Weekly round up 17.09.18

1st category win for Mat Jones as Menai Baugh and Emma Collins continue to dominate their categories on the fells and roads

After last week’s full on schedule this week by contrast was a quiet one.

Saturday dawned bright and early with the annual King John’s Castle Fell Race with stalwarts of this course husband and wife Victoria & Jon Whitehead and Menai Baugh joined on the start line by newcomer Mat Jones. A perfect day on the fells – weather started out chilly but the sun soon came out…conditions underfoot were good with a relatively modest field of 36. Post-race chips in The Raven along with the race, of course, are the highlights of the day.

Mat led the Harriers home in 50:15 winning his VM50 category – though the race organisers would like to see his birth certificate next time! Next in were Victoria in 53:04 and Jon with a PB of 58:55. Menai couldn’t resist trundling slowly around – it’s a race she loves. Unfortunately she got lost!! Again!! And after last week’s ultra in the Alps, probably shouldn’t have run but enjoyed more of a walk than a run this time around. No matter she still won her VF60 category.

King Johns 2018

Left to right:  Menai Baigh, Mat Jones, Victoria Whitehead, jon Whitehead

Sunday morning saw the Guilden Sutton 10k and the promise of a fast 10k course. PB and UK rankings seeking on the agenda, along with comebacks and training runs. The race was billed as 2 undulating laps followed by a fast flat downhill section. What everyone failed to register (even those who’d run it before) that after that glorious downhill, there is a rather long steady climb to the finish.

Phil Hayes was first Harrier home, 47th and running a PB in 42:04 though disappointed not to get under 42 mins. Phil, having run this course before, blames that last climb. This will be a theme. You will break 42 minutes Phil – you have the ability! Next home and running together were Vic Belshaw and Emma Collins. Vic returning from a chest infection was having a training run whilst Emma took her category by 8 minutes from her nearest rival – 77th 44:52 & 78th 44:53 respectively.

Making up the quintet were Chris Baldwin chasing the VM60 UK rankings which require VM60 runners complete a 10k in under 49:30. Chris, in his last year as a VM60, was just outside the cut-off in 49:34, that last climb featuring again in the post-race analysis. Dawn Marshall was last home, chasing under 1 hour as she returns from injury, was delighted to hold her target race pace for the majority of the race (yup! That final climb again!) to finish in 58:15.

And so to parkrun, reflecting the quiet week, the Harriers were quiet at parkrun attending only our two local races. Nice to see Sarah Bayliss putting in another strong run at Conwy in 16th lady and 25:57 and great to see Andy Morris stretching his legs in 30:44. Slightly closer to home was Vic Belshaw, in spite of the tail end of his recent illness, put in a PB taking 6th in 20:33 at Bodelwyddan Castle with Elen Baugh just short of her best in 26:17 as 3rd Lady.

 

Results

King John’s Castle Fell Race Mat Jones 1st VM50 50:15, Victoria Whitehead 53:04, Jon Whitehead PB 58:55, Menai Baugh 1st VF60 65:11

Guilden Sutton 10k Phil Hayes 47th 42:04, Vic Belshaw 77th 44:52 , Emma Collins 78th & 12th Lady & 1st VF55 44:53, Chris Baldwin 125th 49:34, Dawn Marshal 193rd & 53rd Lady & 58:18

Parkrun Conwy Sarah Bayliss 87th & 16th Lady 25:57, Andrew Morris 160th 30:44 Bodelwyddan Castle Vic Belshaw 6th PB 20:33, Elen Baugh 28th & 3rd Lady 26:17

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Weekly round up 10.09.18

Happy 80th Birthday Ron Birch as the Harriers have a busy week racing across all terrains and disciplines

We start our round up with the Noel Morris Handicap Summer Series whilst celebrating the 80th birthday of one of our founder members. Ron Birch turned 80 on Tuesday and celebrated by racing the penultimate race of the 2018 series in perfect conditions – 16C and sunny with little wind, short grass and dry ground. Diane Roberts made a very good effort to win this one but was caught with only 200m to go and finished 5th. It gave her points total for the series a considerable boost though, and continued her challenge for the title.

