News & Updates

Leicestershire Half Marathon

Rejoice – an actual race!

Apt, that on a beautiful, still, spring morning competitive road racing returned to the area in the form of the Leicestershire Half Marathon. With a lot of the race within the confines of Prestwold Hall, 726 socially distanced runners, including 7 from South Derbyshire were started in waves. The course they tackled was largely flat but over a variety of surfaces, including sections of loose gravel at the start and finish. Abbey Van Dijk showed that she has used lockdown to excellent effect as she stormed around the course to win the women’s race in a superb chip time of 01.21:07 with her nearest competitor some 6 minutes back. Second claimer Rich Miller ran strongly to finish 2nd MV55 in 01.27:02 with Mark Slade not far behind in a well run 01.27:23. In form Andy Orme was agonisingly close to ducking under 01.30 with 01.30:45 with Chris Mason taking the honours in the early vaccination stakes with 01.35:45 and 1st MV70 spot, just edging out Colin Mee in 01.35:52 and Steve Leafe in 01.38:12. Special thanks on this special day should also go to the organisers and marshals, including many with South Derbyshire connections, who ensured the event was delivered safely and securely.

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

TRAINING CANCELLED!

Until further notice, all club training is cancelled.

Posted by Andy Hawtin in Uncategorised

Sinai, Fradley, Kibworth, Burghley, Cannock, Prestwold Hall & Wrexham

Crowning glory!!!

While many runners worry that the spring marathon they’ve trained long and hard for may now be postponed there are still races to be run and prizes to be competed for. The last race in this year’s Derby Runner Cross Country Series (Derby/Staffs) at Sinai Park, Burton on Trent on Sunday saw a clean sweep of the series team trophies by the Club with Abbey Van Dijk, Chris Pearson, Mark Harriott and Andy Orme also securing well deserved individual and age group prizes. Abbey Van Dijk continues to go from strength to strength and 6 days after winning the 1st women’s prize at the Leicester Half Marathon was representing Derbyshire at Prestwold Hall in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championship. Against the best runners in the country Abbey was first Derbyshire runner home and a very respectable 73rd overall.

At the far from gentle Sinai Park Gareth Watkins, making a really welcome return to competitive action for the Club, was 2nd in the men’s race with Rich Miller, Seb Van Dijk, Chris Hanman and Mark Harriott all putting in outstanding performances to finish in 4th, 8th, 10th and 11th places respectively. Sam Bassett, slowly getting back to his best form, finished in 23rd with the fast starting Mikey Walters in 30th and Andy Alsop in 31st completing the men’s team finishers. Men’s Club Captain, Andy Orme collected the 33rd place token with Matt Long in 36th, Hector Arenas in 46th, Ross Ballinger in 47th and Dave Green in 53rd completing the Club’s finishers in the men’s race. 

The Club’s women were led home by an excellent performance from Chrissie Hawtin in 4th place with Katie Dennis in 6th, Tracey Glover in 13th and women’s Club Captain, Lisa Wright in 14th completing another outstanding team performance. Becky Lenaghan in 27th, Emma Sharp in 39th, Sarah Walters in 47th and Julianne Walters in 63rd completed the Club’s finishers in the women’s race and rounded off an excellent season in what has probably been one of the wettest, windiest winters on record.

Ross Clarke, training hard for the Manchester Marathon, smashed his 10k PB in the Fradley 10k with 36:35 for 17th place out of 990 finishers. At the same race Shannon Hurdman continued her improvement with an excellent 56:44 with Richard Gee and Jerome Jones recording 61:19 and 78:34 respectively. Colin Mee continued his return to racing with a hard run 01:40.40 in the Retford Half Marathon while Tim Rhodes, another tackling a spring marathon, continued his build up with 43.35 for an excellent 9th place finish in the Burghley 7. John Morgan and Pauline Cooper were in action at the very challenging Kibworth 6, with John recording an excellent 40:38 with currently no official finishing times available. Steve Leafe and Robin Thorne tackled the 10 mile version of the Cannock Trail Race, which had previously been postponed, because of bad weather, earlier in winter. Both ran good, solid races recording 82:57 and 103:17 respectively. Sophie Anne Pickett and Amy Brookes tackled the 5 mile version and both ran with distinction recording very respectable times of 47:25 and 57:49.

Last but definitely not least Chris Baxter was in action in Wales where he ran superbly to win the Wrexham 10 in a new Club record of 55:48.

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Club Fees Due

Thanks to all who attended last nights AGM. A good turn out! The AGM is when we agreed our club fee for for next 12 months, and this is now due by 31st March 2020. Walkers £10, Runners £12, Competing Runners £28. New members since January, please contact a commitee member as you may not need to pay anything.

