Roundup – weekend 26/27 October, by Darren S

Roundup – weekend 26/27 October, by Darren S

This weekend saw Belper Harriers ‘take over’ the Shipley parkrun! 26 amazing Belper Harriers volunteers, including 5 pacers (also 3 dogs) took over the organisation and marshalling of this event for the day. Despite the torrential rain, mud and huge puddles, the event was a big success, and 111 brave souls completed the race, including 16 first timers! Amazingly a total of 20 PB’s were achieved despite the conditions. Well done Harriers, and well done Shipley runners.

Later that afternoon, in Long Eaton, it was the British Masters Cross Country Relay Championships. So called ‘fast and flat’ (surely not the case with the weather) it’s open to UKA registered athletes over the age of 35. Belper Harriers sent a mens team and a ladies team. The mens team (David Horton, Ian Adkin, James Hart, Malcom Weir, and Shaun Bott) achieved a more than respectable 16th place in the mens category, especially when you consider the calibre of athletes present in this event. Well done chaps.

It was, however, our superstar team of ladies who stole the headlines, coming in 5th place in the ladies event. Mere minutes separated 1st from 5th place, outlining what a great achievement this was. We’d sent the A-team of Karolina Kucharek, Ruth Keeley, and Louise Rowley, and they did not disappoint.

On Sunday 27th it was the Cannock Chase Trail half marathon & 10k . When a race describes itself as ‘undulating’ you know it’ll be a grueller. The ground was still wet but the weather was sunny, and the scenery for this one was gorgeous. Nicky Owen took on the half, finishing in 2.03.24. Tom Wright and Annie Wray tackled the 10k, with times of 52.46 and 59.27 respectively. Both under the hour mark, great work.

Also on Sunday was the beloved and long established Worksop Halloween half marathon . Lovely scenery which takes in Clumber Park, this race is usually a sell out. 4 Harriers took part this year. Ed Godber finished in a fantastic 1.38.18, with Paul Romney not far behind with 1.40.45. It was PB day for Sharon Kelby, who finished in 2.27.33. 7 minutes off her previous time, great work Sharon! Annie Sloane crossed the line in 2.33.49