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Update 27th August to 6th September 2019. By Cat J

Summer may be over, but the races seem to just keep on coming!

The Barrel Inn Fell Race was on the 27th August. A superb race of just over 6 miles with views of Abney and Curbar before dropping back down into Eyam. Well done to Louise Rowley who was first in her age category in a tough race!

On Sunday 1st September, there were a lot of races on offer including the ever popular Wilne 10k.

5 Harriers ran, with Darren Singleton running 41:33 to achieve a new pb! Karolina Kucharek was equally swift and hot on his heels with 41:28 earning her a top 20 ladies finish. Malcolm Weir was 2nd in Vet70 with 43:36, Paul Romney finished in 43:38 & Helen James in 53:27. A Superb effort from all of you!

Dave Horton also managed to keep busy on the 1st September with the ‘Exterminator Fell Race’ in Totley. (In his own words….)

“I found myself without a race this weekend (horror of horrors!), so needing to get a longer run in, I pootled along to the excellent low-key Exterminator 16mile fell race at Totley. I quickly found that I wasn’t alone, but had Andy Paisley and Peter Baker for company. Rather than the usual bull-out-of a-gate start that you get with the short evening races, this was a more refined slow burner sort of race. Pleasant temperatures were tempered by a couple of cold, blowy showers on the tops of the moors. This type of longer fell race with few marshalls or route signs is a bit of a departure from my usual comfort zone, and the route was quite complex; I was grateful for the company of a local runner who knew the course well, and even led me along a perilous quarry-edge path to save a few seconds. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I hope this will be the first of many races of this type for me. Well done Pete and Andy, both veterans of this race.”

One Harrier (Paul Donald) headed out solo to Sherwood Pines 10K (another alternative to the Wilne 10K/Exterminator)

“Arrived nice and early to pick up my race number. After that faffed around at the boot of the car for a bit. Then decided to do some stretching as someone else was so seemed like a good idea. Soon after I found a nice quiet area to do some warm ups (to try and look like I knew what I was doing).

Lining up at the start I noticed very few ‘serious looking runners’ and foolishly thought I’d be in with a chance of a good performance.

4 seconds in to the race I realised I wasn’t and after the first few hills I realised a PB was also out the window. I meandered round the forest tracks on various surfaces; gravel, sand, grass, mountain biker carcass with a couple of points where I attempted to throw water in my face (I can’t drink from cups whilst running)

Just before the 8K mark I picked up my pace and again at 9K. Near the end I heard some footsteps behind me so stepped up the pace only to see a Sleaford Strider pass me. I wasn’t having that so I fought back right up to the line where he pipped me (although he did have longer legs than me).

I subsequently congratulated him whilst I lay in a heap on the floor.

After all this I won the coveted award of first (and only) Belper Harrier home 😎

It was a good morning out which reminded me that the key to good performance involves training and actually putting effort in.”

Good effort Paul! Sounds like a fun race & a worthy alternative to Wilne!

Closer to home was the Alport Heights Relay on Wednesday 4th September. A fab little midweek relay race. Last year we has sunshine, this year rain and wind…

That didn’t deter our members though, as we had a whopping 9 teams entered! Karolina Kucharek, Louise Rowley & Hannah Wibberly were first overall ladies team. We also had two male teams finishing in the top ten in 6th & 8th position. Regardless of results, I think I can safely say that all members enjoyed themselves. It’s always great fun to race locally!

Great Longstone Fell Race was on the 6th September. On a windy night, 6 Harriers completed the 4.8 mile course which climbs 950 feet up onto Longstone edge before heading back down to the village.

Ashley Flint, Chris Clark & Simon Fisher represented the men, and for the ladies Helen James, Nikki Owen and Louise Rowley, with Ed James there supporting them. Simon stormed to victory taking 1st place beating fell legend Lloyd Taggart in an impressive 29.44. Louise Rowley was 4th lady which is very impressive especially as she took a fall in the mud halfway round.

Lastly, and perhaps the most impressive achievement by a club member in the past week was Rob Terry who completed the 101km CCC race on the 30th August! For those unfamiliar with the race, below is a little description. Although I’m sure Rob could describe it better!

The CCC is a race deep into wilderness using for the most the international path “Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc (GR TMB)”.
A mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy.

