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Holmfirth Harriers & Huddersfield Parkrun - Sea of Amber day - 22nd October 2011


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On the 22nd October 2011, the organizers of Parkrun at Greenhead Park gave permission for us to have a Harrier takeover day. The intention being as many club members as possible to take part in the event amber running vests and if new try the event for the first time.


There was a large turnout of 56 Holmfirth Harriers on the day which swelled the parkrun numbers to 175 runners....which smashed the course record. It was fantastic to see so many amber vests of all ages and abilities in the running pack.


The 5km course record was taken to a new peak by Matthew Pierson with an amazing run time of 15.19....a marker that was only put in place following Dave Turnbull’s efforts of 15:43 just two weeks earlier.


Furthermore the ladies course record was smashed by Katie Walshaw on debut with an incredible time of 18.00 mins and it was great to see a lady, finish in the top three!


The Harriers all told took eleven out of the top fifteen spots with Max Lawton coming in 3rd with a PB! Well done guys! Second lady was Lorraine Smith and third was Sophie Spencer, all the top three ladies being first timers at the event


Our Juniors also came out in force with no less than 19 taking part, Highlight being Aaron Kettlewell and Aaron Arthurs sprint finish for the line for 10th spot.


A special mention to Mike Pennington a regular most Saturdays who finished in a PB of 19.29....well done.


Following the event Holmfirth are now nationally acknowledged as one of the biggest participants with over 140 Harriers having tried the event at least once, if you consider we are up against the like of Newham and Essex Beagles, Sale Harriers and some of the big city clubs, this is fantastic kudos for a club tucked away in the Holme Valley


A massive thank you to all who attended the day as the pictures show, the sheer volume of numbers clearly showed what a thriving club we are. The hope being people will continue to come down as part of their speed sessions or in attempts to keep improving.





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