It was a good day for the Harriers at the Peak Strollers Events. These races held over four different cross-country distances in the hills around Castleton. Ian Hays who ran in the thirteen mile race battled hard to hold off the challenge of a Long Eaton runner, to eventually come home first by six minutes in a time of 1hr 57mins.
Andy Rose who competed in the seventeen mile event had to overcome some navigational hiccups to also finish first, comfortably clear of the rest of the field.
Karl Atton, Andy Basey and Graham Collins all ran exceptionally well over the twenty-five mile distance route which included running up and down 4,500 feet of elevation.
Karl recorded a time of 4hrs 8mins and Andy 4hrs 16mins while Graham secured a hat-trick of first places by finishing in 3hrs 23mins.
Well done to all five guys over some tough terrain in the hills of Derbyshire.
Derwent River Relays
Not wanting to reiterate what has been said before but I would just like to add my thanks to all involved in last Saturday’s event.
We were very fortunate to get the Relays held after all the rain in the last few weeks and particularly after the Friday’s torrential downpour. The race is classified as multi-terrain but runners certainly would not have wanted to run through the mud and standing water we surveyed on Friday evening. As Andy Rose and I walked the course we realised without saying so that the west side of the river was not fit. We decided upon another inspection on Saturday morning and the two of us along with Pete Kemp made the decision for an out and back route on the Belper side of the river. This was when the really hard word started, getting the new part of the route clear of mud and overgrown vegetation in time for the race. The gardening teams moved in, getting both the course and the Rugby Club ground which also had standing water ready for the race.
The day was dry and fine until 3.40pm when another heavy shower took hold but the event was well under way by then and we had succeeded in putting on the race when many other events throughout the area were canceled.
On the actual running side the club had five teams in the race and our first men’s team of Tim Holling, Ben O’Connell, Tom Jackson and Jack Dakin did well to finish second to Heanor’s strongest team. Tim also ran the fastest time of the day and should be well pleased with his day.
To all the Harriers, relatives and friends who were involved, all the teams, David Denton for his hard work and the First Aiders who had a quiet afternoon thanks and see you next year.
Another Cancellation: The Ashbourne Highland Games has been canceled on Saturday which included a four mile hill race. This is another major local event which has been decimated by this year’s wet weather.
Just a reminder, the Jubilee 10k organised by Heanor Running Club is on this Friday 13th at 7.13pm. Yes the time is as published and there are still places available which is held at Shipley Hall Cricket Club.
The club meet this Tuesday July 17th at the Leisure Centre for a prompt 730pm start. After training we will be having a short meeting to discuss the Relay Event while our memories are still fresh. So if you can spare the time, particularly those of you who were heavily involved on Saturday.