I hope everyone has had a great summer and you are feeling fully recharged for the racing season ahead! In between all the rest and relaxation there was plenty of running going on and there are some really fantastic achievements to report on. Also, it seems that some Harriers couldn’t resist popping their running shoes in their suitcases, you know, just in case there happens to be a local race…..
First up, our Harrier triathletes were in action on Sunday 2nd July. The Croyde Ocean Triathlon involved a 1.5km ocean swim at Putsborough sands, a 40km bike course through glorious Devon countryside out towards Ilfracombe and a 12km demanding and hilly off road run. Well done to Graham Willis who finished in 2.34.58 (S 22.46, B 1.15.43, R 51.45).
The Langport Sprint Triathlon involved a 400m swim in Huish Leisure outdoor pool, a 22.5km challenging bike leg to Somerton and back and 5km multi terrain run. The results were as follows:
Alan Ledger 1.14.26 (S 6.05, B 42.38, R 22.48)
Len O’Connell 1.24.24 (S 11.34, B 45.22, R 23.10) 4th in age group.
Hannah Brown 1.33.20 (S 10.19, B 51.01, R 28.45)
The 4th round of the Run the Exe 5k series took place on Tuesday 4th July and we had 5 Harriers racing. The results were:
Alan Ledger 19.59
Phil Spencer 21.29
Richard Kemp 21.58
Len O’Connell 22.19 3rd M60+
Jeff Curd 22.41
The Erme Valley Relays took place on Friday 7th July and the Harriers entered 5 teams in total, 4 men’s teams and 1 ladies team. This event proved as popular as ever with over 120 teams taking part. The teams consisted of 4 runners who each ran a 2.5 mile leg on country roads. Congratulations to the ladies team which consisted of, Serane Stone, Lauren Burd, Helen Kirby and Jasmine Stone who came away with first place ladies team. The results were:
Senior Men’s team 1 – 9th overall
Rory Carr 14.31
Simon White 14.02
Christian Hewitt 13.48
Jordan Hewitt 13.53
Senior Men’s team 2 – 15th overall
Ben Stone 15.02
Alan Ledger 16.14
Chris Gill 14.15
Richard Potter 15.13
Senior Ladies – 1st ladies team
Serane Stone 14.30
Lauren Burd 16.47
Helen Kirby 16.34
Jasmine Stone 15.56
Men’s Vet 40 team – 6th team in age category
Kerry Roberts 15.05
Richard Kemp 17.36
Phil Spencer 17.05
James Morrison 16.43
Men’s Vet 50 team – 8th team in age category
Walter Andrews 17.53
Jeff Curd 17.49
Len O’Connell 17.29
Luke Holway 17.35
Well done to everyone that took part and thanks again to Helen Kirby for organising the relay teams.
Saturday 8th July saw the Ham and Lyme 50k take place along the stunning Liberty Trail, which runs from Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset to Lyme Regis in Dorset. This sounds like a very scenic race, for those who are interested in reading more about it, Matthew Melksham has previously written a blog for us about this event which can be found here. Well done to Ben and Matthew who’s results were as follows:
Ben Stone (6th overall) 5.05
Matthew Melksham 6.42
Also taking place on 8th July was the Otter Rail and River Run 10k, a flattish multi terrain race alongside the River Otter through the scenic Otter Valley and along the disused Sidmouth railway line.
Serane Stone (1st lady) 40.46
Lauren Burd 48.23
Mary Humphries, 1.01 (1st F65)
Great running from the 3 ladies that took part and a fab picture of Serane receiving her award from Jeremy Vine!
Last but not least for this weekend of running, Hannah Brown took part in the Salomon Sunset Series 10k at Ashton Court in Bristol. Hannah completed this trail run in 58.27.
The Harrier triathletes were out in force once again on a hot and sunny July morning on Sunday 9th July. The Honiton Sprint Triathlon involved a 400m swim, 20k bike and a scenic 5k multi terrain run out of Honiton, over the River Otter and up into Combe Hill Woods before heading through the Otter Valley and back to the finish.
