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Pyrenees success for Harriers.

HOLMFIRTH Harriers veterans Rob Kersey and Tim Cock picked up prizes when running in the Pyrenees!

They ran alongside Bingley's Pete Covey and stayed at the guest house of Debbie and Gary Devine - the latter a former winner of the national fell running championship.

Covey and Cock had already competed in one race - the former winning the M70 event and Cock taking third - when they were joined by Kersey for an uphill only race.

This consisted of a climb of 1000m within a total distance of about 4K, so a tough climb by any standard!

Gary Devine was fifth overall and 1st M40, Kersey was 1st M60, Covey 1st M70 and Cock second M70.

Kersey and Devine then went on to compete in a 25k Trail Race.

The Holmfirth man ran as part of a relay, doing the second leg - a runner from Bowland FR did the first and Devine the whole race. He was again first M40 and fifth overall.

Kersey was unfortunate as an hour into the 13k run he turned an ankle on a steep descent and so had to hobble the last 30 minutes back to the finish line for a medical examination.

The nurse at the first aid post gasped at the massively swollen ankle overhanging his running shoe and turning deep red.

But the doctor who was called reckoned there was nothing broken.

As Kersey had just run or hobbled about two miles on it, he reckoned the doctor was probably right!

For the last couple of years the Devines have donated a prize for the YVAA Awards Dinner of a holiday at their guest house in the Pyrenees. It is a fantastic area for walking, running and cycling (both road and mountain biking) in the summer and snow sports in the winter.

Many athletes use it as a base to holiday. See http://pyrenees-haven.com

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| READY FOR THE OFF: From left: Rob Kersey, Pete Covey, Tim Cock and Gary Devine are ready to go racing in the Pyrenees, where they enjoyed plenty of success
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2013
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