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Viking Chase – Carlton (25th September 2011)

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The latest round in the Holmfirth Harriers’ junior fell championship was also the final race in this year’s English Championship and with the final placings in some age-groups still undecided, the athletes were very keen to put on a great show. 19 juniors made the trip to the Cleveland Hills and although the weather was a bit murky on the tops, facing tough races at the limit of the permitted distance, the athletes were equal to the conditions and brought more success to the club. This was doubly pleasing as many of them had been racing the day before in the Northern Road Relays, so they could have just sat back and taken it easy!
We had 4 runners in the U8’s race, a short & sharp up & down course over the moorland paths. First back for the club was Elphina Waterman, who finished 5th overall & 2nd girl in 6.06, just ahead of Freya Durrans, who was 6th overall, 3rd girl in 6.10. A little further back we had 2 of our younger runners, Ben Durrans & Soljai Waterman, who both seemed to prefer the chocolate at the end to the race itself!

The U10’s race was a great battle, with Callum Durrans in contention for most of the race, just finishing behind the winner, 2nd overall in a time of 9.10. Sunnivah Waterman, who has had a great series, finished 4th overall & 1st girl in 9.29, just ahead of George Hobbs, who was 5th overall & 4th boy in 9.39.

We had 7 runners in the U12’s & there were some close battles throughout the race. Jimmy Burke was first back for the club, finishing 7th overall in 14.34, closely followed by Nicky Farquhar, who was 8th in 14.39. Lucy Byram sprinted away from her challengers on the final downhill section to finish 9th overall & 1st girl in 14.52, just ahead of her sister Erica, who was 11th overall & 3rd girl in 15.33. A little further back, Genevieve Durrans ran well to finish in 18th place in 17.14, ahead of Tiras Waterman (20th, 17.21) & Daisy Smith (25th, 18.49).

The only question for the U14’s was whether Lewis Byram could make it a clean sweep, having won the previous 4 Championship races he had entered. Showing the benefits of the endurance training he has been putting in this summer, he broke away from the field on the tough 2nd climb & won the race in great style in 20.46, over a minute ahead of the 2nd place finisher. Seth Waterman has also had an excellent series in his first year in this age-group & although nursing an injury sustained recceing the course, still managed to come home 5th overall, 4th boy in 22.45. Andrew Farquhar battled round to finish 10th in 24.37 & Eddie Hinchliffe completed the team, finishing 13th in 25.26.

Robert Hinchliffe was our sole representative in the U16’s race and on a course that seemed to go on for ever, put in one of his best performances of the year, finishing 2nd in 41.53.

The juniors have really embraced this year’s English Championship competition – we have had nearly 30 athletes competing over the 6 races and this has brought home both individual & team success. Lucy Byram finished 2nd overall from 50 entrants in the U12 girls’ series, which is a superb achievement. Also having a great series in the U12’s, Daisy Smith finished 7th overall & was one of only 4 girls who took part in every race.  For the boys, Jimmy Burke was running above his own age-group & still finished 9th overall, just ahead of Nicky Farquhar, who was 12th from 66 participants.

At U14 level, Lewis Byram was untouchable – he took part in 5 of the 6 races & won every one – a true champion! Also in the U14’s Seth Waterman, last year’s U12 champion, finished 4th overall just 3 points behind a medal place and will be the one to catch next year. Eddie Hinchliffe completed all 6 races & finished a creditable 13th out of 58 overall.  This year, the U16’s was one of the toughest categories and Robert Hinchliffe finished an excellent 7th overall from 32 entrants. Happily, the effort shown by all our juniors paid off in the Team Championship, where Holmfirth finished a magnificent 2nd place from over 50 clubs, only 3 point behind the winners – a great achievement.

Next up is the final race in the Harriers own series, a short trip to Todmorden for the Shepherd’s Skyline races on November 5th.

Phil Hobbs



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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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