Back to racing!

On the hottest day of the year, Saturday 17 July, four Harriers took on the challenge of the 50th Welsh 1000s fell race which starts on the coastal side of the A55 near Abergwyngregyn and finishes on the summit of Snowdon after climbing the 5 of the 1000 meter peaks of Snowdonia. The route was often over open pathless ground and included several hard scrambles. In the heat there were 66 runners (around 25%) who had to retire with heat exhaustion, cramp or injury. All the Harriers successfully ran the same distance of over 20 miles and and climbed almost 9000’ even if they all had to summon extreme willpower to finish in the conditions. With the race finishing on Snowdon the runners then had to run or walk back 4.5 miles to Llanberis to collect their commemorative T shirts and find their cars.

In the long Long Fell Race Brett Jones finished 53rd in 06:24:21 followed in 99th by David Baugh in 07:16:41 and Peter Lester-owen 136th in 08:26:10. In the Long Challenge Race which started earlier in the day David Jones was 12th in 08:40:37.

Vic Belshaw took part in the second of the English Fell Championship Counters 2021 – Alderman’s Ascent on Saturday 17 July , this time in the West Pennines. This was a 5 mile course with over 1400ft ascent. Ladies went off at 11.00, which included fellow club runner Emma Collins, and men at 13.00 on a fast relatively short course although on the warm side. Another head to head race in the V60 age category (29 in total). Vic repeated his fourth race position from the Blencathra race finishing in 53:50’s, with Emma finishing in 59:33’s.

Sunday 18 July saw two Harriers run the 2021 ALDI Chester 10k . This fast course starts from the iconic Chester Racecourse and heads north-west out of the City along wide roads allowing runners to rapidly settle into race pace, then passing close to the picturesque village of Mollington, before returning to the heart of Chester City centre passing the historic Victorian town hall and Medieval Cathedral, before finishing on Eastgate Street with a spectacular backdrop of the Eastgate Clock. Joseph Welch had an early start being in the 7.45am wave of runners, however this did not make the conditions any easier! Shaun Hughes set off in the 10am wave start time and was the first runner through to the finish line. Both finished in impressive times with Shaun Hughes being the first Harrier home in 00:36:35, and Joseph Welch following in 00:40:04.

Also running Sunday 18 July seven Harriers entered the 2021 Nick Beer 10k. This popular annual event always attracts many hundreds of runners of mixed ages and abilities from across the UK, and beyond, to enjoy the scenic splendours of a hilly but picturesque course around the Great Orme. Starting and finishing on Llandudno promenade, opposite the Imperial Hotel, this was the 29th annual run to help commemorate the life of a well-known former local athlete, Nick Beer. Owen Conroy was first Harrier home in 00:46:08; Bob Neale was next with a time of 00:57:02, closely followed by Kate Wilson in 00:57:03; Ian Jones, Julie Roberts and Helen Davies were not far behind finishing in 01:00:01, 01:01:27, and 01:08:08 respectively, with Jessica Jones being the final Harrier home in 01:22:53. All great times in very hot conditions.

On Sunday 25 July, 4 Harriers ran the Helena Tipping Wrexham 10K. This is a fast and flat rural 10k starting and finishing close to ‘The Clubhouse’ Wrexham Industrial Estate. This race is in memory of Wrexham AAC member Helena Tipping. There were excellent performances by Mel Morris as 2nd W45 (43:48 PB), Emma Collins 1st W55 (44:36), Rhian Griffiths-Jones (47:44), and Lee Evans (50:01 PB). Lee was in her first 10K race and clearly destined for higher things.

Running was not enough for Denbigh Harrier Gareth Powell who took part in The Castle Howard Middle Distance Triathlon in Yorkshire on Sunday 25 July. The Castle Howard Middle distance (1/2 Ironman) triathlon started with a 1.2 mile swim in the Castle’s murky lake, followed by a 56 mile bike ride through the scenic Howardian hills (about 15 miles from York), to be finished by a hilly cross country 1/2 marathon (13.1 mile) made even more challenging by the summer heat. It was a very well organised event in a beautiful location. Gareth’s finishing time was 6 hours 48 minutes.

