BDL Cross-Country-Allestree Park
The fourth Cross-country of the season took place on Sunday morning in lovely winter sunshine, over a tough two-lap muddy course of around six miles. A magnificent turn-out of 31 Harriers took to the start line in a field of 248 runners and this with a number of our regulars missing. This was the first cross-country at Allestree Park for many years and hopefully more races will be held there.
Leading the Harriers home was Oscar Partridge, having his second race for the club, coming home in fifth position. There was good packing from our other front runners with Alex Pilcher in 10th place, having run the previous day in the North Mids, Gordon Irvine in 12th place, with Geoff Lowry and Shaun Bott both getting into good positions. Therefore it was no surprise that the men’s team finished a strong second to Heanor.
The other members of the men’s team were Jack Dakin, Trevor Wilson, Craig Allen, Krishna Mahadevan, Rob Norman, Tim Boursnell, Amer Armoush, Zach Naylor, Rob Pearce, Andy Nash, Malcolm Weir, Andy Dakin, Len Foulkes, Ian Hill, and John Maddock.
For the ladies we had the luxury of having eleven runners out and they made a strong impression on the field to also finish second. Once again Jo Cabon lead the ladies in, followed by Lelia Armoush, Theresa Hempsall, Steph Ilsley, Gemma Irvine, Sharon Mellors, Jane Armoush, Rosemary Arris, Georgina Bestwick, Gemma Brady and Clare Cooper. Lelia and Steph also had a race the previous day in the North Mids League.
All this strength from both the men and ladies brought the combined team again into second position.
After four races the club is standing in second place in the men’s team having moved up one place while the ladies are third, having moved up two places. The combined team are in third place out of the thirteen teams.
This stands the club in a strong position going into the final race at Holmebrook Country Park Chesterfield on Sunday February 9th. If there is another great turnout of runners or even better, there is no reason why we cannot finish in the top three places in all three categories.
Just a final point from Sunday morning, Oscar left a pair of black Tracksters by the side of the tent and it appears someone must have thrown them into their bag by mistake.
This Tuesday January 14th we will be meeting at the Bulls Head, Belper Lane End at the usual time for a prompt 7.30 start. Two routes, a dry route, road running and a wet route, off-road.
Thursday evening sees us training down at Goods Road Belper at 6.30pm.
The following Thursday January 23rd we are on the track at Ilkeston Rutland.
British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix
Andy Fookes has six spare tickets for this event at Birmingham on Saturday 15th February. The seats are located near the start/finish area and if you are interested drop Andy an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.