1/2 MARATHON INFO
Dublin Marathon - 29th
The conditions for running the Dublin marathon on the Irish Bank Holiday Monday
29th October were perfect. As always a very well organised race and
with accommodation at the Bewley’s, Ballsbridge Hotel and cheap flights from
Leeds/Bradford, all that was left to do was run 26.2 miles.
First time Marathoners Sarah and Phil
Elliott-Dick had an amazing run with Phil finishing 3.15.44 (603rd)
Lets just say he ran his pants off – ask him? Sarah 3.45.28. Good times were
also achieved by Richard Walker 3.18.27 (659th), Margaret Metcalfe
3.51.12 and Dick Hunter 3.57.13. Other finishers were - Michelle Atkins 5.02.25,
Liz Burns 5.03.45, Sue Adams 5.07.54, Paul Adams 5.16.39, Lynda Bish 5.34.36 and
Jayne Fligg 5.58.27. We were well supported on route by Dave Bish and Julie
We are already waiting for entry into
next years to get booked. Are you joining us? It’s an ideal first marathon with
no time pressures, nice weekend break for the family as well. If you want more
details closer to the time just let me know.
Report by Michelle Atkins
Congratulations to Chris Farrell who finished the Bridlington Half
Marathon in a personal best time of 1:30.30.
Berlin Marathon - 30th September'07
The Guardian reports
"Berlin Buzzing as Halie Gebrselassie smashes world marathon
record mark" in 2 hours, 4 minutes and 26 seconds.
|The Real Berlin Marathon also buzzed for four York
Knavesmire Harrier stalwarts, who completed the famous course along with
40,000 other competitors in near perfect weather conditions.
Disciplined and even pace running by the quartet resulted in them all
obtaining commendable times in their respective categories.
First Harrier through the historic Brandenburg Gates was Ian Anderson
who clocked a time of 2h:42m:16s, to finish in 166th.
||Ian was followed home by Richard Lowson, who was
331st with a time of 2h:48m:01s.
Both Ian and Richard finished ahead of top Australian Olympic athlete
Craig Mottram (Richard also got a double take on Eurosport).
Mike McGrath finished 39th in the Vet 55 category, pushing through a
bout of cramp to achieve a time of 3h:13m:35s. In doing so he met his
goal of obtaining automatic entry for London 2008.
The last of the Knavesmire Berliners to complete the course
was Head Club Coach Peter Schofield, who in returning a time of 3h:47m:46s took
some 21 minutes of his 2006 time at the same event.
|The group was supported and supplied with energy and
electrolyte drinks by 'team capitan' Richard Gott at the 20km and 35km
Richard is reported have been fuelled himself by Dunkle Beer - Dark
Thanks to from all who went to Ian for organising the crack.
(ICH BIN EIN BERLINER)
Richard Gott "supporting the
Belper 30k Multi terrain - 19th August'07.
6 runners from York took part in the
increasingly popular Belper 30k race, voted 11th best race by Runners World.
3 from York Knavesmire Harriers and 3 from York Acorn Running Club.
The route takes you along the Midshires Way, via Roman Roads, public
footpaths and bridle-ways through the heart of the World Heritage Derwent
Valley site and across delightful unspoilt countryside. The terrain was
challenging and may possibly favour cross-country runners and fell runners,
as well as us mere-mortal road runners who might be looking for a long,
hard, training run, such as Colin Lea of York Knavesmire Harriers (3hours,
34minutes) who is in training for the New York Marathon to add to his Paris
and London Marathon achievements earlier this year.
||My race nearly didn't start when I
somehow managed to headbut the toilet roll holder in the Gents loo
(clumsy of what?) leaving an embarrassing bloodied bump on my
forehead, 2 minutes before the start. I am sure I got a few funny
looks... This was to be my 3rd furthest ever run, and the other
2 were on the flat, so maybe I was subliminally trying to avoid the
This challenging 30km circular run (or walk) is organised by Belper
Rugby Club and Belper Harriers, and started from and finished at
Belper Rugby Club's home, 'Strutts Fields' - a great new facility
with changing rooms, showers, excellent parking, and a bar and
As luck would have it, I needn't of worried because the midfield of 260
runners set of at a gentle pace, having to queue a little over the stiles
for the first couple of kilometres. There were 25 walkers on the day too,
who set off when they liked, within 30 minutes either side of the start
Many of the runners had seemingly run the route before, and must of known
what lie ahead - running belts and hydration bags were in abundance
everywhere you looked.
