For those of you who were not at training on Tuesday evening we have arranged an off-road run, alongside the usual training run from the Leisure Centre next Tuesday evening December 16th.
Saul Taylor will be taking the off-road run, leaving at 7.30pm over a route of six miles approximately. There has been a certain amount of interest for this run, so if you fancy it, come and join Saul. This is open to all, the only must is, you need a decent head torch and off-road shoes or old trainers. The usual on-road run will leave at the same time.
The following Tuesday December 23rd we will meet for a short run, taking in the Christmas lights and at some stage drop into one of the local pubs.
On the Tuesday December 30th we will not be meeting but back to normal on Tuesday January 6th.
The Thursday sessions will be on this week at Goods Road and next Thursday December 18th resuming on Thursday January 8th with a session at Ilkeston Track.
If you’re interested in a race over the Christmas period, there are two in particular, on Boxing Day and the following day which have a good festive feel to them. The Boxing Day race at the Furnace Pub behind Chester Green (turn right at the Bridge Inn over the river and right again) is a 5k approximately, taking in Darley Park and through the Playing Fields over the river. This starts at 11am. costs £3 and everything goes to local charities.
The following day at noon is the Queens Head 5k race, down Crich Lane and back. Both of these races usually attract the Harriers, along with other local club runners and many unattached runners.
North Midlands Cross-country League
It was good to have a full contingent of men in the Senior Men’s race at Shipley Park last Saturday afternoon. Craig Allen led our team home finishing 76th in this strong 10k race.
He was followed by Andy Paisley, Malcolm Weir, Nick Bates, Tim Boursnell and Simon Hackett. This league attracts clubs from the three East Midland cities and clubs from as far south as Northamptonshire. Well done to all six runners who all ran two tough cross-countries in six days.
The weekend of January 10th and 11th sees two Cross-countries with the North Midlands clashing again with the Booth Decorators. In the BDL we have just slipped out of the ‘podium positions’ but with two races to go, at Trent Meadows Long Eaton on Sunday January 11th and Holmebrook Valley Park Chesterfield on February 8th there is still the opportunity to pull it back and win some silverware for the club. For those members who have recently joined us or have not seen the club’s trophies, pop into the Devonshire for a drink and get Steve to show you the club’s collection.
The final North Midlands X-country is at Wollaton Park Nottingham on Saturday January 10th.
What should be the best Cross-country apart from the Nationals, the Midland Cross-country Championships takes place on Saturday January 24th at Wollaton Park Nottingham. It would be great for another good Harriers turnout, so get your name into Rob Pearce, as all entries have to go through the club. This is a regional competition so there is no charge to fully paid-up club members.
As you are aware we have not had a 10k Handicap or any distance yet this winter. At the end of last year the road lights were out beyond Ambergate but there was still enough light for a 5 mile handicap. This year there is no road lights from Broadholme to Ambergate, so no course. We are led to believe that the lights on this stretch will be replaced at some stage. If anyone has any ideas for a 10k or 5 mile course let me know. We really need it as simple as possible, away from the traffic as much as possible and a decent start/finish point where there is room for car parking. If there are no ideas or suggestions we will try the old course down at Coxbench in early April.
The BDL committee have asked Belper Harriers to host the third race in the series on Tuesday June 10th at Denby. Due to the fact that this can be a particularly wet area as last year, if anyone has any other ideas for a suitable course let me know. A must is car parking, toilets and a course no longer than 5.5 miles.