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August Handicap Start Times

Most of the adjustments are minor for August, the top 4 have been pulled back a bit, the bottom 6 boosted up.

 

Start time Names
18:30:00 Mari J, Ron*
18:31:00 Sue
18:32:00 Kath S, John L-T
18:33:00 Claire Sp, Rhian W-J, Meirion
18:34:00 Kath E, Caz, Alison
18:35:00 Ruth, John G, Liz H
18:37:00 Gwenan, Jeff, Rebekah, Sarah, Dawn
18:38:30 Ieuan, Julie, Kath Eds
18:39:00 Roger
18:40:30 Rob P
18:41:00 Ed
18:42:00 Will A, David Sp, Carys, Bob, Peter L
18:42:30 Dan S, Jon, Lucy
18:43:00 Menai
18:43:30 Rhodri, Mark
18:44:00 Abigail, Fred
18:44:30 Kate W, Anwen
18:45:00 Arwel, Gareth J, Rhianwen, Gareth P, Paul J
18:45:30 Suzi, Lisa P
18:46:00 Luke, Chris R, Mari W, Tony B, Rachael E
18:46:30 Sioned, Lee, Elen B
18:47:00 Duncan
18:47:30 Ceri D, Victoria, Alaw, Katy B
18:48:00 Catherine TJ, Rhian G-J, Phil, Adam
18:48:30 Rhian, P, Emma, Mel
18:49:00 Gareth, Hywel, Steve
18:49:30 Owen, David B
18:50:00 Mat
18:50:30 Vic, Aron
18:51:00 Huw
18:51:30 Brett, Glen, Tony W
18:52:00 Dan J, Paul G
18:52:30 Joe
18:53:30 Shaun
Note : Ron gets 5 minutes knocked off finish time
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July Handicap results

Here are the results from July’s race. A warm evening with more gates shut meant some slower times but improvements for others.

Position Name Finish time Start time Actual time
1 Gareth J 19:12:57 18:45:00 27m 57s
2 Peter 19:14:17 18:43:30 30m 47s
3 Paul 19:15:00 18:44:30 30m 30s
4 Elen 19:15:04 18:46:00 29m 4s
5 Bob N 19:15:10 18:42:00 33m 10s
6 Shaun 19:15:13 18:53:30 21m 43s
7 David B 19:15:28 18:49:30 25m 58s
8 Lee 19:15:36 18:46:30 29m 6s
9 Menai 19:15:43 18:43:00 32m 43s
10 Vic 19:15:44 18:50:30 25m 14s
11 Mel 19:16:11 18:49:00 27m 11s
12 Tony 19:16:24 18:52:30 23m 54s
13 Huw 19:16:31 18:52:00 24m 31s
14 Ed 19:16:59 18:42:00 34m 59s
15 Adam 19:17:08 18:50:00 27m 8s
16 Rachael 19:17:18 18:48:00 29m 18s

Points totals.

Four people now have 7 results, so have dropped their worst score. Another 3 are now on 6, so due to drop their worst score on next outing.

Jan ‘21 Feb ‘21 March ‘21 April ‘21 May 21 June 21 July 21 Totals
Peter L 5 7 18 11 11 2 54
Menai 15 14 6 6 8 9 58
Mel 1 15 4 19 4 11 54
Tony W 7 10 16 5 13 12 63
David B 9 5 9 20 3 7 53
Lee 10 9 15 22 6 8 70
Ed 14 4 2 12 21 5 14 51
Elen 12 21 3 11 4 51
Bob 14 8 9 20 5 56
Rob P 1 15 9 16 21 62
Gareth J 17 13 12 1 43
Paul J 1 1 2 3 7
Huw 8 7 8 13 36
Rachael 6 3 5 16 30
Fred 12 22 2 17 53
Duncan 8 9 11 13 41
Anwen 11 8 4 14 37
Shaun 14 7 6 27
Vic 3 12 10 25
Katy B 11 12 15 38
Tony B 4 18 10 32
Lisa P 3 17 15 35
Emma 2 15 13 30
Chris B 13 6 16 35
Dawn 24 1 25
Aron 7 9 16
Lucy 3 14 17
Suzi 23 4 27
Phil H 5 18 23
Arwel 20 10 30
Adam 14 14
Sian P 10 10
Chris R 16 16
Gareth P 18 18
Ron  22 22
Dan J 6 6
Carys 23 23
Alison L 2 2
Paul G 1 1
Mark 7 7
Rhodri 2 2
Sarah B 16 16
David Sp 17 17
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Summer Handicap Start times and points totals

