BDL Summer series – Race 1: Teversal

Wow what a turnout. Now I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to stats and I know some of my running mates are too, so here are the figures: 405 runners turned out for the first race of the BDL summer series at Teversal, absolutely smashing the previous record of 339 at Ilkeston last year. The re-invigorated Harriers amassed a serious contingent of 38 (which from my feeble memory is the best turnout for a good few years). I even caught sight of some of our new vivid vests…not easy to miss I can tell you! But the most pleasing thing to see was the number of women….hang on, specifically Harriers ladies who turned out, totaling an impressive 11.

For me Teversal has always been my favourite of all the BDL courses (winter and summer) as it signaled the start of the summer series. It traditionally weaved it’s way through the country park and up to the miner’s statute (the highest point in Notts) before descending steeply for a mile and half for a guaranteed fast finish. However the grey suits at the Forestry Commission put pay to this and so the course had to be changed this year to a looping 4.6 mile course on flat, fast gravel trails.

Arriving early I managed a quick warm up with Andy Lenton along the trail. Alan was also warming up with a group of eager Harriers and the yellow and black vests were numerous around the visitor centre and start area. Great to see new faces, Jen, Sarah, Su, Nathan F, Andy Stubbs and Pete as well as more familiar folk and long-standing Harriers members.

Not much to say about the actual race, for me it was tough and I think this was the case for a lot of runners. I’m not a fan of flat and fast and I missed the hills climbs from the old course. Most Harriers undoubtedly ran out of their comfort zones…I did. The short climbs were a welcome break from the monotony of the trails. After a mile or so I stopped dodging the puddles and the end was definitely welcome.

The first 7 men (the ‘counters’) were Ed James (13th), Nathan Brickman (14th), Alex Cook (17th), Shaun Bott (25th), Tom Jackson (36th), Alan our esteemed leader (37th) and Zach Naylor (57th). These intrepid guys were followed swiftly by Nathan Fowles (76th), Krish (86th), Andy Paisley (93rd), Rob Norman (108th), Simon Edwards (117th), Andy Nash (127th), Andy Lenton (133rd), Nick Ratcliffe-Owen (136th), Pete Baker (153rd), Andy Naylor (156th), Mark Riches (170th), Steve Meath (200th), Tim Bournsnell (217th), Rob Pearce (221st), Simon Hackett (226th), Chris Bradders (228th), Andy Stubbs (263rd), Dan Clark (265th), Len Foulkes (302nd) and Rob Terry (343rd).

The first 3 women (the ‘counters’) were Ruth Keeley (101st), Helen Morley (131st) and Sharron Mellors (132nd). Closely followed by Su Ward (196th), Helen Brunt (252nd), Sarah Holmes (256th), Helen Turner (264th), Rach ‘the captain’ Clark (305th), Rosemary Arris-Pratt (314th), Clare Cooper (347th) and Jen Aitken (385th).
Such a fantastic effort ensured Men, Women and Overall Team finished 3rd out of 12 teams….wowsers trousers!

Special mention to our first timers – Nathan Fowles, Pete Baker, Andy Stubbs, Su Ward, Sarah Holmes and Jen Aitken who ran brilliantly for their new club. No doubt we will see you next month at Ilkeston guys.

Also mention to several runners for some great performances. I’ve been running with these guys for a while and I couldn’t help but notice some great running from Ruth who glided past me after 2 miles and Zach who put in a performance that blew my socks off.

Good to see Steve Meath up the field and Dan Clarke running well too. Well done to Sharron Mellors too for first VL45..great result.

Finally, well done Helen Morley for finishing 2nd Lady after completing Manchester Marathon 2 days before. This may well be the only time I beat you at a BDL but I’m taking the victory nonetheless. Plus you didn’t go out drinking with Dan Clark the weekend before…so that’s in my favour.

Well done all…absolutely brilliant. If you want to join in the fun the next race is at Ilkeston. Just turn up with your vest and run…..its free after all.