The whys and wherefores of handicapping were the hot topic this week at the Club’s Summer Handicap race, run in rather damp conditions on Friday night.
First home with the baton, overhauling his time penalty over the rest of the field, was Lewis Banton. In the mystery team competition, the winning team were Rebecca Hattersley, Neil Inns and Graham Worsfold. We’ll spare the blushes of the wooden lemon “winners”!
Thanks to John Proffitt and Roger Street for their organisation, to the volunteer marshals and to Jules Foster and Nicky Searby in the kitchen for their modern re-enactment of the feeding of the 5000, with Bisto and mushy peas replacing loaves and fishes! 👩🏻🍳
It was also great to welcome Bridget Hemstock and her family to the Community Centre and to be able to make an early start to our Clowne HM fundraising for MNDA, in honour of Lorna, also our Official Starter of the race.
Prior to all that, on Wednesday, running up rocks rather than carrying them, were our participants at the 5 miles of the Calver Fell Race. First in his age category and 5th overall was Lewis Banton with 32:37, followed by Richard Hind in 40:56 and Hannah Sharpe 44:37.
Back to Friday, and the Heanor Midsummer 10K, where Paul Taylor scored another 10K PB finishing in 46:09 as did Matt Taylor with his 46:26 PB.
On Sunday, at the Edale Fell Race Richard Hind came in on 53:43 over the 4.7-mile A/S Category course.
Meanwhile, at Derby, Hannah Sharpe finished in 1:39:14 and at a hot and hilly Potters Arf, Chris Lane came in on 1:41:44.
Finally, racing over Saturday and Sunday, Steve Tebb completed the 52-mile double-marathon, the Race to the Tower, along the Cotswolds Path, with times of 5:52 for the Saturday marathon leg and 5:54 on Sunday. Total elevation of around 7,500 feet across the 2 days. This epic performance also earns him a Club Silver Award. 👏
Well done all!