Club Championship 2019 – January Update

One down, eleven to go! January saw the first two events of the 2019 Club Championship calendar: Temple Newsam 10 and PECO Race 2 at Crimple Valley, Harrogate.

Before I start announcing results, a reminder that the 2018 League Table has been calculated and will be published, alongside the trophy giving at the AGM on the 18th February.

51 members took part in the first two events, we had 19 runners at Temple Newsam 10 (fast to sell out!) and 43 at the 4th Peco Cross Country of the season. Great turn outs, hope to see more of you throughout the year!

Temple Newsam 10 Top 3 against Handicaps:

PositionNameH’cap TimeDiffTimePoints
1Emily Potts02:00:2212.54%01:45:1650
2Paul Chapman01:45:447.63%01:37:4049
3James Nundy01:40:256.84%01:33:3348

PECO Race 4 Top 3 against Handicaps:

PositionNameH’cap TimeDiffTimePoints
1Giedrius Geisleris00:38:1811.98%00:33:4350
2Catherine Barrett00:48:1211.64%00:42:3549
3Asta Bevainyte00:45:3310.20%00:40:5448

Full results can be found here

With January’s Parkrun bonuses added, the Top 3 overall looks like:

PosNamePointsTotal Races
1Rowan TEMPLE105 2
2Alan O’BRIEN97 2
3Samantha TAYLOR93 2

The full table can be found here.

As we move into February, the handicaps have been run. Liversedge Half Marathon is the only event we have on the calendar. Good luck if you are doing it!

Any questions, concerns or amendments, please speak to Malcolm Taylor either at a local event, facebook or comment below!

Club Championship 2018 Update – Race 5, 18 and 19 results published!

Apologies, it’s been a while since I posted. I hope you understand I do have a tiny (getting bigger every day) excuse. Since we last spoke we’ve had the completion of 3 races on the Club Championship 2018 calendar:

  • Guy Fawkes 10
  • Even Splits 5k – the final race
  • Peco Race 1 for the 2018/19 season at Middleton Park

Race results are up, and the table is updated as below. 

2018 Race Results

2018 League Table

Guy Fawkes 10

Oh the choices, Abbey Dash or Guy Fawkes – we’ve gone for the tougher one for the club championship. There were 7 runners rewarded with high value points. For those that prefer Abbey Dash, please stay tuned for the 2019 calendar – you may be able to claim points yourself!

On the day, we welcomed Stephen Groves back into his running with a fine time considering the last time he ran for us was a while ago. He duly took the full 50 points, whilst I have seen his handicap drop as a consequence. Welcome back Stephen! David Wood and Simon Boardman round out the top 3 point scorers with excellent times.

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 Stephen Groves 01:45:44 27.28% 01:16:53 50
2 David Wood 01:49:35 6.71% 01:42:14 49
3 Simon Boardman 01:22:50 2.91% 01:20:26 48

Even Splits 5k series

Since March, there has been 10 5k events at the Brownlee Centre by the Lawnswood Roundabout to get your teeth stuck into! A supposedly flat course, with a 90ft climb on each of the 3 laps – you make your own mind up. We had at least 2 Harriers and 18 overall at each of the 10 events and multiple people coming back for seconds, or 8ths, making my life that much more difficult, thanks! Hope you enjoyed it – whilst it’s a shame that John Carr has been cancelled this year, this was an added bonus to the years calendar!

I’ve taken your best time, if you’ve done more than one and compared it to the handicap around race day. Yes, that’s been a bit difficult but it’ll be slicker from next year. Some excellent times meant for a close run in the middle pack of the points scorers, all behind James Corah – who’s handicap was a bit generous!

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 James Corah 00:30:26 18.95% 00:24:40 50
2 Jemma Mcconville-Roe 00:26:36 7.67% 00:24:34 49
3 Alan O’brien 00:19:41 6.90% 00:18:20 48

Peco Race 1 – Middleton Park

The first of our winter series Cross Country events saw 47 Harriers take part at Middleton Park beside nearly 1000 other runners. Our juniors did rather well too! There’s a lot of runners so it’s difficult to get near to the maximum 50 points, but Kevin Longmate did it! Sandra welcomed a return from injury to take 2nd place and Ben Coldwell, our fastest finisher came 3rd.

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 Kevin Longmate 00:37:57 13.84% 00:32:42 50
2 Sandra Warren 00:55:28 12.48% 00:48:33 49
3 Ben Coldwell 00:33:14 7.52% 00:30:44 48

That, alongside a small update to the bonuses mean Isobel Webster is now in the lead – and doesn’t look catchable now. Jonathon Young still holds 2nd, with Rowan Temple close behind. Can anyone else break into the top 3 before the end of the year with one race left?

If you believe you’ve qualified for bonuses you haven’t received, then please let me know on Facebook or email


The 2019 calendar is due out later today, so keep your eyes peeled.