Classy runs from Emma Collins, Tony Wood (despite seized quads from racing Ben Nevis the previous weekend), and Joe Welch finishing only 36 seconds outside Shaun Hughes record, but all were overshadowed by birthday boy Ron who can be excused for not being quite as fast as last month when he was only 79. Of those with 5 races completed, Tony Benton is comfortably in the lead with Phil Hayes second though Diane has another 19th position to drop, so there is all to play for in October.

Ron 80

On Wednesday afternoon, new member Mark Jones competed in the Police Sport UK National 10 mile race. The race is hosted in a different part of the UK each year with this yeasrs race hosted by North Wales Police. Mark completed the 10 mile through in Bangor in 1:25:31.

Fresh off the back of his OCC race at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc Chamonix last week, David Baugh updated the Harriers that to continue their Alps adventure he and wife Menai were attempting the 170k (106miles) Ultra Tour of Monte Rosa on Wednesday. This is a 4 day stage race starting in Switzerland crossing the Alps under the Matterhorn into Italy and eventually back into Switzerland to the finish via Saas Fee. This includes 11300m (37,000’) of ascent. The intention to run this together and “enjoy” this as a holiday.

Already sounding like one of the toughest races anyone at the club has ever attempted, day 1 saw the route lengthened from 37 to 43k due to rockfall including unforgettable climbs, tunnels and via ferrata’s. Day 2 took in 2 major mountain passes, serious scrambling and a glacier with both in great form beating the cutoffs at the checkpoints by a huge margin. Day 3 started with a 1400m climb in 10k over a high path – a very steep climb. 30k and 2000m ascent in the afternoon which David completed solo, billing it as one of the gruelling afternoon’s running he’s ever experienced and he should know.

Day and Stage 4 saw the normal 6am start with David & Menai heading up to Mount Moro and climbing steeply 1500m in 6.8k to a checkpoint and a scramble over icy rock to the summit using ropes and pegs, both loving the icy descent to Saas Fee 18k away overtaking masses of runners. Menai finished her running there and David took the hard run back to where the race started on Wednesday. There were some superb paths to run on but also boulder fields, tunnels and some precipitous roped sections – oh and yes a ladder. For David a 45.8 k day with 9000’ of climbing finishing a fantastic 48th place 9 hours 38mins for the Stage. Over the 4 days, David ran for 41 hours and 36 mins, Menai 33 hours and 7 mins. We’re not sure everyone would agree this classes as a “holiday” but we’re all incredibly impressed by them.

MB DB UTMR

MB UTMR

DB UTMR

Back to the UK and “normal” races then and it was a busy weekend. Tony Benton ran the last of the Deestriders Off Road Summer Series on Friday night taking 2nd in his VM55 category for the series. Emma Collins didn’t race but had already wrapped up 1st in her VF55 category with 3 strong races.

2 half marathons on Sunday. The televised and prestigious Great North Run alongside the scenic Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Making the trip to the North East and lining up on the start list was Katherine Edwards, delighted to make it to the race and tick it off her bucket list. Chip time 2:24:16. At Lake Vyrnwy the weather was wet and warm with 5 runners taking to the start line, many of them using this as part of their training programmes for future events.

First Harrier home and 21st overall was Shaun Hughes, equalling his half marathon PB in 67:27 as he prepares for next month’s Chester Marathon. Next home was Steve Gadd, also in training for an October Marathon – the slightly hillier Snowdonia Marathon – delighted with his 3rd sub 90 min half this year and finishing in 1:29:07 and 18th VM45. Ian Jones was next 31st VM55 in 1:52:42 delighted with his time as he continues to train for next month’s Cardiff Half Marathon. The only lady Harrier on the field was Lisa Dafydd finishing 87th SF and smashing her previous best by 4 mins with a new PB of 2:08:22. Robert Parry completed the quintet in 2:09:59.

Over on the hills, Ceri Belshaw chose 2 disciplines rather than one completing the Conwy Mountain Marathon Duathlon and coming 6th & 2nd Lady in 3:00:55. Sticking to running and taking on Ras Cyrn Y Brain, the last of the NW Fell Series with 7 miles and 1200 ft were 6 Harriers racing in blustery but dry conditions. The race starts and finishes from the Ponderosa Cafe on the Horseshoe Pass has two climbs with the second seeming to go on forever. This race is balanced out with two fast descents, if you don’t get held up in the single track section of course!