The first half of the run would take us to the highest point of the route
(971'), where there was another water stop (with sweeties), and a favourably
positioned pub (depending on your preference, after 15km, between water or
beer - for the walkers it must be a no-brainer). During the run there were
countless stiles to negotiate, and the unfortunate weather for this time of
year had left the ground with a few muddy patches, and it was a little
slippery in places, especially on the uphills. On this mixed terrain, you
have to watch your footing over the occasional patch of risky stones and cow
pies when you're busy marvelling at the extraordinary panoramic views!
|Whilst lots of runners
started walking on at least some of the uphills (which were
incredibly hard), others, such as David Darton of York Knavesmire
Harriers (3hrs 14minutes) steadily conquered the course without
The second half was a little easier (a nett downhill), especially after
the 22km water stop, and I found myself making up time, after my
earlier walks up hills, and I was steadily passing runners,
eventually finishing in 3hrs dead, just before the rain! (Hurrah!)
Meanwhile, although the course was well marked with arrows and tape,
rumour has it, the eventual winner Natahniel Williams, mistakenly missed a
stile marker, but after being diverted back from a farmhouse, he still
managed to win. The winning time: 2hrs 8mins 31secs.
||All in all, the scenery more than
makes up for the challenging course, and the trip from York was well
worth it - a very enjoyable, well organised, well marshalled,
friendly run, with a total ascended height of 2319', 4 strategically
placed water stops (with sweeties at each), and a t-shirt at the end
showing a graphic of the demanding traverse of the course (for
At the end, the organiser (who had noticed our black and yellow club
vests) took it upon himself to thank us for coming all the way from
York to take part in the events' 5th year. The Belper 30k continues
to grow exponentially each year... for me, it's what running is all
about and well worth the effort if you are looking for a hard,
hilly, distance run for "enjoyment".
We found a couple of local recommendations of pubs serving Sunday Lunch
in the area:- "The Bulls Head" (which we almost passed by on the course) and
"The Bear" at Alderwasley. We plumbed for the nearby Bulls Head (serving all
day, the main courses were around £10.95) and coincidentally, whilst in
there, we met the official race photographer, Brian Dale, who reminded us
that FREE photo's of the runners taking part would be available to download
from the net at
http://racephotos.topcities.com/(normally this can be quite expensive,
so this was another tick in the box for the race organisers).
Report by Martin Smith, York Knavesmire Harriers
Millenium Bridge 5k - 7th August'07
There were some fantastic Knavesmire performances on Tuesday night.
Cameron Brookes had another storming run, finishing in third place in 15:25.
Richard Lowson also had a cracker, running just under 16 mins to finish 7th.
Darren Hendley was third male for the Mire, with a solid 17:00 performance to
Among the women, there were good performances for Katy Godfrey (8th woman in
19:30), Fiona Strange (10th in 19:40) and Sarah Nettleton (12th in 20:59).
Thanks to Joy for photos.
