The Wakefield 10K was the opening round of the Club Road Championship and Club Competitor for the year and 19 Harriers (10 men and 9 ladies) took the opportunity to get some early points on the board.
Last years champions Phil Goose and Sarah Farnell were away at the Manchester Marathon and there were new faces taking part hoping to score well in what is a best 6 to count from 10 rounds.
1st Harrier home and taking top points in the club 2nd division was Angus Milne who came home 20th in a cracking time of 36.13. He set the theme for the day with a new PB and will be hoping for a sub 36 later in the year.
Next home was last years runner up in the Premier division Chris Smith who bagged a nice 20 points and a course PB, finishing 34th in a time of 38.17. Graeme Miles was next harrier home and another to claim a PB with a time of 41.16 and he claimed top points in the 1st division.
Next home and 1st Harrier Lady was Harriet Shaw in 179th place and a shiny happy New PB of 43.51. She also claimed top points in the 2nd division. Only 9 seconds behind and continuing the new PB theme was Naomi Kellet in a time of 44.00. Not a bad way to start your time as a Harrier having only been confirmed the day before.
Coming in at 45.03 and slightly annoyed not to go sub 45 was Curtis Broadhead but he did bag 2nd place points in the 2nd division.
Hannah Marshall was next with an excellent PB time of 46.01 and claimed top Premier division points, finishing ahead of Jeremy Forber scoring runner up points in the first division. Clare Evans came home next with a 90 second improvement on her course time from 2 years ago and claimed runner up in the Premier division.
Russell Webster finished just 20 seconds ahead of Paul Dickens who was another to claim a PB in a time of 49.30, before another cracking performance from a new Harrier saw Jane-Marie Bracchi coming home in 50.47. Richard Edwards got a course PB of 51.22, before Samantha Scarlett scored herself a maximum points haul in the 1st division with a time of 53.01.
Matthew Gray showed that all his hard work was paying off with a PB time of 53.48, before Joan Kavanagh went sub 55 for the 1st time in a long time (54.41). Chris Bracchi had been trying hard to crack the sub 30 minute barrier at parkrun and was getting closer but turned up here and smashed out a stunning PB of 58.03.
Great to see Kathryn Hogg getting late permission to run after injury and Diane Aykroyd going faster than last year with an excellent 1.14.38.
What a day for all who took part, next up for the road championship is the John Carr 5k series where the best time from the 3 races counts.
Championship points after round 1 –
|20th||Angus Milne||36.13||2nd||179th||Harriet Shaw||43.51||2nd|
|34th||Chris Smith||38.17||Prem||188th||Naomi Kellett||44.00||2nd|
|105th||Graeme Miles||41.16||1st||290th||Hannah Marshall||46.01||Prem|
|228th||Curtis Broadhead||45.03||2nd||443rd||Clare Evans||48.33||Prem|
|356th||Jeremy Forber||47.16||1st||625th||Jane-Marie Bracchi||50.47||2nd|
|507th||Russell Webster||49.10||1st||778th||Samantha Scarlett||53.01||1st|
|543rd||Paul Dickens||49.30||2nd||922nd||Joan Kavanagh||54.41||Prem|
|661st||Richard Edwards||51.22||Prem||1678th||Kathryn Hogg||1.10.11||2nd|
|795th||Matthew Gray||53.48||1st||1758th||Diane Aykroyd||1.14.38||Prem|