Vic Belshaw was first home in 15th and 57:18 taking  2nd in his VM55 category on the day but awaiting the final series results. Emma Collins was 32nd in 1:02:41 and 1st in her VF55 category. Mathew Jones was 39th in 1:04:30 enjoying another venture onto the fells and finding it less arduous though than his 15 miler on the Clwydians last week. Tony Benton took 50th in 1:07:56 in his 3rd race of the week. Great to see Victoria Whitehead back on her favourite terrain 62nd in 1:10:36 as using the race as a training run whilst husband Jon Whitehead brought the Harriers home in 72nd and a great time of 1:16:39.

As we get to Autumn, we’re all looking forward to cross-country season starting. So what better way to get acclimatised than to get down and dirty at Tough Mudder. A great event promoting teamwork and achieving more than you think you can saw Harriers Anwen Brown, Hannah McDonnell, Caroline Parry, Alaw Evans, Claire Spencer, Mari Williams, Sali Powell and Nicola Field have a fantastic day out in the mud!

TM teamwork 2 TM teamwork

TM

As usual we finish with Parkrun. At Bodelwyddan Castle Parkrun only on its 4th week but proving a big draw for the Harriers, the first taste of autumn rain and a much smaller field than previously made for bigger gaps and more individual racing. Ceri Belshaw (12th) looked altogether meaner than last week as she did 23:29 and lopped nearly 90 seconds off her PB. That is impressive considering that almost everyone else who has done this course before was slower. Phil Hayes was quicker too, getting a taste of what it is like to be at the front in 3rd with 21:33. Duncan Jones and Chris Baldwin were close together on the first lap but Duncan cruised home in 17th  and 24:48 with Chris dropping back to 22nd 25m52. Next in was new member Chris Davies 31st in 27m52 on his very first parkrun, while Gwenan Johnson was taking it easy for 91st in 39m29.

Sarah Bayliss opted to travel to Newborough Parkrun finishing in a time of 26:37 which she’s delighted with given the wet and windy conditions and loving the single lap course. Shame it’s too far to go every week. Down in Kingston, Sian Pritchard was two minutes faster than last week in 28:30

 

Results

Noel Morris Handicap Summer Series 1st Joe Welch 18:06, Chris E (guest) 24:45, 2nd Arwel Jones 23:20, 3rd Tony Wood 18:52, 4th Ruari Benton 24:55, 5th Diane Roberts 33:58, 6th Ian Jones.24:34, 7th Ceri Belshaw 22:14, 8th Emma Collins 21:46, 9th Tony Benton 21:57, 10th Bob Neale 25:01, 11th Phil Hayes 20:33, 12th Fred Jones.23:50, 13th Elen Baugh 25:41, 14th Vic Belshaw 20:12, 15th Ron Birch 35:16, 16th Sarah Bayliss, 26:32, 17th Mari Jones 36:42

PSUK National 10 mile Road Race Mark Jones 1:25:31

Ultra Tour Monte Rosa 170k 4 stage Mountain Race David Baugh 48th 41:36:20, Menai Baugh Ret. Saas Fee 33:07:17

Deestriders Off Road Summer Series Emma Collins 1st VF55 ,Tony Benton 2nd VM55 for the Series 

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon Shaun Hughes 21st 1:16:27, Steve Gadd 135th & 18th VM45 1:29:07, Ian Jones 578th & 31st VM55 1:52:42, Lisa Dafydd 905th & 87th SF PB 2:08:22, Robert Parry 915th & 113st MF45 2:09:59

Great North Run Katherine Edwards 2:24:16

Conwy Mountain Marathon Duathlon Ceri Belshaw 6th & 2nd Lady 3:00:55

Ras Cryn y Brain Fell Race Vic Belshaw 15th & 2nd VM55* 57:18, Emma Collins 32nd & 1st VF55 62:41, Mat Jones 39th 64:30, Tony Benton 50th 67:56, Victoria Whitehead 62nd 70:36, Jon Whitehead 72nd 76:39   *awaiting final results