The CCC® has climbed from being the "little sister of the UTMB®" to becoming a unique race that is one of the most prestigious of the world. The start line at the centre of Courmayeur is tinged with an atmosphere that only Italians can provide, a rare emotional moment to the music of Vangelis.

The course has 6100m+ of elevation and has a time limit of 26 hours 30 mins. Rob completed it in 13:42:36, a superb achievement!

It’s been a busy few weeks for all members of the club with even more happening than I could list in this update. Whether you’ve been racing, running for fun/training, injured or just having a bit of time off after a big race, it seems to be a great time to be a Belper Harrier. Well done all!

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25th July to 11th August 2019. By Cat J

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the (hopefully) good weather. With the fell racing season in full swing, members have had more than enough races to choose from to keep them busy!

Brassington hill race took our runners on a ‘beautiful tour of the hills around Brassington. Taking place on the 25th July, several Harriers battled the heat & participated. Louise Rowley was 1st lady back! Simon Fisher was 10th overall, closely followed by Andy Marsden who came 13th. Not forgetting all the other harriers who ran superbly on such a hot evening! Sarah Jackson, Jo Coates, David Horton, Chris Clarke & Ant Marchant. Richard Hickling & Andy Nash also made an appearance, & did a great job supporting & cheering on all of our members. Much appreciated!

On the 29th July, Simon Fisher ran the Bonsall Hill race. A short 2 lap course featuring some impressive climbs. Simon Fisher ran at his usual rapid pace and was 1st overall! What a fantastic result to round off July!

1st August saw the return of the Bluebell Fell race ran by David Denton. Despite exploding dams elsewhere, pouring rain, and generally rubbish weather, 5 hard core Harriers braved (and completed) the course! Luckily they escaped the rain (but not the humidity) and collected a fantastic set of results between them. Simon Fisher finished 2nd, with Ed James hot on his heels in 4th. Louise Rowley was 1st FV40 (she just keeps on winning!) David Horton & Chris Clarke completed the line-up. Excellent support again from Richard Hickling, Jasmin Smith & Nathan.

The Salt Cellar fell race took place on the 3rd August. This brutal race was made even more challenging by the toasty weather but that didn’t deter club members from attacking the course and giving it their all. 7 miles of technical terrain starting and finishing at the dam wall of Upper Derwent reservoir. Andy Paisley, Ruth Keeley, Andy Stubbs, Richard Hickling all completed the course. Well done!

Perhaps the most important race of the lot, was the BDL on the 6th August. A tremendous 37 harriers represented the club! This was the last race in the summer league so everyone’s effort really counted. The improvement of the club recently can really be seen by our rise from 7th overall last year to 5th this year! The men finished in 3rd overall and the women in 5th. Consistently high turnout has been key to the club’s success this year. This would not have been possible without all of you Harriers members donning your yellow vests, and to quote our ladies captain Sarah Jackson, ‘running your socks off!’ A huge congratulations to all members. Whether you ran all the races, only one, or supported from the side lines. Let’s keep on working together to do even better next year!

8th August was another successful day for the club at Ricky’s Race, taking place at Darley Bridge. Simon Fisher was 3rd overall with Ed James only a few minutes behind in 10th. Louise Rowley 1st FV40 and 2nd overall, Ruth Keeley was 2nd FSEN and 3rd lady. David Horton was 3rd MV50. Ant Marchant also completed the course, a great effort by everyone.

What a busy summer this is turning out to be! Despite the ever changing weather, one thing’s for certain. It doesn’t seem to be stopping our club members having a great time & doing lots of fabulous running in their yellow vests!

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Weekly update 19th-21st July 2019. By Cat J

Five races in four days, the summer racing season seems to be in full swing!

Starting off a busy few days, was the Sheldon Fell Race on Thursday 19th July. 5 Harriers took part, but two were especially speedy! Louise Rowley was first FV40, & Simon Fisher came 10th overall. Andy Stubbs, Ruth Keeley & Ashley Flint also did a splendid job of representing the club and some of them even wore their club vests!

On the evening of Friday 20th July, the annual Tara Kindle Memorial 10k took place. The description of the race is simply ‘it’s flat, it’s fast, it’s friendly, it’s old school 10K running at its best.’ Two of those definitely seem to be correct judging by results of the club members who ran the race this week. All very swift times!

