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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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Weekly update part 1. By Cat J

A busy week of racing kicked off on Monday 24th June with the annual Duffield 5. A great local race which begins a week filled with off road running fun!

Notable performances from Simon Fisher who was 4th overall, Nathan Brickman came 5th followed by Ed James in 6th. David Horton & Mark Woodward began what would be a very successful week for them both and claimed 1st & 3rd super vet.

-In contrast to last year’s scorching heat, it finally stopped raining on Tuesday just before the start of the Riber Run. Nine intrepid Harriers donned their fell shoes and put in sparkling performances. This is a race to suit all tastes (apart from those who love flat routes…) Fantastic running in particular by Louise Rowley who was first female, and Simon Fisher who was 2nd overall. David Horton claimed 1st M50 with Mark Woodward hot on his heels coming in 2nd M50.

A short but tough race and definitely one for the calendar next year!

-The Hope Wakes fell race on Wednesday attracted another 9 eager to run Harriers. David Horton described the race as starting with a gentle climb up onto the ridge, down the other side, then a lung busting climb through the woods until you emerge above the tree line and see the top of Win Hill taunting you across an inclined hillside of heather. Once you reach the top (which was shrouded in clouds) your legs turn to jelly as you try to negotiate the short rocky scramble before an exhilarating descent all the way back into hope valley. A top class field of runners and a great race!

What a fantastic set of results and it’s not even the end of the week yet! (There’s more running fun available this weekend too!!!)

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Weekly round up 14th-16th June 2019. By Cat J

Another busy weekend for the club with 3 great local races!

-Friday saw the infamous Hairy Helmet relay take place. We had a fantastic turnout of 48 Harriers donning their finest outfits (and hairstyles) for the occasion, with some more practical than others…

Excellent performances from all teams, but the following did exceptionally well for the club.

3rd Female open. Belper Belles: Helen Morley, Karolina Kucharek, Louise Rowley, Ruth Keeley.

2nd Male Open. Belper Bipeds: Shaun Bott, Simon Fisher, Joe Parkin, Wykeham Bosworth.

Male Super Vets combined age over 200. Belper Barnstormers: David Horton, Malcolm Weir, Ashley Flint, Jim Feeney-

2nd Male Vets combined age over 160. Belper Billy Goats: Mark Beighton, Anthony Beardmore, Ian Hays, Ian Adkin.

4th Mixed super vets combined age over 200. Belper Bounders: Rosemary Arris, Rob Terry, Kathy Mitchell, Trev Wilson.

Well done all & especially to Rosemary and Lucy Norman for your great face painting skills!

-On Saturday, 11 Harriers took on the local Cromford Killer fell race.

Ed James & Ruth Keeley were 1st Male & Female back, a tremendous double win for the club!

Several others survived the killer, including David Horton, Simon Fisher (who was 2nd male), Louise Rowley (who was 2nd female,) Jonathan Marshall, Richard Hickling, Helen James, Dan Charr, Rachel Clark & Kathy Mitchell.

A great local race to put in your diary for next year.

-Sunday 16th was the Ripley 10K road race. Even after the exertions of Friday and Saturday, 6 harriers represented the club with very respectable results!

Darren Singleton ran a swift 43:42, just behind Ed Godber who finished in 43:41. Louise Rowley wasn’t far behind and completed the race in in 44:13 and was 3rd in her age category!

Phil Butt ran 45:06, Helen James 53:26, and Riva Francis crossed the finish line in 52:49 managing to knock 6 mins of her personal course record for this race.

A fantastic 3 days of racing, well done to all of you Harriers, keep it up!


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Weekend highlights. 12.6.19

Weekend highlights. 12.6.19 – By Darren Singleton

Tuesday 4th June was the third race in the summer 2019 Booths Decorators League (BDL). Denby was the venue, and WET were the conditions. Despite the heavy rain, 30 Harriers ran, and as it was the Harriers turn to ‘host’ the event, we had scores of volunteers, marshals and helpers. Thank you to all!! Great job.

As for the results, Simon Fisher and Dave Heslop continued their remarkable form and finished in 15th and 17th place respectively. Shaun Bott and Joe Parkin also cracking the top 30. Fastest female Harrier was Ruth Keeley.

We also had some age category top 3 performances from Wendy Amis (1st in fact) , Helen Morley & Cathy Mitchell.

Sunday 9th June was the hugely popular Derby Half Marathon (formerly Ramathon). A slight change this year saw the race start and end in the city centre, as opposed to Pride Park. The race saw another incredible performance from Dave Heslop, who finished 15th overall with a magnificent time of 1.20.03 which was also a personal PB.

David Horton finished in 1.29.23, and Mark Beighton with 1.30.04, both securing top 10 age category finishes, with Paul Romney finishing in 1.35.50 for a top 5 age category finish!

Great running Harriers.

It was the girls weekend away, and they chose to stop in the North Yorkshire Moors and take on the Hardmoors Trail half (called a half but it seems to be about 5 miles longer than a half judging by the Strava results….). Whereas the boys weekend was, let’s face it, more like a stag do (with a little coastal run thrown in for good measure) the girls weekend looked far more sophisticated, and very fruitful in terms of running. In the words of Rachel Clarke –

“Lots of lovely silverware for Belper Harriers ladies on their weekend away. Third lady for Helen Morley in Hardmoors Half , fifth lady for Josie Lockwood and second and third lady for Lois Linda and Jasmin Smith respectively in the 10k .Thanks to Helena Houghton for dragging me round and to Clare Cooper for organising. Let’s do it all again next year!”

Edale fell race was on Sunday 9th June, it goes without saying (it’s a fell race after all) that it’s a tough old race, 4.7 miles and 1300 feet of hills. The Harriers own fell race king Ed James finished in 21st overall position with 41.15, I’m beginning to think Ed has bionic legs. Top female was, you guessed it, Ruth Keeley with a marvellous 47.10.

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