Tough Mudder North West Finishers Anwen Brown, Hannah McDonnell, Caroline Parry, Alaw Evans, Claire Spencer, Mari Williams, Sali Powell, Nicola Field

Parkrun Kingston Sian Pritchard 52nd Lady 28:30 Newborough Forest Sarah Bayliss 19th & 9th Lady 26:37 Bodelwyddan Castle Philip Hayes 3rd 21:33, Ceri Belshaw 12th & 2nd Lady 23:29, Duncan Jones 17th 24:48, Chris Baldwin 22nd 25:52, Chris Davies 31st 27:52, Gwenan Johnson 91st & 45th Lady 39:29

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Weekly round up 04.09.18

This week sees some extreme mountain running : local, the Scottish Highlands, and even the Alps

In the annual Ben Nevis race, Tony Wood managed a highly respectable time of 2:16:24, finishing in 244th place on the very tough 9 mile, 4400 feet of climb and drop route. 

In the Alps, David Baugh competed in the OCC, one of the UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) races, the race being 36.7 miles with nearly 11,000 feet of climb. He finished in just over 10 hours in 649th place, and managing to be First in his GB age group classification.

A lot closer to home, the ‘Clwydian 15’ fell race took place in hot and humid conditions on Saturday. The race involves close to 16 miles, and 3600 feet of climb. Matt Jones came home in a fraction over 3 hours – position unknown. Katy Baugh was just 4 minutes behind, and crossed the finish line as Second lady. A further 5 minutes back, Sioned Lloyd was third lady.

In the Caernarvon 10k (also the North Wales Championships for that distance), Emma Collins won her age group outright, Shaun Hughes managed to collect the second place in Senior Men’s. Chris Baldwin ran a very respectable 50:05, which was unfortunately just outside the medal placings. 

A reminder that our next ‘Run for Fun’ starts on Monday 10th September at 6:30pm. A fully supported 10 week introduction to running, where you will build up to being able to run for 30 minutes or more. Details on Facebook (search ‘run for fun denbigh’) if you’d like to know more.

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October Start List

The final race of the 2018 series. The top three all have chances to win it outright, and Tony W is a mathematical possibility for a podium spot (though not for the gold). NOTE 6pm START (due to the gathering gloom).

5.59 Mari J

6.00 Ron

6.00.30 Diane

6.01 Ruth

6.02 Kath S, Bronwen, Angela

6.03 Kellie, Wendy, Dawn

6.05 Nicola

6.06 Helen D, Colin, Jill, Littlekath, Hannah, Claire Sp, Rhian WJ

6.07 Andy M, Tracey, Kate W, Jeff, Paul J

6.08.30 Abigail, Mari W, Rob P, Jon, Menai

6.09 Roger, Bethan, Ed, David Sp, Anwen, Sarah

6.09.30 Elen, Mike Hb

6.10  Sali, Katherine E, Bob, Ian J, Chris, Llyr, Ruari

6.10.30 David S

6.11 Rhian GJ, Gerwyn, Rob G, Mel, Sioned

6.41.30  Dan S, Katy B, Fred, Duncan, Arwel

6.12  Paul G, Alaw

6.12.30 David D, Victoria, Ceri B,

6.13 Tony B, Emma, Ceri D

6.13.30 Jon F, Mat

6.14 David B, Hywel, Rhian P

6.14.30 Owen, Brett, Huw, Phil

6.15 Tom, Craig, Steve, Vic

6.15.30 Dan J

6.16 Glen, Tony W

6.16.30 Joe W

6.17.00 Shaun H

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September Results

Perfect conditions – 16C and sunny with little wind, short grass and dry ground – the only problem being that the ditch had been dredged and made deeper. Diane made a very good effort to win this one but was caught with only 200m to go and finished 5th. It gave her points total a considerable improvement though, and continued her challenge for the title. Classy runs from Emma, Tony W (despite seized quads from Ben Nevis), and Joe W (only 36 seconds outside Shaun’s record), but all overshadowed by birthday boy Ron who can be excused for not being quite as fast as last month when he was only 79.

