YKH Round Up – w.e 3rd July.

–Country Trail Series 

report by  Maureen Medlar and Liz Matthews

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Having completed and thoroughly enjoyed this series last year we decided to use these races as off road training. You are given the venue details (all of which have been pubs) pay your £5 entry fee which includes a £2 after race drink allowance and then issued with a list of directions. The rest is up to you!

As soon as we saw the Pudsey venue we knew from previous vets races held in the vicinity that this could be a tough one! It was…. First mile not so bad a bit of road onto some rough pasture a couple of wobbly stiles and an ankle deep stream. Then the fun really began….relentless up hill stretches followed by equally as challenging rocky downhill’s. Pausing or rather gasping for breath at least gave us the opportunity to read our directions. Pleased to report that we both finished the course although at one time it was pointed out to me by my partner that if I stopped talking I might have found it easier! Recovered enough breath to enjoy a quick drink and socialise afterwards. Great way to get in some hill work!!


–Ultimate Trails 55km

Knavesmire Harriers were represented at the Ultimate Trails 55km on 2nd July by Nick Griffin and Gabriel Uttley. Nick finished in a very creditable 8hrs 35mins 24secs for 130th out of 449 finishers while Gabriel came in 393rd in 11hrs 33mins 51secs. The organisers said the appalling weather was the worst ever for this event which caused a number of retirements.

Nick and his brother approach the last checkpoint.

Nick and his brother approach the last checkpoint.


–Skiddaw Fell Race.

Harry and  Cassie Holmes ran the Skiddaw fell race on Sunday. Harry was 9th in 1:15, despite falling over after the summit and Cassie was 104th in 1:44.


–Saunders Mountain Marathon.

Chris Roberts and Tom Ratcliffe ran this two day pairs events in the Lake District , racing over 12 miles each day over the area of Harter Fell overlooking Ullswater.
The YKH pairing ran well to be second over their course.


–York Parkrun.

Parkrun was back after a short hiatus. 33 members of YKH took part.

PB’s for :
Chris Murphy 19:19
Alistair McAndrew 21:21
Jean Snelling 38:15


-Breca Swim / Run.

Run: 38km | Swim: 6km | Ascent: 1,900m

Abey Lawrence and  competition partner Robyn Hawxby took 1st place among the women’s teams, and came 17th overall, out of 100 teams. Only 79 of the 100 managed to complete the race in conditions which alternated between sunshine, rain, wind and icy hail. Abey and Robyn completed the gruelling 38 km of trail running and 6km swim in just 7 hours, 11 minutes and 50 seconds. Abey said: “It was fantastic and we felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to compete in such a beautiful, isolated environment. We’re a little sore and stiff today but it was well worth it!” 

Abey and Robyn

Abey and Robyn


Eccup 10 mile Road Race.

Position Bib Name Club Category Category position Gun Time Chip Time
132 165 Ewan Cochrane York Knavesmire Harriers MSEN 54/151 1:12:50 1:12:36
451 795 Peter Schofield York Knavesmire Harriers M65 11/14 1:28:13 1:27:58


Winterton Show 10 mile Road Race

Stephen Maddison was 5 th at this 10 miler on his home turf in East Yorkshire, also running from YKH was Andy Smith.

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