Update 27th August to 6th September 2019. By Cat J

Summer may be over, but the races seem to just keep on coming!

The Barrel Inn Fell Race was on the 27th August. A superb race of just over 6 miles with views of Abney and Curbar before dropping back down into Eyam. Well done to Louise Rowley who was first in her age category in a tough race!

On Sunday 1st September, there were a lot of races on offer including the ever popular Wilne 10k.

5 Harriers ran, with Darren Singleton running 41:33 to achieve a new pb! Karolina Kucharek was equally swift and hot on his heels with 41:28 earning her a top 20 ladies finish. Malcolm Weir was 2nd in Vet70 with 43:36, Paul Romney finished in 43:38 & Helen James in 53:27. A Superb effort from all of you!

Dave Horton also managed to keep busy on the 1st September with the ‘Exterminator Fell Race’ in Totley. (In his own words….)

“I found myself without a race this weekend (horror of horrors!), so needing to get a longer run in, I pootled along to the excellent low-key Exterminator 16mile fell race at Totley. I quickly found that I wasn’t alone, but had Andy Paisley and Peter Baker for company. Rather than the usual bull-out-of a-gate start that you get with the short evening races, this was a more refined slow burner sort of race. Pleasant temperatures were tempered by a couple of cold, blowy showers on the tops of the moors. This type of longer fell race with few marshalls or route signs is a bit of a departure from my usual comfort zone, and the route was quite complex; I was grateful for the company of a local runner who knew the course well, and even led me along a perilous quarry-edge path to save a few seconds. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I hope this will be the first of many races of this type for me. Well done Pete and Andy, both veterans of this race.”

One Harrier (Paul Donald) headed out solo to Sherwood Pines 10K (another alternative to the Wilne 10K/Exterminator)

“Arrived nice and early to pick up my race number. After that faffed around at the boot of the car for a bit. Then decided to do some stretching as someone else was so seemed like a good idea. Soon after I found a nice quiet area to do some warm ups (to try and look like I knew what I was doing).

Lining up at the start I noticed very few ‘serious looking runners’ and foolishly thought I’d be in with a chance of a good performance.

4 seconds in to the race I realised I wasn’t and after the first few hills I realised a PB was also out the window. I meandered round the forest tracks on various surfaces; gravel, sand, grass, mountain biker carcass with a couple of points where I attempted to throw water in my face (I can’t drink from cups whilst running)

Just before the 8K mark I picked up my pace and again at 9K. Near the end I heard some footsteps behind me so stepped up the pace only to see a Sleaford Strider pass me. I wasn’t having that so I fought back right up to the line where he pipped me (although he did have longer legs than me).

I subsequently congratulated him whilst I lay in a heap on the floor.

After all this I won the coveted award of first (and only) Belper Harrier home 😎

It was a good morning out which reminded me that the key to good performance involves training and actually putting effort in.”

Good effort Paul! Sounds like a fun race & a worthy alternative to Wilne!

Closer to home was the Alport Heights Relay on Wednesday 4th September. A fab little midweek relay race. Last year we has sunshine, this year rain and wind…

That didn’t deter our members though, as we had a whopping 9 teams entered! Karolina Kucharek, Louise Rowley & Hannah Wibberly were first overall ladies team. We also had two male teams finishing in the top ten in 6th & 8th position. Regardless of results, I think I can safely say that all members enjoyed themselves. It’s always great fun to race locally!

Great Longstone Fell Race was on the 6th September. On a windy night, 6 Harriers completed the 4.8 mile course which climbs 950 feet up onto Longstone edge before heading back down to the village.

Ashley Flint, Chris Clark & Simon Fisher represented the men, and for the ladies Helen James, Nikki Owen and Louise Rowley, with Ed James there supporting them. Simon stormed to victory taking 1st place beating fell legend Lloyd Taggart in an impressive 29.44. Louise Rowley was 4th lady which is very impressive especially as she took a fall in the mud halfway round.

Lastly, and perhaps the most impressive achievement by a club member in the past week was Rob Terry who completed the 101km CCC race on the 30th August! For those unfamiliar with the race, below is a little description. Although I’m sure Rob could describe it better!

The CCC is a race deep into wilderness using for the most the international path “Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc (GR TMB)”.
A mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy.

The CCC® has climbed from being the "little sister of the UTMB®" to becoming a unique race that is one of the most prestigious of the world. The start line at the centre of Courmayeur is tinged with an atmosphere that only Italians can provide, a rare emotional moment to the music of Vangelis.

The course has 6100m+ of elevation and has a time limit of 26 hours 30 mins. Rob completed it in 13:42:36, a superb achievement!

It’s been a busy few weeks for all members of the club with even more happening than I could list in this update. Whether you’ve been racing, running for fun/training, injured or just having a bit of time off after a big race, it seems to be a great time to be a Belper Harrier. Well done all!