Dunnerdale fell race Saturday 13th November 2021
Black Combe Harriers organise this popular race in the little known fells of south west Cumbria, and it is described as a “classic short race round the tiny but rugged fells between the Lickle and the Duddon valleys”. It packs 550 metres of climbing into its 8 km distance, and this year there was a big entry, with 293 finishers. Runners were treated to a fine, sunny day with temperatures more like Spring than mid-November. The overall winner was Ben Sharrock of Ambleside in a time of 40:35 and first Preston Harrier over the line was Dave Parkington, who was 86th overall in 54:55. Ben Naylor was the next Harrier to finish; he was 96th overall in 55:46 after making the classic error of following the group he was running with and not the course markings and going astray on the final section. Anna Keller finished in 1:13:17 and Olga Wiggins wasn’t far behind in 1: 17:33.
Pilling 10km road race and Windmill 10km road race
On Saturday 13th November Jason Parker finished 2nd at the Pilling 10k in a time of 35:37. The following day, a group of four Harriers headed out to the coast for the Windmill 10k in St Annes, with Dougie Potter first Harrier to cross the line in 42:05, closely followed by Paul Jeffries (42:46). Jennifer Lock was next in (50:38) before Jacquie Bonworth crossed the line in 63:04.
The highly competitive US cross country season continues for our Harriers in America with Jake Lonsdale placing 41st at the South Regional division 2 U23 men’s event in Saint Leo Florida on 6th November. On Friday the 12th Charlotte Crook took 86th in the South Regionals Division one U23 women’s event at Huntsville Alabama and Byron Sowerby placed 163rd at Midwest Regional men’s U23 event in Iowa City, Iowa.