Weekly Roundup – 9th September

Beautiful weekend weather makes for a beautiful weekend of running with lots of Harriers taking part in events up North, out east and a bit in the middle this week.

First up we had an great wave of green & black as 14 Harriers turned out for our designated Trail race at the Bawtry Forest Trail Race. A scenic run of light undulations across 6.5 miles all on trail. The run has been a popular run for the Harriers over the last few years and this year was no exception aided not only by its scenic course and interesting goodie bag but having designated GP races gives us the opportunity to get a strong gathering as a club, making for a great day out!

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Weekly Roundup – 3rd September

As we leave August behind and move in to September, it’s our ladies turn to shine this week as we had small group spend their Saturday taking part in the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race, which also served as the final Notts County Championship race of the series. It was a new route this year which in a good chunk of rock scrambling on both the climbs and descents over the 5.5 miles and 1100 ft of elevation gain. In-lne with previous years however, there was still space for the final uphill slog to finish. Our Ladies team (consisting of Tracy Hamilton, Sally Staveley and Camilla Mercer) all ran superbly to secure the Team Silver medal for the series, and we also had further success as both Tracy and Sally secured Silver medals for themselves in their respective age categories. The ladies were also joined by Barry Mercer and Jim Staveley, competing in the men’s categories.

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Weekly Roundup – 26th August

It’s been a beautiful weekend over the bank holiday and we hope you’ve all taken the opportunity to enjoy it to the fullest, whether that included parkrun, joining in the Trust 10, a nice sunny weekend run or maybe having a bit of a rest!

It’s a short and sweet report from us this week with there’s still plenty to shout about. Thursday 22nd saw our friends over at Retford AC host their inaugural Sinclair Super Mile night which they kindly extended an invite over to Worksop to join the race. It was a night of seven races, all of one mile, or four (and a teeny bit more!) laps of the track, with the estimated race time decreasing on each race. Cool conditions but a strong wind made for good condition whilst requiring the athletes to dig in when coming on to second straight of each lap. Worksop Harriers provided eight athletes for the fun of the 50-or-so taking part but managed to take both the spoils in a great night of racing.

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Weekly Roundup – 21st August

A quiet week for the Harriers with plenty enjoying their summer holidays so it’s a short and sweet one this week.

First up, on Thursday four harriers made the trip over to Elsecar for the interestingly named Stan’s Toffee Run. Quite a few runners ended up quite a sticky situation as the lead runners headed off in the the wrong direction, letting our very own Camilla Mercer briefly lead the race before the pack realised they had made an error! Camilla’s lead didn’t last long unfortunately but I’m sure she enjoyed her stint on the front and we did have further success post-race as Charlotte Jones collected not only her post-race toffee but also a bottle of wine to go with her age category win. Camilla and Charlotte were also joined by Stuart McCluskie and Barry Mercer on the 4+ miles of fells.

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Weekly Roundup – 12th August

This week, the Harriers finished off their 2019 Summer League campaign with a trip to Teversal for a six mile race on the Teversal Trail. Conditions were pleasant on the evening with just a little wind. However, the weeks earlier storms had left some boggy patches in places, on what has the potential to be quick if the conditions are right (save a few sharp switch-backs). The harrier’s fielded a team of 13 men and 10 women. Tom Shaw was first home for the men’s team in 20th position (35:57) and Charlotte Jones led the ladies home in 23rd position (44:36). The men’s senior team especially had a strong turn-out, narrowly missing on 3rd place by 29 points (263 to 234 points and well clear of 5th place with 370). The consistent performances also enabled a 4th place finish overall in the Summer League Series out of 16 teams. Extra Kudos also goes out to Steve Carr and Stuart McCluskie, and Cathy Mhembere and Pamela Brooks on the ladies team for being big team players and completing all five Summer League Fixtures.

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Weekly Roundup – 6th August

The Harriers have ran right through in to August with some great racing this week. Kicking off the month on the 1st was the annual inter-club canal relay. This is an annual competition between the Worksop Harriers and Retford Athletic Club which sees each team field five pairs who race over nine stages along the Chesterfield, to and from the town’s, covering just over 20 miles of racing. This year Worksop were hosting, so the race would start and finish at the Manton Athletic Club with the turn-around point being at the town-lock in Retford. The race is now in its 20th year and with the score standing at 10-9 Worksop were keen to make it all evens after 20 years of competition. Charlotte Jones and Amy Ogden started off the relay at 6:00 pm sharp for the harriers, covering one of the longest stages to Scofton in just over 23 minutes. By the end of stage 4 Worksop had taken a healthy lead of nearly 2 minutes. However, with Retford yet to field some of their fastest runner’s, there was still a long way to go, and with them finally making an appearance on stage 5 (the longest stage for the turn-around), Steve Carr paired with Danny Scott (with Steve Hazlehurst in reserve) to run a very tactical race to ensure they could leave the hand-over for the return back to Worksop in best standing possible. Despite excellent run from the trio, by the end of stage 6, Retford were firmly in the lead with a time-gap of 4:58, leaving a lot of chasing to be done in the final three stages if Worksop were to pull this one back.

