Athletics: Harriers clinch team prize as Jack wins Jog

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Four Harrogate Harriers braved the extremely muddy and slippery conditions at The Stoop in December, an 8km fell race which starts in Haworth.

Results were: John Young, 22nd, 36:14; Jake Turnbull, 30th, 37:12; Harry Brook-Dobson, 96th, 41:34; Peter Turner, 275th, 51:29.

On the same day, over eight, the 30th edition of the Poultry Run took place in muddy conditions.

Chris Miller came in 12th in 47:50; Brian Miller 77th in 55:43; Mark Jordan 78th in 55:45; Tim Broomfield 128th in 58:52 and Jean Croft 236th in 65:17.

The annual Jolly Holly Jog on December 29, organised by neighbouring club Ripon Runners, was another roaring success with many Harriers involved.

Winner of the race was Jack Simpson of Leeds City in 33 minutes and 28 seconds.

A Nidderdale lad, Jack is from Bishop Thornton and also finished second at the recent Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley.

A number of Harriers did well in the Jolly Jog age categories: Andrew Grant was first M40, Paul Stockburn second M50, Angela Peace third U-30s lady and Wendy Marks second W40.

The Harriers also achieved first team prizes in both the men’s and ladies’ categories with Andy Grant, Barry McGuire and John Young doing the honours for the men, and Wendy Marks, Angela Peace and Jo Tipling for the ladies.

Full results as follows: 4th, Andrew Grant, 35:50; 6th, Barry McGuire, 36:36; 7th, John Young, 37:40; 15th, Paul Stockburn, 39:14; 30th, Andy Holohan, 41:49; 44th, Brian Miller, 42:56; 51st, Mark Jordan, 43:19; 74th, Geoffrey Hirst, 45:01; 76th, Dan Atkinson, 45:06; 78th, Jon Blane, 45:19; 84th, Tim Pocock, 45:39; 91st, Wendy Marks, 46:19; 95th, Julian Murray, 46:45; 135th, Angela Peace, 48:46; 157th, Jo Tipling, 49:54; 190th, Nigel Wright, 51:17; 216th, Mark Seymour, 52:08; 408th, Monika Papaj, 1:00:14; 520th, Coralin Harrison, 1:07:37.

On New Year’s Day Helen and Martyn Price began their racing year with an inordinately tough challenge: the Hardmoors 30 ultra-marathon.

This year, in these conditions, this really was a battle of endurance for all the competitors.

The last 10 miles were run into a driving North-Easterly wind, at times so strong that Helen and Martyn had to link arms to stop them being blown over, particularly with the steep cliffs rather nearby. Coupled with the thick, slimy mud. It was an exhausting race which Helen and Martyn did exceptionally well to finish in 5.39.03.

Darren West got off to a flying start with his mission for 2014: 52 marathons in 52 weeks in order to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

His first challenge was the Central Lancs half marathon, on January 5, where he was thrilled to finish in 1:35:15, a fantastic 84th in a field of 418 runners and third in his category, M50.

On Sunday, Wendy Marks competed in the Cannock Trig race, an FRA event over 17 miles, achieving a new course PB of 2:29:51.