The autumn is moving in and the light nights are leaving us for running in the dark on Tuesday evenings. We have had a considerably wet summer but we have still maintained our off-road training and the six Specials over the summer months have been up to the high standards set over the years.
Thanks must go to all of you who were involved in coordinating, organising and planning the evenings. The number of runners have been consistently high and feedback has once again been very positive with the evenings being very enjoyable.
Next year we will be again looking for members to arrange a Special, so if you have not done one before or recently, think about a suitable route and let the club know in the New Year.
The middle of October will see the first Booth Decorators X-country at Shipley Park. We have a number of members who are relatively new to the club and have not run X-country for the club and it would be good to see a larger turnout for the Harriers at these races.
The club is also in the North Midlands XC League where the races are on a Saturday afternoons whereas the BDL races are Sunday mornings.
The North Midland League has the advantage of having separate races for men and women whilst the BDL races are just one race of around 4 to 5 miles.
This season we will need to try and get our runners out in the BDL races, as the league has strengthened with the inclusion of Matlock AC and Derwent Runners joining the existing clubs.
None of these races are difficult, mainly over parkland and off-road shoes are generally ideal for the races.
All the fixtures have now been posted on the Website in preparation for the autumn/winter season.
Now is the ideal time to try and increase the club membership after such a wonderful summer of sport and get more people involved in running.
We are now in a position to take anyone who is interested in starting doing a bit of running, or re-starting their running. If you know of anyone who shows a flicker of interest, try and encourage them to come down to the Harriers on a Tuesday evening, regardless of whether they have ever run before or not.
We are also pleased to welcome any guest runners to our Tuesday sessions and the 10k Handicaps.
After a quiet period the local race scene has got back into action with many of our athletes supporting these races.
The Wilne 10k took place for the second year with ten of our runners involved. Ed James, Shaun Bott, Ron Ilsley and Robin Clegg all ran under 40 mins while Amer and Jane Armoush and Rosemary Arris ran under 50mins. Georgina Bestwick narrowly missed a sub 50 mins and Gary Knights finished in 57 mins.
The re-arranged Colin Potter 10k took place on August Bank Holiday Monday with nine of our members in the field. Ron Ilsley was the first Harrier home while Steph Ilsley was third lady. Once again Georgina Bestwick and Rosemary Arris were in the field along with Jack Dakin, Simon Edwards, Phil Shaw, Tim Boursnell and Rob Pearce.
The Spire 10 mile race from just outside Chesterfield saw six our runners take on this tough course. Ron Ilsley led the Harriers back, followed by Mark Riches, Steph Ilsley, Rob Norman, Rob Pearce and Rosemay Arris.
The Ilkeston Running Club’s ‘Double or Quit’ race took place at Shipley Park over a 5 mile course. Steph Ilsley and Rob Pearce doing the two laps race and Gary Fray running the 5mile race.
Robin Clegg was the lone Harrier in Hatton Darts, Burton 10k race while Andy Nash took on the half-marathon in Wolverhampton finishing in just over the 2 hours mark.
As in an earlier post although not a race and certainly not local, up in the Lake District, Alan Billington took on the Bob Graham Round. Running over the 42 peaks with an approximate distance of 70 miles, in well under the challenge time of 24 hours.
Well done to all our runners for supporting these races which saw some excellent performances and a number of personal bests.
The next few weeks we will be training from the Leisure Centre until Tuesday 9th October when we will be down at the East Mill for the first 10k Handicap of the season. These handicaps are a good opportunity to gauge your progress on a flat well lit route and then to finish the evening off in the Devonshire. For those of you who do not wish to have a flat out run, still come down and run the route, for the more runners on the course, the more helpful it is to those running for a time.
Once again thanks to Steve Meath for inviting the club back to the Devonshire after the Handicaps.
Over the autumn/winter months we will once again go over to the track at Ilkeston Rutland on Thursday nights to do some training on a monthly basis. Last winter we never bothered to go but this winter we wish to resurrect these sessions.