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Holmfirth Vets Get Seven Full Teams Out at YVAA CC Relays

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Once again the Vets turned out in force to fly the Holmfirth flag at the Northern / YVAA Cross Country Relays at Graves Park, Sheffield on a very hot 1st October. Although unable to field a F45 team this year we managed two F35 teams.


The  ‘A’ team had Kath Farquhar having a rare run for the vets on the first leg and finishing in a superb 13:00, 2nd fastest leg of the day to bring the team back first at the end of leg 1. Margaret Sykes ran the 2nd leg and stretched the lead by a further 12 seconds, running 13:21. On the last leg Bingley had the very fast Sarah Jarvis but although she ran the fastest time of the day 12:42, Jacqui Khoueiry running the last leg for Holmfirth in another excellent 13:22 still held a comfortable 29 second lead at the finish to bring the team back in gold medal position.


The ‘B’ team of Joanne Bailey-Taylor 17:44; Emily Jordan 17:14 and Nicola Brown 14:34 were 4th and 1st ‘B’ team, an excellent result and a special mention should go to Jo and Emily for running there first event of this type
In the men’s event our M35 team found the going very tough but once again it was great to see relatively inexperienced ‘Team Event’ runners taking part and well done for picking up the Bronze Medals for third team. The rapidly improving Simon Edwards must be one of the clubs most active racers amongst the new members and will have a go at anything. We could do with a lot more members to take this attitude.

In the M40 race we managed two teams. The ‘A’ team of Gary Graham 12:28; Dave Watson 10:52 (2nd fastest of the day) and Darren Hanson12:33 came in 3rd team picking up the Bronze Medals. The ‘B’ team of Maz Khoueiry 13:14; Phil Hobbs13:45 and Steve Rimmer 13:16 all put in solid performances and finished 8th team.

The M50 team had just one change from the team that ran in the Road Relays in September. John Ewart replaced John Philpott and came in 2nd on the 1st leg in 12:11. Dave Shepherd 13:43 and Kevin Yewlett 13:32 both battled hard with the pack chasing them down after John’s fast start. Both hung on well to loose just one place each with the team finishing 4th overall.

In the M60’s only Rob Kersey remained from the silver medal Road Relay team all the other team members being unavailable. Martin Seddon and Roger Bradley stepped in to complete the team. Again Rob ran a steady 13:35 (3rd fastest on the day) to finish the 1st leg in the lead and was followed by Martin who dropped just one place in 15:24 and Roger on the last leg in16:29 bringing the team home for Bronze in 3rd.

Many thanks to all those that turned out for the club. This is a great event with juniors, open seniors and veterans all with their own races. Who will be the first family with three generations turning out at this event?










About Us

Rob Kersey

Vets secretary

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The Vets section is one of the largest and best supported sections of the club. We compete in YVAA Grand Prix multi – terrain races, Road Relays Championships, Cross Country Championships, Fell Championships, the many Road Championship races and The Track and Field Champs. We also send teams to the National Road Relays at Sutton Park each year. Road Relay and Cross Country


Championships are particularly well supported with 30+ runners often turning out for the teams. When we get a strong team out we are always in contention for medals and have won silver medals at the BMAF National Road Relays in recent years as well as many Yorkshire medals in all events.


Winning medals is great for the individuals, teams and club of course but is not the only reason for taking part. Without the non ‘A team’ runners these events would be not only a lot less enjoyable as a team but virtually empty as an event. We welcome all vets into our teams no matter what standard so if you’re over 35 and fancy a run out please join us.



Vets records

For some time Ive been trying to collect your times for distances from 5K to a Marathon. While I have managed to cajole some information out of a few people there are still loads of runners that have not given me any times. As you will see (on the MEMBER's Page) weve posted those. Almost any time supplied is likely to get in the top ten simply because we have so few contributors. So why not let me have your times and see yourself in the top ten for your age group. Click on the link (to e-amil ROB) at the top of the page, then Email your best times. Thanks.


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