Burn Valley Half Marathon - 7th July'07.(report by Jean)
A number of the York Knavesmire Harriers turned out to
run the Burn Valley
Half Marathon on an extremely hot day on Saturday afternoon The countryside
was lovely but the course is quite gruelling There were plenty of water
stations which helped
The organisers supply a very good tea for every one afterwards which was
something to look forward to
After the race some of the members thought Jean was hallucinating when she
said she had run the first 6 miles with a "gorilla" but she had done so
and he had kept her going with stories of his work in Uganda. However after
6 miles he was encouraged to go on as he was running much faster and she
needed a rest! This young man an ex-Royal Marine had worked for many years
with the gorillas and elephants in Uganda. He must have been boiling in his
Only Malcolm Fawcett, Richard Thorneycroft and Jean Snelling were brave (or
foolhardy!) enough to also take on the Kilburn 7 miles on Sunday Maybe for
Malcolm and Jean it was the bottle of wine at then end of it which was a
"carrot" but not so for Richard
There was torrential downpour which lasted quite some time before the race
but it had stopped by the time the race was started however yet again it was
scorching which made the hills a bit difficult for the stragglers but not so
for the faster runners
The York Knavesmire Harriers featured well in the prizes
Kate Nelson 1st Lady home and also First in her Catagory
Sarah Elliott-Dick 10th Lady home
Margaret Metcalfe 1st Lady O/55
Malcolm Fawcett 2nd Male O/65
Harold Dobson 1st Male O/70
Jean Snelling 1st Lady O/70
Blackpool Marathon, 03 June '07.
Cameron Brooks blitzed both the field and the club record at the
Storming to the finish in just 2:29:34 Cameron easily won the race, a mere 23
minutes ahead of the next competitor. Ian Anderson's old marathon
record of 2:36 was relegated to the record books in the process.
Edinburgh Marathon, 27th May '07- from Alayne
||With both Paris and London marathon runners suffering
in extremely hot conditions I think everyone was slightly concerned that
Edinburgh would be the same. However, it was clear temperature would not be a
problem when the 3500 full marathon runners and field of relay runners
congregated on Princes Street in the pouring rain on Sunday morning…well I guess
this was Scotland!
We gathered in our start pens according to our predicted
times and here I was pleased to meet fellow Knavesmire Harriers, Dick Hunter and
Alaistair MacLeod who were also both aiming for a time of around 4 hours.
Thankfully just before the gun went the
rain stopped and we set off in slightly cool but otherwise good conditions. The
start took us east along Princes Street under the spectacular backdrop of the
castle then out past the further landmarks of Holyrood Palace and Arthurs Seat.
This year the course had been changed to make it flatter than previous years so
from here we left Edinburgh and followed the coast through East Lothian.
Running along the promenade of
Portobello and heading out on the main stretch of the course provided
spectacular scenery along with a fierce headwind which made the run tough in
places. At 7 miles we passed by Musselburgh racecourse, the new finish point for
the marathon, and the first of the relay change points. The relay seemed
exceptionally well organised although it was all too easy to be swept along at
the speed of those runners with fresh legs and thankfully Alaistair was there to
remind me not to carried away with them or I doubt I would have made half way!
The rest of the course took us out to
Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton before turning through the grounds of
Gosford House and returning to Musselburgh. Despite the weather there was still
a good crowd out supporting the runners along the route and the cheer from the
grandstand at the finish was something I won’t forget for a long time.
the 3 of us having similar expected times (although it was our first marathon
for myself and Alaistair) we ran together for much of the way and when we did
part the doubling back allowed us to cheer each other on.
I was first across the line in a time which far exceeded my
expectations in 3.40 and was closely followed by Dick in 3.50 and Alaistair in
3.51. I think I can speak for us all in saying it was a great day and the event
was well organised with a fantastic course. I for one am sure I will be back to
do it again!
Bern Running Festival.12 May'07
Harold Dobson took part in the Berne Running
Festival with great success, placing first in the m70 category
and smashing the course record for his age in the process.
Despite the altitude and hot/humid conditions Harold
finished the prestigious 10 mile race in 69:58 well ahead of the old
record of 72:16 for over 70's , his overall finishing position of
1201st amongst a field of 13,500 runners is also pretty impressive.
St Bede's 5k Series
Race 1: The first of St. Bede's three 5k road races took place on Wednesday 2nd May.
