Midland Counties X-country Championships

Midland Counties X-country Championships
A Saturday in January is always going to be difficult to predict as to what the weather is going to be like but it was ideal weather conditions at Wollaton Park Nottingham for the many races throughout the day. There was a little bit of winter sunshine and hardly any wind.

One of the first races of the day was the under 20 years race where Ben Rhodes was amongst the many talented young men in this 8k race. Ben did himself proud by finishing 26th in a time of 28mins 45s.

The final race of the day was the Men’s 12k race of four 3k laps. The conditions by then were getting worse, particularly in one stretch of 30 metres where the mud came above the ankles. By the third and fourth time, running through this it was getting just a little tiring. The five Harriers in the race hung on with Andy Nash having a strong run to lead the guys in. Following Andy was Malcolm Weir, Rob Norman and Steve Meath who all beat the hour mark, with Nick Bates just over the hour.

We should not complain considering at the Southern Championships the men had to run 15k which is about double the distance we run at the BDL Cross-countries.

Unfortunately we were one runner short for a team but at least we had a presence in the Championships, particularly when it is just down the road from Belper.

Well done to the six Harriers who were involved and hopefully we should have an attendance at the National Cross-country Championships at Parliament Hill London on 21st February.

At the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Championships at the beginning of the month, once again at Wollaton Park we had just two runners. Ben Rhodes and Nick Bates were our representatives. They ran in the Senior Men’s Race which had the under 20’s running in the same race. Ben finished second under 20, beating some experienced senior runners in the process.

As we are talking about Cross-countries the final BDL takes place at Holmebrook Valley Park Chesterfield S41 8XP on Sunday February 8th at 11am. The club is still in with a chance of some silverware and individual medals, so if you are injury free and available on that date why not come and turn out for the Harriers. Its tough, muddy, hilly, usually cold but its great training.

Annual General Meeting
This meeting takes place at the Devonshire on Tuesday February 10th at 8pm prompt. Our meeting is open to all members and prospective members. There will be a shortened run that evening with a departure from the Leisure Centre at 7pm.

-Malc.

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