“Belper Harriers take a terrific triumph on the Teversal Trail !!”
What a performance it was last night in the second race of the Summer BDL series – where Belper Harriers took a well-deserved first place…
Belper ladies – outright winners on the night!
Belper men – a creditable 3rd place!
Belper combined team – a clear win by 2 league points!
It was certainly ‘Ladies Night’ at Teversal as our scoring team reigned supreme after heading second placed Long Eaton by 70 position points! Great to see such an improved turnout on the girls side too – with eight of them contesting the race. (My pre-race e-mail comment about our ladies team joining the list of prize winners at the conclusion of the current summer series might have been prophetic!)
With three of our four top ladies in action last night, there was always the chance of something special. After SHARON MELLORS led the counting three home in an excellent 76th place (4th in the ladies race) it was down to the ever-consistent STEPH ILSLEY in 100th (and first VL45 once again) and the returning to form THERESA HEMPSALL in 123rd to consolidate the victory for our girls. Congratulations to the whole ladies’ team, all of who contributed to this victory – counters or not!
On the men’s side, we saw five of the counting runners from the Denby race make the seven-man scoring team once again. DALE ANNABLE, with another superb 7th place, was our first runner to cross the line. Then, a minute or so further down the field came a group having experienced mixed fortunes last night: BEN HUMPHREYS, ALEX DUTHIE and GEOFF LOWRY were separated by just 7 seconds in 21st, 22nd and 23rd positions respectively. The evergreen MARK RICHES followed them in around 30 seconds later in 28th place. A solid run by the continually improving ANDY FOOKES saw him improve from 45th place last month to 33rd this time to earn his place on the scoring team. PHIL CONROY ran strongly to finish 7th counter in 37th place.
There were numerous other creditable performances amongst the 37 strong Harriers team last night, many of which will certainly have contributed to the results through pushing rival runners down the finishing order. In terms of debut performances for Belper, AMER ARMOUSH (part of the famous Armoush running dynasty!) joined wife Jane on the team for the first time – securing a pleasing 77th place.
In terms of numbers running last night; having set the record for the largest turnout at a BDL race last month, our Denby Pottery total of 277 was eclipsed at Teversal, where 282 runners finished the race. (50 more than last year’s event!).
Claiming the top spot on the night has now moved our ladies up to head the league standings after two races – 4 points clear of 2nd placed North Derbyshire!! The men remain in 3rd place – having extended the gap over their nearest challengers – to a comfortable 4 points. Overall, the combined Belper team now stand in 2nd place in the league; level on 39 points with leaders Heanor. Contrast this year’s standings with those from the same stage last year – when we were still down in 6th place (Men 4th/Ladies 6th) – and it can clearly be seen that we are definitely in the running for three team trophies at the end of the summer season!
As for last season’s trophies… following the race, a significant number of our team attended the presentations of the awards from the cross-country league in the Teversal Grange Inn. As well as winning the following team trophies for last season… Men’s team – 2nd; Combined team – 3rd; five individual trophies** were awarded (to rapturous applause from the Belper throngs) to…
Dale Annable – 4th in the Senior Men category
Krish Mahadevan – 3rd in the VM45 category
Geoff Lowry – Equal 1st in the VM45 category
Malc Weir – 1st in the VM60 category
Rosemary Arris-Pratt – 2nd in the VL45 category
(**Best four scores out of the five race series.)
Congratulations and well done to all five Harriers!!
As usual, the attachment shows both individual and team results. (Click on ’Sheet 2’ for the team details).
The next BDL race will be at Shipley Country Park (Visitor Centre) on Tuesday June 15th.