The 2019 Harriers Hill race took place on the same day as the West District Junior Hill Race. The race route was the same as previous year’s senior hill race but cut slightly short to follow the same 7k route that the juniors were running. The runners started at Woodstock road and headed fir the hills, crossing the cut and following the stoney road to the cairn before flying back down to the start. The seniors were set off one minute before the juniors, but it didn’t take long for the kids to catch many their elders!
Shaun Lyon has made a rousing comeback in recent weeks, following on from his great run at the Boston Marathon. He was able to claim victory for the second club race in a row, with a strong run, which featured a stirring downhill section where he claimed all of the downhill crowns on Strava! Stevie Campbell was not far behind at all, as he makes a continued return to his best form to put in a late challenge for this year’s senior championship which looks to be going down to the wire.
Paul Monaghan filled out the podium positions holding off guest runner Mark Nightingale.Mark’s run was impressive given that he had hill specialist Andy McCall breathing down his neck as he finished just 3 seconds behind.
Sue Hewitson claimed victory in the ladies race to put her name in the mix for the ladies championship title. This title will also go right down to the wire with a number of names in the mix and only 3 races to go. Marian Monk returned at last month’s Willie Jukes and it was great to see her claim second on the hills as she makes a comeback.
Cheryl Thomas claimed third place ahead of fellow hill running buddy Marianne McKay, both having recently been training on much more severe hills than this!
Elsewhere in the race there were great runs from Danny McLaughlin and first time hill runner Oliver Reilly. Callum Gorry made himself one of only 3 club runners who can claim a clean sweep of all 11 races this season which is great to see. There were over 20 runners tackling the course on the day, with many more volunteering their help for this race and the junior race which was great!
There are just 3 more races in the club championship to go. Starting with tomorrow night’s Chisholm Mile on the Esplanade. The weather is looking good and a favourable westerly wind is forecast, so it’ll be great to see a big crowd of runners, volunteers and supporters out to enjoy it! Its only a mile….
Results: Shaun Lyon 28.21, Steven Campbell 28.43, Paul Monaghan 30.24, Mark Nightingale (guest) 30.34, Andrew McCall 30.37, Daniel Doherty 30.58, Tim Griffin (guest) 32.49, Danny McLaughlin 34.56, Oliver Reilly 35.43, Mickey Dunn 35.58, Sue Hewitson 36.46, Richard Davidson 37.27, David Ness 39.39, Stephen Reid 39.39, Marian Monk 40.39, Cheryl Thomas 41.21, Claire Monaghan 42.11, Marianne McKay 42.21, Lorna Coyle 43.22, Callum Gorry 46.24, Boyd MacKenzie 47.03, Simon Hutton 57.55