Races this Weekend January 14th and 15th
Saturday 14th January: North Midlands X-Country League Wollaton Park Nottingham. Ladies Race 1.25 and Men’s Race 1.55 Sunday 15th January:
Booth Decorators League Shipley Cricket Club Shipley Park. Start 11.00 am.
County Cross-Country Championships
The Christmas and New Year period proved to be quite active for a number of runners from within the club. The first Saturday of the New Year saw the combined Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Cross-Country Championships at Markeaton Park. This year nine of our members took on many of the best runners from the two counties. Steph Ilsley and Gemma Irvine ran in the ladies race of 8,000 metres with Steph finishing in 34mins 4secs and Gemma in 36mins 59secs. In the men’s race of 1000 metres, Gordon Irvine although a second claim runner at Belper, qualified by residence to finish 8th in a time of 35mins 56secs. Further into the field, Jack Daykin finished in 43mins 4secs with Mark Riches, Andy Rose and Rob Norman all finishing within a minute of Jack. Following behind them came Malcolm Weir and Andy Dakin finishing in 46mins 26secs and 46mins 38secs respectively.
After the races the consensus of opinion from all our runners was of being well-satisfied with their performances. A little of icing on the cake for Steph was to win her age group category and along with Gordon could be in the county teams for the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships. This year there seemed to be plenty of support from the many spectators which was excellent and well appreciated.
There have also been a number of road races held locally over the festive and pre-festive season including the Keyworth Half-Marathon or Turkey Trot. Having gained a good local reputation over the years, this race only 45 minutes from Belper saw Steph Ilsley, Andy Rose and Jason Fores among the 858 runners. Andy and Steph finished very close together, with Andy finishing in 1hr 32min 23secs and Steph just 22 seconds behind. Jason could be well pleased with his time finishing in a highly creditable time of 1hr 54mins 58secs.
The Bolsover 10k had an unusually decent day for the race, as in the last few years it has been unlucky with the weather. The club had six runners in the large field with Edward James recording 37mins 12sec and Andy Parkin 37mins 35secs to put both runners in the top fifty. Gavin Elliott finished in 43mins 45secs while Chris Jackson and Rosemary Arris both recorded times of just under 50 mins. Our final runner to finish was Beth Cooper, nice to see her back running, finished in a few seconds over the hour.
The Boxing Day run at the Furnace pub in Derby is always a friendly fun morning with all the proceeds going to charity. The usual number of between 150 and 160 runners including Phil Conroy, Malcolm Weir, Geoff Stone and Paul Bradley from the Harriers set off over the three mile course. The route which is mainly off-road over Darley Park and Darley Playing Fields always has that festive feel with plenty of spectators watching the race.
The following day was the Queens Head Canter along Crich Lane, an out and back route over 5k. Once again our runners supported this event in the field of 164 runners which consisted of at least two international runners, a double Olympiad and the twice winner of the Derby 10k. As mentioned earlier Dale ran exceptionally well but Edward James performance to finish ninth in 17mins 47secs was also something pleasing. Other runners out were Ron and Steph Ilsley, Sam and Dave Horton, Amer and Jane Armoush, Gavin Elliott, Karl Atton and Steve Meath. It was a beautiful morning and I along with many other spectators enjoyed the spectacle of the race and some good performances from many of the runners.
On to New Years Day and the five mile Hangover race at Whatstandwell over a revised course but unfortunately run in heavy rain. There was certainly no hangover from many of our runners with Tim Hollings and Edward James finishing fifth and sixth. Tim recorded 31mins 24secs and Edward 31mins 35secs. There were good runs from Andy Rose and Ron Ilsley, with Andy finishing in 35mins 16secs and Ron two seconds behind. Jack Daykin and Simon Edwards also finished together with Jack recording 37mins 1sec and Simon five seconds behind. Craig Allen and Phil Butt must have been pleased with their performances while everyone will be pleased to see Saul Taylor back in action after a serious injury. Our final runner was Andy Dakin in an extremely strong contingent of Belper Harriers.
Well done to everyone who took part in these local races over the last few weeks. Hope 2012 is a good year for you all and try to stay fit and healthy.