Senior harriers results round-up, 29/3/12

Following an excellent run at the Nationals, Dale Worton was selected to run for the North of England in the Home Countries International Race at Rouken Glen Park in Glasgow on 18th March. It sounds like a baptism of fire; in the words of the man himself, “I came 20th out of 33 finishers in conditions that I would describe as running through treacle. I actually set off and was up there doing well when all of a sudden I went down with someone spiking me really hard in the back of the heel, and it actually pulled my spike shoe completely off and slashed open my skin on my heel it was extremely painful and must’ve been a few mm deep. I ended up losing time, as the leaders got away by the time I had slipped my spike back on. Anyway, as I worked my way back to them, slowly they put the boot back down and I couldn’t recover in time. All in all it was a good experience racing for Northern England. So it’s a step in the right direction in terms of that illustrious GB vest maybe somewhere in the future”. Dale has made some great strides forward this season and will hopefully transfer this to some good relay and track racing in the coming months.


Dale was not the only Leeds City representative, with Katie Parry running for Wales after her excellent 4th at the Welsh Championships. She had another good run, finishing 9th, 2nd counter for a Welsh team which finished 3rd.


That surely was the last of the cross-country for this season and it’s now onto road racing. On 25th March, Matthew Clough and Mike Burrett both competed for the North of England at the Fleet half Marathon, a race which turned out to be a good deal more undulating than the organisers’ claims! Nevertheless, in his debut half, Matt had an excellent run, finishing 6th in 68:43, holding his own against some very accomplished road racers. With this time, he moved up to 20th on the club’s all-time rankings. Mike is training hard for London, with all the heaviness of legs that this entails, and finished 12th in 71:48.


Also racing over the half marathon distance was James Walsh, in the slightly more exotic environs of New York. As a reward for being one of the leading Brits in last autumn’s Great South Run, James was invited to compete in the New York Half-Marathon on March 18th, a massive race run along some of the world’s most famous streets. Despite suffering from a delayed flight and lack of sleep as a result, James finished 32nd in 65:48, not far off his PB and 3rd on the club rankings and surely evidence of faster times to come.


Despite not being reknowned as a fell-running club, LCAC runners have been cropping up in fell race results for a while now, and the club has had 3 mountain running internationals in recent years, as well as a team in the FRA relays last year. On the 17th March, the club fielded a team in an English championships race for the first time in several years, at Lad’s Leap in Crowden in Longdendale, a race featuring the cream of English fell-running talent. In his comeback race after a stress-fracture, Adam Osborne finished 28th, closely followed by Simon Deakin in 30th (incidentally, Deak has now competed on 4 different surfaces this winter, taking in road, country, indoors and fell, which could be another record). Chris Birchall, also making a comeback after an achilles injury was 35th, whilst Leon Foster, swearing never to do another fell race ever again, was 105th. Danny Jones (who had run a marathon only a week earlier!) was last scorer in 163rd, whilst Chris Needham was 199th. The team finished 11th.