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Coast to Coast – Capenhurst – Wagon & Horses – Horwich Jubliee Race 4 – Pendleton – Golf Ball – Burnsall……read on!

You know the old saying ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’. Well this certainly applies to Helen Leigh, one of our Senior Woman athletes. She could have found a nice little local race or even a local tri-athlon, but instead she thought she might have a go at something a little different – the Four Day Coast to Coast Event!!

Full Results HERE

Spot Helen on the Video HERE

Here is Helen’s ‘take’ on the Event ” Not one to do things by halves I went in at the deep end for my first attempt at adventure racing, entering the four day Coast to Coast race (www.openadventure.com/c2c/) from Whitehaven to Robin Hoods Bay over four days of continuous stage racing around 8 hours a day.

I started off incredibly well, and was in 2nd place to Sally Ozane from Team Mountain Hardware, smashing the kayak sections in choppy sea and lakes and was still strong on Thirlmere and Ullswater on day two.. maybe I’ve missed my calling here! Equally had great runs over Robinson and Helvellyn. Unfortunately near the end of day two I was tanking it down a road about 35mph downhill and my map blew off my board, opened up and covered my face. I went flying, covered in road rash on face, legs, arms and mashed my hand. Suspected fracture and also got infected immediately. Very fat sore hand.

But in true Helen style I put A&E on hold and battled on to finish the ride and the last two days. I dropped to 6th because the mountain biking sections were huge and it was excruciating. but earned some hard as nails points from the adventure racing community! Glad to finish, the last two days were definitely just run on willpower and a battered body. I will be returning for the next one in 2015 and I WILL be on that podium “

Helen

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Capenhurst 5K

Chris Barnes, under the watchful eye of his Coach George Woodburn, who, according to Chris suggested to him that “experimenting by racing as often as possible up to the weekend of Capenhurst with the more races the better……..seemed to work as in the final weeks leading up to Capenhurst the strength was starting to show“. The upshot is that Chris has now reduced his 5k PB by 14 secs over the course of the year to date with a 16.41 clocking.

Full Results HERE

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Wagon & Horses Half-Marathon

Chris Davies has also been in the PB business again and the latest gained in the Wagon & Horses Half-Marathon on Sunday 25th August.

Full Results HERE

Chris went into the race with a PB of 81.00 for the Half and was looking to improve as he has done all year and at all distances; and he didn’t let himself down in this Race either, finishing in 7th place and cutting 35 secs off for a new PB of 80.25 and not far short of breaking the 80 minute barrier.

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Horwich Jubilee 5 Mile Road Race 4

In the last Race of the Series, won by Anthony Valentine in 26.20, there were some excellent runs by the Harriers.

Full Results HERE

Packing close to the front of the Race, Brian Fogarty finished 6th (28.41) just edging out Jack Hindle 7th (28.43), quickly followed home by Paul Guinan – returning after a long bout of injuries – in 8th (28.54). Jack was the first U17 in the Race and Paul won the V40 Category. These three were followed home by Allan Hartley in 39th (33.05); Mick Nolan (V50) in 79th (37.02) and V60 George Woodburn 86th (38.34) – The Team was placed 2nd overall (57 points), consisting of Brian, Jack, Paul and Allan and not that far behind winning Team Horwich (45 points).

When all the 4 Races Results were totted up, Brian Fogarty finished 3rd overall in the Men’s Individual Standings; Allan Hartley placed 20th and Mick Nolan 32nd.

Series Results HERE

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Pendleton Fell Race

Nearly a 100 runners turned up to run the Annual Pendleton Fell Race including a number of Harriers. In the Race won by Josh Tighe in 36.30, Chris Barnes, fresh from his PB at the Capenhurst 5k came 10th (42.17) with just 10 seconds separating 8th to 12th place. Next Harrier home was Gary Pearse in 21st (44.05) followed by Beckie Taylor 48th (48.22) and 3rd Woman home and mum Jackie Taylor 72nd (52.34) and 3rd Woman V40.

Full Results HERE

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Golf Ball Fell Race

V60 Stuart Furness is still going strong racing at the recently held Golf Ball Fell Race on August 21st. He finished in 112th place (57.29) after a bit of a battle with V65 Graham Breeze from Wharfedale who finished one place in front in 57.26

Full Results HERE

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Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race

Allan Hartley tackled the hilly Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race on Bank Holiday Weekend finishing 43rd (70.56) out of 122 finishers.

Full Results HERE

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