……………………………Finishing time………..Actual time………..Points

1st Joe W………………….7.04.06pm…………18m06………………..16/3

Chris E (guest)…………..7.04.15 pm………..24m45

2nd Arwel………………………4.20…………….23m20…………………27/3

3rd Tony W…………………….4.22……………18m52………………….56/5

4th Ruari………………………..4.25……………24m55………………….4/1

5th Diane………………………..4.28…………..33m58………………….45/5*

6th Ian……………………………4.34…………..24m34………………….27/2

7th Ceri B………………………..4.44…………..22m14…………………..7/1

8th Emma……………………….4.46…………..21m46………………….21/3

9th Tony B………………………4.57……………21m57…………………..31/5

10th Bob………………………….5.01…………..25m01…………………..33/3

11th Phil…………………………..5.03………….20m33…………………..37/5

12th Fred…………………………5.20…………..23m50………………….49/4

13th Elen…………………………5.41……………25m41…………………..31/2

14th Vic…………………………..5.42……………20m12…………………..27/3

15th Ron………………………….5.46……………35m16…………………..52/4

16th Sarah……………………….6.02……………26m32…………………..16/1

17th Mari J………………………6.42……………36m42…………………..70/5

* Best of 5 races.

Of those with 5 races completed, Tony B is comfortably in the lead and Phil is second but Diane has another 19th position to drop, will keep the same start time, and seems to be getting quicker. If she finishes 5th next time her total will equal Tony’s at 31. Of course Phil and Tony may go quicker from their unchanged start times too. All to play for in October (which will be at 6pm in fading light).

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Weekly round up 28.08.18

Craig Jones smashes sub-18 for 5k whilst Rhian Pierce takes 1st lady at Ras y Mynydd

Wednesday night, midweek Ras y Mynydd Fell Race, Llandegai saw Rhian Pierce complete her comeback from a career-threatening injury to take 10th overall and 1st Lady home in 33:47.

Thursday night, 3 Harriers headed to Mid-Cheshire to race the summer Mid-Cheshire 5k on a promised PB delivering fast course. The temperature had dropped a little delivering a great temperature to race in. A big turnout for this race and a fast course with the winner finishing in 13:45 – this race attracts an elite field.

First Harrier home was Craig Jones, who’s been on a promise for sub-18 for 5k for a while, not only got sub-18 but smashed it in 17:43. There’s more to come from this great athlete. Emma Collins was next home in 20:40, 20 seconds faster than last week’s race and taking her VF55 category, 59 seconds ahead of the second placed 55-59 lady. Finishing the field was Dawn Marshall, back from injury and happy to finish in 27:30 ahead of her targeted time.

Parkrun dominated the weekend with 12 Harriers running at 5 parkruns. Making the furthest trip to Brighouse saw Sarah Bayliss finish 79th and 12th lady in 25:43. Also heading over the border to Shrewsbury saw Tony Benton lead 3 Harriers home 73rd in 22:19. Bob Neale finished 138th and 1st VM65 and a PB on this course in 24:24. Ruari Benton completed the trio in 209th and 26:12.

Along the North Wales coast, Sali Powell raced at Conwy finishing in 88th and12th Lady in 25:42, whilst at Newborough Forest Chris Baldwin finished 66th with a course PB of 25:27.

It was another great turnout at new local parkrun Bodelwyddan Castle. David Baugh was 9th with a course PB of over 90 seconds in 21:52 followed shortly by Victoria Whitehead in 32nd and 4th Lady in 24:43. Husband Jon Whitehead was next in 55th and 27:28. Two Roberts finished closely together with Robert Gotts in 71st, 28:38 and Robert Parry in 73rd taking over a minute off last week’s run in 28:46. Sian Pritchard completed the field in 107th and 31st Lady in 31:52.

Final race of the weekend saw Steve Gadd at the Run Ellesmere 10k in the pouring rain. Official results are not available yet but Steve completed the course in 40:13, a fantastic time, particularly considering how treacherous the last 2k were along the canal.

