Sunday, 17 February 2008

Will power at the Carnethy 5

Great runs from all the Harriers yesterday (including the 2 mysterious Griffiths who once again entered the race as Harriers!). It was a great day for it. Cool, sunny with no wind and 461 runners turned out to enjoy it.

First Harrier home in an amazing time of 56.36 was Will Manners. Will is clearly beginning to establish himself in the upper echelons of hill running and should begin to pick off the odd prize this year. Here he finished in 32nd place, which may not sound amazing but in a race of this calibre is a tremendous performance, and in the process claimed the scalps of messrs Upson, Gorman (Westies) and Davis (Carnethy) to name but a few.

Next home was Phil M in 79th place and a time of 1.02.04 - a PB for him by over a minute in his third time running the race.

The next three Harriers had a rare old tussle with positions changing place throughout. Kaz Nicholl seemed to have the strength on the uphill but Gordon and James B both had the advantage of experience (and proper fell shoes) over Karen on the downhills.

In the end Gordon made it home first of the three in 276th with a time of 76.10. Then came James B who went over on his ankle on the final descent. James finished in 76.27 and 283rd. Karen followed close behind in 296th and a time of 77.58. Given that this is Kaz's first real hill race I think she should be well pleased with the result.

Also very well done to Ali Manners who exceeded her own expectations to finish strongly in 91.34 and clearly had a really enjoyable run judging by the size of her grin at the end of the race.

Full results are now up.

By the way, if anyone knows how to contact the two Griffiths (father and son?) who registered for the race as Harriers but ran incognito, we need to collect several years membership fees from them!

A few pics here from SHR - sorry couldn't find any of Ali or James