Update 10-14th July by Darren S

Update 10-14th July by Darren S

There are probably some tired legs after the array of challenging races this week!

Wednesday 10th July was the Black Rocks Fell race – infamous for a mid-race slog up the High Peak junction accent, only for the climbing to continue onto the trig point on Cromford Moor. A long descent tests the downhill running skills, before a draining flat blast back along the canal tow path. It’s a tough but enjoyable race. Lots of local fell racing big names were out in force, and this includes our own Ed James, who finished in 8th place. Nathan Brickman was in 15th. Ruth Keeley was 2nd lady!

On Friday 12th we didn’t have to travel far to our neighbouring Holbrook Hill race. It’s a 5 mile run mainly on roads and footpaths. Simon Fisher was in 3rd place, and Louise Rowley was 1st lady! Andrew Marsden (9th) and Anthony Beardsmore (10th) also cracked the top ten overall. Fantastic results! And despite running the brutal Black Rocks race 48hrs earlier, David Horton was first in his age category.

Earlier (a LOT earlier) that day, was the Derby Sunrise City 5k – a non competitive (so no timing system) 5k run/jog around the city starting at 5.30am with the aim of catching a glorious mid-run sunrise. Sharon Kelby and Jo Coates completed this one.

On Sat 13th it was the beloved/dreaded Crich Monument Race – it sells out way in advance every year, with runners keen to tackle the punishing climb to Crich stand, which kicks in after around 4 miles. However, the talking point this year was not the hill, but an ill tempered swan which lashed out at runners pacing along the canal path. As far as I know, no runners were eaten.

17 Harriers ran! As for the results, more terrific performances from the Harriers. Shaun Bott came in 5th place, and James Hart in 7th. Wendy Amis was 1st in FV55 category. Making her long awaiting comeback from injury was Karolina Kucharek, who appears to have skipped the ‘steady progress’ stage and finished as 4th lady, and 2nd in her age category! David Horton seems to have bionic legs, 3 tough fell races in 4 days, and still finished 2nd in M50 category here. Shout out to Jo Coates who ran all 4 races mentioned so far (and yes that includes two on the same day!!)

Further afield this day was the wonderfully titled Fan Y Big fell race – a gruelling 10.3 mile up-and-down slog in the not-at-all-flat Brecon Beacons. Nathan Brickman competed and finished in an awesome 7th place

Finally, to round up a week of tough hilly races, on Sunday 14th it was the Peak Forest Fell Race – our own Nicky Owen finished 3rd lady overall, and 1st in her age category!