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Weekly Round Up

With summer comes a plethora of trail and Fell races, last week was no exception with a race in the Peak District or locally pretty much every day! Every race has been particularly tougher what with the very sunny hot evenings where temperatures were still likely in the lower ends of 20 degrees (most often hotter!)

First off was the Duffield 5 last Monday with 8 of our club runners doing this traditional village run which incorporates the Chevin overlooking Belper. Well done in particular to Ed, Ruth, Hannah, Jack and David who all picked up trophies 🏆

This was followed by the Trevor Milner Riber Run on Tuesday at Lea Green outside Matlock. This is personally one of my favourites (author ran this race!) and I had a mission to complete it after tripping and unable to finish last year. It always involves tactics in terms of getting a good position at the start to avoid the bottlenecks at various spots if you want a good time! Three of our newer members made this their introduction to fell racing and they both seemed to enjoy it very much!

20 Harriers who couldn’t make the race ended up on a lovely pub social run finishing off with pint and chips, what more could you ask for??

Further afield for Wednesday for the 9.5 km Hope Wakes fell race with another great turn out. This race offers amazing views with a run to the summit of Win Hill, it is always worth getting your breath back and having a quick look around especially on clear blue sky evenings like that evening where Ladybower Reservoir looked resplendent!

Thursday bought about Winster Hill Fell Race, and although this is one of the shorter races at 4 miles, it is surprisingly tough. The highlight of the race has to be the finish line which is at the bottom of a steep road, offering the Harriers who ran the chance to finish off on a high with a fast sprint and hopefully a great end race photo! Well done to Ruth who was second lady overall and Julia who won for age category!

Saturday was the notoriously difficult Chrome Hill Fell Race, again although only 4 miles long, this contains some brutal inclines to climb, so this is all about tactics,do you try your best to race up and down or conserve energy before the descent, every runner in the club has their own ways!

Sunday offered a choice of two races which were well attended. You could either run the Little Eaton Legit an always popular local village race with our very own Helen being First Lady back or a new one for the Club Fell league, Great Hucklow. From the photos it looks like some of our members (or just the one!) decided to go bog snorkelling to add to the challenge!

All these races every day last week were well attended, the opportunity to see parts of the Peak District and being with a bunch of friendly people a big draw. If you fancy seeing what Fell races are all about, or if you want to join us for some general runs , check out our general Facebook page and the main page for details.

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Mid Summer Local Fell racing fun – Riber

You know it’s mid summer when the local Fell races come thick n fast. Personally I can’t think of many better ways to spend a summer evening, enjoying those sunset views whilst high in the hills. They’re never too long either, normally 5 miles or less. We had some of our members come along for the first time last night so welcome on board Joe, Cat and Chris!

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Cromford Fell races – June 16th

See note below from Simon Edwards regarding the Cromford Fell races :-

Cromford Fell Races

Saturday 16th June 2018

The Kanter 1 mile for the kids

The Killer 3.5 miles for everyone mad enough

Both races start at 11:00am

on North Street, Cromford, DE4 3RG

£2/£4 entry on the day only

Medals for all Kanter finishers



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Tuesday Pub Social run 7.15pm start

Tomorrow night is a pub social starting from the Bear pub at Alderwasley – due to the still possibly fading light we need to set off at 7.15pm rather than 7.30pm so please get there in plenty of time for us to take the food number/orders

£4 per head for food back in the warmth of the pub at the end – you’ll need extra for beer money of course – i will leave the BLC at 6.50pm if anyone would like a lift or other cars to also share ………

2 routes have been sorted with 7 mile and 4.5 mile options

See you all tomorrow night

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Ilkeston BDL – Change of route and venue

Please see the below email / notes about the next BDL race at Ilkeston –


We have been let down at the eleventh hour by our venue ,”The Stute”.
The new Tenants do not now open on a Monday or Tuesday and will not entertain doing so. IRC have therefore been very active over the last couple of weeks finding a new venue


The new route which is approx 5 miles, will start at the bottom of Pewit Golf Course. 40 West End Drive Ilkeston DE7 5GH


There are 60 car park spaces at the Golf Club
Although parking is not restricted on the road we want to ensure that we cause no obstructions to the local residents. We are currently planning having a car park marshal who will advise runners that the car park spaces at the golf club have been filled and direct additional vehicles to the car park at Pimlico DE7 5QB.


This car park has spaces for 131 vehicles and is free after 6pm. It is less than a 10min walk to the Golf Club. The car park and the route to the start is shown on the attached course map


Toilet and changing facilities are available at Rutland Sport Park
Additional toilets are available at the golf clubhouse


The room can only officially accommodate 60 persons ( fire regulations )
We intend to erect our club tent on the grassed area to the side of the clubhouse for the purpose of awarding trophies. We have pre-booked a fine night !!!


The venue is charging £17.55 per hour which should work out less than £70. I hope you will agree to reimburse Ilkeston for this nominal expense


Could I ask you to advise St Johns of the change of venue.


Could you also advise the BDL clubs of this change and of their co-operation in parking as directed by our Car Park Marshal

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London Marathon 2018

What a difference a few days make! Today is cool and the endless patter typical rain showers associated with the month of April. Contrast that to the sunny Sunday just gone.

We had a number of Harriers representing the club, Ed, Shaun, Ruth and Rachel and Mark proudly sporting the club vest on that Sunday morning among the 1000’s of other runners that day.

While the rest of us watched the race get started from the comfort of our sofas, for our runners it was time to take in what the London Marathon atmosphere offers from shared nerves to laughter and lots of well wishing. As the start button was pressed by the Queen the elites were let off and then it was a case of trying to spot the bright yellow Belper Harries vest and following the moving dot on the Marathon app. Who knew watching a simple moving dot could be so tense!

The TV presenters and weather forecasters at various points (and later confirmed by the marathon organisers themselves) noted this was the hottest one on record with the crowds and road surface taking the temperatures up to 28 degrees! This writer certainly felt sorry for our runners and didn’t feel jealous at all!

Nevertheless, our club are rightly very proud of all our runners who pushed through their individual pain barriers and that sheer mental barrier and not giving in while others around them wilted and dropped in the heat. Special mention must be made to Ed James who came home in a flying 2 hours and 59 minutes, a stunning time for the conditions but a huge well done to all, everyone agrees you are all superstars!

Finally I must point visitors to the blog posts from two of our runners who put their experience into their own way, give them a read:

Ruth Keeley –

Rachel Clarke –


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Plastic Cups at Races

Thoughts from Dave Denton…


Last night, the BBC broadcast the daily ONE SHOW and spent the whole programme on the tremendous problem of plastic waste……."soon, there will be more plastic in the seas than fish"!!!!

We are all very aware of the problems of plastic waste and in our won way, I am sure that we all try to be a lot better than in the past. The trouble is that most things that we buy seems to come in ever more layers of plastic.

It crossed my mind that I am guilty of adding to the plastic problem by providing plastic vending cups at most of my events, cups that are then thrown away and end up on a Council landfill site somewhere.

Obviously, many runners need water to help rehydrate after a race but what can I do to help????

1 : I could take the used cups home, wash them and reuse them
2 : As well as everything else runners keep in the sports bages, they could keep a suitable drinking vessel and use it at races. Way back in 1981 when I created the Mansfield Half Marathon, runners were given a commemorative mug as they crossed the finishing line with which they could scoop water from the large water butts we provided.

Here endeth the thoughts of DRD

Enjoy the rapidly approaching Summer and, above all, be happy and content


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