Weekly Roundup – 14th October

In a weekend that saw some of most incredible running ever seen, Worksop’s finest were out doing their own incredible thing! Nearly 40 Harriers got together to both run and support the logistics of running the Round Rotherham Run and Relay. Starting in Wath-upon-Dearne, the RRR is a 50 mile undulating self-navigated course taking in all manner of trails as it heads around Rotherham, down through Rother Valley, to Harthill, Woodsetts and Carlton-in-Lindrick (just dodging Worksop!) and then back to the start via Firbeck, Maltby and Mexborough. The run can be run in a variety of formats including relay teams but our first dose of kudos goes to three brave entrants who tackled the full 50 mile route, map reading, mud, hills and all! Stuart McCluskie, Kerry Dickinson and Sarah Morgan all started promptly at 6 am to undertake one of their biggest challenges yet after a long season of training that included plenty of ‘recce runs’ of the stages to make sure they would know the routes well, even with the fatigue of many miles in them! Stuart McCluskie completed the course in 11 hours and 40 minutes where as Kerry and Sarah smashed their original 15-16 hour prediction, maintaining a good pace and high spirits right to the end to finish in 13 hours and 8 minutes. As if the ladies running wasn’t impressive enough, they even manage to head down to the Sisters on Sunday running group the next day to help with the session, which Sarah especially would point out this was special, as she actually started running with this very group going from couch-to-5km, through to joining the Harriers and now on to Ultra’s. A superb demonstration of where you can reach if you just take that first step!

As well as the solo runners, there is also the opportunity to complete the course as a relay team as either ‘Open’ (Any Gender mix), Mixed (M/F split) or as a female team. The relay is split in to 8 stages ranging from approximately 4 to 9 miles with varying terrains and climbing to suit all different types of runners and this year the Harriers entered three valid mixed teams which paid dividends in the end with some superb results. A total of 22 relay teams entered the competition from many local clubs, including 11 mixed teams. Getting underway at 8 am, strong running from Amy Ogden, Paul Marriott and Tom McLaren left Worksop 1 in a healthy 4th position overall and 2nd in the mixed relay. Charlotte Jones then gave the team a narrow lead coming in to Woodsetts followed by a swift Woodsetts-Firbeck leg by Bryan Cherry and Firbeck-Maltby from Tracy West swelled the lead to almost 20 minutes! This left Steve Carr (pulling a double-shift after already running stage 1 for Worksop 1) with a healthy lead onwards to Hooton-Roberts before handing over to Tom Shaw for the final run back to Wath-upon-Dearne to seal the win in 6 hours 25, with a lead of over 30 minutest not only winning the mixed relay, but also finishing 2nd over all beating 6 of the 7 open category teams.

Not only were the Harriers strong in the Team 1, but teams 2 and three also showed great strength in depth throughout Worksop 4th and 9th in the mixed relay as well 7th and 15th overall. The celebration didn’t stop with a trophy though as once everyone was washed up and presentable, it was on to find a restaurant big enough to hold (and feed!) a motley crew of hungry runners and support crew everyone retired to enjoy the success and some well earned fish-and-chips.

Away from the RRR, we also had Harriers in action at several other events as Craig Wolstenholme took part in the City of Sheffield 10k at Rother Valley. Two laps of the lake weren’t helped by the recent downpours, making for a slippy course and perhaps not the best times for a PB. Never-the-less, Craig ran well to finish 5th in 39:23.

Still on Saturday, Mark Hazlehurst took part in the Run for Wildlife 5k with an exciting wildlife filled course at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Mark ran at excellent 25:55 to win the V60 age category!

Meanwhile, Paddy and Julie Lavin were taking part Bassetlaw Bash, a scenic 20.5 mile mixed run and walk event around the scenic trails of Bassetlaw including Thoresby, Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park, completing the route together in 3:42:51

Continuing the theme of success with our Juniors, on Friday Lucy Forrest was awarded with young sports women of the year at the Active Bolsover awards night following a successful season of throws, and Travis Senior was also awarded with a ‘Personal Best’ certificate.

On Saturday Anna Maddocks took part in the North Midlands Cross Country and came an amazing 12th and is in her first year for that age group!
Travis Senior also had a fantastic run & came 16th in his age group.

Rounding off the week, our Juniors also had a successful start at their first sports hall event of the season with some excellent performances and results to follow.

Finally, in terms of upcoming events, if you are feeling inspired by some of the journeys undertaking by our athletes, be you a keen runner already, someone looking to start or get back in to it, or maybe you are a budding junior, the Worksop Harriers has entry points to suit all abilities and we’d love for you to get in touch to see how we can help with both your athletics & running potential and welcome you in to the Team!

Also, time is running out for entry in to what maybe the Harriers are best known for, and that is our annual Worksop Half Marathon. A glorious scenic run starting at Sparken Hill before taking in the glorious roads through and around Clumber Park, entries are likely to sell out soon for this years edition in just two weeks time. If you are thinking of entering, DO NOT DELAY! At £20/£22 its got to be one of the best value events on the calendar with chip timing, a glorious course, excellent start/finish area and the all-important t-shirt and medal. Make sure you get your entry in before it’s too late!