Good solid peformance

BELPER Harriers Running Club put in a solid performance in the second Booth Decorators Road Race of the season.

The event, held at Teversal Grange, Sutton-in-Ashfield over five-miles, saw the club have an excellent number of 36 runners in a strong field of 293 finishers.

On the night the combined Belper team came a close second to Heanor with the men finishing third and the ladies second.

The club had three runners in the top ten, Gordon Irvine coming back from a long layoff through injury finished fifth while Ben O’Connell and Dale Annable ran well to finish ninth and tenth.

Further down the field Karl Atton, Marcus Hanford, Phil Shaw and Jonathan Saunders could all be well pleased with their performances.

For the ladies there was a strong team of 11 runners with Joanne Caborn who also was feeling her way back after injury, returning as first lady finisher with Steph Ilsley and Sharon Mellors closely following.

Three runners made their debuts for the club, Jo Southcott, Gavin Elliott and Andy Basey who can all be well satisfied with their first run for the Harriers.

After two races the club is second in the team event with the men and the ladies both in third place.

The evening concluded with a buffet and presentation of awards from the winter cross-country league by sponsor Louis Booth.

Two Belper runners received awards in their age categories, Theresa Hempstall and Malcolm Weir while the club received the award for finishing third in the combined team event and second in the men’s event.

White Peak Marathon

The Harriers had two runners in this eyar’s White Peak Marathon. Jim Naismith ran the full marathon while Ian Hays ran the half version.

Over tough terrain on the High Peak Trail, Jim recorded a time of 3hrs 52mins, finishing in 80th position out of 198 finishers. In the half-marathon Ian finished 23rd in an excellent time of 1hr 32mins.

Derwent River Relays

This is the fifth consecutive year the club has held its four-stage relay event at Belper Rugby Club.

It is being staged on Saturday, July 9 at 2.30pm and each team must consist of four runners who will each run a leg of approximately three miles.

The club is looking for as many teams as possible, either family, community, corporate or from running clubs or any other sporting groups.

There will be prizes for the various categories as well as fastest individuals.

Before the Relays at 1.30pm there will once again be a Fun Run of either a half-mile, a mile or one-and-a-half miles for younger or less competitive runners.

Further information can be obtained from Malcolm Weir on 01773 826799 or Steve Winfield on 07869 175603.