Good finish for Harriers

The final race in the Booth Decorators Cross-Country League saw a smaller number of runners from the club but the Harriers still came away as winners on the day.

Only 18 Harriers made the start line at Bramcote Country Park but there were also a reduced number of runners from the other clubs.

There were some excellent performances from the Belper club with everyone having good or decent runs.

The club’s first finisher was Alex Duthie in eighth place ahead of Edward James in 15th.

The ever-reliable and consistent Krishna Mahedevan was the next home in 24th place while 16-year-old Jack Daykin finished in his best position so far, in 32nd place.

Fit again Simon Edwards had an excellent run as did Karl Atton, Andy Rose and Dave Horton.

This season again there has only been four races in the Booth Decorators league instead of the usual five. Due to problems with the landowners at Berry Hill Park Mansfield the fifth race had to be cancelled.

The combined team by winning the last race at Bramcote made it to third place with the men’s team finishing second, both the same as last year.

It was in the ladies where the improvement was made, finishing fourth this year compared to eighth last year.

There were many runners who ran in the competition but only four who ran in all four races.

In the ladies, Theresa Hempstall and Georgina Bestwick ran in the four, both having good seasons and running consistently. The men were represented in all four by Roger Morgan and Steve Winfield, Roger who has rarely missed a race even though he has had a few injuries while Steve can be really pleased with his races after missing so much training and races in the last few years.

Northern Region


The last Saturday in January saw three intrepid runners off to Sunderland to run in the Northerns.

Steph Ilsley, Rob Norman and Mark Riches took on the tough conditions of mud and hills. Rob and Mark worked their way around the 12k course with Mark finishing 321st in 56mins 29secs and Rob 395th in 60mins 51secs.

Steph in the ladies race over a distance of 8.2k finished a highly creditable 83rd in 37mins 58secs.

All three of them will be running in the Nationals at Alton Towers where they will be joined by other Harriers on Saturday February 19.

Steph Ilsley and Jack Daykin will be representing Derbyshire in the Inter Counties at Birmingham on Saturday March 5. Steph has been selected to run for the ladies team while Jack will be in the under 17’s team.

In the rearranged Bolsover 10k race, eight Harriers produced some very good performances.

In a field of 584 finishers, Andy Parkin led the Belper contingent home in 13th to set himself a personal best by 17 seconds.

Alex Duthie followed Andy home in 17th place, just 43secs behind. Krishna Mahadevan and Ron Ilsley were next home, Krish easily producing a sub-40 while Ron was just three seconds over.