Well, tonight I was a very proud Chairman…
A small handful of Belper Harriers were lucky enough to turn up to the last Peak District Evening Fell Race of the season – and what a great event it was!!!
We were greeted with a typically low key event -held outside a cricket pavillion on makeshift tables, registration was two lovely old ladies who looked straight out of Gala Bingo rather than a fell race committee! Entry on the night – none of that pre-entry mumbo jumbo.
The evening was stunning – making the most of the late summer sun, we started earlier at 630pm so as the last finishers would be safely back before sunset. The course was classic stuff – two stiff climbs, runnable moor and a fast run in to the finish – all of which had views to die for, so it more than compensated for having to rush to get the early.
The best part of the evening was still to come – and it’s not often I say that AFTER a fell race!
Nathan has had a fantastic year with the club. After his London Marathon success, he’s built on this but in an offroad capacity. Nathan is now a far better runner than he was at the start of the season due to lots of long, hard, hilly races – they hurt, but boy do they give rewards (note : 10k’s are fun but they won’t make you more powerful!) and I was really pleased but not that surprised to see him finished 2ND MAN OVERALL.
Ruth has also had a transformational year. She’s built up confidence, speed but most importantly power from all the hills she’s been packing in. Every second she has free, she’s been fell racing and if you’ve not read her blog, then give it a read. 2ND LADY OVERALL and again no surprise – I think Ruth is going to need a new trophy cabinet soon!
Well done to you both – a fantastic reward for both yourselves in the efforts you’ve put in, but more importantly for me – for the club in being the pinnacle of what we are trying to achieve – QUIET IMPROVEMENT.