Race Specific Chat Forum

racechatWe now have a Race Specific Chat Forum just for us as a club. How professional does this look (our Forum elves have been very busy again!)

1 : Have a look around and see if you see races you are interested in, if so
2 : Set up a login & comment. Simple!
3. Set up Notifications so you know when someone replies to your post “Profile / Edit Profile / Notifications” switch email on!

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This Weekends Harriers in photos

Another very active weekend. Here’s photos of Chris at Epworth, Malc at Sutton park, Nathan at 5am in Keswick and Andy, Sarah and Anne around The Robin Hood in Nottingham. Thanks for photos guys! Keep them coming.

Are you racing next weekend? Post your photos on Facebook …

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September Pub social run lift sharing

Tomorrow night its the monthly social pub run , see further details in the post by Alan , anyone wanting to / can lift share please meet at leisure centre car park for 7pm , i will certainly be driving so can take another 3 ……….. car parking was a little tricky last year.

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This Week

As you can see from the Club Diary (on the right of the webpage) we’ve got a few interesting items coming up…
* Tuesdays run is from The Cliff Inn, Crich. Chip sandwiches after for £3. Bring a torch and money. 3 groups
* Thursday 630 session from Goods Road. Speed practice
* Thursday 730 hill session. Meet bottom of Mill Street. Handicap system.
* Friday Strutts Beer Festival 8pm. Some of us will be leaving there at 7 for a headtorch run along chevin first
* Sunday morning is the first of our local league races. All welcome. Vests mandatory. Shipley park. Lift shares. Team Gazebo. Group warm up (ideally in club training wear !). FREE CAKES 🍪🎂🍪🎂 SOUPS & HOTDRINKS AFTER TO ALL HARRIERS SO NO RUSHING OFF😉. More details on Facebook in the week. All members are encouraged to try these local league races. They carry on until Feb.

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Stanage Struggle write up

Stanage Struggle write up by Andy Paisley, age …old enough to know better!

From the Stanage Stuggle website 2011

It was the picture above, or one just like it, that alerted me to the fact that these races were even going on across the peak district. I was still pretty much a running novice at this stage, running at lunch times with a couple of road 10k events behind me. The guys I was running at work with were pretty much road runners, but with my son playing football in Wirksworth, I had managed to hear about and take part in their Stuart Learmouth Undulator, which I had loved.

Not sure how I came upon the picture above but it spoke of something a bit more out of the ordinary, a bit more out in the wild. I liked the fact that you can see the line of runners tailing off into the distance looking like for these runners there is still a lot of climb left to do.

So I did this race in 2014, signed up on the day, for a fiver!! and it was fantastic. A flatish first mile followed by a climb up to the edge, a run along the top that seemed to go for ages, a charge back down the hill and a final mile that seemed to have more up than down, especially as I’d left any energy I had remaining on the hill.

Can’t remember why, but I couldn’t make a return in 2015, so had it on my radar for this year. The fact that so many of these small fell races are entry on the day is great for me, think I have a problem with long term planning and the cost is in most cases very reasonable and going to local causes or school or village funds.

So this year I’ve made it to the lovely Hathersage, driving over the tops via Owler Bar. My natural instinct to avoid a queue leads me to not patiently waiting to park in the field but drive through the streets of the town getting further and further away from the school before finally getting a space under the railway. At least I then get a warm up getting back to the registration.

By the time I get into the hall there is no queue and sign on is completed in a couple of minutes. Plenty of Belper Harriers out on what is a fabulous day weather wise, with blue skies and sunshine on a warm September day. As an added bonus, son number one has made the bus trip from Sheffield and is there to meet me.

Time for a bit more of a warm up and a trip to the Hathersage’s public toilets, and let me just take time to say that, I am fully prepared to pay double next year as long as the extra money goes into the replace that toilet block fund.

Back into the fresh air and down to the start where we had a pistol to see us off. First mile does give plenty of time for the field to sort itself out before the climbing starts, so no need to push the pace too much. You get a great view of Stanage Edge during this time which does seem some distance away but its good to have the objective in sight.

The climb takes in tarmac, steps, a field and woods before a single track sandstoney path works it way up to the ridge. Two years ago there was a short bit of walking time as the runners bunched up near the top, so I’ve pressed on this year expecting some of the same, but as it turns out there is no rest bite and its straight up and on to picking my way along the sandstone edge.

Not much traffic along hear, unlike last time, and I find a bit of time to take in the amazing views that are all around at this point. A quick check behind me even tells me I’ve enough time to quickly whip out the phone and get a shot or two on the run.

The picture above shows the drop off point from the edge which sees the start of the down hill back to the village. Single track at first, with not many passing places so there is a chance of getting caught behind or holding others up, but once over a stile there is plenty of space to pick up the pace or let others pass.

All the walkers encountered on the way down were extremely generous, seemingly not minding at all their walk being interrupted by a sting of vest clad runners zipping through the countryside, even holding gates open and offering encouragement.

Remembering last time, I’ve kept enough back for the run through the fields and back up to the church before the final run down the road to the finish. No sprint to the line needed today as I’ve enough distance between me and the runners behind and no chance of catching those in front, honest.

A bottle of water, some prize giving and a roast pork roll at the Pool cafe follows, chewing over the race with fellow Harriers, including Alan Billington, who took the fab shot below. Strikingly similar to the one at the top, except this time there’s me in the race, fantastic, thanks Alan.

