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.

First up, in race 6, it was a clean-Charlotte sweep as the Worksop pair of Charlotte Jones and Charlotte Rushby put in a strong and consistent performance to win the ladies prize as Jones ran 6:34, knowing she couldn’t slow down with Rushby pushed her to the end following closely 6:37.

With the ladies prize secured, it was down the final race of the evening to see where the Men’s prize would go, and from the whistle it quickly became a battle between Thomas Shaw for Worksop and Ben Harris for Retford going step-for-step on the first two laps. By lap three Ben accelerated the pace slightly to gain a valuable couple metres and putting the ball in Retford’s court. However, as both athletes entered the final lap, Tom shifted the pace again to draw level going in to the final bend, and leaving the bend to enter the final straight and 100 m, it was the Green-and-Black of worksop that hit the sprint first and reverse the order, crossing the line in 5:08 to 5:10.

This year was the first event for the Sinclair Super Mile meaning Worksop will be the first name on both trophies, and we hope this will become a future classic in much the same way our inter-club canal relay has (as well as defending our trophies again next year!). Worksop would again like to thank Retford for inviting us along and congratulate them on hosting a superb event!

It wasn’t just pride for our runners this week though, as we would also like to add a special mention to two members of the Harriers, Mark Hazlehurst and James Charters, who spent their Saturday giving back to the athletics community and providing an excellent service at the British Championships at Birmingham. Both Mark and James have provided valuable officiating services from Junior events and up to some of the biggest events in Athletics so deserve credit for all they do!