Relay Good Harriers 04.10.2017

This week Richmond and Zetlands athletes took on the DT40 trail race over hill and bog, school fell racing championships, parkruns, trail 10 milers and 10k’s and even a spot of relay running for the start of the cross country season.

The DT40 is a trail race run over the marathon distance and with over 3000 ft of ascent near Semerwater and with a large number of our athletes represented, it was always going to be a very competitive race. Tony Lambert was our first runner to finish in 5th and the 2nd V40 runner (3:33:45), with Julian Simpson in 8th (3:52:47) and the 3rd V40 runner, next was Steve Sadler in 12th and the top V50 runner (04:05:00), Rachel Ross-Russell in 21st, the 3rd lady and the top V40 lady (04:27:44) and Simon Withers in a very respectful 45th (04:55:41). In the cumulative results for the Grand Slam of three events in the series again our runners were in the prizes. Julian Simpson was 5th overall and the 2nd V40 runner, Steve Sadler was 13th overall and the 2nd V50 runner, Simon Withers was 22nd overall and Rachel Ross-Russell was 35th overall, the 3rd lady and the top V40 lady runner.

Kyle Rabjohn had an excellent win at the Snape 5k fun run (24:43), followed by another good run from Josh Hammett in 3rd (25:38), Callum Crisp just off the podium in 5th (25:04), Tom O’Mahoney just behind in 7th (27:30), Shannon Robinson was 30th and the 1st girl (30:02), Thomas Greer was 35th (34:06), Maisy Squires running well for the 2nd girl in 16th (34:11) and Olivia Briggs in 34th (36:50). The senior race also had a Richmond ring about it with Rob Scott winning comfortably (34:48), James Greer was 9th (42:16), Sarah Gregory in 34th and the 5th lady (48:40), Pauline Whittaker in 43rd (51:35), Ian Hepworth in 45th (52:23, 4th V60), Ryan Greer was 55th (54:48), Michelle Hammett in 71st (58:59), Rebecca Squires in 103rd (1:15:05) and Karen Greer in 104th in the same time.

Nicki Buckett and Natalie Wood ran the Harrogate Haverah Trail Race run over 10 miles of testing terrain to include the odd bog or two for fun and both had great runs, with Nicki finishing in 151st (1:58:59) and Natalie in 177th (2:30:54).

Harry Robson went to do his first half Iron Man at Hever Castle, to include a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride and the small matter of a half marathon at the end and finished in a superb 7 hours and 4 minutes.

Daniel Francis and George McCowie competed at the English Schools fell running championships held at Giggleswick school, with Daniel finishing in an impressive 17th (20:11) and George not far behind in 41st (22:10).

The traditional start to the cross country season was held again at Thirsk on the flats with an excellent turn out from our athletes both junior and senior. Ollie Middleton led the line-up in the first race of the U11 boys and was an excellent 8th (07:45). The U13 boys team finished in 2nd in their race and were represented by Tom O’Mahoney (06:43), Ali Chisholm (07:47) and Joshua Hammett (06:43). The girls U13 team went one better and stormed to victory and had Holly McCowie (07:04), Alana Teasdale (06:48 and the quickest leg overall) and Shannon Robinson (07:09) in the team. The same result was produced by the U15 boys team of Charlie Stephenson (06:06), Ralph Chisholm (06:44) and Kyle Rabjohn on the last leg (05:37, overall quickest leg).

In the senior ladies we had 3 teams representing the club out of a field of 15 teams. The A team were 3rd in a very close race with just over 30 seconds dividing the top 3, Jo Adams (13:16 and overall quickest leg), Chloe Dalton (15:22) and Laura Kirkham (15:01). They were followed by the first of our vet teams in a superb 4th, Lucy Goundry led (15:19), followed by Stephanie Stephenson (14:52) and Pauline Whittaker (17:21). Our 2nd vet ladies team was 9th and had Diane Adkins leading of (19:58), followed by Jane Hack (19:39) and Shona Fletcher on the last leg (15:04).

The men's race had a huge field of 23 teams with Richmond and Zetland winning and with 3 out of the 4 teams entered in the top 5 (the other was 11th). The men's A team were led off by captain Rob Scott (11:10), Reece Dalton on leg 2 (11:11), Josh Lincoln on leg 3 (12:18) and the returning Marc Scott on the last leg (11:01). This team took the win comfortably by nearly 2 and a half minutes. Our next very young team was a fantastic 4th made up of one U20 and the rest U17 runners. Luke Hack led (12:02), followed by Matthew Lambert (12:29), Jake Stephenson (11:42) and Lewis Moore (13:45). Hot on their heels in 5th were the slightly more mature team of V40’s who were only 3 seconds behind in the end. They had Greg MacDonald as lead runner (12:33), next was Carl Jones (12:28), Lee Davies (12:30) and Jeremy Pattison (12:32). Our final team of Steve Middleton (13:16), Ronnie Corbett (13:26), Anthony Jefford (13:23) and Dave Hack (12:49) also put in a sterling performance in 11th.

Ken Harker ran at Darlington parkrun and finished in 4th (18:37), Donna Riddler was 19th and the 2nd lady 19:47) at Fountains Abbey parkrun and Diane Adkins ran at Sedgefield parkrun finishing in 153rd (29:14).

In other news Josh Lincoln was seen to be trying out for next season's track team during the relays as the heir apparent to Dave Hack in the 110m hurdles. Some fantastic results all round from all our athletes that competed for the cub this weekend from junior right the way up to senior on all formats of running.