Weekly Roundup – 7th October

As we move in to the final quarter of the year we kick off our reports with plenty of action. On Saturday, five Harriers made their way up in to the Peaks for the Curbar Commotion Fell Race. The 10+ mile/1,400 ft elevation gain course certainly had Autumn condition as a very wet and muddy course added to both the challenge and the fun. We also had a strong showing of the Green-and-Black at local Clumber Park parkrun as 14 harriers took part, including a 5k PB for Shaun Chadwick off 22:14

Moving on to Sunday but staying with muddy fun, we had five senior harriers and three juniors take part in the Offtrac 10 mile run and fun run respectively. A great local run at Tickhill was supplemented with some great success as Charlotte Jones took 2nd place for the ladies, Bryan Cherry gained a top 10 finish and our three juniors took 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in the fun run.

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Weekly Roundup – 1st October

In a week where the Berlin Marathon and Bekele made the news for missing a new World Record by an agonising 2 seconds, one of our own was also making his way around Berlin breaking their own records. Tom Shaw managed to grab a place in the 46th edition of this World Marathon Major. Mild temperatures and light winds would have made perfect conditions had the rain held off a little longer. After a successful season of training and couple PB’s to boot, Tom was keen to make the most of a fast day in Berlin and took full advantage, running a well metered effort (running every 5k split between 18:14 and 18:53 to achieve of big marathon PB of 2:37:02, knocking over 7 minutes of his previous best to finish in the top 400 from nearly 45,000 runners. Tom’s achievement is significant not only for his own PB but it also gains him both championship entry in to the London Marathon, and also makes him the first Senior-Male category athlete to achieve a club gold standard for long distance running since the standards were introduced in the early-2000’s, and only the third athlete over all events! An excellent result to mark the end a successful season of road running Tom!

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Weekly Roundup – 24th September

We start this week’s run report off with a superb success story! This weekend (21/22 September), Emily Race won the English Schools Senior Girls Heptathlon title, down in Exeter. Poor weather conditions were not conducive to high scores with strong headwinds and rain on day two. However, Emily overcame both the competition and conditions to put in a winning performance, scoring 4910 points over the two days to win by 121 points. Emily showed real determination and an ability to cope with the pressure of competition, heading in to day two with just a 15 point lead, after what is typical her strongest day. However, Emily started day two showing she would not be relenting the lead without a fight with her three best long jumps of the season (with a best of 5.66m). A solid Javelin followed (32.55m in heavy rain) and a well-executed tactical 800m (2:31), too beat her two nearest competitors, which meant she captured a very well deserved title, and an excellent finish to a challenging season. Emily is pictured with Coach Peter Fendley (left) and 1968 Mexico Olympics 400 m hurdles Gold Medalist, David Hemery (right). We wish Emily all the best in her next challenge as she heads off to the University of Sheffield to study Chemistry.

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Weekly Roundup – 17th September

It was a GP Race by the sea for this Sunday as seven Harriers made the trip over to Sunny Cleethorpes for the Humber Coastal Half Marathon. The run is flat but some blustery coastal winds made for challenging conditions as there was little shelter from said winds between miles seven and ten. Still, finishing with the last three miles finishing along the promenade and post-race ice cream included in the entry made for a worthwhile trip! Thomas Shaw was first home for the Harriers in 8th place overall in 1:20:05, followed soon by Craig Wolstenholme (1:26:23). Amy Ogden was the first lady home for the Harriers (1:39:02), then rounding off the team we had Charlotte Jones (1:42:14), Stuart McCluskie continuing to improve with a PB (1:49:26), Cathy Mhembere (1:53:58) and Emma Shaw (2:16:21).

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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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