Start time Names
18:30:00 Mari J, Ron*
18:31:00 Sue
18:32:00 Kath S, John L-T
18:33:00 Claire Sp, Rhian W-J, Meirion
18:34:00 Kath E, Caz, Alison
18:35:00 Ruth, John G, Liz H
18:37:00 Gwenan, Jeff, Rebekah, Sarah, Dawn
18:38:30 Ieuan, Julie, Kath Eds
18:39:00 Roger
18:40:30 Rob P
18:42:00 Will A, David Sp, Carys, Bob, Ed
18:42:30 Dan S, Jon, Lucy
18:43:00 Menai
18:43:30 Rhodri, Mark, Peter L
18:44:00 Abigail, Fred
18:44:30 Kate W, Anwen, Paul J
18:45:00 Arwel, Gareth J, Rhianwen, Gareth P
18:45:30 Suzi, Lisa P
18:46:00 Luke, Chris R, Mari W, Elen B, Tony B
18:46:30 Sioned, Lee
18:47:00 Duncan
18:47:30 Ceri D, Victoria, Alaw, Katy B
18:48:00 Catherine TJ, Rachael E, Rhian G-J, Phil
18:48:30 Rhian, P, Emma
18:49:00 Gareth, Hywel, Steve, Mel
18:49:30 Owen, David B
18:50:00 Adam, Mat
18:50:30 Vic, Aron
18:51:30 Brett, Glen
18:52:00 Dan J, Huw, Paul G
18:52:30 Joe,Tony W
18:53:30 Shaun
Note : Ron’s start time remains the same, but gets 5 minutes knocked off finish time

Running Points totals 6 results to count

Mel 67 6
Ed 58 6
Menai 66 6
Tony W 70 6
Peter L 71 6
David B 46 5
Lee 62 5
Rob P 62 5
Elen 47 4
Fred 53 4
Bob 51 4
Duncan 41 4
Anwen 37 4
Paul J 4 3
Gareth J 42 3
Katy B 38 3
Huw 23 3
Tony B 32 3
Lisa P 35 3
Rachael 14 3
Emma 30 3
Chris B 35 3
Dawn 25 2
Shaun 21 2
Aron 16 2
Lucy 17 2
Suzi 27 2
Phil H 23 2
Arwel 30 2
Vic 15 2
Sian P 10 1
Chris R 16 1
Gareth P 18 1
Ron 22 1
Dan J 6 1
Carys 23 1
Alison L 2 1
Paul G 1 1
Mark 7 1
Rhodri 2 1
Sarah B 16 1
David Sp 17 1
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June Handicap Results

Mainly open gates, no cows interfering with progress and recently cut grass made for big improvements in time. Many thanks to Rob P for getting these results collated. Dawn held off the ever improving Paul J to finish 1st. David B and Mel had a good battle on the second lap. From there on is was a tight finish.

Position Name Finish time Actual Time
1 Dawn 19:12:13 38:13
2 Paul J 19:13:14 31:14
3 David B 19:13:35 25:35
4 Mel 19:13:47 26:17
5 Ed 19:14:18 33:18
6 Lee 19:14:20 28:50
7 Shaun 19:14:23 21:23
8 Menai 19:14:27 31:57
9 Aron 19:14:38 24:38
10 Sian P 19:15:03 36:03
11 Elen B 19:15:06 29:06
12 Gareth J 19:15:07 30:07
13 Tony W 19:15:11 22:41
14 Lucy 19:15:12 32:42
15 Katy B 19:15:15 27:45
16 Chris R 19:15:25 29:25
17 Fred 19:15:54 31:24
18 Gareth P 19:16:05 30:05
19 Peter 19:16:25 31:55
20 Bob 19:16:26 33:26
21 Rob P 19:18:07 36:07
22 Ron 19:21:16 51:16
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June Handicap Start Times

