Update 6th-8th December 2019. By Cat J

-It’s December. The weather’s naff (most of the time,) it’s cold, and it’s still 2 weeks until Christmas. Luckily, there’s always a beacon of light during this dark time…. The Harriers annual awards night! (We all like an excuse to have a drink…or several, and a boogie!)

There have been so many outstanding & varied achievements from club members this year. It’s great to come together to celebrate another fabulous year for the club, and also to dress up & wear something other than sweaty running gear…)

-The Ripley Vs Belper Fell series was won by us, (by a rather large margin!) 6 super speedy Harriers claimed individual fell series club prizes as well.

For the ladies, it was Ruth Keeley in 1st place, 2nd lady was Louise Rowley, & 3rd lady was Nicky Owen. Ed James led the way for the men, followed by Simon Fisher and the ever improving Ashley Flint. Fantastic running from all 6 of you!

-In the club championship, Helen Morley was 1st, followed by Ruth Keeley & Louise Rowley. Mark Beighton took the win for the men, followed by David Horton and Dave Heslop.

-Speedy running is of course fantastic, but there are so many other amazing things we had to celebrate.

-Wendy Amis won the Outstanding performance award for completing the Druids Challenge. She not only completed the 84 mile multi day event, but was also 3rd in her age category!

-Nicky Owen, who just keeps getting stronger and faster was voted Most improved.

-Andy Marsden is not just a speedy runner, but does so much to help with the running of the club, especially Tuesday runs and was voted Volunteer of the year.

-A new award, the Whoopsie Daisy was wonby Sarah Jackson for her recent bdl admin mistake which was rather special… (I shall say no more)

-The Runners’ Runner award, perhaps the most coveted of them all, was won by David Horton for his fantastic running and ongoing contributions to the club.

-Running is not a ‘no risk’ sport, and there have certainly been a lot of injuries this year! The Hop-along award went to Andy ‘glass ankles’ Lenton who has certainly had his fair share of bad luck so far this year…

-Another new award for Running journalism and weekly writeups of club events/races went to myself & Darren Singleton. There’s so much going on, and so much to celebrate so we’re happy to help!

-Helen Morley, Jasmin Smith and Lois Carter won Best trophy haul from one event when they all won a prize during a fell race. Fantastic!

-The Travel award went to Darren Singleton. Amsterdam, New York, he’s certainly racking up the miles. Well, air miles as least!

-Finally, and perhaps the most important announcement was who would be the the lucky winner of the London Marathon club place. A unanimous decision was made… Well done Andy Marsden! Go and smash it!

-A fabulous evening was had by all. A refreshing change to dress up in something other than running gear and to have a boogie to lots of cheesy tunes whilst enjoying a beverage… or 10. Looking forward to another great night in 2020!

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-Although running to the bar was enough for some, quite a few Harriers decided to get outside & race this weekend as well!

-Hannah Wibberley & Tom Moulder chose to do the ‘Turkey Trot.’ An iconic local half marathon with plenty of lumps and bumps! The perfect race for those who may have forgotten to order their turkey for Christmas. If you run fast enough, you can win one instead!… A rather unique prize…

 

-Three Harriers took on the festive ‘Litton Christmas Cracker’ which starts and ends in the small and picturesque village of Litton, North-west of Buxton. It’s just over 7 miles, and is a hilly course with plenty of mud. Darren Singleton & Helen James raced, & Ed James was 13th overall out of 238 runners!

-Fancying something a bit warmer and dryer, Rob Norman did the Indoor 3k at Sheffield in 11:48:92. Swift running Rob!

Another jam-packed weekend full of running goodness. Keep at it everyone, let’s continue making the Harriers a force to be reckoned with!