Another week, another storm and Clowne Cross-Country

Another week, another storm and it was clear that the Clowne Cross-Country was going to be an interesting one to host and run in this year.

As it turned out, by Sunday morning Storm Dennis was not quite the Beast of Bolsover we’d been led to expect, and Paul and Graham managed to set-up the start-line Gazebo without parasailing with it down to Staveley.

Whilst the weather conditions were better than hoped for, the same cannot be said for the ground conditions. As a result of all the rain the course was at its most challenging – including a new “river” crossing, followed by a gully climb straight out of the Somme.

Not to be over-awed however, there was a strong turn-out for the Men’s and Ladies’ teams who both achieved First-placed team finishes for CRR.

Individual results will be posted separately, but for now, well done to Helen Lindley on her First Lady finish and to Aidy Bailey for choosing a nice easy race for his first in a CRR vest and for scoring points for the team too!

It was not just our runners doing their bit and as ever, we saw CRR at its best with the whole team playing their part, from marking the course, marshalling the race, registering and scoring the runners, helping in the kitchen and/or providing food for the buffet.

One way to avoid Storm Dennis was to get out of the country before it hit and Kerry Anderson managed exactly that by flying to Spain to run in the Barcelona Half Marathon, which she completed in 1:52:31

Finally, back to Saturday and with conditions rapidly deteriorating it was not the easiest morning for a Parkrun PB, but at Rother Valley Martin McShane managed just that with his 23:56 finish. Similarly, at Clumber, Sally Cocking scored a new distance PB of 30:48.

Well done all!