David Heslop ran 36:30 (a pb!) to claim 2nd MV40 (only 4 seconds off winning his category), and he also finished in the top 10 overall. Andrew Marsden finished in 39:49 followed by Dave Horton in 40:36 and Darren Singleton who ran 42:42. A great effort from all of you, well done!

The last two races were on Sunday. Robert Norman represented the club at the The Hardwick Hall 10k in Pilsley at finishing in 46:32.

Also on Sunday, Josie Lockwood ran the Conti Thunder run which is a 24 hour relay race consisting multiple 10K laps. The organisers describe the event as ‘where running is tested against the clock, putting your tactics, endurance, speed & teamwork to the ultimate test.’ Clearly not a race for the faint hearted! Josie completed 3 laps of the course which was a super effort!

Well done to all on another week of racing. A great effort in the heat!

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Update 10-14th July by Darren S

Update 10-14th July by Darren S

There are probably some tired legs after the array of challenging races this week!

Wednesday 10th July was the Black Rocks Fell race – infamous for a mid-race slog up the High Peak junction accent, only for the climbing to continue onto the trig point on Cromford Moor. A long descent tests the downhill running skills, before a draining flat blast back along the canal tow path. It’s a tough but enjoyable race. Lots of local fell racing big names were out in force, and this includes our own Ed James, who finished in 8th place. Nathan Brickman was in 15th. Ruth Keeley was 2nd lady!

On Friday 12th we didn’t have to travel far to our neighbouring Holbrook Hill race. It’s a 5 mile run mainly on roads and footpaths. Simon Fisher was in 3rd place, and Louise Rowley was 1st lady! Andrew Marsden (9th) and Anthony Beardsmore (10th) also cracked the top ten overall. Fantastic results! And despite running the brutal Black Rocks race 48hrs earlier, David Horton was first in his age category.

Earlier (a LOT earlier) that day, was the Derby Sunrise City 5k – a non competitive (so no timing system) 5k run/jog around the city starting at 5.30am with the aim of catching a glorious mid-run sunrise. Sharon Kelby and Jo Coates completed this one.

On Sat 13th it was the beloved/dreaded Crich Monument Race – it sells out way in advance every year, with runners keen to tackle the punishing climb to Crich stand, which kicks in after around 4 miles. However, the talking point this year was not the hill, but an ill tempered swan which lashed out at runners pacing along the canal path. As far as I know, no runners were eaten.

17 Harriers ran! As for the results, more terrific performances from the Harriers. Shaun Bott came in 5th place, and James Hart in 7th. Wendy Amis was 1st in FV55 category. Making her long awaiting comeback from injury was Karolina Kucharek, who appears to have skipped the ‘steady progress’ stage and finished as 4th lady, and 2nd in her age category! David Horton seems to have bionic legs, 3 tough fell races in 4 days, and still finished 2nd in M50 category here. Shout out to Jo Coates who ran all 4 races mentioned so far (and yes that includes two on the same day!!)

Further afield this day was the wonderfully titled Fan Y Big fell race – a gruelling 10.3 mile up-and-down slog in the not-at-all-flat Brecon Beacons. Nathan Brickman competed and finished in an awesome 7th place

Finally, to round up a week of tough hilly races, on Sunday 14th it was the Peak Forest Fell Race – our own Nicky Owen finished 3rd lady overall, and 1st in her age category!

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Recent events 28.6.19 – 5.7.19 by Darren S

Recent events 28.6.19 – 5.7.19 by Darren S

Tuesday 2nd July was the 4th race in the Summer BDL – Carsington.

A 4.25 mile “out and back” race along the scenic trail alongside Carsington water saw a fantastic 36 Harriers turn up. It was a warm dusty evening, not the greatest running conditions but an incredible club performance saw us take 2nd position, what an effort! Notable performances from Simon Fisher (9th overall), Shaun Bott (10th overall) Dave Heslop (16th overall, 3rd in age category). First Belper lady was Ruth Keeley. Wendy Amis, Cathy Mitchell and Louise Rowley were all 2nd in age categories. Making his BDL debut was Anthony Beardsmore, who finished in a fantastic 45th overall position, and 9th in age category.

