Latest C25K Success

Latest C25K Success

Another Hambleton Athletics and Running Club Couch to 5K programme has graduated at the weekly parkrun held in the grounds of Fountains Abbey. The newly-fledged runners had the opportunity to run a continuous 5K with the support of Head Coach, Chris Lees, and newly qualified coach, Becky Williams. It was the culmination a ten week programme and there was a huge turnout from other club members to encourage the runners around the 2 lap course and over the finish line. The bad weather of recent weeks thankfully held off for the occasion and runners enjoyed a well-earned post-run coffee and cake in the café. Annabel McGregor, one of this cohort’s graduates, had this to say: “If HARC can get me through this programme, they can get anyone through it! I needed more support due to my MS and knew it was the club for me after seeing how they all supported each other at the recent races held in Snape. HARC offers brilliant value...
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Hambleton Athletics and Running Club Awards Night 🏆

Hambleton Athletics and Running Club Awards Night 🏆

HARC’s second annual Awards Night was a time for celebration and camaraderie, as club members enjoyed a wonderful feast at Institution in Bedale. Eight trophies were awarded to reflect the club’s principles: ‘Caring & Supporting’; ‘Coaching-led’; ‘For Everyone’; and ‘Enjoying Our Sport’. And the winners are… Our Greatest Of The Year (male), affectionately known as ‘Billy GOTY’, was presented to one of the club’s juniors, Harvey Wilkinson. Harvey is a superb up and coming shot putter whose excellent performances this season have earned him a current top 20 national ranking. The ‘Nanny GOTY’ (Greatest Of The Year – female) went to Lesley Whitehouse who achieved a superb age-graded performance at 5km distance at Sherwood Pines parkrun. Joanne Sinnott received the ‘Captain Cook Cup’ for endeavour. Jo set herself phenomenal challenges this year in a bid to raise over £3,000 for MND, a charity very close to her heart. During the qualifying period, she ran a number of full marathons, and ran 86 solo miles...
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Snape 10K & 5K Fun Run

Snape 10K & 5K Fun Run

The 34th annual fun run in the historic village of Snape took place on September 23rd. The 10k is multi-terrain with some roads through Bedale and HARC members who successfully completed the course were Andrew Garner, Mary Gregory, Michelle Slade, Lesley Whitehouse and Richard Slade. Extra congratulations to Richard and Andrew who gained new PBs at this distance. The 5k is mainly over footpaths and fields and its challenge was accepted by Mark Blair, Robert Gregory, Ruth Hancock, Erin Marley, Sara Sherwood, Samantha Scarlett, Joanne Sinnott and Graham Finlay, who collected the prize for being first in his age category. As ever, there were medals for all finishers and trophies for the prize winners, as well as homemade lunches and cake in the village hall. A lovely morning out for all! ...
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North Yorkshire and South Durham X-Country League

North Yorkshire and South Durham X-Country League

Acklam Grange, Middlesbrough Sunday 1st October The first meet of the season took place at Acklam Grange School this Sunday, on an unseasonably warm, humid day. The course was thankfully dry, but no less gruelling than in previous years.  It’s certainly eye-opening to be running against some of the most outstanding XC runners the region has to offer, who make it look exceptionally easy. However, there was ample support around the course from all teams who participate, making it one of the friendliest competitions available. HARC had some ‘newbies’ to the team this year, joined by old-hands Christopher Lees and Ruth Hancock. Well done on your inaugural performances, Luke Allen, Marc Blair and Samantha Scarlett! The bar has been set.  Thanks too, to Alice Inglis who came to support the team, and has ended up signing up for the rest of the season! ...
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Darlington 3K and 10K 2023