A good Knavesmire turnout of 10 runners (out of a field of 146) toed the line.
Darren Hendley led home with 16:53 in 19th place while Mark Magill ran 17:49.
Abey G-P led home the ladies in 19:07, closely followed by Katy Godfrey and Zoe
Davis who were both under 20 minutes. There was also a PB (I think) for Andrea
Lancaster who was just 5 seconds over the 20 min mark. Other Knavesmire runners
were David Darton, Ian Bithell, Colin Lea, and Malcolm Fawcett.
Race 2: The second race on 9th May was remarkable only for the fact
that most people ran virtually identical times from the previous week. Darren
continued to dazzle, running three seconds faster than in Race 1, again leading
home the men. Abey ran 19:05, two seconds faster than the previous week, closely
followed by Caroline Warrington in 19:09. Andrea ran four seconds faster than in
Race 1, missing the magic 20 minute barrier by an agonising two seconds. Other
Knavesmire runners were Malcolm Fawcett (23:26), Mark Magill (17:56), David
Darton (21:14), and Colin Lea (21:57).
Race 3: On a gloomy wet Wednesday it was again Darren who led home,
with his best time yet of 16:40 (14th place). Mark Magill followed in 17:23. In
the Abey v. Caroline battle it is now one-all, Caroline having just nipped under
the 19-minute mark (8th) with Abey coming in about 30 seconds later (10th),
while Katy Godfrey ran 19:53. Other Knavesmire runners were David Darton
(21:13), Colin Lea (21:28), and Malcolm Fawcett (23:14).
London Marathon- 22nd April 2007
18 Knavesmire Harriers completed the London Marathon. Ian Anderson led the Mire
home in 2:47, followed by Richard Lowson a few minutes later. Nicola Midgley led home
the women in a shade under 4 hours, while Jean Snelling finished third in her age
group. Well done to everyone who ran and raised money for good causes.
Congratulations to Margaret Brown on completing the race only 6 days after
finishing the Paris Marathon.
MR ANDERSON, IAN S
MR LOWSON, RICHARD
ANDREW B (GBR)
MIDGLEY, NICOLA (GBR)
MRS ALLEN, JOY (GBR)
EMMA J (GBR)
MARGARET R (GBR)
MISS MURRAY, CARYS
MS PUNTON, GILLIAN
MR HOLDEN, FRANK (GBR)
MS HARTAS, JANE (GBR)
MARGARET M (GBR)
MRS FAWCETT, PAULA
MRS SNELLING, JEAN
MRS BISH, LINDA (GBR)
MRS GILL, GILLIAN
DRUMMOND A (GBR)
MR WILSON, PAUL M
RICHARD J (GBR)
Paris Marathon- 15th April 2007
A large contingent of Knavesmire Harriers ran through the baking streets
of Paris at the weekend. Here is a report from club chairman David Darton:
The Paris Marathon starts with going to pick up your numbers and chips at
the Paris Marathon Expo. There were some nice touches - such as being able to
get a patch printed with your name on it to pin on with your number so people
could cheer you on by name. Even nicer, it being France, many of the stands
promoting regional marathons had free wine on offer!
We registered for the Saturday breakfast run as a warm up for the Marathon.
This was great fun - though early with an 8.30 start more or less under the
Eifel Tower. It was really a jog of about 5,000 runners, led by a great band and
flags from all the countries taking part. It gave you a taste for the Marathon
as the 3-mile route finished in the finishing tunnel for the Marathon itself -
and conveniently 5 mins from our hotel and a welcome late breakfast.
We had been getting warnings all week about the expected temperature and Sunday
dawned very bright indeed. It was already warm when we got to the start area at
8.15, though cool in the shade where the starting pens were.
It was a great atmosphere with commentary in English and French. The Champs
Elysee stretched down before us, filled with about 30,000 runners. We were in
starting blocks according to our expected running times, so the start was
surprisingly smooth given the numbers. Colin Lea, David Darton, Martin Smith and
Garry Moss from KH started in the same area about two-thirds of the way to the
back but we were still across the line in just over 5 minutes.
