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Sunday 23rd April: Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix Race – Honley


Report from Billy:

I’m sure that me and Sara Elliott are not the only over 35s in the club but we were the only two representatives at Honley. The weather was fine and following a short warm up we took our places on the start line. The race consisted of two laps of the sports field before entering a wooded area and the ascent began! This seemed to go on for an eternity across a variety of terrain (woods, fields, road, more woods, more fields & more roads). At the summit we ran mainly across fields but were hampered on most of the course by the endless amount of stiles. On the tops we also had the additional obstacle of an electric fence to climb over! The final mile and a half was flat or down before doing half a lap of the sports field for the finish. Not a PB course but enjoyable with the added benefit of free food afterwards, all for the princely sum of £5. Let’s hope a few more turn out for the easier course at Kirkstall on 30 May.

I was 131st male finisher in 61:32 and Sara Elliott was 26th female in 54:37. Serena Blackburn (running for 1st claim club Horsforth) was 32nd lady in 57:37.

The race was won by Gavin Mulholland M45 of Stainland Lions in 38:15 and first lady was Margaret Sykes F45 of Holmfirth Harriers in 46:10.

 

  1. #1 by Caron on April 24, 2017 - 4:18 pm

    Great running from both of you, on a difficult course! I unfortunately can’t do the VETs due to the fact I’m only 31 but hey ho…in a few more years maybe…

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on April 25, 2017 - 9:04 pm

    I agree with Caron R. great running on a challenging course , especially Sara E. who did a super race in 54.57 that is fast , also our President Billy R. ran strongly in 61.32 . Sadly just the same for me ..although I am bit older than Caron ..still I can not do the Vets …because I am only 34 …next year maybe ..

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