What a special weekend this turned out to be. So much seemed to be packed into a short 48 hours; we had the long-anticipated return of our local Parkrun at Crewe’s Queens Park, the gruelling Lakeland 50 and 100 challenges, the epic ThunderRun 24, Helena Tipping 10k and the Drefach Felindre 10k trail race.
Let’s start at the start, shall we?
Friday evening saw the start of the demanding Lakeland 100 challenge. Coined as the ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’, the long-distance trail race includes around 6,300m of ascent which four of our crazy members took part in. Let’s take a bow for Dan Gill, Amy Grace, Steve Crowe, David Betteley and Tracey Brown. This bonkers quintet set off at 18:00 on Friday evening, with Dan completing the course in an incredible 29 hours, 28 minutes, and 30 seconds. Amy and Steve battled for a four-hour personal best and finished in a wonderful 30:24:12 and Tracey Brown crossed the finish line in 35:39:44.
Meanwhile, those attempting the 50-mile segment of the course set off early on Saturday morning over rough terrain with around 3100m of ascent to negotiate. Charlotte Logie represented the female field for the Harriers and ran the course in 13:37:26 alongside hubby Scott. Chris Hughes made the field in 15:09:41 and Ged O’Sullivan in 21:25:25.
Huge congratulations to them all!
Wrexham played host to the Helena Tipping 10k on Sunday, where David Smith and Rebecca Howlet stole the crowns for first male and female over the line for the Harriers in 41:35 and 48:53. Andrew Growcott finished in 43:05 and Peter Harris in 47:15. Also taking part were Danielle Kenny (49:02), Dennis Robinson (50:54), Gill Gibbons (53:05), Alan Cragg (57:56), Cheryl Percival (58:06) and Karly Harris (58:13).
Stockport Trail half
In his first race in club colours, triathlete Ryan Morris completed the Stockport half trail marathon in 1:38:35. Not a bad first race of 2021!
What an event! Taking place over a 24-hour period from 12noon Saturday to 12noon Sunday, the premise of the race is 10k loops of an undulating course, taking in fields and forests, in relay style format if you’re part of a team (here are some absolute machines out there who attempt this alone). Awards are given to the teams of the same size completing the most loops within the 24-hour time limit.
Several Harriers participated in various team sizes with James Nicholls and David Morris taking on the two-man format and completing a solid 8 laps until injury struck them down. With a decent lead on their competitors before bad luck struck, fingers crossed they’re both okay and will return next year to give it another go!
Meanwhile, Andy Twiss captained a mixed team of seven to 18th place in the field of 147. The team included Lana Davidson, Rob Huntbach and Sadie Prince as well as some other friends who raced to complete 26 laps.
ParkRun is back!
I won’t say too much about the Parkrun event because they do their own run report, but I will take the opportunity to say that it was AMAZING to be back. It was incredible to see so many Harriers participate in the field of volunteering and running and I’m sure it’ll be back as a regular feature in many of our training plans.
I’m betting most of this weekend’s race participants slept well on Sunday!