Understandably, there are a number of people still not really comfortable with group runs and activities. As such, it is proposed that June can either be done individually or on the Tuesday. The window for individual efforts to open on Friday 28th May, and close on Tuesday 1st June at dusk.
The ‘official’ handicap race to take place on Tuesday 1st June.
The handicapper has given the start times below:
Start time Names
18:30:00 Mari J, Ron
18:31:00 Sue
18:32:00 Kath S, John L-T
18:33:00 Claire Sp, Rhian W-J, Meirion
18:34:00 Kath E, Caz, Alison, Dawn
18:35:00 Ruth, John G, Liz H
18:37:00 Gwenan, Jeff, Rebekah, Sarah
18:38:30 Ieuan, Julie, Kath Eds
18:39:00 Roger
18:41:00 Ed
18:41:30 Rob P
18:42:00 Will A, David Sp, Paul J, Carys
18:42:30 Dan S, Jon, Lucy, Menai
18:43:00 Bob N
18:43:30 Rhodri, Mark
18:44:00 Abigail
18:44:30 Kate W, Anwen, Fred, Peter L
18:45:00 Arwel, Gareth J, Rhianwen
18:45:30 Suzi, Lee, Lisa P
18:46:00 Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W, Elen B, Tony B
18:46:30 Sioned
18:47:00 Duncan
18:47:30 Ceri D, Victoria, Alaw, Katy B, Mel
18:48:00 Katy B, Catherine TJ, Rachael E, Rhian G-J, Phil, David B
18:48:30 Rhian, P, Emma
18:49:00 Gareth, Hywel, Steve
18:49:30 Owen
18:50:00 Adam, Mat, Aron E
18:50:30 Vic
18:51:30 Brett, Glen
18:52:00 Dan J, Huw, Paul G
18:52:30 Joe,Tony W
18:53:00 Shaun
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Handicap Results May ’21

 

The results for May are below with the current points totals in the table underneath.

Position Name Finish time
Position Paul J 19:12:30
Position Fred 19:14:02
Position Elen 19:14:13
Position Suzi 19:14:40
Position Tony W 19:15:06
Position Dan 19:15:11
Position Aron 19:15:16
Position Huw 19:15:30
Position Bob N 19:15:33
Position Tony B 19:15:39
Position Peter 19:15:44
Position Katy B 19:15:48
Position Duncan 19:15:49
Position Shaun 19:16:08
Position Lisa P 19:16:14
Position Rob P 19:16:24
Position Menai 19:16:26
Position Phil H 19:16:50
Position Melina 19:16:55
Position David B 19:16:59
Position Ed 19:17:01
Position Lee 19:17:10
Position Carys 19:17:26
Position Dawn 19:20:05

The leader is the person with the fewest points with five completed attempts. From next month (June) those with more than attempts can begin to drop their worst result.

Name Totals Attempts
Peter L 52 5
Ed 53 5
Tony W 57 5
Menai 58 5
Mel 63 5
Anwen 37 4
Duncan 41 4
Rob P 41 4
David B 43 4
Lee 56 4
Rachael 14 3
Huw 23 3
Emma 30 3
Bob 31 3
Tony B 32 3
Lisa P 35 3
Chris 35 3
Fred 36 3
Elen 36 3
Paul J 2 2
Vic 15 2
Katy B 23 2
Phil H 23 2
Suzi 27 2
Arwel 30 2
Gareth J 30 2
Paul G 1 1
Alison L 2 1
Rhodri 2 1
Lucy 3 1
Dan J 6 1
Aron 7 1
Mark 7 1
Shaun 14 1
Sarah B 16 1
David Sp 17 1
Carys 23 1
Dawn 24 1
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Handicap start times for May ’21

The next handicap will be available for running from First Light 30th April until dusk 3rd May ’21.  Some minor adjustments have been made from last month.