Darlington 3K and 10K 2023

Members from Hambleton Athletics and Running Club took on the two races at Darlington on 6 August. In total HARC fielded a team of 15 seniors and 2 juniors. Notable performances were produced by the following athletes who secured new PBs: Luke Allen 00:44:05Joanne Sinnott 01:03:38Gemma Wardle 01:09:03 However there are a couple of other special mentions for club members Andy Garner completing his first ever event in 00:54:32 and Richard Slade completing the course having only just graduated from HARC’s C25K program the week before! Club juniors Florence Barnes and Coco Mildren also smashed their first ever competitive 3K events too. Hearty congratulations to all! There was a great atmosphere along the course with lots of local residents cheering on all runners along the closed roads, and there was quite a buzz in the event village both before and after the races. As ever, support from other HARC members and their families, was much appreciated. If you’d like more information about what HARC can offer in...
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HARC C25K going from strength to strength

HARC C25K going from strength to strength

Hambleton Athletics and Running Club have seen the graduation of their latest Couch to 5K participants at Fountains Abbey parkrun on 29th July. Once again the weather was kind and a goodly number of club members, with program coaches Ruth Hancock and Nigel Haresign, ran alongside each graduate to ensure that everyone had full support around the popular 5K course. Graduate Richard Slade has returned to running after a long time out. He thoroughly recommends to anyone thinking of taking up or returning to running to sign up to HARC’s program saying “Don’t worry if you think you’re not going to be as good as everyone else, as there are people of all different abilities running together and the club ethos of ‘no one gets left behind’ is fantastic and reassuring as it keeps everyone together, helping to build a close knit team spirit and camaraderie.” Ruth and Nigel are rightly proud of their newly fledged runners and say it has been gratifying...
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Endure 24 – 2023

Endure 24 – 2023

A number of club members recently took part in ‘Endure 24 Leeds’, a 24-hour running challenge at Bramham Park. We had a team, a pair and three soloists entered, and their achievements were fantastic! The weekend was one of the warmest of the year which made running the five-mile circuits much tougher than they might otherwise have been. Part of the course meandered through some woodland areas giving much needed shade, but it was mostly very exposed to the blazing sun. Even the after-dark laps could not be described as cool, and the humidity was pretty unpleasant. Head Coach, Chris Lees, is extremely proud of everyone who took part. He said, “This event is an extraordinary challenge even for seasoned athletes. It requires enormous mental strength, not just physical ability.” Our team of six – Bridget Wilson, Jane Wilkinson, Dave Oldacres, Polly Oldacres, Becky Williams and Gemma Wardle – surpassed their own expectations and managed 100 miles (20 laps) between them, maintaining one...
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Team HARC Bouncing Around in the Sunshine

Team HARC Bouncing Around in the Sunshine

A team of eleven HARC members travelled to Harewood House at the weekend for the Leeds Inflatable 5k. The group looked so fabulous in their blue tutus and glittery face paint that the start line marshal declared them the best dressed group of the day. Tackling 32 inflatable obstacles in the glorious sunshine was great fun, especially with the usual HARC team spirit – the runners did turn-backs to stay together and gave each other plenty of help getting back on their feet, plus the occasional gentle nudge to get over some of the hurdles! ...
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HARC Athletes with a ‘Spring’ in their step

HARC Athletes with a ‘Spring’ in their step

By Ruth Hancock. Since our last report, members of Hambleton Athletics and Running Club have been very busy achieving a variety of personal goals and working hard to raise funds for charity. Phill Heward became HARC’s first recipient of a club place at the London Marathon. Phill was really happy to finish in 4hr 10 min. He said “It was every bit as tough as I expected but even more enjoyable than I’d hoped. Thanks to all for the encouragement and to HARC for the opportunity.” Graham Finlay achieved a huge milestone of 200 Parkruns in April and chose his favourite at Fountains Abbey to host this momentous occasion. As ever, HARC members turned out in force to support him and celebrated with a special cake in the café afterwards. At the Kieran Maxwell Memorial event in Middlesbrough, junior shot putter Harvey Wilkinson secured the top spot with a personal best throw of 11.38m and edges closer to the UK top 20 as a...
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