A dozen Hoad Hill Harriers travelled to Dent last Saturday for the 2019 Dentdale Run, where they braved the changeable early March conditions.

Heavy winds and rain battered the village in the lead-up to the 1pm start time for the 7.9 and 14.2-mile races that took place on the day. This caused some flooding, which forced the route to be slightly changed at short notice, but thankfully conditions improved by the time the runners lined up for the start.

Eleven Hoadies took on the 7.9-mile race and Alan Wilson was their first finisher, coming in at 35th overall with a time of 58m ins 25 secs.

Stephanie Gillies was the club’s fastest female runner, as she clocked 59:00 in crossing the line 39th, while Simon Barton was first of the over-60 veterans to finish, doing so eight seconds later in 41st.

Alison Cooke (59:23) and Ashley Cooke (59:22) were second and third in the over-55 and over-60 categories respectively before Adrian Newnham was the fastest over-65, as he clocked 1:02:47.

The other Hoad Hill Harriers in the race were Sally Barton (1:06:46), Mike Lavery (1:09:41), Mike Fawcett (1:16:19), Naomi Capstick (1:22:09) and Penny Moreton (1:29:12).

Gary Dover was the one Hoadie who took on the longer 14.2-mile race and he had an absolutely exceptional run, as he finished seventh overall with a superb time of (1:39:37). Karl Fursey of the Black Combe Runners also took part in he clocked 2:37:00.

Three other Hoad Hill Harriers took part at last Saturday’s Barrow Parkrun, with James Corbishley finishing second with 19:18, Justin Corbishley setting a new personal best with 19:22 and Heather Travis being the fastest female runner in 22:40.