On Sunday morning (24th Nov), 4 of us drove down into deepest Lancashire to compete in the Lee Mill Relays. The event is in its 5th year running and this year there were 87 entries.

The course is just over 10 km starting along a narrow track up through a disused quarry then onto the open fell. The terrain was very wet due to rain and had a mixture of very steep short ascents, good downhills and flat open running.

I ran the first leg in 55:55 however I seemed to come back a different colour to everyone else one bog being a lot deeper than I expected! Next was Will Buckton in a time of 1:02:55 who came back a lot cleaner than me.

Mark Wildsmith ran the next leg in time of 56:00 before handing over to Tom Hare on the last leg who ran a fast time of 52:51 to boost us up into a final position of 15th and a time of 3:47:41.

Which I think was a very competitive all round performance. However, more impressive was a solo runner called Chris Holdsworth who ran all 4 laps of the course in a time of 3:43 beating us by 4 minutes!

A good event for a damp November day and hopefully we will have a team next year.

Matt Holroyd

(couldn’t find a photo of you Tom sorry)

Results here

The next ParkRun meet-up for both junior and senior members is scheduled for Saturday 7th December. The venue is confirmed as Skipton.  It would be great to see lots of juniors and seniors taking part there.  The first meet-up was great fun and tea and cakes in the leisure centre cafe afterwards was excellent !  For more information about our ParkRun initiative, see here

 
 

On Tuesday, 3rd December we will be presenting awards for the 2019 Junior Club Championships. Training for ALL GROUPS will be from Eshtons  and will finish a little earlier on this date (6.30pm) and we hope that all juniors and parents will then gather in Eshtons Pavilion for the awards.  Any junior that took part in one race or more will receive something, with special  awards going to those that took part in 3 or more races and trophies/medals to the top 6 boys and girls in the Championships.  We will also be talking about next year’s Junior Club Championships and other racing opportunities in 2020.

Settle Harriers’ first ParkRun meet-up was a great success with 17 club members (or parents of junior members) taking part in the Skipton ParkRun (5k) on Saturday 9th November.

Conditions were good if a little cold before the start and the 4 lap course on tarmac paths within Aireville Park was dry.  We had 8 juniors and 9 seniors taking part and the age range of our party was from 7 years old to 60 !

There were lots of highlights with 4 of our contingent running PBs for this course and 7 making their 1st appearances in a ParkRun.

Jack Sanderson (age 11) was 1st Harrier home in an amazing 5th place overall in a field of over 200 runners.  Jack also knocked no less than 74 seconds off his 5k PB. Well done to Jack and to all our junior contingent (Oliver, Carl, Ben, Ned, Charlotte, Robert & Mabel).

(Jack running at Curly Wurly races Oct 2019)

It was great to see Julia Murfin on the comeback trail after a long battle to recover after her skiing accident and subsequent surgery. Carol was our first senior runner home (3rd female hoem) followed by myself, Jan, Marc, Rachel, Karen, Julia & Rebecca (running with Mabel)  Unfortunately John Eddington had to retire before the finish with a calf/achilles injury.

We hope to try and have a club ParkRun meet-up once every month and the next date and venue will be announced soon.

Settle Harriers Results

5

Jack SANDERSON

Male

JM11-14

19:56

New PB!

19

Carol EVANS

Female

VW55-59

22:34

 
23

Andy EVANS

Male

VM60-64

22:46

 
24 Oliver BRUMMITT Male JM11-14 22:47  
32

Carl SANDERSON

Male

JM10

23:56

 
42

Ben BRUMMITT

Male

JM10

24:49

First Timer!

61

Jan-Friedrich WULF

Male

VM45-49

26:06

First Timer!

73

Ned WHITAKER

Male

JM11-14

27:08

First Timer!

86

Charlotte PEART

Female

JW11-14

27:56

First Timer!

95

Marc PEART

Male

VM45-49

28:32

First Timer!

107

Robert SHUTTLEWORTH

Male

JM10

29:19

 
142

Rachel BRUMMITT

Female

VW40-44

31:16

First Timer!

152

Karen SHUTTLEWORTH

Female

VW35-39

32:00

New PB!

159

Julia MURFIN

Female

VW50-54

32:24

New PB!

160

Rebecca WHITAKER

Female

VW40-44

32:39

New PB!

