In another relatively quiet race weekend the majority of our green and gold runners looked to Parkrun to keep themselves sharp. With that being said, a few of our runners still managed to enter some races along the way which included a small team at the Women's Midlands XC meet.
Telford 5k Parkrun
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Telford's race is a firm favourite with the Harriers and is staged at the beautiful Telford Town Park every Saturday morning at 9am.
Several Harriers turned up bright and early on a chilly Saturday morning to take on the 5k course and push for new PBs. Our runners came home as follows:
Michael Smith - 17:55 - New Parkrun PB
Andy Pigg - 19:36 - New Parkrun PB
Kelly Mackay - 25:05 - New Parkrun PB
Kim Chatfield - 25:11 - New Parkrun PB
Mark Rogers - 25:23 - New Parkrun PB
Sue Price - 37:45 - New Parkrun PB
A fantastic effort from all our runners, with each and every one of them setting Parkrun PB's!
The Cheshire 10k is staged at Arley Hall. This is a fast road race which starts and finishes at the beautiful Arley Hall with the course taking participants around the surrounding rural roads.
The Cheshire 10k is officially one of the fastest 10k races in the UK so everyone was hungry for a PB.
Harriers were represented by Gus Erlandson and Christina O'Brian, both looking to secure a good time for the race.
Although the ground was wet, the sun was also shining and the conditions were good for racing.
Gus ran a fantastic race, securing a new PB with a time of 46:07 and securing 3rd place in his category.
Christina came home in 48:26 and although not a PB she still put in a fantastic run.
Mad Jacks 5 Miler
This corker of a race is a joint venture between Shrewsbury AC and the National Trust. Now in its eleventh year, the race is set in the extensive grounds of the National Trust’s Attingham Park and is a multi-terrain course is approximately 5 miles in length.
Harriers were represented by Chris Doran, who despote suffering from a cold, suited up in his green and gold and trail shoes to tacking this hard course.
Cjhris did the Harrier proud, securing 3rd in his age category and covering the course in a fantastic 34:01.
Thats time secured Chris 26th overall position, an awesome run over a tough course.
Photo Credit: Gareth Bellamy
Midland Women's Cross Country League - Race 1
In the first race of the Women's league, Harriers were able to field a single team of 3 runners in division 2.
A record 465 runners completed this years course at Coundon Hall Park, Coventry all of who dug in and braved the mud.
Our team were focused and worked hard to secure some good times as follows:
94th - Vic Doran: 28:35
122nd - Lisa Yeomans: 29:47
217th - Hannah Bandy: 35:47
These results put the team in 21st position on the league and a base to push forward from at the next meet on 1st December at Welcombe Hills, Stratford upon Avon.
Another close to a weekends of racing and we look forward to next weekend and another of racing!!