Race Date: 28th August 2019
Report by Phil Howson
High on my list of hates are runners getting ripped off, so imagine my joy when this popped up on Facebook on Tuesday evening: five mile trail race, only £3, for the following night.
Barnsley Harriers organise races in the way I like: simple, no nonsense, while still raising money (raffles, buns, cakes etc) for great causes – this time a fellow runner who passed away earlier this year.
The race starts and finishes at the cricket ground and is almost entirely on decent trails with enough incline to make it a challenge, no road crossing and nothing too technical. With the start only one minute from J37 of the M1, it only took me 12 minutes from Meadowhall, so a little disappointing that only three Striders made it, as this is 10 times better than a lot of the races we populate.
Anyway the winning times for the 5 miles, 800ft of assent (according to Strava, so will be less) were Alan Ford (Barnsley Harriers) in 31.36, and Lesley Parker (Penistone Footpath Runners) in 39.16. Our super ladies Dawn Jackson and Rosie Smith finished in 92nd (51:57) and 98th (55:17) place respectively, with yours truly coming in 33rd in 40:10. There were 111 finishers.
Remember if you see a race organised by Barnsley Harriers it will be no-nonsense, great value and a cracking race. The best races are organised by runners for runners, here ends the lesson.