BDL at Teversal
There was a tremendous turnout of Harriers at the first Booth Decorators Road Race of the summer at Teversal Grange. We had thirty-four runners on the start line including eleven ladies and four of our runners making their debuts for the club.
Once again a large field of 273 finishers at this popular venue saw Ed James lead the Harriers in, to finish 18th. A storming finish from Jack Dakin to finish in 24th place, his best position in the BDL races but the run of the evening must go to eighteen years old Ben Rhodes making his debut for the club to finish in 30th place. He was closely followed by Saul Taylor in 34th, another having an excellent run. Further down the field there other notable performances namely Craig Allen, Steve Meath and Tim Boursnell who I am sure would all have been well pleased with their runs. A good solid start for the men finishing sixth on the night with many strong individual performances.
For the ladies it was good to have Sharon Mellors back and she led the ladies team in, finishing third lady overall. Another consistent run from Theresa Hempsall who was our second lady finisher while Gemma Irvine is working back to top form. Jane Armoush finished second in her age category while Claire Pearce another eighteen year old made her debut finishing in a highly respectable position of 191st place. It was really pleasing to have such a strong team of ladies in the race and this reflected in the ladies team place finishing fourth on the night.
Two other runners made their debuts along with Claire and Ben, Ian Hill and Rob Terry who I am sure we will no doubt see more of in the remaining four races. Andy Dakin and Mark Riches both ran although they will have a more pressing appointment on Sunday in the London Marathon.
Overall a good start for the club as the combined team also achieved sixth position in a league where the standard has risen strongly over the past two years. On to the next race on May 14th at Ilkeston Rugby Club where we hope for an even larger turnout of runners in this competitive but friendly league. Well done to all the runners who ran at Teversal.
Tuesday 23rd April First Special
The first Special takes place next Tuesday from the Three Horseshoes at Morley 7.15pm. Paul Bradley has planned two routes of five miles and another of seven to eight miles. Food will be available in the pub afterwards, so come along and support Paul who will be organising his first Special.