February 2010 Handicap – “Keeping it in the family”

The second Handicap event of 2010 took place on Tuesday night, following further snow flurries during the early part of the evening. As anticipated, the weather conditions kept some away; so given the conditions, the turnout of 29 runners was quite pleasing.

Once again there were a number of Harriers recording personal bests on the night: Dan and Rachel Clark; Andy and Jack Dakin; Jane Armoush, and relative newcomer Andrew Morton all revised their previous best times by between half a minute and five minutes.

The winner on the night – with an improvement of over 5 minutes – was DAN CLARK, who recorded 49:33 mins. Dan was delighted with his sub 50 minute performance and will surely be targeting a further improvement in next month’s event. Keeping it in the family, – and following him home in second place – was wife RACHEL CLARK, who improved by almost three minutes! A little further down the finishing order, another family battle was played out on the A6 course… Father and son duo, Andy and Jack Dakin (who took the winner’s trophy last month) started off just half a minute apart… and finished almost half a minute apart… but the opposite way around! Andy’s head start was eaten in to, and then reversed by Jack, who recorded 44:17 mins. Both improved their January PBs by over a minute. On the ladies side, THERESA HEMPSALL was quickest over the 10K course, recording 46:34.

As for the faster runners; five sub 40 minute performances were recorded last night. Coming close to his course PB of last month was BEN HUMPHREYS, who stopped the clock at 37:20 mins and crossed the line alongside SAUL TAYLOR; second fastest in 37:50 mins.

There were two debut performances on the night… Craig Alan, a Wirksworth RC member currently second claim with Belper, recorded 49:11; while Mark Riches ran the River Gardens course for the first time ever, ** despite being a long-standing Belper Harriers member. (** Due to working permanent nights!).

A big thank you to Geoff Stone, who assisted with race recording, and Adrian (‘would you like a Jelly Baby?’) Koe, who marshalled the Ambergate turnaround point. Having not been to the club for some time, Geoff certainly saw a lot of new faces on the night! Thanks also to Steve Meath for t he post run hospitality back at the Dev. (A very welcome hot meal to warm us all up… and for just £2!!).
The final Handicap of the season will be held on Tuesday 23rd March

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