Update 29th October- 3rd November. By Cat J

-As usual, it’s been another busy week for our members. Though perhaps even damper than the last one (if that’s even possible…) The rain kept on coming down but we carried on running! Some slightly unusual events this week as it’s that time of year, which certainly kept things interesting!

-The club opted for something a little bit different from our usual Tuesday club run this week. Ian Hays did a fantastic job of organising a ‘severed handicap’ for all of us to get stuck into. There were some fab costumes, although some people do perhaps need to be a bit more original as they seemed to come dressed as runners…

“There was a great turn out and many brilliant fancy dress efforts. Although Mark Woodwards costume of cantankerous old man complaining about his knee was disappointing! Runners were released in reverse order from the white hart with the objective of getting to safety without being ambushed by awaiting zombies (Claire and Sarah) or caught by the wave of zombism sweeping through the field from behind – turns out escaping the clutches of Ed and Simon is harder than it looks! With the exception of Nicky Owen – who seemed to have genetic immunity to infection and just simply ran from the start to finish by the most direct route untouched – it was stealth that won the day. Only 6 survived the night and it was a clean sweep for the ladies. Nicky & Josie competed their missions solo, whereas Lily & Helen and Rachel & Helena worked in pairs using guile and caution to successfully get to the end. The highlights of my evening was finding the latter of those teams huddling in the bandstand like Scooby Doo and Shaggy in a derelict themepark and finding out Andy Marsden had crept through mud and undergrowth for miles before being caught the second he stepped out onto the road.”

Definitely an event to repeat next year!

-Kelly Wigley ran a Halloween 5k in Blackpool on the Thursday…..

“It was a lovely little race in the grounds of Herons Reach Golf Course. Lots of people were in fancy dress, we ran along trails including some muddy sections. There was a choice of route halfway round with either ‘pain’ (up a hill) or ‘misery’ through a stream. My running partner unfortunately chose misery…. It was great fun though and we got a glow in the dark medal!”

Hope your feet weren’t too cold after the stream Kelly, although it still sounds like you still had a great time!

-On Saturday 2nd November, the English National XC relays took place at Berry Hill in Mansfield. This was a running event, but in some sections, a canoe may have been more appropriate as it was a tad damp…. (very very very wet)

Malcolm Weir survived the boggy adventure and had a few words to say about the event…

“Once again another wonderful event at Berry Hill Mansfield for England National X-country Relays. This year the Harriers had three teams out, two men’s teams and a ladies team. It actually stopped raining for the start of the women’s race with Louise running the first leg of the 3k course. She passed over to Claire Sheldon making her debut at this level and also bringing the cakes. Thanks Claire and well done. Running the final leg for the ladies was experienced Karolina bringing the team in 82nd position. For the men, the first team of Nathan, Simon, Dave Heslop and Ed, running the 5k distance of two laps finished in 84th position. Great performance guys beating some strong club sides. The second men’s team of Dave Horton, Rob Norman, myself and Andy Naylor certainly did not let themselves or the club down finishing in 136th position. Well done everyone, great event, challenging course and after all the early rain it turned into a half decent day. Thanks to Dave Horton for getting everything sorted. Excellent work.”

-Also unable to avoid the soggy ground, Ruth Keeley opted for Shipley parkrun on Saturday morning. Despite the less than ideal conditions, she was 1st lady back and 8th overall, a great effort Ruth!

Fingers crossed the weather improves so we don’t have to swim at the next BDL XC event…. I don’t really fancy doing an aquathon!