BDL X-Country Report
It was not an easy journey on Sunday morning to Trent Meadows for the third BDL Cross- country. There were roadworks, a road closure and trains going over the level crossings, holding up all the runners to the race. The twenty runners from the Harriers made it to the start line, just in time to join the field of 159 runners. The orginal course had been changed to avoid various problems, making it three laps over a route with many turns and twists. The icy ground did not help the runners but they adapted accordingly to the dangerous surface over a slightly longer course of 4.7 miles.
It was particularly pleasing to get so many runners out at this time of the year with many counter attractions and once again a highly satisfactory performance was put in by the team. The men came in 4th with the ladies 8th and the combined team 6th. Leading the men in again was Tim Hollings in seventh place followed by Jack Dakin having by far his best race in the BDL league in 20th place. Saul Taylor had another consistent run to finish 28th followed by an excellent run from Andy Rose in 33rd place. Some good packing brought Craig Allen, Simon Edwards and the fast improving Steve Groves home in 50th, 51st and 52nd placles. A few places further was Gavin Elliott, Malcolm Weir, Phil Butt, good to see Phil in action, Andy Dakin, Andy Nash, Simon Hackett and Rob Pearce.
For the ladies, Theresa Hempsall had a marvellous run to finish 54th and was well supported by Helen Soiris, Georgina Bestwick, Rosemay Arris, Rachel Clark, nice to see Rachel, having her first x-country of the season and Jo Southcott.
A very well done to all our runners and after three races the club is sitting in fourth place in the team competition, fourth in the men’s and eighth in the ladies.
I am sure we are strong enough to get among the trophies this season if we can get our runners out in the two remaining races. The next race will be on January 13th at Shipley Cricket Club, so if you are fit and available to run come and turn out for the Harriers.
North Midlands League
The previous day saw the third race of the North Midlands League at Wollaton Park. There were some good races in all age groups but it was the men’s race where the Harriers had an interest with three of our runners in the race. The 10k race of three laps around the park saw a strong field of 236 runners with Matt Lewis, Simon Edwards and Rob Norman putting in a strong shift in the race. Matt had a good run to finish 112th, Simon came 161st and Rob 181st. A special mention to Simon who came and turned out the following day in the BDL to complete a busy weekend over two difficult courses.
London Marathon Places
As most of you are aware the club has received two places in the 2013 London Marathon. This is based upon the number of members registered with the England Athletic Association. We put these places up to all paid up members of the club and this year we had three members interested at the final ballot. Instead of the committee having to make a particularly difficult decision, Georgina Bestwick generously decided to stand down to let Shaun Bott and Andy Dakin take up the two places. At the moment I have heard both Mark Riches and Chris Jackson have both gained entries through the Marathon ballot. Good luck to all four of you and hope the training goes well.