Busy Weeks Racing for the Harriers

Updated: Sep 25, 2018

Another very busy weekends racing for the Telford Harriers saw runners compete in multiple races across the Midlands. Here is our race report from this weekend which included ultras, 10k races and relays.

Bridge to bridge via Port

Bridge to Bridge is a relay for 4 people measuring a 34 mile trail run along the river Severn & Staffs & Worcs Canal.

Harriers entered one team consisting of Louise Bromley, Stacey Hawkins, Catherine Wilson and James Wilson and were looking to rank highly in this brilliant event.

Runners were self-supported with three check points along the way at approximately 8, 14 and 24 miles where the relay runners changed over.

Our team did amazingly well coming home to grab 1st place in the mixed teams and 3rd place overall. Our runners times were as follows:

Leg 1 - 1:00.20

Leg 2 - 55:56

Leg 3 - 1:27.40

Leg 4 -1:16.40

Final running time was 4:50.25

Midland Counties Road Relays - Sutton ParkA firm favourite in the race calendar, the Sutton Park relays took place on Saturday 22nd September and saw 5 teams of enthusiastic Harriers make the short trip to Sutton Coalfield to take part.

Telford Harriers at Sutton Park Relays

This event runs every year and forms part of regional events across the UK. Those teams who qualify make the National Combined Road Relay Finals which is hosted back at Sutton Park several weeks later.

We entered five teams in total, 3 ladies teams and 2 mes teams. The ladies, which consisted of 4 runners, covered 4.33kilometres and the mens team, consisting of 6 runners, covered 5.88kilometres.

All of our teams put in solid performances and came in as follows:

Ladies Results

Ladies Team 3 Getting Ready

Team 1: 61st out of 103 teams Nicola Atkins - 19.31 Lisa Yeomans - 21.17 Sam McLelland - 21.23 Kerry Richardson - 20.45

Team 2: 84th out of 103 teams Kelly Kempin - 22.20 Stephanie Egleston - 22.40 Elysia Gapper - 22.07 Tink Brasenell - 24.50

Team 3: 98th out of 103 teams Joanne Jackson 27.23 Tania Willoughby 25.34 Emma Ward 27.14 Marie Mason 24.36

Mens Results:

Team 1: 88th out of 105 teams Michael Smith - 21.49 Jon Sonia Edmonds - 24.38 Andy Pigg - 23.58 Robert Friel - 27.13 Andrew Dippie - 25.08 Jamie Cwdrll - 26.32

Team 2: Incomplete team Andrew Buckle - 25.52 Phil Shieber - 30.45 Simon Aries - 31.07 Paul Ruscoe - 27.41

Brewood 10k - The WoggleThe Brewood 10K is a road race staged each September around the beautiful village of Brewood in South Staffordshire. The event is becoming legendary for its post race tea, coffee and homemade cakes!!

Harriers Ready to take on Brewood 10k

Starting on the field outside St Dominics School runners are guided out to the main street in Brewood and out into the country roads of South Staffordshire before returning into the village via a short but steep hill and a flat sprint finish into the high street finish line.

Harriers were well represented in this local race and there were plenty of opportunities for some PB times on this undulating course. First Harrier home in a fantastic 4th place was Dean Aston in a PB time of 37:47. Our other runners recorded times as follows:

Michael Smith - 38:01 - NEW 10K PB - 5th Place

Victor Bennett - 40:40

Jon Edmonds - 43:48

Rob Friel - 45:57

Gus Erlandson - 46:42 - NEW 10K PB

Nicki Atkins - 47:04 - NEW 10K PB

Paul Ruscoe - 47:12 - NEW 10K PB

Jamie Cowdrll - 47:17

Matt Giles - 47:42 - NEW 10K PB

Lisa Yeomans - 48:26

Stephanie Egleston - 52:36 - NEW 10K PB

Paul McGee - 54:25 - NEW 10K PB

Suzanne Steadman - 56:00 - NEW 10K PB

Kelly Kempin - 56:46

Kim Chatfield - 56:46

Tink Brasenall - 57:49 - NEW 10K PB

Sonia Edmonds - 1:01.18

Tania Willoughby - 1:02.02

Hannah Bandy - 1:02.13

Emma Ward - 1:10.00

Joanne Jackson - 1:10.00

Cynthia Lewis - 1:18.38

Marie Ruscoe - 1:40.00

*Photos copyright Jev166 (Flickr Gallery)

*All times are unofficial until confirmed by the race director.

Stafford 10kA huge 1980 runners took to the start at this years Stafford 10k on Sunday with the green and gold well represented by 9 runners. This is a very popular race where runners take on the 6.2miles of course which loops from Market Square, past Stafford Leisure Centre, through Isabel Trail and Victoria Park and returning to a bulging town centre full of supporters.

The Mayor of Stafford, councillor Ray Barron, was one of the many to turn out in support and helped kick off the event which started at 10am on this damp Sunday morning.

First Harrier home was Chris Doran in 52nd place and recording a time of 40:36 with first lady Harrier home being Kelly MacKay in 594th place with a time of 52:35 and a new PB!

Other finishers were as follows:

Melissa Williams - 58:54, 1011th

Laura Maguire - 59:06 - NEW 10K PB

Cheryl Thacker - 59:34, 1082nd - NEW 10K PB

Sarah Smith - 1:01.32, 1188th - NEW 10K PB

Fern Millard - 1:15.25, 1826th

Lisa Butler - 1:15.26, 1827th

Equinox24Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop around the picturesque Belvoir Castle Estate against the clock. Runners can enter to run solo or in a team of 2-8 and is an exhilarating race, testing and rewarding with a great atmosphere.

Harriers took a team of 5 runners to compete in the 24 hour event consisting of Stephen Davies, Darren Fawke, Mandy Webb, Mike Webb and Angela Crawford who were all ready to tackle this gruelling event which provided hills, lakes and multi-terrain hazards only the best courses offer.

Darren Fawke led the Harriers team off at 12 midday on a wet and cold Saturday, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of our runners as one after the other each member hit the 10k course to do their bit for the team.

Our Equinox team managed 20 laps in 23:56.00 placing 70th out of 135 team. Mike Webb ran 50k and even doing back to back night runs. Mandy Webb also managed 50k during the time frame with Stephen Davies clocking 40k and recorded his best 10k time for nearly 3 years at 45:11 on a very hilly course. Angela and Darren both ran 3 legs and competed 30k.

Despite the weekends weather being wet and cold our team put in the hard work and thoroughly enjoyed themselves flying the flag for the green and gold. An impromptu fireworks display added to the fun and festivities on the final day topping things off perfectly and ending another amazing weekend of Harriers running.




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