A much busier week in the race calendar last week which included the Tara Kinder 10k, the famous Crich Monument Race, parkruns, a 10 miler through the Derbyshire countryside, our own summer handicap run and 2 ultra marathons...there'll be some tired legs after all that!
On Tuesday evening we had our latest instalment of the summer handicap along the Nutbrook with another great turnout. 36 runners came along to take on the course!
Welcome to first timers Jo Saunders, Emma Stevenson and Julian Bloom. Congratulations to Jo for being the first back on the night and to Darren Hayes for being first male. Very well done to the 14 runners who managed new PB's, we also had 3 runners with SB's and 1 with an RB, great stuff! Thank you to all of the volunteers - another great job by all and much appreciated by everyone!
Wednesday evening was the return of the Black Rocks fell race, a terrific race with a long hard slog up to Black Rocks from the canal and a fast downhill return over some technical terrain. We had a 9 strong team out on the night. Well done to Cathy Ayton, Richard Iliffe, Jessica Denman, Chris O'Donnell, Brendon Moore, simon white, Simon Kirk, Sonia & Ed Buda. Many thanks also to Mellissa, Duncan & Jonathan Pitts for the support!
The Tara Kinder 10K was held on Friday night, 3 laps around the grounds of Elvaston Castle. Always a warm one which makes for a tough run on a fast course. We had 7 runners out at that one, Simon Ward, John Queenan, Corrina Loosemore,Natalie Braisby, Kerry Queenan, Malcolm Atherton & Rowan Chamberlain. Well done Simon and John who smashed in a new PB's and Corrina who finished 2nd in category!
Saturday was a busy one! In the morning We had 4 runners out at local Parkruns, Corrina Loosemore and Ed Buda ran at Long Eaton, Ian Hunter ran at Forrest Rec coming 1st in category & 2nd overall while Paul Whittleton ran at Beeston also coming 1st in category 3rd overall.
In the afternoon there was the Crich Monument race, a great event with plenty of ups and downs...the run up to the monument is a real grueller and is a good test for anyone! We fielded an impressive team of 15 runners this year...Well done everyone, great effort & well done to Cathy who managed to come 1st in category...Brilliant!
Also on Saturday there were 2 ultra marathons to report on. 2 of our runners, Andrew Bird and Dan Follon took on the 12 Labours of Hercules Ultra Marathon. In this event runners are given 24 hours to complete '12 labours' over a 78 mile course! Wow...
...and 3 runners, Nicole Atkinson, Ian Cooper & Caz Roach took part in the Race to the Stone Ultra Marathon. A 100k run along the oldest footpath in Britain from Oxfordshire to Salisbury Plain finishing at Europe's largest Neolithic stone circle in Avebury! Wow again!
On Sunday, still with the run up to Crich Monument the day before in their legs Richard Iliffe and Cathy Ayton ran in the 'Brooksies Bash', a 10 mile trail race through the South Derbyshire Countryside. They started and fished together crossing the line 40th & 41st respectively in 1:27:04 great effort both of you!
Great running everyone, sorry if I missed anyone...it was a busy week!