BDL Race 5 Roundup

BDL Race 5 summary
By Andy Nash, Men’s Captain

Results now up on the website under ‘Results’ tab and ‘BDL Winter XC Results’. Results are filtered, which you can remove to show all races etc…

Great turnout from the Harriers saw 20 brave souls slog it round the 2 lap, hilly 4.7 mile Holmebrook Park course on a cold Sunday morning. North Derbyshire put on a great event, which (for those that can bear to remember) was the reverse of last years route.

Suffice to say after a whole autumn and winter of rain the conditions were ‘less than favourable’…but hey that’s what we love about cross country eh!!
Many Harriers witnessing the hardest course in the Winter BDL calendar for the first (and hopefully not the last) time.

Ed James was first home in 11th, running his best race for a while, followed by the reliably good Chris Jordan (50th). Simon Edwards who did fantastic to finish in 56th despite faffing with his shoe laces as the race started was closely followed in 57th by consistent Krishna. Next came John Birkett running very well for only the third time for the Harriers to complete in 66th and Dave Horton (who by his own admission had a mare due to lack of training) finished in 70th…legend. Rob Norman and Andy Nash battled for the last male counter position with Rob getting to the swampy finish line one place ahead of Andy to finish in 76th. Andy Lenton slogged it round (or was it jogged it round!) through the quagmire to finish in a creditable 116th, swiftly followed by Nick Bates and Tim Bournsnell in 125th and 127th. Good to see Tim running well again and Nick almost landing in the mud after the finish line. Rob Pearce who had a little shoe trouble but did well to finish next in 131st. Next chaps to cross the line were Simon Hackett in his not so new shoes in 151st, Len Foulkes (182nd) and Rob Terry (189th). Rob’s best placing in 3 outings.

For the ladies Ruth Keeley finish first in an admirable 103rd place which was Ruth’s best placing in 4 outings (must have been the bright running tights?), followed by Helen Turner running well in 167th. 3rd female counter went to Helen Brunt in 172nd, Helen running a great race to finish her 3rd best placing in 10 outings… the weight of the engagement ring obviously not having any effect whatsoever! Ladies Captain, Rachel wasn’t too far behind in 174th (more wine needed) and ever consistent Rosemary running well in new shoes in 186th (5th best placing in 11th outings).

On the day both Men’s and Women’s team finished 8th out of 12th, 7th overall. The final league standings were Men – 7th, Women – 9th and overall 7th. Great work but lets get back to previous form and kick some butt in the Summer series which starts in April.

These are tuesday night races and will replace the normal training runs from the Leisure Centre. They will be off road on trails and completely FREE – so why not enter one with your Belper Harriers buddies and support the club. All you need is a club vest.