Tough Course Good Run
A bit later report than usual for the BDL race due to the late arrival of the results. A calm evening at Carsington Reservoir for the fourth race of the series saw another field of over 300 runners finish this undulating out and back course of 4.8 miles.
The Harriers were out in force with a team of 34 runners with Helen Mardon making her debut in a club race and leading the ladies team home in the process. For the men’s team, Marcus Handford was running his first BDL race for a couple of years while Phil Butt was also running a road race since too many years ago.
This race seems to generate a good bit of camaraderie as the runners pass each other at the turnaround point and encourage each other in passing.
At the turn Ed James had run himself into a good position and he maintained it to bring the Harriers home. Ed finished ninth and was closely followed by Nathan Brickman, Tom Jackson and Tom Moulder. All these Fell races must have helped Alan Billington as he was our next finisher followed by Alex Cook, Chris Jordan and Dave Horton.
Next came Zach Naylor with a fabulous run to finish 57th followed by Marcus Handford, Andy Marsden and Malcolm Weir. Andy Nash was our next finisher followed by Nick Bates, Andy Lenton, Simon Hackett, Richard Mayne, Amer Armoush, Phil Butt and Steve Meath. Rob Pearce was our next finisher with Tim Boursnell, Len Foulkes and Rob Terry completing the men’s team.
For the ladies team, as I said earlier Helen lead the ladies home with Ruth Keeley, Meg McHarg, Helena Houghton, Rachel Clark, Jane Armoush, Helen Brunt, Rosemary Arris, Clare Cooper and Linda Simmonds.
There were some excellent individual performances by many of our runners which I am sure can even be bettered in the months ahead.
This all equated to the men finishing second, the ladies seventh and the combined team fourth. After the four races with one to go, the men are third, the ladies are seventh and the combined team are sixth.
Thanks also to Shaun Bott for supporting and the post race recording.
A really fabulous well done to all our runners as we move on to the final race of the series from Shipley Cricket Club on Tuesday August 4th. Hopefully we shall see all those who ran at Carsington along with a few more to make a strong presence of Harriers on the starting line.
This Tuesday we will be training from the Leisure Centre leaving at 7.30 while the following Tuesday July 28th will be the next Special. Shaun Bott will be organising this and the start will be from the White Lion, Starkholmes Matlock. More information later but if you are available come and support Shaun’s Special.