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Strong showing for Harriers in Northern Road Relays

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Silver was once again the colour for Holmfirth Harriers U13 girl’s team in action on Saturday in the Northern Road Relay Championship in Warrington. The Girls were one of 6 teams representing Holmfirth in this annual event which brings together top athletes from the whole of Northern England for a day of road racing.

Girls Grab Silver

After winning silver 2 weeks previously in the Yorkshire Road Relays with teammate Daisy Hinchcliffe, the Byram twins, Lucy and Erica were reunited for this race with Olivia Sykes, who had been representing Kirklees in Italy for the Yorkshire event.  Olivia, on 1st leg had a fantastic leg, sprinting for the line with Imani Wilson of Halamshire and being given 2nd place for the leg with a time of 10.48 just one second down, and which remained the 2nd fastest time of the day. Olivia handed on to Lucy Byram who completed her leg in 11.03, just managing to ease away from the Hallamshire athlete Mary McCarthy in the closing stages of her run . Erica, on third leg, ran strongly neck and neck for most of the 3km course with  Hallamshire , who just managed to gain a gap in the closing stages and holding on to win by  6 seconds over the Holmfirth girls, who were thrilled with their silver their first time on the podium in a Northern Championship. Daisy Hinchcliffe was joined in the U13 girls B team by Amy Kettlewell and Charlotte Eastwood, both girls experiencing this level of competition for the first time. All 3 girls ran well and the team finished in 23rd place.

Also running well were the U13 boy’s team, consisting of Seth Waterman, Andrew Farquhar and Lewis Bartholomew who finished 10th team and the U15s boy’s team which finished in 6th place an excellent result with 30 teams contesting this age group. Lewis was first off for the U15s crossing the line after a strong run in 3rd place in 9.43  . Aaron Kettlewell  held the teams position well just dropping 3 places in a time of 10.35.    Aaron Arthur completing the team in 6th place and 10.29. 
Running as individuals Robert and Eddie Hinchcliffe and Sophie Spencer had strong runs. Robert recording 11.49 for the longer 3.3km race and Sophie and Eddie running 11.00 and 11.45 in the U15 race.

Senior teams qualify for Nationals

 The senior mens 6 stage race was 6k for each of the legs taking in two of the long laps of the Warrington course. David Turnbull lead the team off and in the frantic start he sat in with the leading men. On the second lap the group reduced to 4 and Turnbull maintained his presence in this group handing over to Max Kaye in 4th position and a time of 18:05. Max Kaye on his debut at this level put in a good performance and despite fading slightly on the second lap he only slipped down the field a handful of places and recorded a time of 19:19. Wayne Byram was called up to the 'A' team on the morning of the race due to illness and he deputised well and ran a strong leg in a time of 22:56. Thomas Traviss-Pollard , another debutant at this level, ran a confident even paced leg in a time of 20:02 however by this point in the race the team where outside the top 25 position that was required to qualify for the National 6 stage event. The evergreen David Watson took the battle up and moved through the field in a time of 19:17 to make qualification more likely and then it was up to Richard Smith to finish it off. Smith ran one of his best races in a Harriers vest and picked off the opposition to record a time of 19:07 and a final finishing place of 21st. Max Lawton was the only member of the 'B' team but he ran a great first leg in a time of 21:50.
The Senior Ladies 4 stage race was around 5k in distance comprising of a short and long lap round the course which was great for spectators. Kath Farquar led the team off and despite a busy morning helping sort out all the junior athletes she focused fully on the race and finished well on the fast course to record a time of 17:51. Claire Leaver took over and maintained 15th place in a time of 18:59. The continuously improving Margaret Sykes running the third leg again maintained 15th place with a time of 19:01. Finally Cara Penfold, after a good track season, managed to move the team up to a final position of 13th with a time of 19:28

So all in all a successful day for Holmfirth with plenty for athletes, supporters and coaches to cheer about and with athletes in action again next weekend in Sheffield in the Northern Cross Country Relays and Guisley the week after in the Cross Country League there will be plenty of action for  the supporters and athletes alike.






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Road secretary

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Welcome to the road running section of Holmfirth Harriers.


Holmfirth have a long and successful history on the roads and today our road runners represent the club on the local, national and international stage! We are keen to see all our members participate in events on the road and represent the club far and wider regardless of ability!


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