Names Start times
Mari J, Ron 18:30:00
Sue 18:31:00
Kath S, John L-T, Bronwen 18:32:00
Claire Sp, Rhian W-J, Meirion, 18:33:00
Helen D, Nicola, Kath E, Caz, Alison 18:34:00
Ruth, Andy M, John G, Liz H 18:35:00
Jess 18:36:00
Gwenan, Jeff, Dawn, Rebekah, Sarah 18:37:00
Ieuan, Julie, Kath Eds 18:38:30
Roger 18:39:30
Paul J 18:39:00
Will A, David Sp 18:42:00
Dan S, Jon, Rob, Lucy 18:42:30
Bob, Ed 18:43:00
Rhodri, Mark, Fred, Menai 18:43:30
Carys, Abigail, Ian J 18:44:00
Kate W Anwen, 18:44:30
Arwel, Peter L, Gareth J, Elen, Suzi, Rhianwen 18:45:00
Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W 18:46:00
Sioned, Tony B, Lisa 18:46:30
Ceri D, Victoria, Duncan, Alaw, Lee 18:47:30
Katy B, Catherine TJ, Rachael E, Rhian G-J 18:48:00
Rhian, P, Emma 18:48:30
Gareth, Hywel, Steve, Mel 18:49:00
Owen, Phil 18:49:30
Adam, Mat, David B 18:50:00
Vic 18:50:30
Brett, Glen 18:51:30
Dan J, Huw, Paul G 18:52:00
Joe,Tony W 18:52:30
Shaun 18:54:00
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April ’21 Handicap Results

Well done to the 18 participants this month. Drying fields should have meant faster times but the pesky cattle slowed a few people down. Congratulations to Paul, Alison and Lucy on their podium finishes.

Name Start time Actual time Finish time
Paul J 18:36:00 33:37 19:09:37
Alison L 18:33:00 41:27 19:14:27
Lucy 18:42:00 32:49 19:14:49
Mel 18:48:30 27:04 19:15:34
Phil H 18:49:00 26:50 19:15:50
Menai 18:43:30 32:22 19:15:52
Huw 18:52:00 24:02 19:16:02
Bob 18:43:00 33:16 19:16:16
Rob P 18:42:30 33:56 19:16:26
Arwel 18:45:00 31:34 19:16:34
Peter L 18:45:00 31:36 19:16:36
Ed 18:43:00 33:37 19:16:37
Gareth J 18:45:00 32:20 19:17:20
Anwen 18:45:00 32:39 19:17:39
Lee 18:47:30 30:13 19:17:43
Tony W 18:54:00 23:53 19:17:53
Lisa P 18:47:30 30:41 19:18:11
Tony B 18:47:30 35:45 19:23:15
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Tuesday 6th April 2021 Start List

6.30 pm Mari J, Ron.

6.31 pm Diane, Sue

6.32 Kath S, John L-T, Bronwen

6.33 Claire Sp, Rhian WJ, Meirion, Alison

6.34.00 Helen D, Nicola, LittleKath, Caz

6.35.00 Ruth,  Andy M, John G, Dizzy Liz

6.36.00 Paul J, Jess

6.37.00  Gwenan,  Jeff, Dawn, Rebekah, Sarah

6.38.30 Ieuan, Julie, Katherine E

6.39.30 Roger

6.42.oo  Will A, David Sp, Lucy

6.42.30 Dan S, Jon, Rob

6.43.00 Bob, Ed

6.43.30 Rhodri, Mark, Fred, Menai

6.44.00 Carys, Ian J, Abigail

6.44.30 Ruari, Gerwyn, Kate W

6.45.00 Arwel, Peter L, Gareth J, Anwen, Elen, Suzi, Rhianwen

6.46.00 Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W

6.46.30 Sioned

6.47.30 Ceri D, Victoria, Duncan, Tony B, Alaw, Lee, Lisa

6.48.00 Katy B, Catherine TJ, Rhian G.J, Rachael E

6.48.30 Rhian P, Emma, Mel

6.49.00 Gareth, Hywel, Phil, Steve

6.49.30 Owen

6.50.00 Adam, Mat, David B

6.50.30 Vic

6.51.30 Brett, Glenn

6.52.00 Dan J, Huw, Paul G

6.52.30 Joe

6.54.00 Tony W, Shaun

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