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District Road Race League - Race Reports 2012.
Wistow 10k / Summer League Race 6 - 10 July.
Race 6 Results.
Final League Positions
Report by Nick Griffin
Despite some heavy rain earlier in the afternoon leaving some big
puddles on parts of the course over 200 runners turned up for the final
race of the series at Wistow with Knavesmire fielding the biggest team
with 53 finishers. The flat but twisty course, very little wind and a
cool evening should have helped us achieve some fast times. Perhaps the
puddles made it harder to run fast with waterlogged shoes but PB's were
few and far between with many runners finding the race a little tougher
than they had expected. Chris Roberts was a notable exception achieving
a PB of 34:47 and again finishing close behind the winner in an
excellent third place. There was further excellent running from Giles
Hawking placing 6th in 36:18 and Ian Anderson 1st in the M40 category in
The Knavesmire ladies had a superb race all round
with Emma Yates first lady in 38:14, Andrea Lancaster placing 2nd,
Sarah Douglas 4th and Nik Vogan 6th. Maureen Medlar and Margaret
Brown were 1st & 2nd in their age group with Louise Brennan and
Janet Cordingley 3rd and 4th in their category. Another winner was
the food and real ale at the Greyhound at Riccal afterwards!
Bishop Wilton 10k / Summer League Race 5 -26 June.
Race 5 Results.
Results (Best 4 of 5)
Report by Sarah Douglas
I’m sure we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the
results of the Bishop Wilton race. This was the penultimate race in the
series for deciding final overall standings in the league so needless to
say this was a very important race. Many see this as the toughest course
in the series and I would definitely agree. There’s a gruelling, what
seems never ending ascent near the start of the race. There’s a great
chance to make up some time on the steep downhill section but the
pounding really takes it out of you so the final mile seems like a real
A massive well done to all our runners for putting
in such a great performance. In the men’s race William New (36.34) and
Chris Roberts (37.22) took gold and silver. Fantastic running too from
Giles Hawking (6th overall in 38.31), Simon Collins (9th
in 39.28) and Mark Lawrence (10th overall in 39.38). For all
you stats lovers that’s 50% of our men finishing in the top 10 so it’s
no wonder our men are storming out in front in the team competition.
As for our women, Emma Yates (40.29) took gold in
the ladies race a good way in front of her rival Emma Willits from York
Acorn. Andrea Lancaster (44.57), Sarah Douglas (45.00) and Nik Vogan
(45.24) came 3rd, 4th and 5th. Such a
fantastic achievement to have 4 of our ladies finishing in the top 5. We
fully deserve our place at the top of the leader board in the team
A big well done also to Mike McGrath and Richard
Gott for their excellent race organising. A lot of our men and women
are in great positions in the individual league standings but I don’t
want to jinx things by saying too much about those. With one race still
to go a lot could change but what I will say it looks like there’ll be
some fully deserved Harrier celebrations going on at Stillington.
10k /Summer League Race 4 – Race Report - 12th June.
Report by Sam Lyth.
June might have been a washout weather wise, but is has produced some
excellent running conditions. The cool, calm evening coupled with a flat
course meant that myself and, I suspect, many other runners were aiming
for a PB in race 4.
The three circuits of The Knavesmire seem a long
way and can be a bit boring, so it was really nice to be running with
Julie Rookes for the first lap. What is good about this race is that us
back runners can see the race develop up front. We were lapped by the
first three finishers on the first lap – it was great to see William New
in there on his way to a very close 3rd place. A group of
runners, including Knavesmire’s Chris Roberts (who got a PB), Giles
Hawking and Ian Anderson, who took 4th, 5th and 6th
places respectively, passed us soon after. Ian was first M40.
The first female athletes lapped us just before the
5k mark and Emma Yates was going at a good speed to take second place
overall and 1st F35, with Sarah Douglas taking 4th
place in a PB. At half-way I recorded a PB for 5k (better than my
numerous parkruns round Knavesmire) which helped keep me going as
getting on for ½ the field overtook me on the second circuit.
That third lap feels lonely after passing so many
people at the finish, but the marshalls were really encouraging all
round the track and I kept telling them I was on target for a PB (to
keep myself motivated). In the closing kilometres there was a mini
battle for places between Julie, Paul Adams and myself, which I lost,
however I won the battle with the clock and recorded a PB.
