The Cross-country season is nearly over with the climax being the ‘Nationals’ at Parliament Hill London last Saturday. With every club runner eligible for this event, it attracted thousands of runners to this highly regarded event.
With the location being a consideration, Belper Harriers still had three runners in the Men’s field. Our contingent of Craig Allen, Rob Norman and Simon Hackett took on the 12k course against some quick and experienced runners. Craig was the club’s first finisher in 54mins 7secs with Rob following in 58mins 32secs. This was Rob’s eleventh consecutive Nationals, not a bad record when you consider the race can be anywhere in the country at the worst time of the year. Simon completed the Harriers contingent in 75mins 37secs with his seventh cross-country of the winter and only a heavy cold preventing him from running in the Midlands Regional race.
These event are extremely well organised and the camaraderie and experience lives with you for a long time. Well done to all three Harriers.
A few weeks earlier Craig Allen went and ran nearly three minutes off his personal best in the Brass Monkey Half-Marathon at York. Craig who at the moment is in a rich vein of form ran it in 1hr 22mins and 47secs, his previous personal best being 1hr 25min and 39secs. Well done Craig.
On Sunday morning on the South Coast three Harriers ran in the Brighton Half-Marathon. In a massive field of 7678 runners our trio of Trev Wilson, John Maddock and Clare Cooper all ran good times. Trev finished in 1hr 26mins, John in 1hr 51mins and Clare in 1hr 57mins. Once again well done to all three who all recorded personal bests.