164

Mabel WHITAKER

Female

JW10

33:00

First Timer!

 

Settle Harriers had no less than 10 of our juniors running in these finals at Dalby Forest on Tuesday 5th November.  Many congratulations to everyone that ran – great performances from all !

Have a read of Jess Baganall’s report here 

Settle Harriers Juniors at Dalby, The Great Yorkshire Forest!

North Yorkshire Primary School XCountry Finals

Tuesday 5th November

 

Wow, what a day! Our junior harriers did themselves proud and were a credit to their schools and their club today. Despite the horizontal rain and mud, glorious mud, the runners showed great determination and resilience to complete the challenging courses.

Robert got the running off to a cracking start in the Year 3 Boy’s race and kept battling right through to the line. These are tough, fast races and due to a bottleneck after about 300m, it’s a particularly fast (sprint!) start. Awesome running Robert, 19th!

The harriers were next represented in the Year 4 Boys race by Carl and Ben. They stormed round the course together and reappeared on the race field just one place apart. The final part of the course took the runners off the forest track and back onto a muddy field with a gradual incline to the finish. It looked like an energy-sapping end to the race but the boys pushed on to the finish line in 18th (Carl) and 22nd (Ben); fantastic running. Francesca was our Year 4 Girls runner and she ran like the wind, with a fast start, a very strong finish and a brilliant 23rd place. Our runners really were storming round and there was such a great atmosphere that we were beginning to almost forget the rain!

Connie, now in year 7 and having been to Dalby for the previous 3 years, had an important role to play in the Inclusion Race as a buddy for Hance. They came in 7th place and there were an impressive 10 runners from the Craven District in that race. Well done to both of them. The programme then included a ‘Lunch Break’, aka another 20 minutes of getting very soggy and chilly! After the break it was the Year 5 Boys with Mack in his first run at Dalby. He got himself into a great position heading into the forest and hung on for 9th place. Well done Mack!  

The Year 6 squad of Finn, Lucas, Lucy and Lily ran magnificently and were fantastic to watch. They all set off hard and paced themselves well around the longer course. Lucas placed 20th, Finn 38th, Lucy with an unbelievable sprint finish was 7th and I’m sure Lily was smiling as she crossed the line in 23rd. Super impressive stuff. Their positive attitudes and great sportsmanship were also apparent in their support for fellow competitors throughout the day. They brought to a close a really terrific day of sporting participation, achievement and enjoyment. Hot chocolates all round and we set off back on our 100-mile return journey. Well worth it and WELL DONE to you all.

Jess Bagnall

 

Settle Harriers has decided to trial a “ParkRun” initiative – particularly aimed at those aged 11 and above, but also open to younger juniors and adults too.
 
In addition to Junior Club Championship & other fell races, its proposed that the club has a presence in some of the very popular and low key ParkRuns that exist in this area.

The idea is to have a club presence at a Park Run event once every month, with a member of our coaching staff there to meet club members and show them the salient points of the course etc. They may well take part themselves or be on the sidelines cheering on and offering encouragement. There are 8 different ParkRuns within an hour’s drive from Settle and we hope to visit each of these over a period of time.

Settle Harriers will be kicking off this initiative at Skipton ParkRun on Saturday 9th November (run starts at 9.00am in Aireville Park, Skipton).
 
We do hope that older juniors (and perhaps some younger ones and parents too) will be able to come along and give this a go – it should be a good morning and a chance for our junior and senior members to come together at an event.
 
Just a few points to remember…….
 
– Skipton ParkRun is all on tarmac – so wear road shoes/trainers rather than fell shoes.
– ParkRuns are open to seniors and juniors – but see note below
– younger juniors (under 11) can take part but under ParkRun rules they must be closely accompanied on the run by an adult
– Carol and Andy will be at Aireville Park near the finish line from 8.30am – so look out for us there and we can all do a spot of warming up and course recceing before the start
– do wear Settle Harriers vests in the run (good for advertising the club and you will get more support as you run round)
– you need to register for ParkRun & print off a barcode if you have not already done so – the link is https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/  Make sure to bring your barcode on the day – you will need to present it at the end of your run
– details of Skipton ParkRun including course map, parking info etc is here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/skipton/course/
– after the event, you may want to join us for a tea/coffee in the Leisure Centre cafe
– any questions, just email me

Hope to see lots of you there !