November 5k Time Trial Results

On a wet and cold evening we only had 14 runners, 10 down from the previous month. Hopefully they were all celebrating Matt Sykes-Hooban’s 40th birthday (a much warmer and drier proposition) – or saving themselves for the first Peco cross-country fast approaching this Sunday. At least the rain stopped whilst the run was on – and then started heavily again just after it finished.
We had 3 new faces to the event, Andy Pullan and Rachel Symons who are relatively new to the club, and Therese Sheehan who had managed to avoid the runs so far, for whatever reason. There were also 2 runners giving the run a go again after a long lay off due to injuries – Lucy Churm and Catherine Barrett. From their times obtained it looks like they are both well on the way to a full recovery and any sympathies for their troubles will soon disappear.
First over the line was Lucy with a run time of 24.44 – only 21 seconds slower than her best ever recorded over the last 3 years. Just over half a minute behind her in second place was Catherine with a run time of 25.56. Third over the line was new girl Rachel with a run time of 25.53. In fourth just to make it a clean sweep for the ladies was Therese who had the fastest ladies run time of 24.07. Jonathan who started at the back – again, managed to finish 6th with a pb, knocking 29 seconds of his fastest run on this course with a time of 17.46, which was only 6 seconds slower than the fastest ever recorded over the last 3 years. Bringing up the rear on the night was Alan who had the misfortune to encounter a dog that was not friendly at all and stopped him in his tracks. Fortunately there were no injuries – to him or the dog.
Due to the new faces, returns from injury – and maybe an abundance of wet leaves on the course there was nearly 5 and half minutes between the first and last runner – or maybe just bad handicapping – as usual.
Many thanks to Lee Hardy for ensuring all runners started in the right order and recording the correct times – unless you have spotted any deliberate errors – in which case please let me know. Lee was resting for a change having won the Pendle Park run on the previous Saturday, then did the 17 mile’ish Tour of Pendle later the same day, which has quite a few hilly climbs (1,473 metres) – and some dodgy descents – with a finish time of over 3 hours still putting him (and our other runners on the day) well up the leaderboard.
Peter Hey

November 5k Time Trial Results

First Winter 5k Time Trial – Results

On a good night weather wise – dry and not too cold, we saw 24 runners turn up for the first of the winter time trial. Hope they had all seen the training schedule and knew what was happening???
We had 5 new faces for the event, Connor Carlisle, Jane Crossley, and Alan O’Brien, all existing members and Daniel Dobson and Mark Antonio both new to the club training but hopefully they enjoyed it as much as everyone else.
First over the line, knocking 3 minutes off his 3 year pb was Matt Sykes-Hooban with a run time of 23.03, finishing a minute and a half in front of everyone else. Sorry Matt – you are getting too fast, you will have to get further back down the queue. Working his way from the back of the queue starting 19 minutes behind the first off was Ben Coldwell with the fastest run time off 17.57 to finish 2nd and record his own 3 year pb. 8 seconds behind Ben was Hannah Newman to finish 3rd with a run time of 26.50, not quite a pb over the last 3 years, but getting faster after her long injury absence. Just missing out in 4th place was another starter from the back Rowan Temple who also achieved a 3 year pb with a time of 19.06. Sadly bringing up the rear on the night was Malcolm Taylor – seems like being a dad is tiring work. Fastest lady on the night was Jane Crossley with a run time of 24.39
For the mathematician’s amongst you (constipated ones always work it out with a pencil) 6 minutes separated all 24 runners but taking out the 1st and last runner (one always has a good or a bad night, or the handicapper wants shooting) 2 minutes 43 seconds was the time difference between 2nd and 23rd – which made it a busy night all round for Jemma Roe who did an excellent job in getting all the runners off at the correct times and recording the finishers.

Club Championship Race 16 – Half Marathon Month!

After returning from my paternity leave, it’s time to pick up on the updates for the Club Championship. We’re now on Race 16, over the course of September you’ve been trying to find half marathon races to complete, whether it be Vale of York, Great North Run, Pontefract Half or Yorkshireman (ha), safe to say you’ve succeeded!

Unfortunately, there’s been 2 cancellations for our races, Middleton Massif (race 15) and Pudsey Post Hill (race 17) – therefore we’re 2 races short on our calendar. I’ve got an idea on how to fill one up – watch this space.

We had 18 Harriers run a known about half marathon in September to qualify for some points. One, Andrew Goldman, completed two Pontefract and Vale of York – clocking times 2 minutes apart! Lee Hardy took on the challenge of Yorkshireman half – at least you’ve got some points from it eh?

Full race against handicaps can be found below.

2018 Race Results

For the table, I’ve updated with results from Leeds Golden Mile and variety of bonuses for Volunteer, Marathon and Parkrun. If you think you’ve been missed, I apologies, please contact me on Facebook or to get that rectified.

Top 3 are as follows:

Pos Name Points Total Races Mara PR Vol
1 Jonathan YOUNG 314 * 12 50 25 10
2 Isobel WEBSTER 303  6 50 . 10
3 Rowan TEMPLE 303  6 50 25 .

The full table can be found below.

2018 League Table

To finish the year off we’ve got the culmination of Even Splits 5k series (2 races remain to get your points); Guy Fawkes 10; Peco Race 1 and any Christmas race!

There’s still a lot to play for at the top before the announcements early in 2019, keep up the good work!

Your friendly CC rep