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.

Moving in to the weekend we had 8 runners present at local Clumber Park parkrun, whilst down in Cornwall, The Bulmer’s took on the very hilly Lanhydrock parkrun, with top marks to young Holly Bulmer for tackling one of the biggest climbs in parkrun UK’s arsenal.

Over at Cudworth, we also attended our fourth and final Track & Field Match with some excellent ladies results as Savannah Storey won the 100 m A race, Emily Race finished first in the 200 m, Long Jump, Shot and Javelin A competitions and Sarah Cherry beat off close completion to take 2nd in the Hammer A Competition. The ladies team was completed by Caroline McGinley and Kerry Dickinson, whilst on Men’s front several strong performances from Jack Ferris, Bradley Whyman, Josh Charters and Bryan Charters secured several 3rd and 4th place finishes in everything from sprints to 1,500 m’s. Josh and Father James Charter’s also took part in the A competition for various throws.

On Sunday, storm Aileen had thankfully passed in the most part. However, it did leave behind some blustery conditions for the South Yorkshire 10 mile championship race at Askern. The Askern 10 has been popular with Worksop Harriers over the years as the designated 10 mile club GP race, and it was third-time lucky for Tom Shaw as he finally cracked the hour barrier for the 10 mile distance, with a 59:44, finishing in 9th place overall. Tom was joined by Stuart McCluskie (01:25:28), followed closely by Danny Scott (01:25:44) and Janet Chapple as the sole-Harriers Female representative finishing in 01:38:31

Over at Newark, it was another quality field as it hosted the Nottinghamshire County Half Marathon championships, and conditions were equally challenged as the runners had it all from lovely sun to start, more blustery conditions and then rain to finish. This however didn’t stop some excellent results as Bryan Cherry achieved a club bronze standard, knocking over three minutes off his personal best to finish in 1:30:31. Bryan was also joined by Stephen Carr (1:34:40), Charlotte Rushby (1:52:34), Cathy Mhembere (1:53:05) and Pamela Brooks (2:06:33)