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Fine victory for Pierson and Turnbull sets personal best; Determined Harriers take on traditional 10-mile events.

THE past two weekends saw Holmfirth Harriers out in action in two 10 mile races.

The 10 mile distance was once a staple distance of the road running scene.

The distance is not as popular these days, but that did not deter 12 Harriers from taking up the challenge.

Three Holmfirth runners made the trip over the Pennines to Sale on Sunday August 7 to take part in the annual 10 mile event.

The race was an early start, but that did not deter some good performances on the day on the fast course.

David Turnbull was the first Harrier home in a personal best time of 51:46 and a placing of seventh. Next back was the constantly improving Brandon Holroyd who recorded a time of 63:53, followed by Jacqui Khoueiry in a time of 66:47.

The winner of the race was Dave Webb of Leeds City, who will be representing Great Britain over the marathon in the World Championships later this month.

The following weekend saw the Askern 10 which incorporated the Yorkshire 10 mile Championships.

Matthew Pierson took the race victory and the title in a time of 52:28 on the challenging course.

Rob Savin was the next Harrier back in a time of 62:22 closely followed by Brandon Holroyd who ran a time of 67:03. David Shepherd and John Phillpot were only split by a minute with times of 71:55 and 72:55 respectively.

Helen Standing was the only female Harrier on the day and she ran a time of 73:46 to continue her improvements.

Matthew Rose was next back in a determined time of 75:13, followed by Pete Dolan who ran 77:15, and last, but by no means least, was the improving Simon Edwards who ran 89:15.

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TEAMWORK: Holmfirth Harriers runners in the Askern 10 event - front: David Shepherd, middle, from left, Matthew Rose, Pete Dolan, Helen Standing and back, from left: Simon Edwards, John Phillpot, Brandon Holroyd and Matthew Pierson (S)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2011
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