Harriers coast to Fleetwood prizes

Hot foot: Ryan Barker of Halifax Harriers was the first club member to complete the Blackpool to Fleetwood 10 mile ace
Hot foot: Ryan Barker of Halifax Harriers was the first club member to complete the Blackpool to Fleetwood 10 mile ace

Twenty-one Halifax Harriers supported by family and friends had a day out on the west coast taking in the Blackpool to Fleetwood 10 mile race organised by the Fylde Coast Running club. After the recent hot weather, conditions were almost perfect, with overcast sky, some light rain at times and a little breeze.

The race started at Gynn Square Blackpool, heading down the promenade to the North Pier, before turning back past the start and taking the promenade all the way up to Fleetwood. And despite the long journey early in the morning, the Harriers came away with four individual prizes and a number of personal bests for some of the newer members.

From a field of approximately 200, the first Harrier home was Ryan Barker comfortably inside the hour in 58.33. Second back and winner of the over 40 was Craig Empsall in a new PB of 63.38. Paul Berry was third Harrier to finish in 65.50.

In her first race over 10 miles, Helen Roby continued her recent good form by taking the second overall lady prize in a the time of 68.59, just behind Raymond Hall who finished in 68.44 to win the over 65’s. And Elizabeth Mitchell followed up her success at Littleborough last week by once again winning the over 55 in 75.14.

Other Harriers times: Dene Townend 67.39, Matt Taylor 71.21, Robert Hick, 71.56, Nigel Rigg 73.37, Heath Reilly 78.05, Paul Hopkinson 79.47, Adrian Normanton 79.51, Geraldine Roby 80.06, Ian Goodwin 81.48, Marc Rochteau 83.47, Subhash Sharma 83.47, Krzysztof Swedrowski 85.14, Chris Kirkbride 88.20, Helen Smithies, 88.28, Jennifer Hopkinson 88.39.

CALDER Valley’s Alistair Morris won the Male Pairs Adventure Race in the Open Five in the Lakes at the weekend with Simon Enderby while Phil and Jackie Scarf finished third in the mixed pairs.

The event comprised five hours of racing with a mix of running, biking and all involving navigation. This was the first race of the winter season based in Staveley, Cumbria.

The day was very hot despite the occasional shower to cool everyone slightly. The runners headed out on the run first with a trail over two hills and some navigation over the top of Burnt Knowl. That was cleared in slightly over two hours before competitors headed out on the bikes.

A difficult route included a big climb over Garburn Pass near Kentmere - a long steep climb with a rough, rocky and exciting descent. This limited the Calder Valley contingent's choice over the east side of the course and a strong push to the finish got them back in five hours and two minutes with a final score of 544 to take victory.