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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Weekly Roundup – 2nd July

Time for another action packed report on the Worksop Harriers as we creep in to July. Kicking off the weekend, our juniors headed over to Newark to take part in the Notts mini-league. The heat proved no match for our finest young athletes as there was PB’s and gradings galore!

Carrying on the weekends action, our Harriers also made the trip down to Stoke to take part in the u17 and U20 YDL, which included PB’s for Jake Charters jumping his way to PB’s in the 1,500 m steeplechase and 400 m hurdles.
On the senior front, six Harries took on the Chrome Hill Fell Race, at 4.2 miles with 760 ft of climbing its tough enough without adding in the hot conditions, so our hardy runners were just as relieved to ee the sprinklers at the finish line as they were to see the stunning views around the Southern Peak District.

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Weekly Roundup – 25th June

A quieter week this week from the Harriers but that doesn’t mean there weren’t highlights to be had.

First up, on Thursday 20th 13 Harriers took part in the ever popular Grindleford Fell Race. The race is always a popular short trip, it’s just short of 5 mile but still manages to squeeze in 800 ft of ascent (most of which comes in the first 2 miles!). After a frantatic-but-scenic downhill through Padley Gorge, runners are ‘rewarded’ with a river crossing of the Derwent back to start. That’s THROUGH the river, not over it!

The following night on Friday 21st, we again had some excellent results as Caroline McGinley achieved a Silver County Medal as well as a Club Bronze standard in 1:25:18. Steve Carr also ran in the event in 1:09:03

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Weekly Roundup – 18th June

A bumper week of events for the Worksop Harriers this week as we had more days of racing than not!

Kicking off the racing on Tuesday was Dave Wass and Arron Jackson who took part in the Handsworth Hobble. Despite being nearly summer, the winter XC route was used for the race as recent conditions made it preferable to the summer route. Dave and Aaron weren’t quite finished there though and took part in the inaugural Dale Cave Rescue Organisation fell race on Wednesday; a fast, tough race of 5.3 miles with over 1200 feet of climbing over the hills of south-west of Castleton in the Peak District. Dave finished in 51:10 and Arron in 52:28. It was a very wet night with rain and poor visibility.

Further south at the National Water Sports Centre; Holme Pierrepont, conditions weren’t much better as 24 Harriers took part in the third Notts AAA Summer League race of the year. The course is a flat and fast 5 miler around the boating lake and grounds of the NWSC. Conditions weren’t ideal in the heavy rain l, but the Harriers were led home by James Lonsdale, finishing 24th in a superb time of 29:10, whilst Kate Bacon led the ladies home in 37:43 (54th). It was a night of excellent performances from all the Harriers, which saw the Men’s team finishing 4th out of 20 teams on the nights and 5th overall, and with our home match at Worksop College up next in July, we’ll certainly be looking to build on this and keep the performances going!

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Founder Member John Hewkin sadly passes

L-R Gerald Story, John Hewkin, Frank Mitchell, Frank Fox

One of the original founder members of Worksop Harriers, John Hewkin, sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 86. John was a multi school record holder at Retford Grammar and also competed for the RAF in the 120y Hurdles.

In 1950, Worksop staged the Notts County AAA Championships with great success on a grass track at the Central Avenue Town ground. John won a bronze medal in the triple jump, becoming one of the first Harriers to win a County Championship medal, and sharing the honour with Max Frei who also won a bronze.

1950 Notts County Track & Field Championships.
John Hewkin is pictured 2nd from left (back row)



Mike Paxman

A message from Peter Fendley regarding the sad news that Mike Paxman has passed away:

I am very sorry to have to inform you that, after a long battle with cancer, Mike Paxman passed away in hospital this afternoon, Friday 12th October.

I spoke with his son Nicholas a few minutes ago, and I would appreciate this sad news being passed onto those members of your clubs who would have known and worked with Mike over many years.

Mike was a Life Member of Worksop Harriers, a Past President of our Club and a true Gentleman. He spent a lifetime in Athletics, officiating at the highest level, and will be sadly missed.

Peter

Chairman of Worksop Harriers

President of Notts AAAs