Rewinding a little bit, on Friday 28th June, which saw Nicky Owen take on the Tideswell Fell Race, finishing in a very respectable 38.14.

On Saturday 29th June was the Chrome Hill fell race, any fell race with ‘hill’ in the name is bound to be gruesome, and by the sounds of it, it was. More hot conditions didn’t stop 4 Harriers completing it, well done Ed James, Ashley Flint, Richard Hickling and Helen James. Kudos to Ed James who finished in 9th position overall.

Also on Saturday 29th June was the Lakeland trails Ultra. A series of distances starting from Ambleside, Lake District. Very scenic, very hilly!! A number of Harriers took on the 55km challenge….. incredibly well done to Mark Beighton, Christian Bradshaw, Jo Coates, Clare Cooper, Zoe Clift, . Rob Terry tackled the 23km, well done Rob. Dan Clark and Rachel Clark also completed the 23km, well done both!

Sunday 30th June was the Round Sheffield Run is always hugely popular, and getting an entry is often compared to trying to get tickets to the Glastonbury Festival. It’s a multi-stage 20km trail run through some gorgeous parks and woods. The unorthodox format torpedo’s any previous race training, as each stage is separated by a walk of 5-15 minutes. Just enough time to catch your breath….or seize up completely!

A number of Harriers competed. Myself and Louise Rowley finished 9th in the mixed team category!

A very enjoyable event with a fantastic atmosphere at race HQ and also around the course. Hugely recommended!

Also on 30th June was Little Eaton Leg it – a local scenic run with a few “challenging” hills. Dave Heslop – a regular headline grabber in these news roundups, finished in 5th place overall, fantastic result..! David Horton also grabbed a good finish in 14th place. Andy Dakin came in 61st place.

Friday 5th July was the Colin Potter 10k – a very popular local road race through scenic Darley Park & Darley Abbey. It was a very warm evening, but that man again Dave Heslop finished in a fantastic 4th position, with a time of 38.13. David Horton (42.18), myself (44.47) Paul Romney (45.42) and Jo Coates (51.34) also did the race. Personally I was way off a PB, I found it extremely tough due to the heat. That’s my excuse anyway.

Last but not least, also on Fri 5th was the Ashover Fell Race – increasingly popular (118 runners this year) but always just as tough! Nevertheless, 2 names are never strangers to the top part of the results sections for these local fell races – in 2nd place was Nathan Brickman, and in 3rd was Ed James.

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Weekend Update 8-9th July. By Cat J

-In contrast to the scorching heat of last year’s event, Saturday morning dawned with a continuous refreshing shower of rain cascading down… However this didn’t deter the DRR team, who donned their finest waterproof gear and headed out get everything ready for the big day.

Fortunately, the weather dried up later on, and the sun came out for a fantastic day of racing and team spirit. 61 teams battled it out for the individual and category prizes, & our own Ruth Keeley was part of the winning ‘mixed senior’ team. There were some very fast times which showed the quality of runners on the day.

As most of the club members were being marshalling/helping out, we didn’t have many other members racing. However one team from Belper Harriers was assembled and they did a great job. Well done all on a fantastic day, looking forward to next year already!

-Not in the mood for a 4.6 mile relay, Robert Terry and Richard Brown fancied something a little longer…. and completed the Scafell marathon. In Robert’s own words….

“It was a warm day, about 19/20 degrees in the valley, but 8 degrees on top of Scafell. Quite chilly! It’s a tough course (I heard the word brutal a few times), difficult underfoot most of the time, with lots of rocks to pick your way through/over. Scenery is lovely though.
I did learn that I should have used the map provided, as when it came to start the ascent in earnest, I (and a few others in front) missed a flag to the right of us showing the correct way up. It was only when we had the leaders coming down I thought we were wrong. I think it was the 5/6 placed person who confirmed it, so back down we went. A lot quicker than going up! Added about 1.5 miles on and 30/45 minutes don’t just follow people in front!! We had one more big climb after that and it just seemed to go on and on. All in all a great day though. Pleased to have done much better than last year! Pity I forgot a key part of the route! Still, I’ve slept since then!”

A fantastic effort from both members, looks like a great race and perhaps one for next year’s diary!?

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Derwent River Relays – Results 2019

Derwent River Relays – Results 2019



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