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Weekly Roundup – 28th July

It’s been a week of record temperature but despite some quite ridiculous heat we have some records of our own to celebrate this weekend.

On Friday night we had four Harriers in action at the Newstead Abbey Dash 5k. Paul Marriott and Steve Carr ran excellent times of 18:00 and 19:57 respectively but it Charlotte Jones and Stuart McCluskie who took the lime light with PB’s each of 22:01 and 23:35 each.

On Saturday it was parkrun day and this meant Harriers moving far and wide as Camilla and Barry Mercier visited a personal favourite of picturesque Crichton parkrun, Thomas Shaw was up in Todmorden, West Yorkshire to complete his 100th different parkrun, and Steve Carr was back in action at Sherwood Pines (joined by Woods brothers) following Friday Nights action with a very respectable follow-up of 20:44. Home parkrun of Clumber Park also had 5 Harriers taking part, including returning Danny Scott being hurled round by grandson Dalton knocking 3 minutes of his previous best time!

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Weekly Roundup – 22nd July

A quieter week for the Harriers this week. Thursday saw four Harriers take part in the Hardwick Hall 10k on a hot-sunny evening. The course includes fantastic views of Hardwick Hall coupled with some stiff uphill climbs (and fast downhill!). Tom McClaren led the Harriers home finishing in 45:56, followed by Charlotte Jones (48:50), Natalie Cunningham (55:50) and Joanne Campbell just behind in 57:38.

By Saturday we had quite a bit of parkrun action as 5 Harriers on a Norfolk Coast Trip represented Worksop at Sheringham Hall parkrun, Tom & Emma Shaw got their legs moving after tackling Snowdon Marathon last weekend at Penistone parkrun, and at local Clumber Park parkrun, 14 Harriers took place including a new PB for Junior Harrier Travis Senior in a blistering 19:22, and another first lady position for Anna Maddocks in the same time.

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Weekly Roundup – 17th July

A Little late on the report this week but we’ll make up for it with some great success stories! Wednesday saw our home race of the Notts AAA Summer League at Worksop College as the Worksop Harriers competed with many clubs from the Nottinghamshire region in 4th of 5 races. The home race meant we got a bumper turn-out of 25 men and 16 women which we turned in to success with the Men finishing 3rd on the night from 27 teams. The men’s team was led home again by James Lonsdale in 28:18 and the ladies by Charlotte Rushby 35:36

Turning to the weekend, saw great success for our Junior athletes. On the 12th & 13th July the English Schools Championships were held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, the intended location for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Worksop Harriers had two athletes competing for the Nottinghamshire Team, Emily Race and Savannah Storey. The selection standards for this National competition are very high, and only the best athletes in England are chosen to take part. For Savannah, competing in the Inter Girls Long Jump, it was her first appearance at these championships and, although she did not get in the medals she performed well, with a jump of 4.84m, gaining a lot of valuable experience for the future. Emily, however, was making her 6th appearance, having made the finals of the sprint hurdles on several occasions and last year, becoming the English Schools Senior Girls High Jump Champion. This year the defence of her high jump title did not start well, with a very shaky third time clearance at her opening height of 1.58m and unconvincing clearances at 1.63m and 1.66m in the very windy conditions. Emily then started to draw on her major competition experience and showed what a true champion she is, with first time clearances at 1.69m, 1.72m and 1.75m, being the only athlete to clear this height, and successfully defend her title. She then went onto clear 1.78m and narrowly missed achieving a lifetime best at 1.82m. Emily’s next competition will be for the England U23 team at the Welsh International match in Cardiff, on 24th July. As well as our juniors we also had involvement from James and Josh Charters who provided one of the most important services to make these events possible by officiating at the games.

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Weekly Roundup – 9th July

More Mid-week action from the Harriers this week as 22 Harriers made the short trip to nearby Roche Abbey, Maltby on Wednesday. A great local event taking in the scenic Roche Abbey Ruins, its an undulating trail run with a great post-race atmosphere in the local village hall. The Harriers were led home by Jake Wilson with all but one Harrier making it safely home as Bryan Cherry got a little enthusiastic downhill and requiring a bit of a post-race-patch-up! Luckily it shouldn’t slow him down much ahead of this Weeks local Summer League Race at Worksop College!

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