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!

Saturday saw plenty more action as 13 Harriers took part at Clumber Park parkrun including amazing performances from two of our Juniors, Travis Senior and Anna Maddocks who both achieved PB’s of 19:24 and 19:25 respectively. Meanwhile, Cassie Worton journeyed north to Newcastle to take part in the Colour Rush 5k in Newcastle whilst Thomas Shaw and Cathy Mhembere took part in one of the local favourites, The Three Lakes Classic, a 14 mile trail race. Starting at Rother Valley Country Park, it then takes in Treeton Dyke and Waverley Lake. Flatter than recent years with Waverley Lake replacing Ulley Reservoir, there was still plenty of wind and mud to keep it a challenging course. Tom finished 12th in 1:35:18 and Cathy 92nd in 2:06:05.

Our Juniors also had a great day out in Birmingham as six took part in the Mason’s trophy. Lucy Forrest had great success, becoming the inter-counties school champion for Hammer Throw as well as achieving a PB and national standard with an incredible 53.63 m. Jake Charters matched his PB in the 1,500 m steeple chase whilst on the jump’s front, Teegan Page achieved a high-jump of 1.41 m, George Colton topped 5 m on the nose in the high-jump and Vannah Storey PB’d in the Triple Jump with 9.90 m.

Finally, on Sunday, the several Harriers headed up to the Princess Mary Stadium at Cleckheaton to take part in match 2 of the Northern Track and Field using the opportunity to run everything from the 100 m to 5,000 m as well as numerous jumps and throws. The Charters family clearly having a good day out with 400 m Hurdles and 1,500 m PB’s for Jake, Hammer throw season PB for James and a new hammer PB for Josh!

Rounding off Sunday’s events, Natalie Cunningham took part in the Blackpool Music 10k, finishing an excellent 10th Lady in 52:16