Race Reports

Harriers Running Away

The Spring Bank Holiday weekend proved a busy time for our runners with a number of our members running in various events around the UK.

Saul Taylor took on the toughest challenge by running the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District. Starting and finishing in Keswick, the challenge was to complete the route of 42 peaks and fells under twenty-four hours. Saul and Graham Collins with their team of helpers succeeded and finished in twenty-three hours. Well done to both runners and to the assistance given by some of our members in their successful attempt. Saul will later be putting some text and pictures up on the website after he returns from a short family holiday.

Hopefully you will have earlier read Ian Hay’s excellent account of his 100k (62 miles) run from London to Brighton in just over the twelve hours mark. It certainly seemed he enjoyed the experience and was a just reward for all the training he put into it.

Off up into Scotland for the Edinburgh Marathon where Craig Allen ran his first road marathon. Craig is another runner who has made significant improvements in his running and posted an excellent time in this prestige race of 3hrs 36mins.

Down to the capital city now for the London BUPA 10k race. The club had a number of club entries for this race and Georgina Bestwick, Sharon Mellors and Malcolm Weir took up this opportunity. The race of one lap of the Olympic Marathon course saw thousands of runners pounding the streets in lovely summer weather. Sharon finished in 42mins 57secs, Malcolm in 44mins 4secs and Georgina in 54mins 12secs. The race was tough because of the volume of runners in a confined space but if club places are available in the future it is well worth giving the race a try.

Back into Derbyshire for the Tour of the Derwent Valley where Sean Ollier and Tom Jackson took on all four races over the Bank Holiday Weekend. They were backed up by Rose and Rob Norman, Gordon and Gemma Irvine, Steve Meath and Dave Horton who either ran one or two races.

The tough Buxton Half-Marathon saw Steph Ilsley, now back with the Harriers, finish the race in 97mins 51secs to finish third lady.

Finally it was to the track for Simon Edwards who ran in the Derbyshire Athletic Championships which took place in Nottingham due to the delay of completing the refurbishment of the Moorways track. Simon ran in the veterans 3,000 metres finishing in 10mins 55secs.

White Peak Marathon and Half-Marathon

These races were the week before the Bank Holiday where four of our runners put in cracking times over the High Peak/Tissington Trail. Andy Rose, Jim Naismith and Rob Pearce all ran the full marathon with Andy finishing in 3hrs 23mins, Jim in 3hrs 45min and Rob in 3hrs 48mins. In the half-marathon Paul Marval came 17th in 1hr 27mins to round off four excellent times for our runners.

BDL Race

The next BDL race, the third in the series will be hosted by Belper Harriers on Tuesday June 11th at 7.30 starting from on the road outside Deb Products at Denby. Car parking and toilets will be at Denby Pottery. Volunteers will be needed for marshals, timekeeping and recording along with our usual number of runners for the race. At the moment we have  eight volunteers but more is needed to make the race safe and successful for all.

Derwent River Relays

Our annual Relays will take place on Saturday June 29th at 2.30 along with a Fun Run an hour earlier. Help will also be needed upon this day and if you can organise a team to try and get as many teams involved as possible.

Tuesday June 4th, normal run from Belper Leisure Centre 7.30.

-Malc.

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