The mile down the wide Champs Elysee was sheltered and cool and reasonably
quick. Indeed there was only one short bottle neck on the whole route apart from
a bit of chaos at water stations where it was not always clear where the energy
drinks were - though food was abundant. The route takes you past many of the
sites of Paris - Place de la Concorde, The Louvre, Hotel de Ville, the Bastille,
Notre Dame and even through the underpass that Diana died in. The crowds were
fantastic throughout and there were 70 bands, dance groups or stalls of one kind
or another throughout the route.
The downside was that the sun came over the top of the buildings after about 40
mins and from then on the heat was debilitating. At 10.00 we went past a
themometer on a building reading 23 degrees and we were told after that by 11.00
it was approaching 30 degrees. The water stations were well stocked for Colin,
David and Martin, but Garry, who was running a little slower came to one or two
stations that had run out of water, which was apalling in those temperatures.
With the cheering compensating a bit for the heat, times were respectable,
though a little slower than our most optimistic targets. David - recovering from
an illness in January and February - managed to break the 3.45 minute barrier
for the first time and his finishing time just under 3hr 43 was his PB by about
8 minutes. Colin at 3hr 47 beat his last year's Paris time by 4 minutes. Martin
in his first ever run of over 20 miles met his target of beating 4 hrs, coming
in at 3hr 51, despite cramp and a difficult last few miles. Garry, also in his
first Marathon and having given up smoking during his training from it came in
at just a few seconds over 5 hours and declared he enjoyed it despite the
enormous pain! The heat did knock time off because many runners ran at their
planned Marathon paces at the beginning of the race and then found they did not
have enough reserve for the heat of the last ten miles.
But overall a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying race."
Meanwhile, marathon first-timer Martin Smith says: "The course was quite
different from the Great North Run, starting and finishing at the Arc de
Triomphe, it wasn't quite the mass-charity raising event we experienced late
last year in Newcastle, but in other ways it was fairly similar - a flat, well
organised course, with lots of water stops, 250,000 spectators lining the
streets, bands-a-playin' and the usual ambulance or three along the way! The
last of the runners were crossing the start line while the leaders were already
at Place de la Nation.."
Martin thanks everyone who helped him raise around
£3,500.00 for Cancer Research UK - full story at
Here is another Paris report, this time from Neil Kingham:
Having met briefly on Saturday
14th April for photo’s
by the Eiffel Tower, the
Western Opera Saint-Lazare’
crew met up bright and early on the morning of Sunday 15th April. It
was a beautiful day, the sun already out and beginning to get very warm. A 30
minute walk saw everyone gathered in the area of the Arc De Triomphe, where
people gradually split off in various directions before making their way to the
starting pens. Approximately 30 minutes later the sharp retort of the starting
gun echoed around the Champs Elysees followed by a rousing version of Chariots
of Fire - adrenaline pumping - and the shuffle to the line had begun!!
The first 10K
passed quickly and without incident other than the water station bottleneck that
created a small delay. The course then went out to the quieter woodland
section, the trees providing some well needed shade at this point. The woodland
ceased around the half way point, and according to the
contingency all the runners that were spotted were looking very good with some
notable times. Around 16 miles the course went through a long tunnel, this
provided some relief from the relentless heat and also gave a chance for some
much needed camaraderie with Mexican Waves & shouts of
Back out into the glaring sun and the last few miles were hard work,
temperatures hovering around 30C and a lack of marshalls resulting in spectators
ambling across the road in front of the runners. After a long hard final 6
miles, where it seemed that the mile markers were at least 2 miles apart, the
finish line was a very welcome sight!
congratulations to all Knavesmire Harriers who took part.