Posted by Andy Hawtin in Uncategorised

Grace Dieu Cross Country

Abbey powers home!!!

Another winter Sunday, another Derby Runner Cross Country League race and another decisive victory for Abbey Van Dijk in the women’s race at Grace Dieu on Sunday. In the more competitive Leicestershire division of the league Abbey’s margin of victory over the next finisher was still a significant one. For the women’s team it was a race where new names contributed to the team performance with Becky Lenaghan in 109th, Helen Clarke in 168th and Julianne Walters in 172nd the other team scorers with the resilient Pauline Cooper completing the Club’s finishers in the women’s race.

Chris Pearson, in possibly his best cross country performance of the season, was first back for the Club in the men’s race with a 15th place finish edging out Andy Hawtin, who is putting together a great series of cross races, in 22nd. The ever reliable Mark Harriott was next in an excellent 55th with Mikey Walters, arguably producing the Club performance of the day, in 85th getting the better, on this occasion, of fellow senior, Shane Chapman in 89th. The consistent Andy Orme was next in a solid 129th with Ross Ballinger and Hector Arenas giving everything over a very technical course, to complete the Club’s men’s team finishers in 144th and 147th places respectively. It was great to see two of the Club’s more seasoned runners finish in relatively close order as Steve Leafe and Colin Mee collected the 161st and 165th place finishing tokens with Chris Elsegood and Andy Meadows, continuing his cross country education, in 192nd and 208th places respectively. Kevin Clarke showed all of his racing experience to finish in 220th with the determined Dave Walters completing the Club’s finishers in the men’s race.

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Allestree Cross Country

It’s Abbey again!!!

Abbey Van Dijk seems to be getting stronger with every race. In the latest leg of this season’s Derby Runner Cross Country League (Staffs & Derby) at Allestree, Abbey was again 1st in the women’s race and also the first of the Club’s 28 competitors to finish.  On a cold, frosty, misty morning over a very muddy course Chris Pearson was next across the line for a superb 7th place in the men’s race with Seb Van Dijk, who is improving with every race, close behind in 10th. The ultra-reliable Mark Harriott was next in 15th with Tim Rhodes, Men’s Captain Andy Orme and Mikey Walters all giving everything to finish in 34th, 42nd and 50th places respectively. The evergreen Matt Long and Steve Leafe both defied the year’s to finish in 54th and 59th places respectively and deservedly completed the team scorers in the men’s race. Ross Ballinger collected the 63rd place finishing token with Andy Meadows in 66th finishing ahead of a plethora of quality runners including the returning Colin Mee in 73rd and Joe Baldwin in 79th. Kevin Clarke, Chris Elsegood and David Green battled through the mud to finish in 85th, 90th and 93rd places with David hampered, as was Mikey Walters before him, by having to go searching for a lost shoe. Tony Richards, Dave Walters and Mitch Timms gave everything to complete the Club’s finishers in the men’s race in 103rd, 106th and 109th places.

Team wise it was another strong performance by the Club’s women with Tracey Glover running strongly for 10th place, Women’s Club Captain, Lisa Wright in 25th and Becky Lenaghan in 46th providing excellent team support behind Abbey Van Dijk. Emma Sharp again performed well to finish in 60th place just edging out Sarah Walters in 66th and cross country debutant Ellie Dickson, in another of the performances of the day, in 72nd. Helen Clarke made light of the conditions to finish in 84th with Anna Casey and Julianne Walters not too far behind in 89th and 90th places.   

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

AGM 2020

Formal Invite to the AGM is set out below:

TO SDRR MEMBERS

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE CLUB AGM WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, 19th FEBRUARY 2020 AT SWADLINCOTE TOWN HALL, THE DELPH, (NEXT TO THE SIR NIGEL GRESLEY PUBLIC HOUSE) AT 8:30PM.

ONE OF THE FIXED AGENDA ITEMS IS THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS TO THE COMMITTEE. IF YOU WISH TO PROPOSE A MEMBER FOR A SPECIFIC POSITION FOR THE 2020 SEASON, LET THE CLUB SECRETARY KNOW IN WRITING (OR EMAIL) NO LESS THAN 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING. PROPOSALS SHOULD BE WITH THE NOMINEES APPROVAL AND COME WITH A NAMED SECONDER.

THE CLUB MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE POSTS CURRENTLY CONSIST OF:-

CHAIRPERSON, CLUB SECRETARY, TREASURER & MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, WOMEN’S CLUB CAPTAIN & REPRESENTATIVE, MEN’S CLUB CAPTAIN & REPRESENTATIVE

ALSO, AS USUAL, THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES WILL BE DECIDED AT THIS MEETING WHICH WILL THEN FALL DUE BY MARCH 31ST 2020.

