My second year as Road Manager, firstly I would like to apologies for not having my eye on the ball, in not producing race reports following the road championship races, but as some of you will know, I have had a lot on my plate this year. This year’s championship I experimented with the format of incorporating a variety of distances and also including getting Ladies and Men’s teams out at the Northern and National championship events. This format seems to have been well received so I will be developing the 2015-16 championship using the same format.
Bingley Harries 10k Road Championship 2015
This year the Road Championship was made up of a possible 8 running events, of which the individuals could accumulate a maximum score of 350 points.
Of the eight events two were Road Relays Northern Championship Team Event, which we managed to turn out both a men’s and ladies team at the 4 and 6 Stage event a Warrington in the September, but unfortunately we failed to get teams out at the 12 and 6 stage event in the spring.
Of the seven races that have taken place to date we have had 20 men and 10 ladies take part at these races. The final race of the championship is the rescheduled Bradford 10k on 27th September and both the men’s and the Ladies Podiums are up for grabs as we don’t know till the day, who will be racing.
The main highlights of the year are:
4/6 Stage Northern Road Relays, Warrington – 20 September 2014.
Our Men’s team placed 85th overall, in a collective time of 2:21:09. The team was made up of Ben Marriott in 20:05; Lee Athersmith 20:57; Paul Clegg 22:09; John Parkin 23: 03; Andy Gibbons 23:14 and John Smithurst 31:41. Nice to see a few fell runners challenging the kryptionite.
Our ladies team placed 42nd overall in a collective time of 1:47:23. The team was made up of Emma Green in 24:52; Lesley Watson 24:59; Mandy Clark 26:13 and Katie Phillips in 31:19.
Stockport 10/ Northern 10 mile Road Championship – 7 December 2014
Jo Buckley was the only Bingley Harrier out at this event and finished in 01:04:38, finishing 5th Lady overall and 1st in the F35 Category. Well done Jo!
Ribble Valley 10K/Northern 10K Road Championship – 29 December 2014
Ribble Valley also hosted the Northern 10k Championship. 3 Harriers took on some of the best runners in the country at the Northern 10K Championship. Wayne King-Farlow finished in 38:55; with Fred Gibbs in 44:40 and Sally Robinson in 53:10.
Great North West Half Marathon, Blackpool– 22 February 2015
9 Harries took on the challenging conditions of the Blackpool Promenade of gale force winds and ice cold rain to receive the biggest finisher’s medal I have ever seen. Jamie Robinson was the first Bingley home in 1:20:27, finishing 15th overall and 3rd V40, followed by Waheed Khan 1:30:44, Wayne King-Farlow 1:34:03; Bruce McNeill 2:08:57.
Ali Dewhurst was first Bingley Lady home in 1:43:04 and finished 10th in her open female category; followed by Laura Meadowcroft in 1:54:47; Katie Phillips 2:04:53, Caz McNeill 2:08:57.
John Carr 5K Race 1 – 6 May 2015
First Bingley home was Peter Pyrah in 18:07; followed by Daniel Smithurst 19:01; Wayne King-Farlow 19:30; Bryan Parkinson 20:44; Ian Bland 20:51; Stuart Thompson 21:18; Leslie Haynes 21:24; Jason Beckett 21:48; Peter Convey 22:30; John Smithurst 24:21; Richard Newman 27:32.
We only had one lady run which was Ann Marie Roper who completed the 5k in 22:24.
Northern Road 12 and 6 Stage Relay Championships – Spring 2015
No teams entered.
London 10,000 UKA Championship Race – 26 May 2014.
No team entered.
Alternative to London 10,000 was the Manchester 10k – 10 May 2015
Richard Newman finished in 58:53 and Lesley Watson in 42:52.
Bradford 10k Road Race – 27 September 2014.
Final race, rescheduled from March, still all to play for.
As the Road Manager I would like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for your fantastic commitment and well done on your performances in all road events over the last twelve months as I know many of you have been faced with injury and health issues over the last year. I wish you a speedy return to form and fitness.
My aim for 2015/16 is to continue to encourage more blue and white hoops out in the major club road events.
Well done! We did it Team Bingley.