 

Results

Ras y Mynydd Fell Race Rhian Pierce 10th & 1st Lady 33:47

Mid-Cheshire (Summer) 5k Craig Jones 152nd 17:43, Emma Collins 341st & 1st VF55 20:40, Dawn Marshall 536th 27:30

Parkrun Brighouse Sarah Bayliss 79th & 12th lady 25:43 Shrewsbury Tony Benton 73rd 22:19, Bob Neale 138th & 1st VM65 PB 24:24, Ruari Benton 209th 26:12 Conwy Sali Powell 88th & 12th Lady 25:42 Newborough Forest Chris Baldwin 66th PB 25:27 Bodelwyddan Castle David Baugh 9th PB 21:52, Victoria Whitehead 32nd & 4th Lady 24:43, Jon Whitehead 55th 27:28, Robert Gotts 71st 28:38, Robert Parry 73rd PB 28:46, Sian Pritchard 107th & 31st Lady 31:52

Run Ellesmere 10k Steve Gadd 40:13

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Weekly round up 20.08.18

Emma Collins continues to dominate her VF55 category as Harriers out in force for new Bodelwyddan Parkrun

It’s fast and flat and a great place to get a PB. Ellesmere Port Running Club 5k took place on a warm Thursday evening with 4 Harriers taking to the starting line and quick was certainly the order of the day. Craig Jones was first Harrier home in 42nd and 18:23. His second fastest recorded 5k as he continues to get closer to being a sub 18 minute 5k runner. It’s only a matter of time.

The outstanding run of the day goes to Emma Collins coming in 117th, 15th Lady and 1st VF55 in 21:00. Before the race Emma was hoping for sub-22 mins as she recorded her fastest 5k in 3 years. She also beat all the VF50 women across the line and most of the VF45 category too finishing 46 places  and 1 min 51 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed lady in her category. She’s truly in a league of her own.

Father and son Fred and Paul Jones made up the foursome with Fred putting in another consistent performance in 166th, 7th VM60 and 22:55. Paul has only recently taken up running and put in a fantastic performance smashing his recent parkrun performances in 26:33.

In another fast race on Sunday Shaun Hughes took to the start line of the Birchwood 10k representing Denbigh Harriers and North Wales in the Inter-County competition. A wet morning saw Shaun finish 18th in 35:43, his 2nd fastest recorded time over the distance.

The inaugural Bodelwyddan parkrun took place on Saturday with an impressive 208 turning up and among them 11 Harriers, 9 racing with Menai Baugh and Andy Morris volunteering. Billed as good training for cross-country, the course incorporates trails around Bodelwyddan Castle with a great deal of climb and a few challenging sections.

Shaun Hughes in his first run of the weekend was 3rd in 18:28 and only 10 seconds off his Conwy parkrun PB for this much tougher course. It’s good to see Vic Belshaw back and taking 16th in 21:31. David Baugh was 31st in 23:29 with Paul Goffey 52nd in 25:27. First of the ladies home was Elen Baugh in 63rd & 10th Lady in 26:07 followed by Mari Williams 81st 27:37 and Sarah Bayliss 83rd & 17th Lady 27:46. Also finishing strongly on this tough course were Robert Parry 101th 30:00, Nicola Field 134th & 39th Lady 32:54.

Parkruning elsewhere this weekend were Chris Baldwin taking 54th and 2nd VM60 in 24:15 in his first run at Dalby Forest parkrun. Duncan Jones ran for the second time at Shrewsbury where he finished6 3rd and 3rd VM55 in a course PB of 22:13.

Results

Ellesmere Port Running Club 5k Craig Jones 42nd 18:23, Emma Collins 117th, 15th Lady & 1st VF55 21:00, Fred Jones 166th & 7th VM60 22:55, Paul Jones 246th 26:33

Birchwood 10k Shaun Hughes 18th 35:43

Parkrun Bodelwyddan Shaun Hughes 3rd 18:28, Vic Belshaw 16th 21:31, David Baugh 31st 23:29, Paul Goffey 52nd 25:27, Elen Baugh 63rd & 10th Lady 26:07, Mari Williams 81st 27:37 Sarah Bayliss 83rd & 17th Lady 27:46, Robert Parry 101th 30:00, Nicola Field 134th & 39th Lady 32:54 Dalby Forest Chris Baldwin 54th & 2nd VM60 24:15 Shrewsbury Duncan Jones 63rd & 3rd VM55 PB 22:13

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Weekly round up 14.08.18

Harriers Noel Morris Summer Handicap Series heats up as both Men’s and Women’s course records are smashed

A bright Tuesday evening with pleasant temperature, no wind, and dry ground saw the 5th race of 7 in this year’s Noel Morris Summer Handicap Series. This is the point in the series where things start heating up. Participants have to complete 5 races in the series to qualify as the overall series winner. Those who race over 5 races get the benefit of dropping their worst positions over the series. Additionally summer speed training which takes place every remaining Tuesday of the month starts to pay off.

