The rain was coming down again – for a change!

If you are planning on taking part in the inter-club cross-country series next year and you haven’t got them already, it’s probably worth making sure that you add cross-country shoes to your Christmas list!

Conditions for the series earlier this year were comparatively tame, but the Wingerworth Hobble 4.66 Mile Race on Saturday, gave a pretty good insight into the conditions we can expect in the early months of next year – i.e. mud, puddles, mud, hills and a bit more mud – lovely!

Sliding home first for CRR, in second place overall, was Darren King in 31:21 . Behind him, in 10th place, came Mike Brown in 38:15. Steve Hattersley was next (throwing) up in 39:56. Neil Yewman clocked 41:58; Giles Searby 43:45 and Paul Sadler 45:25. Bridget Hemstock finished on 45:53; Julie King 46:14; Tracy Jones 49:48 and David Goater 49:19.

The rain was coming down again – for a change – for Sunday’s racing, which starts at the Rother Valley Running Festival, where Peter Flynn scored a Club Bronze Standard with his 44:24 in the 10K race.

At the Derby 10-mile race, Ian Brookes clocked 1:16:32 and Kerry Anderson ran a Club Bronze Standard time of 1:24:23.

The Matthew Walker 10K Pudding Race at Heanor is in the Club Grand Prix calendar for next year. At this year’s edition of the race, Louise Lowe was first home for the Club in 44:58. Paul Taylor was next in with a course PB of 46:55; Matt Taylor also scored a course PB of 49:27; Craig Lockett finished in 50:17 and Allison Preece 55:15.

Finally, some late news from the Yorkshire Marathon, where the organisers have just published the team rankings. In the Men’s race, based on the finish times of the top 3 finishers from each Club, CRR achieved top ranking with an average finish time for our top three of Gareth, Darren and Chris of 2:31:20. No prizes for the team results unfortunately, but certainly big further kudos for the Club and to our flying trio on their amazing performances last month.

Well done all!