BDL Summer Series – Race 4: Carsington

Well how shall I sum this up…? I know…Hot and Hard..hows that Helen? Pretty much sums it up I think. Always a tough one this, undulating to put it mildly and often on a warm evening.

324 runners ran, which again is a course record beating the previous max of 307 from last year. 33 Harriers made the effort to get to the most distant of the Summer venues. 32 finishers with Rob Pearce sacrificing his run to man a gate halfway down the 4.6mile out and back course…..cheers Rob.

Good to see our newer members returning for a bash at a BDL race – Ruby, Olly, Elaine, Jenny, Kelly and Sharon as well as Kath Beardsley running her first BDL for the club. Also great to see Tim Holling back in the only vest that really suited him, as well as Marcus casting off his crocs after his expedition around the Highlands last month.

I love this course and the views really don’t get much better on a BDL. The turnaround area always provides plenty of opportunity to big up your on-coming teammates with a breathless ‘Come on/Well done/Good Effort etc’ or a hearty thumbs up and wave.

Our first 7 fellas put in a proper shift and finished within the top 60 to put the men’s team in 3rd out of 12 on the night. First back was Joel in magnificent form to finish with a PB in 6th, closely followed by ever consistent Ed in 9th, Tim H in 15th, Shaun in 23rd, Tom and Jack in 30th and 31st respectively and Dave H in sublime form in 56th.

Not far behind the ‘counters’ and ensuring suitable displacement of other teams down the results table were Saul in 59th, on-form Andy P in 69th, DDR Director General Simon in 77th, Marcus in 85th, Rob N running well in 89th, Lee running his first Carsington in 111st just in front of Andy L in a more than respectable 112th, Nick B in 137th, Andy Nash hobbling in at 168th, Tim B in 187th, Len in 215th, Olly in 220th and an injured Andy S doing well in 227th.

This was definitely Ladies Night (and i don’t mean a dodgy Thursday night promotional at Ritzy’s in West Brom either). A stunning performance from Belper’s Finest female talent in the form of Ruth in 93rd, Helen M in 100th and Ruby in 186th to see the Ladies team finish 3rd on the night. No wonder Helen described it as Hot and Hard…blimey.

Special mention to Ruth who ran 8 miles over the fields to get to the race then legged it back afterwards…no doubt not breaking a sweat on the return journey either!

Closely behind the ‘counters’ were ever-improving Sarah in 211th, Helen B in 239th, ever-present Rosemary in 241st, Elaine in 258th, first-timer Kath in 267th, Jenny in 301st, Kelly in 303rd, Anne in 321st and Sharon in 322nd.

Such a great performance saw the combined team finish 3rd on the night. So after 4 runs the Men are in 3rd, Ladies in 5th and Combined team in 3rd. We are in a great position and I think there is definitely chance of the Ladies getting 4th after the last race at Shipley Park next month……

Well done all, great race and no flies swallowed which makes a change.