12th-13th October 2019. By Cat J

This ‘lovely’ (horrible and damp) weather doesn’t seem to be going anywhere…. but with so many great races on offer, the Harriers were still out in full force this weekend!

-Starting on Saturday 12th October at 8:00am, Clare Cooper started the ‘Lakes In A Day’ race which as the name suggests, is in the Lake District. A 50 mile route with a staggering 4000m (13,000 ft) of elevation from Caldbeck to Cartmel. In her own words…it was blooming windy on the ridges and so cold. I nearly quit at Ambleside but decided to push on through. Clare completed the race at 6:30am Sunday morning. What an absolutely fantastic achievement!

-Also on Saturday, Karen Calladine completed the ‘Bassetlaw Bash.’ A 26 mile route taking in the scenic Clumber & Thoresby estates using tracks not usually available for the public.

-Continuing with his mission of completing the accelerate fell race series, Richard Hickling attended the ‘Wingather Fell race’ on Sunday 13th October. A 13.5 mile route with 2450 ft of elevation.

“A bridge too far….I set off to Buxton and parked a good 20 minute walk to the start, which I regretted later. A nice relaxed milling about soon turned into a mad dash for some and the rest of us casually chased after them, a few steady uphills and great downhills got me to Errwood Res, I was feeling okay and reminded myself it was just shining tor fell race in reverse, back to Buxton and that’s it. After descending from shining tor on loose boulders surrounded by deep bogs and getting to the bridge in the picture it became just under 4 kilometres so someone said to the finish but 3 of that was uphill through head height bracken. Even though the last km was downhill I’d had enough a stumbled through the finish funnel. A painful walk back to the registration building followed and finding the presentations had already taken place knew it wasn’t a quick time. But a hot drink, cob, cake and race chat soon warmed me up. Only thing that got me moving again was that I had to get back to my car.”

Sounds tough, nice one Richard! Only one more race until you’ve completed the series!

-In Doncaster, Jack Dakin participated in the ‘Run for Wildlife 5k’ a scenic race around Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Jack was 3rd overall out of 3rd out of 1000 runners in a very speedy time of 18:30!

-One runner decided to stick to the roads and took part in his first half marathon distance which was in Birmingham. Unfortunately, due to a security threat on part of the course, the route was shortened. Joe still ran a smashing time with an average pace of 6:40 per mile and was 3rd in his age category! He says that he definitely feels ready to run the full distance next time!

-Lastly, (and perhaps the most important race of the weekend for the Belper Harriers) was the first race in the cross country BDL series at Shipley park. Despite the rain pouring from the sky (it always seems to rain at this race… 20 Harriers participated in what can only be described as a hilly mud bath. We had some fantastic results which will be confirmed in the next few days. Nathan Brickman was 10th overall, and Ruth Keeley was 4th Lady. A special mention also to Dave Heslop for supporting, and to Sarah Jackson and Cat Johnston for bringing ‘refreshments’ in the form of cake and biscuits. Essential sustenance after a hard race!

A very busy weekend for club members. Smashing running everyone!