Fradley 10k, Sinai XC, Draycote Water 10k and the Knighton 20

Dan’s the man!!!

Members of the Club were in action at several venues on Sunday morning with the majority at a dry, but windy Florette Fradley 10k. The contingent was led home by a top forty finish from Dan Bower in an excellent 36.49 with Jamie and Steven Green also ducking under the forty-minute benchmark with excellent times of 37.49 and 39.02 respectively. David Green also secured a well deserved top hundred placing as he stopped the clock in 42.21 just edging out Kelly Knight in 42.31. Men’s Club Captain, Andy Orme was his usually consistent self in recording an excellent 42.44 with Ross Ballinger recording a very creditable chip time of 44.41. Runners took advantage of the flat, two lap course around the quiet Fradley country lanes to record some excellent times including Sarah Walters, Linda Dakin, and JJ Jones as they all dipped below the hour mark in recording 54.41, 56.10 and 59.30 respectively. MV70 Tony Phillips, a runner who has achieved the amazing milestone of running a hundred marathons, led the next group home in 60.59, with Richard Gee stopping the clock in 64. 02 before Graham Blackshaw, another with a superb marathon running career to look back on, recorded 65.37. Sarah Green should be well pleased with her efforts as she gave everything for her 67.01.

The Derby Runner Cross Country League wound to a halt on Sunday and with individual category prizes already decided it was left to Rich Miller, Mark Slade, and Mark Farrar to fly the flag for the Club over the arduous course at Sinai Park in Burton. All did brilliantly as they rounded the season off in style with ninth, fifteenth and eighteenth place finishes respectively. While not having a strong presence at all races over a long season Colin Mee, Chris Pearson, Lisa Wright, and Andy Orme all picked up well deserved individual prizes at the award’s ceremony that immediately followed the race.

Katie Dennis and Jay Darnley travelled to Northamptonshire to take part in the Draycote Water 10k and ran together to achieve a personal best for Jay as they stopped the clock in 52.32 and 52.33 respectively.

Mark Harriott prepared for his busy marathon running season at the Knighton 20 and his 02:28.44 showed that his preparation is well on track.

Posted by Chris Mason