The summer months are packed with races & the Harriers have been out & about at various events recently.
In Hampshire, Gary Richards had a brilliant day at Race to the King. This ultra race of 53.5 miles (55 on most watches) ends at Winchester Cathedral. On a very hot Saturday, Gary completed this in 9 hours 2 mins giving him 12th place overall. Gary commented that there were a lot of hills and challenges but he enjoyed the event.
Sunday 24 June saw five Harriers take part in Torbay half Marathon. On another very hot day, they took on this tough course with some unexpected hills, all Harriers that took part said that everyone was really friendly and encouraging along the course.
Even though Paul Angove had raced on Friday night at Polzeath 10k, he still managed to do a good time of 1:46.
After not racing for a couple of months both Heidi Swaby and Nigel Sims ran well. Nigel had said before the race started he was going to take it easy but ended up doing a time of 1:36, which he was really pleased with.
Ruth Glover said she was pleased with her sub 2 hour time (1:50) as she was running with tired legs after a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon and a Sprint triathlon in the previous weeks.
Julie Bolitho finished off a week of racing with a strong run.
Further afield at Cholmondley Castle near Crewe, Richard Alford did his first middle distance triathlon. This consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles on the bike finishing with a half marathon. Richards aim was to finish under 6 hours & he was pleased to finish in 5 hours 44 minutes.
Finally, closer to home, Saturday 30th June saw the Smugglers Scuttle off road race consisting of 13 miles on the coast path from Lands End to Cape Cornwall & back. Five Harriers raced on a very hot day making tough conditions even tougher. Part of the race rules involve collecting items en route to liven up the event! Tom Berryman was the first Harrier home in 2.23.20.
Torbay Half Marathon results
Nigel Sims – 1:37:39
Paul Angove – 1:46:41
Ruth Glover – 1:50:25
Heidi Swaby – 2:18:09
Julie Bolitho 2:38:45
Smugglers Scuttle Results
Tom Berryman 2.23.20
Gary Richards – 2.29.51
Emma Richards- 3.07.30
Rebecca Wilding- 3.07,30
Claire Backhouse – 3.53.30
Below Gary Richards at Race To The kings