21 runners turned up for the race with the field open with the first runner starting off over 20 mins before the last runner, but in a race where everyone is pitted against themselves and the handicapper, it’s great to have a race anyone no matter their ability can win.

34 mins and 35 seconds after he set off Ron Birch was the first home. A fantastic run from Ron knocking 4 mins off his last run here and fresh from his 10k at the weekend, he was nearly 3 mins ahead of the rest of the field as he completes his last summer series handicap race before he turns 80. 2nd went to Rhian Pierce in 20 mins 31 and a new course record. Rhian stormed back from a career-threatening injury to take 53 seconds off her personal best and break Emma Collins long-standing record. Third was Mat Jones in 20 mins 55. Mat also is showing great improvement this summer having taken nearly 4 mins off since his first race of this season back in April.

It was a tight finish for 4th and 5th with Tony Benton and Emma Collins having both raced so closely this season started together with Tony just getting a 2 second edge on Emma to finish in 21:38 and 21:40 respectively. Both in their first time under 22 minutes this season.Further down the field, the men’s course record also fell. Shaun Hughes continues to have a fantastic season, completing the course in 17:38 and taking over 20 seconds off his own best time from last season.

As far as the series goes, only Diane Roberts has done 5 races so far and must be looking good for a podium place. She stands at 59 points over the 5 races, lowest score to win. However there are 4 runners who have completed 4 races, with Tony Benton (22 points), Phil Hayes (26 points), Tony Wood (53 points) and Mari Jones (54 points) all in contention if they can drop their higher placed race, though with 2 races left the competition is wide open.

In another quiet racing weekend, 5 Harriers took to the Clwydians on Sunday for the annual the 2 Hillforts fell race. Runners race 9.2 miles with 1871ft of climbing up and over hillforts Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur. As much of this summer, conditions were hot and humid but at least it stayed dry throughout the race. First Harrier home was Tony Wood taking 9th in 1:20.09 followed shortly behind by Jonathan Fleming in 14th and 1:23.32. Also in the top 20 and taking the male prize for first local to finish was Owen Conry 18th in 1:24.57. Of the ladies Sioned Griffiths was first Harrier home in 43rd and 1:40.25 and taking the prize for first local lady home. She was followed in by Anwen Brown in 54th and a great time of 1:46.14 in this punishing race.

The Harriers were represented in 3 parkruns this week. Just over the border, Rob Gotts continued his comeback in 26:28 at Chester. Emma Collins took 3rd Lady in 22:06 at Conwy. Over in Wepre, Elen Baugh ran a fantastic PB in 27:04 taking nearly 1 min 30 off her previous best on this tough course and finishing as 8th Lady. David Baugh took 13th in 23:07 which Sarah Bayliss continues her fine form as 11th Lady in 28:02.

Results

Noel Morris Handicap Summer Series 1st Ron Birch 34m45, 2nd Rhian Pierce CR 20m31, 3rd Mat Jones 20m55, 4th Tony Benton 21m38, 5th Emma Collins 21m40, 6th Katy Baugh 23m05, 7th Bob Neale 24m41, 8th Melina Morris 23m43, 9th Joe Welch 18m44, 10th Fred Jones 23m21, 11th David Say 24m26, 12th Mari Jones 35m03, 13th Shaun Hughes CR 17m36, 14th Paul Jones 28m15, 15th Chris Baldwin 24m52, 16th Arwel Jones 24m00, 17th Duncan Jones 23m36, 18th Elen Baugh 25m12, 19th Diane Roberts 34m45, 20th Menai Baugh 27m08, 21st Tony Wood, 20m21.

2 Hillforts Fell Race Tony Wood 9th 1:20.09, Jonathan Fleming 14th 1:23.32, Owen Conry 18th 1:24.57, Sioned Griffiths 43rd 1:40.25, Anwen Brown 54th 1:46.14.

