YKH Weekly Round Up Week Ending 27th November – Relay Team Victories & more…

Rossendale’s Lee Mill Fell Relays.

We returned for a second year to this challenging  Pennine relay race , with our Ladies winning the Female Team competition last year we had quite a bit to live up to.       The race held near Bacup , (nr Rochdale) comprises four legs of almost 6.5 miles, climbing through disused Quarries ( now a popular Mountain Biking venue) onto the high moor where perilously deep bogs  had to be negotiated before careening back through the quarries to the finish.mill

Knavesmire this year were able to field 4 teams , a Mens ‘A’ team , a Male Vets team , a Ladies team and a  Open  team. Due to one of the original Ladies team members being unwell a female from the mixed team had to be stolen from the mixed team to complete the defending Ladies team , meaning that Harry Holmes was volunteered to run not only the first leg for the ‘A’ team but also the last leg for the mixed team.

This year it was the Knavesmire Gents who were able to return home with the glory of victory .

The victorious Knavesmire 'A'' team collect their trophy.

The victorious Knavesmire ‘A” team collect their trophy.

The ‘A’ team took a commanding lead of  7 minutes after just the first leg thanks to our star Fell runner Harry Holmes ( fastest individual leg of the day) . Such a lead can not be taken for granted with all the variables that come into play in fell running, thankfully Harry  handed over to Chris Roberts for the second leg who was able to not only retain our first place but extend the lead by a  further 3 minutes.
Half way through and with a ten minute lead the ‘A’ teams prospects were now looking a good as this year’s weather.
Sam Allin on the third leg extended our lead again  ( 20s )over the second place team,  Simon Collins was all on his lonesome when he set off on the final leg , with such a commanding lead it mattered not that the second place club Barlick’s anchor leg runner  chomped the advantage down by 6 minutes , we still took a comfortable victory of over 5 minutes.

Not to be outdone the Knavesmire Vet’s team took the honours in the hotly contested M40 team competition .
Neil Stabbs ran a great first leg , ensconcing the  team into the top ten, handing over to Tim Harvey, Barry Atkinson and Giles Hawking.

Knavesmire's successful Vets team.

Knavesmire’s successful Vets team.

Our Ladies were missing a trio of experienced fell speedsters from last year, and despite tales of the arctic  cold and gale force winds that battered last years runners, we were still able to find some able volunteers to field a team to defend our title. Alas despite the valiant efforts of Cassie Holmes, Sarah Atwood , Hannah King,  who completed her leg despite painfully pulling her back on the races first corner !  and Mandy Clarke, they had to relinquish their hold on the trophy .

A great team effort from all the Knavesmire runners and supporters on the day.

A great team effort from all the Knavesmire runners and supporters on the day.

Knavesmire’s fourth team took part in the open competition and was comprised of Pete Walker , Ewan Kirk, Mark Dye and Harry Holmes.


Benidorm Half Marathon.


The Robson's at Benidorm Half Marathon

The Robson’s at Benidorm Half Marathon

Ruth Robson achieved  a massive PB (2:24) at the Benidorm Half Marathon. Stephen  managed a time 2 minutes faster than his last year (just under 1:43) but still  feels  he has  unfinished business here.


Barnsley 10k.

4 members of Knavesmire Harriers travelled over to South Yorkshire to run the Barnsley 10k.

Stephen Maddison was 1st YKH runner back in 37.17 a good time on this undulating course, 2nd YKH was Pete Downes in 41.11, 3rd Jonathan Boyle in 45.23 and 4th home was Viv Fraser in 52.


Suicide 6.
Stefan Durkin ran the Suicide 6 round Baggeridge Country Park , an aptly named tough 10K with a brilliant water crossing,  Stef was  happy with a 47.10 & 81/500.


Ravenstonedale 10K .

Darren Hendley competed in this event in  Cumbria, finishing the hilly road race in 20th place with a time of 39:44


York Parkrun.

41 members of YKH took to a very misty and cold Knavesmire  ,

Parkrun PB’s for :

Emma Hartey 22:47

Lucy Pinder 20:37

Charlotte Harrison 26:25

Tony Schumacher 28:18

Jeremy Wood 19:01

James Ollerenshaw 21:10

Paul Walton 25:10

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