Harriers recent race Reports

BDL at Shipley Park

Well done to all the Harriers who ran in the third BDL road race at Shipley Park. It was a strong team effort with thirty-six members of the club, in the field of 248 runners running a distance of 4.5 miles.

There were a number of regular runners unavailable but to compensate that, there were other runners back, keeping the strong contingent of Harriers up to their usual number.

We had a slightly better night as regards team positions, with the men doing well to finish 4th and the ladies finishing 7th, helping the combined team to finish 5th. Overall after three races the club is sitting in 6th place, the men are 5th and the ladies are 7th.

Once again Tim Holling led the way home for the club finishing in 7th place, followed by Shaun Bott in 21st position. It was good to see Andy Basey who is in great form at the moment, remember the marathon time, finishing in 32nd spot, just ahead of the consistent Krishna Mahadevan.

Further down the field the regular, consistent mid race packers were prominent giving the club a strong presence in the race.

The younger guys, Tom Jackson, Sean Ollier who was making his debut run for the club and Myles Mourby all had excellent races which were pleasing both for themselves and the club.

For the ladies Steph Ilsley won her age category and Theresa Hempsall came second in hers while Jane Armoush was third in hers.

There has to be a special mention for those runners who raced on Sunday and still turned up and put in a shift for the club two days later.

A good night for the Harriers, so lets try and make it as good, or even better at the fourth race on July 10th at Carsington Reservoir.

Local Races

Stoke-on-Trent is perhaps not everyone’s idea of a local race although it is only forty minutes away, so it is understandable that we would have runners in the Potters Arf Marathon.

Steph Ilsley and Craig Allen make the trip over and returned good times for this tough road race. Steph finished in 1hr 34mins 41secs while Craig finished in 1hr 35mins 59secs.

Long Eaton is more local and six of our runners ran in the Long Eaton 5 mile race. Tim Holling easily beat the thirty minute barrier finishing 14th in a time of 29mins 31secs. Dave Horton returned a time of 32mins 49secs while Rob Pearce finished in 38mins 27secs.

Rosemary Arris, Georgina Bestwick and Jo Southcott all ran in this race and returned some impressive times. Rosemary finished in 42mins 1sec, Georgina in 42mins 17secs and Jo in 43mins 11secs.

The Tansley Hill Race attracted four of our runners; see earlier report from Alan, so it is good to see our members supporting the local races whether they are road, fell or whatever.

Little Eaton 5

The Little Eaton 5 mile run opens the village’s carnival week and is now into its third year. The first year in 2010 had a reasonable number of runners but last year the numbers were down so we have been asked to promote this event.

The course is a mixture of road and off-road around Little Eaton, a bit of a challenge but nothing too demanding.

The event takes place on Sunday July 1st on St Peter’s Park, start time 10.00 with a race entry fee of £6.

There is also a Fun Run at 11.15 with a £3 entry.

So if you have nothing on that morning come and have a run.

Derwent River Relays

Just a reminder, this will be the sixth year of the Relays which take place on Saturday July 7th at 2.30pm. It is now getting to the stage where a commitment from members is required for volunteering on the day. As usual most of our members should be able to run in one of the teams, with just six or seven members required to work in some capacity through the event.

Andy Rose is coordinating this and has already put an article on the website, so if you are available to do some work in the morning give Andy an email.

Thanks Malc

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