ANY REQUESTS FOR ITEMS OF ‘ANY OTHER BUSINESS’ FOR INCLUSION ON THE AGENDA MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY IN WRITING (HAND WRITTEN OR EMAIL) NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY 2020.

PLEASE TRY AND ATTEND THIS AGM AS IT IS YOUR CLUB AND YOUR NEEDS ARE FOREMOST IN THE COMMITTEE’S WORK.

KIND REGARDS

ANDY HAWTIN

ON BEHALF OF THE SDRR COMMITTEE

Posted by Andy Hawtin in Committee, News

Groby XC

Abbey national!!!

It was the morning after the Club’s Annual Presentation Night but it didn’t stop 16 hardy members lining up on the start line at Groby for the latest leg in this year’s Derby Runner XC League. In the more competitive Leicestershire division of the league Abbey Van Dijk showed what a quality runner she is by storming home in 1st place in the women’s race. This was eight days after Abbey finished 5th in a tight race over a tough 8km course at Shipley Park in the Derbyshire Cross Country Championship. This performance secured a county vest and well-earned selection in the Inter County Championship at nearby Prestwold Hall in March. Great team support was provided in the women’s race by Club Captain, Lisa Wright in 40th, Nikki Reeves in 42nd and a determined Becky Lenaghan in 112th. Emma Sharp, who the night before was deservedly a division winner, was next home with the redoubtable Pauline Cooper completing the Club’s finishers in the women’s race in 250th.

Club Chairman and Men’s Club Champion for the second year, Andy Hawtin led the Club’s men home in a solid 18th place with two of the area’s best MV50 runners, Rich Miller and Mark Harriott, performing with distinction in 51st and 84th places respectively. Men’s Club Captain, Andy Orme set his usual good example as he finished in 139th with Steve Leafe, easing his way back after injury, in 165th. Ross Ballinger, who had a running year to remember in 2019, also started this year in great style in 193rd place with Adrian Middleton not far behind in 212th and Joe Baldwin, had the distinction of completing the team’s scorers in the men’s race, in 225th. Lewis Cotton was close behind in 232nd with MV60 Mitch Timms completing the Club’s finishers in the men’s race in 261st.  

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Shipley, Pisa & the Roaches

The Farmer is back!!!!!

James Farmer, fresh from his first term at university, showed that he has used his time well as he led the Club’s contingent of 24 home in the latest leg of the Derby Runner Cross Country League (Staffs and Derby). His superb 2nd place finish led a really strong showing by both the Club’s men’s and women’s team over what was, unsurprisingly, very heavy going in Shipley Park. James was followed home by Ross Clarke in 5th, who underlined what an excellent season of continuous improvement he has had. Seb Van Dijk ran strongly for 9th place as did cross country debutant Steve Bullock in 13th and the more seasoned Andy Windle in 17th. Chris Hanman followed up his superb last racing performance with an excellent 20th place finish with Mark Harriott in 29th and Ben Holmes in 31st, holding it all together to complete the men’s team finishers. Great support was provided by Rom Chambard in 34th, Dave Green in 36th and the evergreen Matt Long in 41st. Men’s team captain, Andy Orme collected the 44th place finishing token with Hector Arenas, gaining more valuable racing experience, in 59th and Ian Archer in 64th. There was then close racing between Paul Glover in 73rd, Chris Elsegood in 75th and Joe Baldwin in 76th with Robin Thorne in 104th completing the Club’s finishers in the men’s race.

Running as well as she has ever done, Chrissie Hawtin led the Club’s women home with another excellent 2nd place finish with Katie Dennis in 5th, Tracey Glover in 11th and Women’s team captain, Lisa Wright, setting a brilliant example in 16th completing a really solid team showing. Rebecca Lenaghan ran well for 40th place with Sarah Walters continuing her love affair with the mud and water finishing in 46th.

Shane Chapman continued his cultural tour of Europe when he tackled the Pisa Half Marathon and ran strongly to finish in a very respectable 01:31. Meanwhile, Gary Price, Paul Hudson, Kev Clarke and Andy Meadows were in action, courtesy of the Mountain Rescue Service, as they tackled the frequently cancelled Staffordshire Moorlands Christmas Cracker. The race, over approximately 8 miles, is mainly off road and rises to 1500 feet above sea level along the exposed Roaches gritstone ridge. Our intrepid runners finished en bloc taking the finishing times from 96:10 and finishing places from 103rd onwards.  

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports