Weekly Roundup – 3rd September

As we leave August behind and move in to September, it’s our ladies turn to shine this week as we had small group spend their Saturday taking part in the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race, which also served as the final Notts County Championship race of the series. It was a new route this year which in a good chunk of rock scrambling on both the climbs and descents over the 5.5 miles and 1100 ft of elevation gain. In-lne with previous years however, there was still space for the final uphill slog to finish. Our Ladies team (consisting of Tracy Hamilton, Sally Staveley and Camilla Mercer) all ran superbly to secure the Team Silver medal for the series, and we also had further success as both Tracy and Sally secured Silver medals for themselves in their respective age categories. The ladies were also joined by Barry Mercer and Jim Staveley, competing in the men’s categories.

Still on Saturday at our local parkrun, we had twelve Harriers turning out for the Clumber Park parkrun with Anna Maddock’s being both the first ladies finisher but also the highest AG percentage across the entire field. However, the biggest piece of kudos this week goes to Mel McCluskie on joining the parkrun family and completing her first (of hopefully many more!) parkrun’s. Slightly further afield, Mark Hazlehurst continued his parkrun tourism with a trip to Norway where he took park in Lostein Parkend, Bergen parkrun (describing it as the hilliest of his 113 different parkruns he has run) before running longer on the Sunday at the Knarvik half marathon. More hills here but some relief offered by the stunning views of the Norwegian fjords and countryside from the bridges.

On to Sunday (and September!) we had three Senior Harriers (Pamela Brooks, Cassandra Worton and Kate Thorneloe) take part in the scenic trail runs at the Sherwood Pines 10k who were joined by Holly Bulmer finishing off her Summer Holidays by taking part in the fun run. The Harriers also has a strong presence on the other side of the race volunteering at the water stations to make sure the runs we all love to take part in can happen!

Finally, waaaaay up North in Sunny Carlisle, Tom and Emma Shaw took a diversion from the Lakes to enjoy excellent running conditions as they took part in the Carlisle Half Marathon and 10k respectively. Tom put his on-going marathon training to good use as he ran a PB of over 2 minutes to finish in 1:16:21 but also in the prizes finishing 3rd overall, whilst Emma ran her best 10 k time of the last 3 year in 1:00:55