Christmas Cracker 2018

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!

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2018/19 Cross Country Fixtures

Below is a combined list showing all the dates and fixtures for both the DerbyRunner and Staffs/Derby XC leagues. The cost of most races will be £4 although some will be £6 due to venue charges.  Specific race information is normally posted one week prior to each race detailing cost, post code, route, approx mileage etc.  If you are new to the club and interested in taking part please contact a member of the committee or run leader.  Happy mud running!

DerbyRunner XC – the original league with traditional Leicestershire based fixtures
Staff/Derby XC – new league started last year, smaller with more local fixtures

 

Date League Venue

Start (Seniors)

21/10/18 Staffs/Derby Anslow

10:30

28/10/18 DerbyRunner Launde Farm

11:00

11/11/18 Staffs/Derby Foremark

11:02

18/11/18 DerbyRunner Holly Hayes Wood

11:00

13/01/19 DerbyRunner Bagworth Heath

11:00

20/01/19 Staffs/Derby Allestree

10:30

10/02/19 Staffs/Derby Sinai or Cliff Lake

10:30

17/02/19 DerbyRunner Grace Dieu

11:00

03/03/19 DerbyRunner Bosworth Battle Field

11:00

10/03/19 Staffs/Derby Sinai or Cliff Lake

10:30

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BMAF Vetrans Cross Country Relays 2018

The club has received an invite to attend the BMAF Vetrans Cross Country Relays at West Park, Long Eaton. The event will be held on Sat 27th Oct, starts at 12:00pm and be self funded by the individuals taking part. Ade Middleton will organise teams and sort registration out if there is enough interest generated to enter.  If you are interested in taking part please contact a member of the committee or add your name to the FaceBook post on this topic.

Below are the entrance pre-requisites, details on age category, laps required and the course.

The event is open to all athletes who are:
a) 35 years or over, and
b) have a valid EA registration number.
c) the club must be affiliated to UKA.

Basic Team Details:
Men V35-44 & V45-54 – 5 legs
Men V55-64 – 4 legs
Men’s teams over V65 in 10 year age bands – 3 legs
All Women’s teams in 10 year bands from V35-44 – 3 legs

The course is a flat & fast 3k mainly over grass, with some trail and woodland. Only one leg per runner. Down-ageing is allowed. Cost is £6 per runner, ie, 3,4 or 5 x £6/team as applicable.

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Prediction Run 2 – Wednesday 22nd August, 2018

It’s the prediction run this Wednesday at 7pm on the Ennstone trail near YHA at Moria.  All runners to meet at 6:30pm at the YHA so we can register your prediction times. The YHA will not be open for refreshments after, but we can use the washrooms.  We will be heading back to the Sir Nigel Gresley for drinks if anyone wishing to join us.

Course will be approx. 4 miles long with a few hills included and all on hardcore track surface.

Marshals to meet at 6:20pm, if you cannot attended for any reason, please contact Andy Orme.

There’s no training from Greenbank so if you know anyone who’s likely to turn up for training can you let them know thanks.

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