The results were:
Barney Bell 1.04.24 (S 7.36, B 45.01, R 1.04.24)
Alan Ledger 1.07.22 (S 6.29, B 45.31, R 1.07.22)
Kerry Roberts 1.12.22 (S 10.59, B 52.23, R 1.12.22)
Rose Partridge – 4th V40 lady 1.16.51 (S 9.44, B 51.10, R 1.16.51)
Terry Fullick 1.29.43 (S 10.17, B 58.38, R 1.29.43)
Well done to everyone who took part.
Meanwhile back on the Brecon Beacon, James Morrison was running in the Pen y Fan Race. This was a 3.5 mile race with 1,930ft ascent. James came 54th out of 96, in a time of 53:09.
The Chudleigh Carnival Road Race took place on the evening of Friday 14th July. This is a fun but challenging 6 mile hilly road race which takes place during Chudleigh carnival week. Well done to John Dean who finished in 45.54 and came 4th in his age category.
Richard Kemp and Luke Holway undertook to run 18 miles on Saturday 15th July in the Blackdown Beauty. This is a self navigated run through the countryside around the Blackdown Hills and takes in 4 pubs and a cream tea stop. Richard and Luke got a little lost and ended up running over 20 miles in a time of 4 hours 12 minutes.
Later that evening was the Haytor Heller. This is a very tough and challenging 6 mile off road race which is not for the fainthearted as the race involves several steep ascents and descents and is run across rugged, open moorland. Well done to James, Teresa and Walter, results were:
James Morrison 55:33
Walter Andrews 1hr00:57
Teresa Butchers 1hr17:35
I understand Walter took a bit of a tumble so especially well done to him for getting around in that time!
The City Runs Exeter 10k took place on the evening of Wednesday 19th July. This is a 2 lap flat run on the footpaths and cycle paths around the River Exe and Exeter Canal. There were some great results from the 4 Harriers that took part and congratulations to Serane for coming 1st lady. Results were:
Serane Stone 37.17 (1st lady)
Tamsin Phelvin 49.19 (PB)
Hannah Brown 54.06
Terry Fullick 58.33
James Morrison was once again in the Brecon Beacons for the Waun Fach Fell Race on Saturday 22nd July. Another challenging fell run for James, this time 7 miles and 2,000 ft of ascent. Well done to James who finished a minute faster than last year and came 59th in a time of 1hr 06.38.
Ben Stone came away with a 4th place at the 10k(ish) Dalwood Fair multi terrain race on Sunday 23rd July. Well done to Ben who completed the tough, hilly course in 44.30.
Speaking of tough events, a huge well done must go to Graham Willis on his truly impressive performance at the Outlaw Triathlon which took place in Nottingham on 23rd July. The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Graham finished this epic challenge in a total time of 10hrs 07mins 6secs. The swim was completed in 1.07.42, bike in 5.22.35 and finished off with a 3.28.19 run. Graham was 35th male and 6th in his category.
The following weekend saw just the one race on Saturday 29th July and one Harrier competitor. The Tywardreath Trotter is a 7 mile multi terrain race held on the south coast of mid Cornwall. Well done to Kevin Butt who finished in 55.34.
Tuesday 1st August was the penultimate race in the Run Exe Summer 5k Series. The final race is on Tuesday 5th September. The results were:
Jordan Hewitt 17.11
Kerry Roberts 18.49
Will Spencer 19.51
Luke Holway 21.07
Len O’Connell 21.24
Phil Spencer 21.38
Richard Kemp 21.42
Jeff Curd 22.09
Great running from everyone who took part.
A new race, the Greenbow Straight 8 took place on Saturday 5th August. This is an 8 mile point to point race from Starcross to Exeter Quay along the cycle paths. Tamsin Phelvin finished in 1.07.28.
The Cotwsolds Lake 62 Triathlon took place the following day on 6th August and we had 2 Harriers completing the 1.5k swim, 41k bike and 9k cross country run. Well done to Richard and Hannah whose results were:
Richard Potter 2.35.58 (S 30.04, B 1.21.25, R 40.55)
Hannah Brown 2.58.09 (S 38.56, B 1.27.05, R 49.07)
The fell racing results just kept on coming from James Morrison this summer who ran on Dartmoor on the Saturday and Brecon Beacons on the Sunday! Well done to James who completed Marilyn’s Meldon Madness (was Great West Fell Race) on Dartmoor, a 5 mile race with 1,360ft of ascent. James came 10th out of 53 in 47:33. The next days Brecon Beacons Fell Race was 19 miles with 4,500ft of ascent and James came 21st out of 59 in 3hrs53:37. A great weekend of running from James.
3 Harriers took part in the penultimate race in the Yeovil Summer 5k Series on Wednesday 9th August (final race is on Wednesday 13th September) and ran some impressive times on this fast, flat course:
Serane Stone 17.54
Kerry Roberts 18.49
Lauren Burd 20.02
Great running from Serane, Kerry and Lauren.
Meanwhile over in Florida, Jamie Tinniswood obviously got bored of relaxing in the sunshine as he ran the Cape Coral Sizzler 5k on Saturday 12th of August where it was reported to be 28 degrees at 7am! Well done to Jamie who finished in 18.43 which placed him 6th overall out of 190 and first in his age category.
On the same day back in sunny England, James Morrison completed the Sticklepath Horseshoe Fell Race on Dartmoor. The race was over 9.6miles with 1,700ft of ascent. James finished in 1hr36:10, which placed him 13th out of 47 starters. James returned to the Brecon Beacons the following weekend on Saturday 19th August, completing the Four Fans Fell Race. James finished this 11.2 mile course which takes in 3940 ft of ascent in 2.30.44 which placed him 18th out of 38.
Hannah Brown was back in action on Sunday 20th August at the Torbay 10k. This is a mostly flat 10k with a few undulating hill sections and takes place as part of Torbay Regatta week. Well done to Hannah who finished in 51.21.
The Great Escape Half Marathon took place on Dartmoor on Saturday 26th August. This race starts in Princetown along a downhill route with a couple of technical uphillls. The route crosses the head of the Erme Valley before a long descent into South Brent. Well done to Simon White who finished 3rd overall in a time of 1.41.09.
The half marathon season kicked off with the Severn Bridge Half Marathon on Sunday 27th August. The run promises stunning views, sea air and scenic country lanes. Well done to Richard Potter who finished in an impressive time of 1.34.11.
Last but not least Luke and Richard took part in the Jurassic Coast 10k, a multi terrain race along the seafront, river, coastal paths and rural lanes. Their results were:
Luke Holway 52.00
Richard Kemp 53.38
Well done to everyone who raced this summer and good luck to everyone training for half marathons and marathons over the autumn months. Just to finish, I will leave you with the Parkrun times for July and August where we saw PB’s from Jay Andrews, Matt Prisk, Terry Fullick (twice!), Len O’Connell and Harrison Stone – great running.
Christian Hewitt 18.53
Jeff Curd 23.15
Mary Humphries 28.04
Ruby Bingham 28.17
Charles Piper 28.58
Luke Holway 27.41
Charles Piper 29.21
Longrun Meadow Parkrun
Hannah Brown 25.10
Matt Prisk 19.10 PB (8th overall)
Leonard O’Connell 21.18 PB
Jeff Curd 23.03
Mary Humphries 27.27
Terry Fullick 27.35 PB
Jay Andrews 19.17 (PB)
Jeff Curd 23.29
Theresa Butchers 29.01
Jeff Curd 22.08
Tim Felton 24.53
Terry Fullick 27.04 PB
Mary Humphries 27.05
Jeff Curd 22.31
Tim Felton 24.13
Luke Holway 24.37
David Wood 26.55
Mary Humphries 28.08
Christian Hewitt 18.14 (4th overall)
Jeff Curd 22.57
Mary Humphries 27.07
Hannah Brown 26.01
Longrun Meadow Parkrun
Serane Stone 18.41
Lauren Burd 20.21
Christian Hewitt 18.43
Kat Humphreys 22.29
Teresa Butchers 28.59
Alan Ledger 20.45
Tamsin Phelvin 24.06
Christian Hewitt 18.37
Alan Ledger 20.33
Leonard O’Connell 21.36
Ben & Harrison Stone 25.47 (PB for Harrison)
David Wood 27.01
Terry Fullick 27.12
Teresa Butchers 28.31