Deborah Kirkbride 58:03, Kirsty Carver 59:30, Audra Naylor 62:21.eH

Yorkshireman Full & Half Marathons


Report by Steve Sladdin

Sunday 10th September 2017 saw the return of The Yorkshireman Half (14.79 mile) and Full Marathon (26.2 mile). The race takes place in Bronte country, heads over Penistone Hill, through Ogden, Oxenhope and back to Haworth. Conditions were particularly tricky this year, with gail force winds and rain (perfect conditions some might say for a fell race) Runners met with mud, peat bogs, 934ft of climb, rocky terrain and some steep descents.

The half marathon was won by Christopher Holdsworth of Clayton-Le-Moors Harriers in a time of 1:40:05. The marathon was won by Owen Beilby of Wharfedale Harriers in a time of 3:26:50.

The Halifax Harriers were well represented at the event given that it fell on the same weekend as the GNR and Vale of York half marathon.

Steve Sladdin was first back for the Harriers in 2:03:033 taking 18th place, Simon Gelsthorpe 2:16:55 54th place, 2:28:31 Hazel Berrett (3rd F50) and Sarah Kidd  2:58:07 165th place.

Ryan Barker took on the challenge of the marathon distance and came 5th place in 3:47:15.

Sally Cowton and Elizabeth Sanderson walked the marathon distance and completed it in a respectable time of 7:44:20.

The Yorkshireman continues to be one of the most popular fell events on the calendar and draws a huge field of over 500 competitors.



Report by Raymond

Halifax Harriers had 30 runners at the popular Vale of York Half Marathon which starts and finishes at Sherburn in Elmet Aero Club.  The race attracted 1,680 runners on one of the flattest courses in Yorkshire.  The only slight bump in the course is as the road passes above the railway line.  With good conditions and little wind, 10 members set PB’s.  The race started with the first mile on the Aero Club runway before passing through quiet country lanes on roads closed to traffic.

The first three men back for Halifax Harriers were Paul Berry 1:25:06, David Ingle 1:27:29 (PB) – seven minutes faster than his 2016 time, which was a PB for him on that occasion, and Matt Kay 1:28:23 (PB).

Halifax Harriers ladies were led home by Johanna Sutcliffe 1:30:35, closely followed by April Caufield 1:30:58 (PB) 3rd FSenior and then Rachael Beaumont 1:35:08 (PB) 3rd F45.

Other Club members to set PB’s were: Niall Smith 1:30:00, Kevin Lusk 1:37:08, Robert Hick 1:38:11, Keith Lemon 1:44:30, Nigel Taylor 1:51:19, Michelle Broadley 1:52:30, Clare Newton 1:54:43, John Moore 1:55:21, Susan Hall 2:07:37, 3rd F65 and F65 Club Record, David Parrington 2:10:28. Ella Beevers 2:17:18.



On the same day, 9 members of Halifax Harriers took part in the Great North Run.  With the vast numbers it is not a race to go to expecting to run fast times as runners are continually having to dodge around slower runners.  However, it is the atmosphere and experience of running in the country’s largest half marathon that attracts the participants.

Three of the Halifax Harriers runners did manage PB’s – Michael King 1:29:43, Paul Hopkinson 1:37:44 and Nigel Jamieson 1:55:13. 

Other Halifax Harriers runners were Stephen Rainbow 1:28:46, Marc Rocheteau 1:39:26, Jenny Hopkinson 1:52:08, David Cooper 1:56:38, Lucie Fenton 2:02:51, Janine Thompson 2:08:50.

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