Parkrun Chester Rob Gotts 104th 26:28, Conwy Emma Collins 39th & 3rd Lady 22:06, Wepre David Baugh 13th 23:07, Elen Baugh 53rd & 8th Lady PB 27:04, Sarah Bayliss 67th & 11th Lady 28:02.

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September Start List

Only Diane has done 5 races so far and must be looking for a podium place but there are several with 3 or 4 in the bag who should now be looking to complete the series. With only two races left Phil is still looking a good bet, but I think the smart money is transferring to Tony B.

6.30 Mari J

6.30.30 Ron, Diane

6.31 Ruth

6.32 Kath S, Bronwen, Angela

6.33 Kellie, Wendy, Dawn

6.35 Nicola

6.36 Helen D, Colin, Jill, Littlekath, Hannah, Claire Sp, Rhian WJ

6.37 Andy M, Tracey, Kate W, Jeff, Paul J

6.38.30 Abigail, Mari W, Rob P, Jon, Menai

6.39 Roger, Bethan, Ed, David Sp, Anwen

6.39.30 Ruari, Sarah

6.40  Sali, Katherine E, Bob, Ian J, Chris, Elen, Llyr

6.40.30 David S

6.41 Mike Hb, Rhian GJ, Gerwyn, Rob G, Mel, Sioned, Arwel

6.41.30  Dan S, Katy B, Fred, Duncan

6.42  Paul G, Alaw

6.42.30 David D, Victoria, Ceri B,

6.43 Tony B, Emma, Ceri D

6.43.30 Jon F, Mat

6.44 David B, Hywel, Rhian P

6.44.30 Owen, Brett, Huw, Phil

6.45 Tom, Craig, Steve

6.45.30 Dan J,  Vic, Tony W

6.46 Joe W, Glen

6.47.00 Shaun H

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August Results

Heartfelt thanks to Dawn and Steve for officiating. It enabled me to run for the first time since June last year when there were similar conditions of pleasant temperature, no wind, and dry ground. Obviously good racing conditions, and both male and female records fell with Shaun knocking over 20 seconds off his best time last year, and Rhian stormed back from a career-threatening injury to take 53 seconds off her personal best and break Emma’s 21m21.  Emma did that several years ago when she had to go the long way round the bushes (i.e. not over the stream) and that was probably worth 20m50 using the current ‘short cut’ (which you will remember was necessitated by the silly fence the school put up). So I think Rhian’s 20m31 is a small but definite improvement. Note that this evening Emma put in a sub 22 effort as well – and only Rhian and Ceri B are in that club with her. Another notable effort was by Ron in his last race before M80-hood, and 4 minutes quicker than his last run here.

………………………….Finishing time……….Actual time…………..Points

1st Ron………………….7.01.45pm……………34m45……………………37/3

2nd Rhian……………….03.31………………….*20m31*…………………….2/1

3rd Mat…………………..03.55………………….20m55……………………32/3

4th Tony B………………04.08…………………21m38…………………….22/4

5th Emma……………….04.10………………….21m40…………………….13/2

6th Katy………………….04.35………………….23m05…………………….33/3

7th Bob……………………04.41…………………24m41………………………23/2

8th Mel……………………04.43…………………23m43………………………19/3

9th Joe W…………………04.44………………..18m44……………………..15/2

10th Fred………………….04.51…………………23m21……………………..37/3

11th David S………………04.56………………..24m26…………………….27/2

12th Mari J……………….05.03………………..35m03……………………..53/4

13th Shaun……………….05.06………………..*17m36*…………………..26/2

14th Paul J……………….05.15…………………..28m15…………………….45/3

15th Chris…………………05.22………………….24m52…………………….15/1

16th Arwel………………..05.30………………….24m00……………………25/2

17th Duncan……………..05.36………………….23m36…………………….33/3

18th Elen………………….05.42………………….25m12……………………..18/1

19th Diane………………..05.45………………….34m45……………………..59/5

20th Menai……………….06.08…………………27m08……………………..33/3

21st Tony W………………06.51………………….20m21……………………..53/4

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