Well Done to everyone who raced in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships. Hallamshire had some great performances and many athletes qualified to run in the Intercounties in Loughborough on the 10th March.
Results for all the races are available on the Northern Athletics website (Link available).
As for team results Hallamshire came 1st team in the Under 13 boys, Under 13 Girls and Under 15 Girls. Came 6th in the Under 17 men, 4th in the Senior Women’s team result and had a great win for the Senior Men.
Thank you to our team managers Tina Wilson, Nicola Squires and Dave Archer! Lets hope to see more great performances at the Northerns and Nationals.
After the AGM the members on the committee are now:
Some great performances at the South Yorkshire Championships on Sunday at Spinkhill. Hallamshire kept the junior shield and managed to gain back the senior one for the first time since 2012! This is down to the efforts from all the runners who turned out to race!
The club held an Introduction to athletics event at Hillsborough Arena on Saturday 20th August 2016 sponsored by South Yorkshire Sport. Despite the SWFC v Leeds football match and the wet weather forecast the event went really well and we managed to avoid the rain (well most of the time) and interest from football fans. We had around 35-40 children turn up between the ages of 6 years to 21 years! Leaflets were handed out for SIV athletics sessions to children under 8 years, HH club leaflets to those from 8yrs to 16 years and two people (aged 21 yrs) returning to athletics after finishing University were referred to Kate Jones UKA coach.
Many thanks go to Ben Kelly (sprint coach), Sam Kelly (equipment support/photographer), Malcolm Grace and Martin Young (throws coaches), Evelyn Williams (Standing Long Jump coach), Steve Moran for Endurance/Relays, Karen Kelly registration forms/leaflets and Carol (Hurdles). Now we have tried it out once it looks like it may become a regular summer introduction to athletics event.
Hallamshire won the Steel City Cup with 873 points, results of all the races are on the link.
The Hallamshire Harriers began in August 1896 so this year is our 120th year and we would like to celebrate it with an event to be held for our athletes and their families at –
The Hillsborough Arena
Sunday 2 October from 4pm to 8pm
Celebration medals for each Hallamshire Harriers athlete racing with a trophy for the winner of each of the 120m sprint and 1200m races – declaration of your race time on entry and the winner will be the athlete with the nearest time on the day to their declared time on entry.
Tickets can be purchased from tomorrow at EIS and Hillsborough. From week commencing 26 September from Karen Kelly at Woodbourn Rd. Tickets are as follows:
Race only £3
BBQ only £5
Race and BBQ £7
Hallamshire Harriers Committee
On Sunday 24 July despite many being away on holiday, our athletes rallied on the day competing in their full allocation of events. They all put outstanding performances and won the final league meeting achieving promotion in a tight league race between Middlesborough, Rotherham and Hallamshire. Congratulations to Middlesborough who were also promoted.
Our grateful thanks also go to all the officials and parent volunteers who made sure we received our full points score for officiating.
A great story of how on the 90th anniversary of his father winning the Hallam Chase in 1926 his son (aged 70 years) decided to run it in his father’s honour.
HALLAM CHASE (Sheffield)
The course is only 3¼ mls long but has a total climb of 800ft, and is an out and back run, starting at the top of the hill at one side of the valley, down into the valley, up to the top of the other side, and then returning.
The surfaces you run on are, road, grass fields with stiles, tracks and a steep rocky path call Den Bank. The field before Den Bank on the return leg produces some interesting running (walking) styles which can be seen on “YouTube Hallam Chase 2007”
As I live in Nottingham, I ran this race as a Special Guest by the permission of Hallamshire Harriers, as it was the 90th anniversary of my father (who was a member of Hallamshire Harriers) winning this race in 1926, and for this I thank Steve Moran and Carol Varns.
I gave the organisers details of my recent races and was given a start time of 50secs. The last man started at 16m 40s!!!!
There were 63 runners this years and I started 5th and took it easy down the hill to Den Bank, overtaking 3 but being overtaken by 2 runners (who finished 1st & 2nd).
The fields and stiles to the stream in the valley went well, as did the start of the climb up the other side, as I moved into 3rd place!!!
The rest of the climb up the hill was good and I turned only about 150yds behind the leading two.
Returning to the valley was interesting, for as I ran down the field, runners were coming up, which presented difficult situations at stiles, small gaps and stone steps!!!
After the stream, I switched into Crawler gear, and started the climb up the fields. Unfortunately the field before Den Bank proved too much and I started to walk (see YouTube).
At the bottom of Den bank I was still 3rd, but a look over my shoulder showed a line of runners close behind. Den Bank was hard, and on the only flat piece of the course (50yds) I could not get my legs to run again and was overtaken by3 runners, but I got them going and ran up final part of the hill into the sports field, but was overtaken by more runners. The legs were still working, but 2 more runners went past me on the final run in and I finally finished in 20th place.
On actual running time I was 57th out of 63, but as the only one over 70yrs I collected the prize for the Oldest Runner (2 bottles of Beer).
It was a very special and emotional occasion for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it especially as I was allowed to run in a Hallamshire Harriers vest.