AFTER the first round of the Booths Decorators Cross-country league, in which Harriers had finished second overall, hopes of repeating their achievement faced due to a number of runners missing.
The Harriers team of 23-three runners did produce some excellent individual performances and leading the club home was Tom Molder in 12th position while Tim Hollings had a determined run to finish in 20th place.
Simon Edwards was next following his recovery from injury in 36th place and from thereon it was a procession of Harriers packing the field.
This is the strength of the club with Marcus Handford 38th, Rob Norman 40th, Dave Horton 44th, Andy Rose 46th, and Craig Allen 49th.
These guys should be well pleased with performances and should be looking for even better.
Further down the field was Andy Dakin having a storming run while young Sam Horton made his first legitimate run in the Booths League finishing in 103rd place.
For the ladies Theresa Hempsall was first finisher in 75th place with Rosemary Arris, Georgina Bestwick and Jo Southcott making up the ladies team.
Overall in the combined team event, the club came fifth, seventh in the ladies and fifth in the mens. These positions were down on what the club normally achieve but are certainly retrievable with three races still to come.
In the pavilion after the race there were the presentations by Louis Booth for the Summer League Races. The club picked up second in the team event, second in the mens and third in the ladies. There were also three individual awards, with Steph Ilsley winning the ladies over 45 category. Dale Annable took third place in the senior men while Malcolm Weir took the over 60 award.
Saucony National Relays
The English National Relays were held at Berry Hill Park Mansfield and the Harriers had four teams in the event.
Harriers a ladies team and three men’s teams, three being the maximum number of teams in one category. Heavy rain had subsided when the ladies race started but the course was extremely wet.
Steph Ilsley led the team of three ladies off, over the distance of 3k, to hand over to Sharon Mellors. Lia Ottosen took over for the final lap, bringing the team home in 74th place. This year, as of last, the winners were Charnwood AC.
The men’s race started in its usual gung-ho fashion but first leg runners, Alex Duthie, Andy Basey and Malcolm Weir all started more conservatively.
The distance of 5k is only short but there is still some tough work to be done.
Alex Duthie handed over to Dale Annable who had a great run, finishing as the fastest Harrier in 18mins 28secs. Tom Molder and Mark Riches were the final members of the first team, just finishing outside the top hundred in 105th place.
The second team of Andy Basey, Andy Rose and Jack Dakin all ran similar times with Rob Norman just a minute away from the other three. This saw a consistent effort by the team which finished in 137th place.
The third team of Malcolm Weir, Andy Dakin, Rob Pearce and Len Foulk ran well and were rewarded with some good performances in finishing in 155th place. The winning team this year was Stockport Harriers who were not tipped as one of the favourites.
Matthew Walker 10k
An early start for Christmas was made with the Pudding Run organised by Heanor Running Club from Shipley Country Park.
Pulling in 746 runners including seven from the Harriers, Dale Annable ran a personal best to finish fourth in a time of 34mins 15secs.