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HDSRL – Race 5 – Sicklinghall

The final race of the summer league season was the Handicap race which started just outside Sicklinghall. All those who had recorded times in 2 or more races qualified for a start time (though everyone in fact got one but you couldn’t ‘win’ if you finished first without a qualifying time).

What started out as a rainy evening saw the rain clear and turn in to a lovely evening on the lanes around Netherby.

Starting with the slowest runners first the course opened across a farmers field then took to the main roads heading down to Netherby village and then back mainly up hill all the way to start finish.

Andrew Tattersall had an excellent race finishing 14th over all and first for the club! Simon Williams, started last for the club and carved through the crowd to finish 2nd for the club, 27th overall. Excellent performances!

Well done to everyone this season, 14 club runners took part in at least 1 race of the series and for those who took a drenching at Ripon we can always say ‘I was there…’

Till next year…

HDSRL – Race 4 – Knaresborough

Round 4 – Knaresborough! everything you would expect from a ‘Summer’ league race came together last night as Knaresborough Striders hosted the last race of the series before the Handicap race at Sicklinghall.

A beautiful evening in a beautiful setting on a course that was mainly roads with short sections of fields to complete it.

Alex Whapples continued her excellent run of results finishing 1st for the club and 3rd in her age group overall.

Second for the club was James Eaglen on his first outing this summer closely followed by Luke Fitzgerald.

The final race of of the season is the Handicap at Sicklinghall so please keep an eye out for start times on the website.

HDSRL – Race 3 – Yeadon

The 3rd race of the HDSRL was hosted by Dragons Running Club out of Yeadon.

The build up to the race saw a large amount of wet weather turning large sections of the course into a quagmire. Trail shoes were the order of the day.

5 club runners turned out for this challenging course which started out from the Adli car park in Yeadon, cut down to the pedestrian walk way towards Guiseley, then across a field in to Esholt Woods. The route continued under the bridge and down to the old water beds at Esholt Village. Once off Coach Rd the route, which had dried out considerably, included lengthy sections of thick deep mud interspersed with sections of woodland tracks.

The return included a long steep uphill section to the top of Esholt woods followed by a fast down hill to re-join the muddy track back up to Coach Rd.

Alex Wapples completed the course in 46:15, 5 minutes clear from the next club runner Andy Tattersall.

Race results can be found here

The next race is Knaresborough on Tuesday 2nd July.

See you there!


HDSRL – Race 2 – Ripon

The 4th June saw the club in Ripon on one of the wettest nights of the year.

Despite the torrential downpour 438 runners ran the new route, presented by Ripon Runners, that  started over the road from Ripon Rugby Club and took you up to the boundary of Fountains Abbey and the Studley Royal lake, down along bottom of valley tracking the River Skell before heading up to Studley Roger and back to the start/finish.

Being a new route there was a mix of roads, trails, fields and farmers tracks that made for a challenging course in such heavy conditions. On another day it would have offered fantastic views as a bonus too!

Despite the weather 7 club runners were able to make the event with Stephen Peters completing the route in 42:58 closely followed by Alex Whapples who took top spot in her category in 44:12 – Excellent result Alex!

Well done to every one who attended!

Next race is 20th June at Yeadon – See you there!

HDSRL – Race 1 – Harrogate

The Harrogate District Summer Race League has returned for 2019 starting with our local race in Harrogate.

Starting just outside the gate on Beckwith Head Rd 9 club runners turned out on lovely evening.

Simon Williams lead the club home completing the 5.9mile course in a time of 42mins 17secs. The route was mainly roads heading out to Beckwithshaw then continuing up Shaw lane before turning to head on to Brackenthwaite before cutting back to Lady Lane past the turning for the Squinting Cat and finishing back on Beckwith Head Rd.

530 runners turned out and it was great to see good representation for the club.

Next race is on the 4th June in Ripon.


Racing the Planet 2019!

Congratulations to Steve Garlick on completing the Racing the Planet race in New Zealand in March!

The event comprised of 6 stages covering 250km of the South Island.

Steve finished 21st overall out of 148 starters (and 106 finishers!)

Specific stage results can be found to the Race Results page.

Further details on the racing series can be found on the Racing the Planet website.

Well Done Steve! Great effort!


Harrogate District Summer Race League – Race 4 – Nidd Valley

This year’s final HDSRL was hosted by Nidd Valley Road Runners out of Harrogate Hockey Club.

As there was no handicap race this year Nidd Valley had the honour of hosting the finale which was well attended with 353 runners making up the field.

This race was the longest of the 4 races at just over 9km and took in a mixture of surfaces from pavement, grass, ploughed fields, trails and the converted railway line.

12 club runners made up the Vocalink team with Simon Williams finishing first with a time of 42:02 very closely followed by Nick Wagstaff in a time of 42:07

Keran Peters finished 3rd for the club and Alex Whapples took 4th spot. It was an excellent performance from both Keran and Alex who finished 1st and 3rd in their age group respectively.

After the race there was the usual food and drink whilst Nidd Valley had arranged for every runner to get a bottle of ale to cap off the season, which was a nice touch.

The event was very well organised and it was great to be cheered on by some familiar faces marshaling the route for Nidd Valley.

Individual season results will be out in due course but for now can I say well done to everyone who took part and represented the club over the summer.

Enjoy your events over the remainder of the summer and autumn, and lets look forward to running together next year!

Great Work!