Thanks also to the Fat Boys Running club for putting on such a lovely event and the fabulous marshals. Would I do it again? Yes, how about next year.

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High Peak 40 Team Success and write ups

Here is Helen Morley’s 3-way write up of the High Peak 40mile Challenge which took place last weekend around Buxton.

Well, these things always seem a great idea from the comfort of your sofa. Three of us entered, that is our illustrious Captain Rachel, Fell Queen Helen Brunt and myself the Tarmac lover! What a trio but what a team. The start of the day was an event in itself we were late leaving Belper but never fear Rachel was on full throttle on the Honda Jazz and we got there with a few minutes to spare at registration. Point of note if you are a nervous passenger avoid a lift from Rachel 🙈. Anyway the race itself left from Buxton and took in the glorious sights from the Peaks, check out my Strava for a detailed route map.

Here is Helen Brunt’s review:
For the couple of days leading up to race day I was getting really excited, then we got there and all excitement seemed to be replaced by fear! I didn’t need to worry though, as it happens, the first 30 miles were brilliant. I had a massive grin on my face, the views were lovely, the weather perfect and I had great company. Not to mention my support crew who kept appearing at regular intervals with extra food and water. Then we hit mile 30, this was not so pleasant and between miles 31 and 32 I had a real low patch. Which I had been warned is common for people to have at some point within an ultra…but it will pass they said! I had a bit of a stern talk with myself, got my head down and kept going, by mile 33 I was at the next check point met by my dad and Ed. So after seeing some friendly faces and stocking up on more food the low point passed, as everyone said it would. The last few miles were very tough and I had left Rachel and Andrew by this point so was on my own, but I kept a steady jog up and overtook a few others. This did wonders for keeping me positive! Finish time of 9hr 51min By the end I was already thinking of the next one!!

Here is Rachel’s review:
Having arrived at the race somewhat undertrained, I was expecting a tough but enjoyable race. I certainly got both of these in spades! I really enjoyed the first 27 miles of the course. Running on the ridge line at hollins cross and mam tor in the sunshine was the most amazing experience. However, by 30 miles, I was struggling and spent the next 7 miles walking. It was really tough and I felt very low at some points, particularly on the long road section. However, I was absolutely determined to finish. Managed to run the last three miles , and was glad to see Helen b and Ed at the end. The support from ed and helen’s dad really helped as well, not to mention curry and white wine afterwards! Finish time 10hr13min

Helens Thoughts
My thoughts on the race are mainly positive, I felt I had trained well but was at the start line carrying an injury but I had no need to worry. This was my first proper ultra and as you all know I am not a lover of off road. However, I loved it, the running was hard but the views and the friendliness of the race was just fantastic. The aid stations were well stocked and I ate more fig rolls then I care to mention. I had a low point at the last aid station which was around 37miles but I would have crawled to the end if needed but I just carried on at a steady pace. I was glad to finish and that cheese and onion pasty at the end was delicious. My aim before the race was to get round in about 8hours, to finish in 7h28min and to be First Lady was the icing on cake. Had some great prizes see photo, arrived in post today!
The whole event was a fantastic achievement for us Belper Harriers ladies we were the First Lady team home. What a brilliant day for Belper Harriers, all wearing Club Vests too!

Helen Morley

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Upcoming Club Supported Races

Hi All
There are a number of “big” events over the winter where it is great to see the Belper banner flying and for us to compete with clubs from around the country.

This year the Club are supporting the following races- paid up members will be able to participate for free as the club will pay entry costs.

The events are as follows:

Sat 5th November- English Cross Country Relays, Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. A chance to run with the best in the country in a great team event on our doorstep.

Sat 28th Jan 2017- Midland Cross Country Championships, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

Sat 25th February 2017- English National Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.

I’ll put a form out on Facebook for people to register interest as I will need to get teams entered fairly soon.


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North Midland Cross Country League

Hi All
The club are again supporting the North Mids league so any Harriers fancying some additional cross country racing as well as the BDL can go along and race in their events- club vests are mandatory.

Full details on the website under “Races” “North Midland Cross Country”

The first fixture is on Sat 15th October at Derby.


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First BDL Cross Country- 2nd October!

Hi All
Time to dust off those trail spikes and get ready for the winter season!

The BDL season opens next Sunday at Shipley Park visitors centre with a race hosted by Ripley. The course has been tweaked slightly but expect an undulating run on a variety of surfaces- given the dry weather so far it’s likely to be a fairly clean run!

This season we are planning some exciting support for our runners- we will have the club gazebo for shelter/bag store, a warm up (get there early!) FREE HOT DRINKS AFTER, Possibly even cake!!!! A lift share will also be organised- see Facebook.

Race start is at 11am, there is pay and display parking at the park or free on nearby roads but PLEASE PARK SENSIBLY.

Let’s get a good turnout and start the new season with a big Belper bang!

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Club champs news

The Bluebell Fell Race on September 11th has moved Simon Edwards into second place, although he only has the Heanor 10k left to fulfil the qualifying criteria. Six points still separate the first four places in the men’s championship. The women’s standings have not changed.

There are 5 races left in the championship including the BDL cross country races on October 2nd and November 13th; the Derby City half marathon on October 9th; and the Heanor 10k on 20th November.

The sixth race will be the club winter handicap on November 1st.


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Photo’s of Harriers in Action at the Stanage Struggle Fell Race

Some shots I took of the Harriers on a glorious autumnal day. I love it up there at this time of year!

Results here

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