Roundup of the last week – 29.5.19

Roundup of the last week. 29.5.19 – by Darren S

Another action packed week, lots of events happening which means lots of Harriers in action!

We’ll start with the David Denton “Tour of Derwent Valley” – A series of 4 races over the Friday-Monday bank holiday weekend. ( 24th may – Duffield – road , 25th May – Belper Lane End – road/trail, 26th May Bluebell – road, 27th May – Rowsley – road). For years it’s been a goal for local runners to complete the full 4 races, and this year David Horton, Rosemary Norman and Rob Norman did just that. Well done you three. David Horton ended up in 11th overall place for the series, fantastic.

Mark Beighton, Simon Fisher, Louise Rowley & Keith Chandler joined in the fun and completed the fourth race.

18th May was the Hathersage Hurtle, a challenging fell run in the Hope Valley. And when I say “challenging” – I’m talking 20 miles, and 2800 feet of ascent. Peter Baker finished in, a frankly astonishing, 3.11.13. Georgie Bestwick, Natalie Goodwin, Lorna Taylor and Robin Mitchell also completed the run.

Peter wrote a few words about his experience –

“As well as the plethora of shorter fell races in the summer there are some great longer races in the Peak District each around 20 miles. Having run the Grindleford Gallop and Edale Skyline in previous years this year I decided to give the Hathersage Hurtle a go. It is a small friendly event with a limit of 300 runners and mainly off road. At ten o’clock we were off climbing steadily up to the mast at Shatton Moor, with a lack of long training runs I and a long way to go I settled into a steady pace. Past the mast and down into the Hope Valley and then 1000 feet of climbing from Yorkshire Bridge to the top of Stanage Edge. The weather was warm and the views were stunning. We then dropped down through Burbage and Padley Gorge and back into the Hope Valley with a couple of miles along the valley back into Hathersage. I was tired at the end but pleased with my time of 3 hours 11 minutes and 57th place overall.
After the event there was music, cakes tea and coffee, a BBQ and beer with lots of people chilling out and enjoying the atmosphere. This is a great race I would recommend it to anyone wanting try something a bit longer”


21st May was Totley Moor fell run. It’s a challenging 6.5 mile run over open moorland, fields and tracks, with around 1500ft of ascent. – Wykeham Bosworth finished in 22nd place overall, with David Horton, Alan Billington and Jo Coates also completing the run.

Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll race series is always very popular, with a variety of distances across the weekend heading through the city and surrounding roads. Kelly Wigley, over the last year, has been constantly improving her times and clocking up PB’s galore, took on the half marathon and, indeed, got another PB (by 5 minutes), finishing in 2.05.11. Well done Kelly

27th May was Bank Holiday Monday, which saw Sir Mo Farah win his seventh Vitality London 10k. Three Harriers also ran, Georgie Bestwick, who finished in 51.48 , Jasmin Smith with 50.05 and Malcom Weir, who finished in 42.42 – and FIRST in his age category!! Absolutely superb Malcom!!

Also on Bank Holiday Monday was the Bamford Sheep Dog Trials. Nicky Owen wrote – “Three Harriers took to the Fells not the roads for their Bank Holiday race – at the very scenic 4 and a bit miles Bamford Sheep Dog Trials Fell Race. A steep climb up Parkin Clough to the top of Win Hill ( always good to be rewarded with a Trig point) and then straight back down a great downhill to Bamford – highly recommended Hope Valley ice creams at the end! Ashley Flint led the way home for the Harriers – followed by Ed Godber and me”