Race Reports, Forthcoming Races and Diary Dates.

Derby 10km Race
It was like a Belper Harriers training session down at Pride Park on Sunday morning with so many of our runners in the race. The start of the twelfth Derby 10k was once again outside the stadium where towards four thousand runners lined up in the cold wind and dull conditions for the start of the race.

The race is always controversial; the cost is too expensive, the course is boring or it has been measured too short or too long but the race goes from strength to strength. It is amazing when you look down the results you see so many runners who do not run with an affiliated running club. Do they just turn out for the one race per year? Some of these unaffiliated runners put in some tremendous performances and it makes you wonder why they do not run within a running club framework.

If you know of any those runners who ran last Sunday who are not members of any club, give them a nudge in the direction of Belper Harriers or any club if Belper is not convenient.

Anyway back to the race itself and there were twenty-nine runners from the Harriers, either  running as individuals or in a team competing in the Corporate Challenge. All the full results can be found on the Sporting Futures website but those from the club who ran were:

Tim Hollings (2nd claim now), Ben O’Connell, Edward James, Shaun Bott, Jack Dakin,
Robin Clegg, Trevor Wilson, Sean Ollier, Dave Horton, Tom Jackson, Amer Armoush,
Phil Butt, Steve Meath, Rob Norman, Tim Boursnell, Phil Shaw, Malc Weir,
Simon Hackett, Rob Pearce, Andy Nash, Geoff Stone, Jane Armoush, Rosemary Arris,
Len Foulk, Jason Fores, Georgina Bestwick, Rob Terry, Rose Norman and
Allison Jennison.

Well done to all our athletes who ran in race and the times achieved yesterday will go towards your performances in the club championships.
See Harriers in action at the Derby 10k here → http://www.flickr.com/photos/95318325@N04/sets/72157633403966505/

London Marathon
A belated well done to all five Belper Harriers who ran the London Marathon. I thought the club only had four but Rob Wadey also competed finishing a time of 4hrs 51mins. The other four, Shaun Bott recorded 3hrs 7mins, Mark Riches 3hrs 14mins, Andy Dakin 4hrs 23mins and Chris Jackson 4hrs 32mins. I am sure they all enjoyed the day and being part of a major event, even more so this year with the world’s press focusing on the race.

Shaun Bott at the London Marathon → http://www.flickr.com/photos/56749167@N02/sets/72157633365382901/

This leads us to the club places which are available to Belper Harriers later in the year. The entry for next years race is open via the internet, so if any member wishing to run in next years event, enter now in the normal way and if  you receive a refusal you would be welcome to a club place. If there were more members wanting to run than places a ballot would have to be arranged. The club places are assessed on the number of members registered by the club, so it would help if all members’ subscriptions could be paid in as soon as possible.

Local Races
Over the month of May, David Denton has a number of races in the area so if you are interested in running over the two Bank Holidays this is some of the information you will need.

Bank Holiday Monday May 6th 11am Southwell Nottinghamshire 5k Trail Race (flat and off-road).

Spring Bank Holiday Tour of the Derwent Valley: Friday 24th May until Monday 27th May.
Four races in four days: Friday Duffield at 8pm. Saturday Wirksworth at 3pm. Sunday Milford at 10am. Monday Rowsley at 10am.

More information can be found on David’s website www.runningwithdavid.com

As some of you may be aware David has not been well recently and I am sure you will join with me in wishing him a speedy return to full fitness.

Tuesday’s Training
The following two Tuesdays, April 30th and May 7th we are at the Leisure Centre, usual time while the following week it will be the second BDL at Ilkeston Rugby Club start 7.30 followed by the Cross-Country Presentations with a Buffet. May 21st will be the second summer special at Wirksworth.


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