Blackburn (honorary member from The Durette)
} Marathon Virgins
Neil Kingham }
to Janet for her outstanding time and a PB and also to Sarah for being sporting
enough to go and support when she couldn’t
A fitting end to
the adventure seemed to be to go back to the beginning. Subsequently once
everyone had had time to freshen up and recover, it was out on the town for
something to eat, a few beers and a trip back to the Eiffel Tower - this time to
go up it! The 1650 (I think) steps were just a couple too many for marathon
tired legs so it was the lift not the stairs that took us all to admire Paris by
Here are some of the YKH results from the
30,000 or so finishers... if you ran but your name is not here, or if you
want to add your story to those above, let me know!
3:32:01 - position 4503
3:43:48 - position 6751
Racing in the Lakes- Easter weekend
YKH were well represented at races in the Lake District over the Easter Bank
Holiday. Neil Strange ran the Great Grizedale Forest 10 mile trail race and
finished 4th overall and 1st Vet 40 in a time of 59 minutes and 23 seconds. Paul
and Sue Adams also represented the square wasps in the same race. Meanwhile
Fiona Strange ran in the Keswick round the houses 5.3 mile race and was 7th lady
and 1st Vet 40 in 35 mins and 50 secs.
Guiseley Gallop- 8th April 2007
In what was potentially a first for YKH (or certainly the first for a long
time), Knavesmire runners won both the senior men's and women's races at the
Guiseley Gallop 10k, with Kim and Abey taking the respective titles.
Abey felt she "wasn't running very well", and was only in 10th place at the half
way stage. But after being cajoled by some bloke from Tadcaster, Abey pulled
herself together and began picking-off the runners in front, eventually romping
home with a 50-second margin over the 2nd place runner. Abey's satisfaction in
winning a generous voucher from Complete Runner was only slightly diminished
when she was asked if she is a veteran!
For Kim, the race was "a good training run", and "not as hard as the track
sessions on Thursday"(!) At the finish, Kim's margin of victory was slight- just
2 seconds- but he has assured me that it was a "very controlled 2 seconds".
Arkendale 10k- 1st April
Race report from Jean Snelling:
Four of us went to Arkendale on 1st April to run in their
inaugural 10k race.
In our innocence we thought being a new race there would
only be a few people there especially as they had said to pick up race numbers
on the day!! Imagine our surprise when we got there to find a few hundred people
there - many registering on the day There were quite a number of York
Knavesmire runners there and the beautiful weather brought out many other
runners from much further afield. The organisers had to cease allowing entries
on the day as they had far more than expected. Quite a number of spectators and
lots of dogs and children.
The race itself was a little undulating, part on quiet road
(apart from the very angry motorist who cursed the runners running on the right
hand side of the road!!!) then track and then on a quiet road and a long stretch
of field before a hill to the field finish. An enjoyable run on a beautiful day.
Best was yet to come Home made cakes and drinks and a BBQ
with hot dogs and really good burgers. A big barn with plenty of seating was
very welcome and certainly would have been a boon if the weather had been bad.
We do hope the organisers made a lot of money for their
church and new village hall. They have told me they learned a lot from this
their first race and hope to put the info into practice next year
Harold Dobson gained first male 065 and I was informed this
morning I had got first lady 070 (however I believe I was THE ONLY lady over
Results are on John Schofields site and the photos which
may be purchased can be found on
Wakefield Hospice 10k/Coniston 14 - 25.03.07.
In addition to the club run at Ackworth, club members could also be
found this weekend competing in races at Wakefield, Coniston or training in the
Lake District .
Ian Anderson ran a time of 35:07 to finish 19th at Wakefield, where Harold
Dobson finished first in the V70 category.
Dynamic duo Sue and Paul Adams together with Jon Laud chose the somewhat
more scenic Coniston 14, and were rewarded with unseasonably good weather for
the time of year.
East Hull 20
Well done to all 20 of the YKH runners who completed the East Hull 20 on a very
cold and windy March day! Ian Anderson led the Mire home, coming sixth overall.
Further info will be placed when received- if anyone wants to do a race report!
East Hull 20 results