The collated results of the league so far make for
an exciting read with 4 of our men in the top 10: Chris Roberts (2nd),
Ian Anderson (3rd overall and also top of his age category),
Giles Hawking (4th) and Simon Collins (10th). Our
ladies are equally impressive with Emma Yates (1st lady
overall and in her age category), Sarah Douglas (2nd), Andrea
Lancaster (5th) and Nik Vogan (6th) all in the top
10 ladies. Maureen Medlar is also top of her age categories. Our
brilliant individual performances mean that both our men and women are
top of the team leader boards. With 2 more races to go let’s make sure
that we finish the Summer League on a high. Keep up the fantastic
Easingwold 10k / Summer League Race 3 - Race
Report - 29 May.
Race 3 Results
Report by Sarah Douglas
Most of us have been loving the beautiful
sunshine over the last week but we were all hoping for cooler
running conditions at Easingwold. Alas! That was not the case. A
combination of heat and hills made the course pretty gruelling.
Despite this, some more fantastic performances from our men. Chris
Roberts finished in 2nd place (36.35), Giles Hawking in 4th
(37.04), Ian Anderson in 7th (37.17) and Simon Collins
15th (39.17). Thanks to their efforts the men are currently top of
the mens team leader-board. Keep it up guys!
As for us ladies, we can boast that 5 of us
finished within the top 10 of ladies. Emma Yates was 1st
(39.41), Robyn Hawksby took 3rd (42.33), Sarah Douglas 4th
(43.00), Andrea Lancaster (44.11) and Nik Vogan (44.28). These great
results mean that we too are top of the team leader-board. I don’t
want to speak too soon but it’s looking like a strong possibility
that we might retain our winning ladies team status for the 3rd
year in a row. Here’s hoping.
Special mention too to Maureen Medlar and Mike
McGrath for coming 1st in their age categories and also
to Stephen Robson for running his fastest race of the league so far.
A big thank you to those who organised the food
afterwards. Once again it proved a huge hit.
So, it’s 3 races down, 3 to go. Keep up the
great running everyone because as we all know “Points win prizes!”
10K / Summer League Race 2 - Race Report – 16 MAY.
Race 2 Results
Harriers! YKH was the clear winner at last Tuesday’s
summer league race in Tadcaster. We called on you to
support this year’s summer league, and you have
delivered in style. We had more than twice as many
runners than any other club. Brilliant ... and thank
Numbers of runners:
- Easingwold: 35
- Pocklington: 32
- York Acorn: 30
- Pickering: 22
- Selby: 19
- York Postal: 17
- York Triathlon: 12
- Tadcaster: 6
- York St John
The special individual
award must go to ROBYN HAWKSBY who won the ladies race in a
time of 42.06, not bad only three weeks after finishing the
gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Race .
congratulations to IAN ANDERSON who was the first Harrier
over the line, in 2nd place
overall. And well done to GILES HAWKING and SIMON COLLINS
who also made the top 10.
Sarah Douglas was our 2nd lady
Harrier, and 4th lady
overall. Sarah’s time of 42.29 beat her previous PB by 60
seconds and her previous Tadcaster time by an amazing
4-and-a-half minutes. In the past 2 months Sarah has
delivered PBs at 5k, 10k and half marathon.
2012 Road Running League Report-
Race 1 Pocklington.
The view from the rear of the field.
report by Samantha Lyth.
The first summer league race of the season:
freezing cold, but at least it was dry and calm, about the best we can
hope for this year. The light was a bit low and I was very pleased that
the Harriers shirts show up pretty well in the gloom, especially as I
was finishing well after 8:30!
The summer league really is about the taking part
and not the winning. As a slow runner I really appreciate all the
supporters there are at the end cheering all of us in.
I remembered enjoying this course last year: it’s
nice to have a chat with some of the other back-markers in the first km
although quite daunting to see all the field streaming up the first hill
way out ahead. We did have to remind ourselves that we did it for fun as
we jogged along behind.
I was pleased with how I ran and finished strongly.
Thanks to Paul Adams giving me a target for 5k, my second half was
faster by about 3 minutes, although I was slower than last year –
perhaps I enjoyed socialising en route too much!
The great news when I got back was that William New
(34.58) and Emma Yates (40.29) were runners up in the men’s and women’s
races respectively and Ian Anderson (36.06) won the M40 category. Chris
Roberts came 3rd overall. In fact a great all round
performance from both our mens and womens teams with 7 of our men
finishing in the top 15 and 4 of our ladies finishing in the ladies top
At the back of the 260-strong field there was a
plethora of Knavesmire Harriers and for once I had runners round me most
of the way. Particular congratulations should go to Jean Snelling who
not only hasn’t run a 10k for 8 months but organised the sandwiches
My husband Peter and I both joined the Harriers for
the League last year as it keeps us motivated to run. We have never felt
that we are either too old or too slow to participate. Many people I
talk to think that both the Harriers and the Summer League are for
“serious runners.” I always say that they are supportive and feel that
even at the back of the field I am respected for taking part.