Harriers’ Helen battles sweltering heat to clock fine time at Phoenix

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The Lakeland 50 Ultra Marathon takes place at the end of July and  Harrogate Harriers’ long-distance specialists Martyn and Helen Price will both be there. 

A hard off-road race was precisely what was required as part of the training plan, and Saturday’s Osmotherley Phoenix fitted the bill. 

It’s a hilly, 33-mile route over the Cleveland Way and North Yorkshire Moors with over 4,000ft of cumulative ascent in soaring temperatures.    

Also competing was fellow Harrier Mark Robinson, no stranger to this event having participated in the 2012 race. 

Dehydration and cramp was a serious problembut Helen showed her mettle as an outstanding ultra-distance runner, pulling away from both men. 

She finished in an outstanding seven hours 10 minutes, high in her category and well ahead of the two other Harriers who finished around 40 minutes later.

On Sunday, the Abbey Runners laid on the Eccup 10 with 18 Harriers braving the scorching sun to run round the beautiful reservoir route.

First Harrier over the line was Graham Molyneux in 1:07:05, 64th overall, followed soon after by Simon Watson in 1:08:40, 80th overall, then Adam Prentis in 1:11:50, setting a new PB in the heat and 121st overall. For the ladies, the fastest Harrier was Paula Eastaugh in 1:16:54, followed by Juliette Gregory in 1:19:55, then Victoria Tremlin in 1:24:08.

Other results were: Brian Miller, 1:12:47; Jon Blane, 1:13:26; John McNerney, 1:14:26; Darren West, 1:14:47 (PB); Philip Sagar, 1:17:18; Richard Chester, 1:22:58; Toby Eastaugh, 1:27:52; Angela Barker-Charleton, 1:29:21; Rob Athey, 1:30:52; Nick Tinker, 1:31:02; Debbie Dilasser, 1:35:45; Irenie Bass, despite a fall requiring ten stitches at the hospital later, 1:51:14.

A damp and windy Saturday morning greeted nearly 800 athletes and Wetherby Runner Richard Bewell, who were doing battle for Triathlon England national honours at the annual Dambuster ‘Standard’ distance triathlon at Rutland Water.

Clearing just in time for the 7am 1400m swim start, the roads were dry for the 42k bike loop around Rutland Water.

Richard put in a 37.15 10k run to grab the M50 silver medal from the 56 strong field in a total time of 02:10:47.

As a qualifying race for the 2013 ITU London AG World Championships this Autumn as well as the 2014 ETU Kitzbuhel AG European Championships the podium position sealed both dates for Bewell.

He followed this at the Llandudno Sea ‘Sprint’ distance Triathlon finishing second in M50 category again There were also strong performances from Ian Legg, Emily Legg at First F19 category and Judy Bewell, for this national qualifier.

Unfortunately Jonny Dudley became the victim of a marshalling error on the run which otherwise would have seen his time ranking for a podium place.