No Walk in the Park - 1 March
The cold, frosty morning didn't put runners off as we had our third ever highest number of finishers with 107 completing the course. First to cross the line was Tristan Humblet who bettered his winning time from last month by 26 seconds finishing in 16:57. Two North Derbyshire men took second & third with Martin Dawson 17:01 ahead of Steve Gascoyne 17:12 with ex NDRC man Lee Morris, now Sutton in Ashfield, just 2 seconds behind. Christine Howard was first lady in 19:23 comfortably ahead of NDRC's Faye Wyatt 21:34 with unattached Tracey Fishleigh in third 22:50.
30 children in the 1500m fun run proved a few too many to cope with as we failed to record times for 4 of them. We hope this didn't spoil their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the run. First home was Will Irwin in 5:40 with Abbie Darnell second in 5:59. Just missing out on 6 minutes was Elizabeth Webster in third place with 6:03.
Thanks to everyone who turned out to run, or marshal, and hope to see many of you again next month on Saturday 5 April. Download results below.
National Cross Country Championships
We had a couple struggling with colds & some last minute drop outs but we still managed to field a men's team at Wollaton Park with Nick Baker our highest finisher in 212th position out of 1,657 runners. Nick's time was 41:38 over a tough course of around 12km, conditions very dry considering the recent rain but with some 'nice' sticky sections.
Second home was Paul Sorrell in 47:21 followed by Gareth Wing 52:16 who is rapidly discovering his talent lies in cross country. Stuart Cunningham, not his favourite surface was next home in 56:33 followed by evergreen Kev Loftus in 57:23 and, another who seems to thrive over cross country John Murray 60:01. Our final two men were Steve Monaghan 61:29 and Richard Thorpe 68:38. Despite missing some key runners, it was a very creditable performance in finishing 101st from 127 teams.
It was our NDRC ladies who were the team of the day with Debbie Lock & Suzy Sharman only seconds apart over the 8km course with Debbie finishing in 34:20 & 152nd from 708 finishers, ahead of Suzy by just 12 seconds. Sam Iliffe 36:28 and Chew Tan 39:03 made up our team who finished a brilliant 31st from 83 teams.
All in all a great afternoon of cross country, well done to all our runners. Results link here.
Brampton Brewery Chesterfield Spire 10 Mile
Sunday 6 July 2014
Entry now open for our annual 10 mile run from Holmebrook Valley Park, click here to goto the race page.
Entered Chesterfield & Derbyshire marathon? Why not run the Spire 10 Mile as part of your marathon training.
14 September 2014
Entries are now open for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Marathon (4 runners), see the Chesterfield Marathon website for details. Discounted entry fee if you enter before June 2014.
Click on the race below to enter either of the 3 events.
Booths Cross Country
There was mud, mud and yes, more mud at Holmebrook for the final Booths XC race and we had 30 runners on the start line with about the same number of marshals around the course but there were mixed emotions after the results came out with our men just missing out on third place in the final standings losing out to Belper who's score of 1032 was just 3 points ahead of our 1035. We battled well in the mud though finishing second in Sunday's race behind Heanor but we needing one of our top 7 finishers to be just a couple of places higher. Andy Tarry was our star man finishing 3rd and 1st vet 40 with Tim Clayton 1st vet 50 in 5th place. Paul Sorrell and Ian Monaghan both made the top 20 with Steve Gascoyne, Gareth Wing and Neil Robins making up our 7 scoring runners.
Contrast that with the women who finished 3rd on the day to maintain their position of 2nd overall after the 5 race series. Debbie Lock was 5th lady overall with Sam Iliffe and Janette Robinson our other two scorers.
The men may have missed out on a trophy by the narrowest of margins but our strong showing of both men and ladies meant we clinched 2nd in the combined team race.
Thanks to everyone who turned out to run and especially to all the marshals who put up with some atrocious conditions underfoot to plough through the mud to their positions around the course. Overall a great effort by everyone, I think we could say that was proper cross country!
Download results below.
Booths Cross Country Prize Winners
Download file below for individual standings in the 5 race series, we have several trophy winners - Nick Baker 1st male, Ian Monaghan 1st v40, Debbie Lock 1st v40, Tim Clayton 1st v50, Steve Leverton 1st v55 and Maggie Gorman 1st v55. With the ladies and conbined team trophies, we didn't do too bad, well done to all.
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