The year has flown by and it was time to take the annual trip over to the Roaches near Leek, for the Christmas Cracker race. The weather this year seemed to be milder compared to last year’s snow and ice spectacular. Although shortly after arriving we were given the news that for the second year running the race had to be run around Tittesworth Reservoir due to icy conditions on top. However this did not dampen or chill our enthusiasm as we headed out onto the undulating track. The race is famed for its fancy dress and this year did not disappoint with some great team costumes covering everything from the Three Wise Ladies, numerous elves and Santa’s, but I think the 15 Mexican’s were highlight of the day especially as they all waited and finished together to a large round of applause. It’s a deceiving route with very few flat sections, some steep stepped sections and many uphill winding climbs that caught many a runner out. Our happy group stayed well bunched for the first third, chatting away as we went although Jenny and Nathan had started to pull away. It was great to cross back over the reservoir to a Mexican wave, from the high spirited poncho wearing Mexican group! Then soon we were into the final section winding up and down through the woods passing a few on our way, until we were on the path heading to the finish. The final race order was Nathan Fagan (44) and Jenny Laing (45) both with a time of 0:37:03, Ade Middleton (64) came in next 0:40:15, closely followed by Katie Dennis (70) 0:40:47 and Rom Chambard (71) 0:40:48. Then in came the heavy weights pushing each other for a final dash to the line with Kev Clarke nipping in (73) 0:41:08, Paul Hudson (74) 0:41:09 and Gary Price (75) also in a time of 0:41:09. Emma Sharp finished like a trooper in (175) 0:52:20. Maybe next year we will make it over the Roaches and Kev can co-ordinate a team fancy dress theme to compete with the other clubs, we will wait and see!
Road Runners were again in action at a number of different venues on Sunday with the majority, 23, tackling the latest leg of the Derby Runner XC League at Bradgate Park. Continue reading “Bradgate Park, Telford, Keyworth, Sneyd and………….Cancun”
Jenny out in front!!!
The Club’s runners were in action on a number of fronts on Sunday with the majority tackling the latest leg of the Derby Runner XC League at Holly Hayes Wood. Continue reading “Holly Hayes XC, Heanor 10k, St Neots HM and Verona HM”
James and Ellie lead the way!!!!
Club members were in racing action in 3 different Counties plus Wales and Ireland in a very busy weekend. The majority, 28 were in action in the popular Worksop Halloween Half Marathon. Continue reading “Worksop, Prestwold, Rugby, Dublin, Snowdonia and Laundes Farm”
Stuart on top of his game!!!!
MV55 Stuart Halsey continued his season long good and emphasised his status as one of the top runners regionally in his age group as he led the Club’s contingent of 23 runners home in this year’s Shelton Striders 10k. Continue reading “Shelton Striders 10k, Chester, Tamworth, Beacon Hill & Chicago”
Girls lead the way!!!!
On a morning when Eliud Kipchoge decimated the men’s marathon record 44 members of South Derbyshire Road Runners were tackling a much shorter distance albeit over a more undulating and twisty route. Continue reading “Tamworth 5 & Berlin Marathon”
The 17 members who tackled the Wilne 10k on Sunday were greeted by conditions they are starting to get use to in our glorious summer………..very hot and sweaty ones and a cloudless sky. Continue reading “Wilne, John Fraser, Carlisle, Cosford and Andover”
James out in front!!!!
Sunday saw the penultimate race in this year’s Burton and District Road Running League, the Burton 10k. The 243 runners who finished the race were treated to that rarity this summer of cool, damp conditions. Continue reading “Burton 10k”
Mercifully, while hot, it was a few degrees cooler for the Worthington 5 than for other recent races. This latest leg of the Burton and District Summer League over a flat ‘out and back’ course along the Cloud Trail was significant in the Club’s continued domination of both the individual and team prizes. Continue reading “Worthington 5”
Onwards and upwards!!!!
The sun continues to blaze and, together with a rutted, off road course, contributed to relatively slow 10k times but what didn’t change were the Club’s runners at the sharp end of the field in Sunday’s St Giles Hospice, Gate Gallop. Continue reading “St Giles, Gate Gallop 10k”