THE Robin Hood Nottingham Marathon and Half-Marathon now in its 30th year saw a number of Belper Harriers in the half-marathon and one in the full marathon.
Andy Basey was Belper’s representative in the marathon and an excellent race he had, to finish in the highly respectable time of 3hr 22mins which was a personal best for him.
In the half-marathon, the club had six runners with Edward James coming home in 46th place in a time of 1hr 24mins followed by Paul Marval, not feeling his best, finishing in 1hr 35mins.
Phil Shaw posted 1hr 45mins while Rob Pearce used the race as a training session for a full marathon in a few weeks time, recorded 1hr 56mins. Rachel Clark ran a big personal best, up nearly six minutes from last year, finishing in 1hr 57mins while husband Dan was just a minute behind in 1hr 58mins.
A tougher choice was made by Chris Jackson to run the Ashbourne half-marathon on the same day as the Nottingham race. On this more picturesque and undulating course, Chris had an excellent run to finish in 1hr 53mins.
The High Peak 40-mile challenge race is distance running to the extreme but still attracted 200 runners including Belper’s Karl Atton and Ian Hays.
Earlier in the year Karl realised, as he was approaching his 40th birthday he wanted to do something completely different, as a way of remembering the occasion and came up with the idea of running this 40-mile event. Ian offered to join him and they started their training for the challenge which is predominately off-road.
Both Karl and Ian were well pleased with their times, Karl finishing in 7hrs 6mins in 29th place while Ian finished in 7hrs 38mins in 43rd place.
Northern six-stage relays
These relays are a prestige event for all the clubs in the Northern Area for road running which were held at Warrington.
The course held at a Business Park just outside the town was flat and 6k in distance for each runner.
This was a second year for the club at the event, but for various reasons, Harriers could only raise male runners for it.
It was nevertheless a good experience to run against the top clubs and international runners. The club lay in 87th position after five stages which was only five places down from the 82nd place we finished last year.
The five could all be well pleased with their performances, particularly the three younger runners, Andy Rose who ran 23mins 22secs, Jack Daykin 23mins 48secs and Rob Norman 24mins 17secs.
The two vets Malcolm Weir and Andy Daykin gave the team their best efforts with Malcolm returning the time of 25mins 8sec and Andy 26mins 29secs.
The conclusion of the road running season saw the Harriers finish second to Heanor in the Booth Decorators League for the third consecutive year.
The North Midlands Cross-Country League start their season at Markeaton Park on October 8 with the Harriers competing in this league for only the second season and the Booth Decorators League starting a week later with the first race at Shipley Park.