Weekly Round-up

It was a real super-Saturday for the Worksop Harriers this weekend with a small number getting their competition done in one day. We kick off this week at the British Inter-Counties XC at Prestwold Hall. The inter-counties sees 46 counties from across the UK send select athletes to compete for their county across U13 up to senior age groups and this year saw two Harriers earn their first Nottinghamshire Vest following their performance at the county-champ match at Berry Hill back in January. First up on the day, Ethan Ellery ran the approx. 4 km match in the U15 boys which following the uphill charge to start was a rolling figure-8 course skirting the woods before the long loop along the southern edge and looping around and across the front of Prestwold Hall before a charge back up hill and around to the start. Being the 4th race of the day the course was already start to see plenty of churned up spots and boggy bits which meant Ethan was one of many that saw a shoe retired to the XC grave yard! Despite the compromised grip Ethan still ran the course 17:22, finishing 265th and 5th for Notts (Team finishing 33rd overall) The second harrier in a Notts vest was Tom Shaw taking part in the 10th and final race of the day in the Men’s senior 10 km race. Featuring a double loop similar to the above figure-8, except with the addition of a wider loop of the intial woods and fields. After a full day of racing the ground was certainly well trodden by now, but clearly encourage by surely the best support crew of the day Tom overcame several competitors from the county qualifying match and completed the challenging 10+ km in 38:14, finishing 158th overall and 4th for Notts (Team finishing 26th overall) This wasn’t the only British Athletics action of the week however, as promising junior Alicia Wells took part in the U17 women’s Pentathlon at the British Indoors Championship, Sheffield. Despite only recently moving out of the U13 category and being one of the youngest in the competition, Alicia had amazing day, featuring PB’s in all five disciplines to finish 17th overall with a jump of nearly 500 points! Of all the PB’s to choose from, a literal big leap in her high jump saw her improve from 1.41 m by nearly 10% to 1.53 m, narrowly missing the 1.56 m clearance after clearing all 9 heights (starting from 1.29 m) on first attempts. Alongside her outstanding HJ result were 60 m (9.73 -0.11s), Shot Put (8.63 m, +0.33 m), Long Jump (4.73 m, +0.32 m) and 800 m (2:39.36, -0:05s). All results are (new PB, change form previous PB). These combined successes were enough to see her score 2926 points (up from 2428 previous) Finally, and with the longest Saturday, Richard Hind was out on one of the best local fell races at the Grindleford Gallop. Covering nearly 22 miles and 3000 ft of ascent. Featuring three significant climbs as the run leaves Grindleford through Eyam, up to Great Longstone, over to Bakewell and back via Chatsworth Park and Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges. Runners were given some great clear skies to provide great views from the tops upon catching their breath, albeit some good strong winds to add to the challenge Richard completed the course in 3:48. Its been very successful start to March for the Worksop Harriers and as a few put the finishing touches on their Marathon prep ahead of April, we’ll have more news to follow next week!