No obstacle for James
Sunday and Bagworth Heath saw the latest leg of this year’s Derby Runner Cross Country League. For the Club’s contingent of 16 it was the morning after the Club’s presentation evening but for James Farmer it was very much business as usual as he lead the group home in a superb 25th place in the men’s race. On a drizzly morning, and after a relatively dry winter, the course still lived up to its better known name of ‘Bogworth’ Heath. Providing terrific support to James were Ross Clarke in 45th, the redoubtable Shane Chapman in 51st, triathlete Christian Glover in 70th and the Club’s man for all season’s Mark Harriott in 85th. Andy Orme put in a typical captain’s performance to cross the line in 124th with Nigel Atkins and Steve Leafe having their own personal battle as they finished in 140th and 144th respectively. Steve, like a great many in the Club and club’s everywhere is committed to a spring marathon and at this time of year facing the dilemma of whether to race and represent the Club or whether to pound the miles out. Romain Chambard, Matt Long and Ross Ballinger all ran with distinction as they completed the Club’s finishers in the men’s race in very respectable 167th, 199th and 207th places respectively.
Tracey Glover led the Club’s women home in an excellent 47th place finish with the determined Emily Atkins in 107th, Rebecca Lenaghan in 147th and Emma Sharpe in 206th completing the finishers in a top quality women’s race.