Monday, 29 November 2010

'Harriers verses Cyclists'

This was my last competative event (third one on three consecutive weekends!) on Saturday 20th November

It took place at Bingley, and was organised by the (renown club) 'Bingley Harriers'
It was billed as a 'grudge-match' between 2 of the Harriers best male runners;
Alistair Brownlee - last years World (under 23) triathlon Champion
Rob Jebb - 8 times (7 consecutive!) Three-Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race winner (& definately no slouch as a fell-runner himself)

Not really a true 'grudge', as both guys know each other & are friends

The route starts/finishes on the banks of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, at Dowley Gap, between the Aquaduct over the River Aire and the 'Fishermans Inn'

As the race name suggests, it is a race between the cyclists & the runners ('Harriers'), covering 6.5 miles, and gaining an elevation of 650 feet

I've ridden this event, on my Mountain Bike, in 2007/2008, having not really been into running at that point.(returning a time of 54:16 both years!)
Last year, I ran it, and recorded a time of 48:12

The route map....
'Up the string, round the Balloon, and back down the string!'

This year, I decided to run it again, and wanted to beat '45minutes'

Alistair Brownlee (& his junior World Champion brother, Johnathon) didn't turn up for whatever reason, so

Sadly, it was not to be...
Despite a good start, and 'dropping' riders who have been past GB squad members, I couldn't come down the hills as fast as some of the other runners (a sense of self-preservation?), or indeed the cyclists!

Still, a finishing time of 47:08, with a place of 63rd/146 finishers.
That was reasonably pleasing - especially given that there were plenty of damned good nationally ranked runners, and riders, in attendance.

Taking just the runners into account, I finished; 41st/106

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