THIS week noticed some nice performances and feats of endurance out on the paths.
5 Harriers headed to Chamonix to participate in races round Mont Blanc. Between 23-28 August, 10,000 runners take part in one among seven races as a part of the UTMB pageant, and Harriers featured in two of the occasions.
On August 25, Helen Waddington took half within the OCC, some extent to level route which covers 55km and 3500m of elevation of the complete Extremely Path de Mont Blanc race.
A model new course for 2022 it included a visit up the Col De Balme positioned on the border between Switzerland and France, a technical climb in direction of the highest and a bit that Helen described as a “vertiginous catwalk”. Helen accomplished the race in a improbable 11:45:37.
4 Harriers then took on the complete UTMB course. A staggering 170km route with over 10,000m of elevation travelling by France, Italy and Switzerland that is actually a feat requiring guts, willpower and an enormous quantity of coaching. It was a tricky race given the excessive temperatures and Jane McCarthy and Andrew Merrick have been the primary Harriers dwelling in joint 1224th place in a time of 42:55:31, each ending within the prime 20 of their age classes. Dave Reynier was subsequent over the road in 45:17:13.
Lastly, Dick Waddington accomplished almost half of the space and over half of the elevation earlier than having to retire at Courmayeur. A tremendous effort from the entire group!
On barely decrease hills, Harriers Tom Adams and Ben Rothery took half within the Scafell Marathon on Sunday 21 August. A path marathon incorporating England’s highest peak, the route follows lovely lakeshore trails, wooded valleys to spectacular excessive mountain trails, incorporating a number of the most dramatic rock surroundings within the Lake District. Adams, working for INOV8, took a podium third place and 1st in his age class in 3:31:56, with Ben working a terrific race ending sixth in 3:52:38.
On the identical day, Abbie Rothery took on the Borrowdale Half marathon in a improbable time of two:28:38.
On the observe, Wednesday 24 August noticed the second occasion in the summertime seires of the Evensplits Leeds 5k collection. A timed occasion, the collection encourages runners to measure their enchancment throughout the 5k distance from month to month, with their outcomes contributing to the membership championship competitors too.
Within the males’s race Edward Hobbs, in excellent kind, took second place in a blistering 16:17! Michael Abrams-Cohen got here in tenth for the Harriers with a formidable time of 17:34. And within the ladies’s race Ruth Kitchen continued her run of podium locations within the collection with third place in a time of 19:50. There have been prime three age class placings additionally for Mike Williams, Tracey Watson and Diane Kitchen. Our juniors additionally put in some improbable efforts with Jake Norris coming first within the junior race adopted shut behind by Sam Norris in third place.
27 Harriers took half within the timed 5k parkrun occasions throughout the nation on Saturday twentieth August. Ruaridh Mon-Williams and Michael Abrahms-Cohen have been the primary male finishers on the Edinburgh and Conyngham Corridor parkruns, Ruaridh in a formidable time of 15:15.
Junior Harrier Jake Norris and Tom Worboys have been the second male finishers within the Skipton and Horton parkruns respectively, and Robert Cunningham was the third male finisher on the Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun in Kent.