With marathon season now upon us it was a sure bet that a contingent of Harriers would be at Wolverhampton on Sunday 03rd September to tackle the Carver Half Marathon and Carver 10k races.
The green and gold were well represented in the near 1,000 field of runners who were all ready to take on the 13.1 miles (half marathon) and 6.2miles (10k) of streets and parks that Wolverhampton had to offer.
The event, which had a revamp for 2018, consisted of Five events including the half marathon, Banks's 10km run, Cousins' 20k and 10k cycle events, the Callprint Walk in the Park and Paycare Mini Marathon.
Harriers had runners competing in both the half marathon and 10k races, both of which started just outside the gates of West Park. The half marathon kicked off at 9:50 with just under 500 runners heading away from West Park and into the streets of Wolverhampton and running along side the city canal.
An undulating route and differing terrain made for a great race and with the weather being kind there were plenty of opportunities for some much desired PBs and top positing finishes.
First Harrier home was Michael Smith in a new PB time of 1:27.44 and securing 18th place, closely followed by Victor Bennett who crossed the line in 33rd place in a time of 1:34.08 and securing 3rd in his age category.
First lady Harrier over the line was Nicki Atkins in 1:42.02 and securing an amazing 1st place in her age category as well as a course PB.
The fantastic results didn't stop there with our runners showing some great spirit as they entered the finish at West Park. Our other finishers were:
Robert Friel - 1:41.18 (new PB), 69th place
Paul Ruscoe - 1:48.06 (new PB), 130th place Gus Erlandson - 1:48.25 (new PB), 136th place
Matt Giles - 1:53.20 (new PB), 174th place
Sonia Edmonds - 2:20.09 and 372nd place
Paula Johnston - 2:5716 and 453rd place
Starting slightly later, the Banks 10k featured a few Harriers running, with times as follows:
Richard Palmer - 48:00 and 41st place
Darren Fawke - 1:02.40 and 215th place
Marie Ruscoe - 1:42.59 and 379th place.
Every single Harrier taking part in both races did themselves, and the club, proud. The support from every runner was amazing with those early finishers sticking around to support other runners coming over the fine in true Harriers family style.
Here are a few images from the day.