The second weekend in September saw Harriers travelling all over the Uk to Race by foot & cycle.
Five Harriers made the long journey to Newcastle to race the Great North Run – this is the largest half marathon (13.1miles) in the Uk with 43000 runners. Ian Matthews was the first Harrier back in 3101st place. He described the race as hot & sweaty but the atmosphere was brilliant and the organisation was first class.
Closer to home, Emma Richards completed her first marathon- a trail event in the New Forest where the final 13.1 miles were hilly but doable for Emma. She was pleased to finish in 4.25 – an excellent time for her first marathon.
Richard Alford took on a two wheel challenge in Exeter on Saturday – the Moor2Sea Sportive which is the second part of the three Counties cycle challenge. Unfortunately, this didn’t go to plan due to the signage being tampered with. A number of cyclists got lost including Richard. Despite this, he made it to the finish & will be able to achieve the three Counties cycle challenge by completing the Lands End 100 next month. Richard commented that Just Events did everything they could to try & solve this issue as soon as they knew about it & get everybody back onto the correct route.
Nearer to home, on the Sunday morning, 6 Mounts Bay Harriers took on the Bude Pirate run, the second race in the multi-terrain series. This hilly coastal trail with an elevation of 1200ft saw 250 runners head out of Bude. Dee Mclean led the Harriers home with an impressive 71 minutes, this time giving her 7th lady and 2nd in her age group. Chasing Dee home was her husband Luke McLean with Nicky Morse 3rd Harrier back. The next Harriers home were Jackie Morse and George and Greta Andrews.
Finally, also in Cornwall, six Harriers were with over 220 runners who took part in the Porthtowan 10k, the last of Freedon Racing’s ‘Summer Series’ The race started & finished on Porthtown beach, and mainly followed coast path. The route went via Chapel Porth & up to St Agnes Beacon. It was a tough multi-terrain course, including a 193m climb to the top of St Agnes Beacon. The difficult course was made worthwhile by the stunning scenery. Mark Worledge was the first Harrier back in 54.02, 14th overall. Ruth Glover was the First Lady Harrier back and 6th lady overall with a course pb for her of over 7 minutes.
Great North Run Results-
Ian Matthews- 1.45.57
Sarah Leggo – 2.02.58
Simon Blackburn- 2.18.36
Sue Matthews- 2.19.22
Chantal McLennan – 2.28.52
Porthtowan 10k Results
Mark Worledge- 54.02
Michael Rooney- 1.00,47
Ruth Glover- 1.03.23
Kevin Silverthorn 1.12.43
Michelle Dyer – 1.15.58
Sandra Treleven – 1.27.09
Below left – Harriers at Bude – George Andrews, Greta Andrews, Dee & Luke McLean & Jackie & Nicky Morse
Below right- Harriers at Porthtowan – Michael Rooney, Ruth Glover, Sandra Treleven, Michelle Dyer & Mark Worledge