First up on a busy race weekend was the final North Staffordshire Cross Country League race of the season, held at Rodbaston.
Telford harriers have put in a great showing this season, with both the mens and ladies teams sitting 7th in their respective divisions and looking to cement their places over this last race.
After a few days of wet weather, the Rodbaston course was traditionally muddy and would prove tough going for all runners. This twinned with the falling rain and arctic like wind made conditions very cold and wet.
Harriers sent 11 runners to this final event, 4 in the senior female category and 7 in the senior mens category. All runners competed around the same course with the men running 4.5miles and the women 3miles around the Rodbaston College fields.
In tough conditions, Vic Doran was first lady home in 57th with a time of 23.44 and Dean Aston continued his good XC form in coming home first male Harrier in 27th place with a time of 29.35.
Full set of times as follows:
57th: Vic Doran - 23.44
75th: Kerry Richardson - 23.49
113th: Kim Chatfield - 28.06
121st: Hannah Bandy
27th: Dean Aston - 29.35
130th: Andy Pigg - 34.50
137th: Victor Bennett - 35.09
172nd: Steve Walker - 37.21
203rd: Robin Chebsey - 39.52
208th: Rob Friel - 40.22
227th: Paul Ruscoe - 42.52
Top 4 counters for the ladies earned the team 366 points which saw their final league points sit at 1481. This was enough to hold on to 7th place in the 14 team league.
The men scored 466 points on the day, giving them a total for the season of 1515 which saw them move up to 6th position in the 18 team league.
Harriers NSCCL final table of times and positions are as follows:
Wolves & Bilston Turkey Trot
Running isn't all about medals, surely? Well for runners competing in the annual Wolves & Bilston Turkey Trot 5 mile race at Aldersley Leisure Village that was certainly the case as all runners received a nice big turkey as their prize for completing the course!
Starting on the track at Aldersley, runners are taken out around the surrounding roads and pathways on a circular 5 mile route.
This relatively flat course threw had one tough hill for runners to contend with at mile 3, and finished back on the track.
Despite the cold weather, Harrier runners all enjoyed this fun run with some great times being recorded.
But the best part of the day was receiving a nice big turkey for crossing the line which will surely make an appearance on most runners Christmas tables in a weeks time.
Finishers of the 2017 Turkey Trot as follows:
Jon Edmonds - 33.11 - New Course PB
Kerry Richardson - 39.44
Nicki Atkins - 42:49
Sam McLelland - 43:47 - New 5mile PB
Kim Chatfield - 44:33
Sonia Edmonds - 48.32 - New 5mile PB
Stroke Association Evesham Festive 10k Trail
Now in it's 5th year, formerly known as 'Race for Grace Festive 10K' and 'Myositis Evesham Festive 10K', it is a scenic, 10K off-road route around the lanes and orchards of Evesham United FC.
All runners received a Festive themed bespoke enamel race medal and goody bag. All profits from the race are donated to charity.
We had 2 runners competing in this race, Phil and Faye Shieber, who posted the following times:
Phil - 59:13 147th overall, 32nd in age group
Fay - 1.16:54 286th overall, 49th in age group.
Mortimer Forest Trail Run
This 9 mile race is notoriously hard, it is not what you’d call an easy route and it is challenging in places, but it really is one of the most exhilarating races of the year.
Louise Bibbings took on this tough race at the weekend which is run almost totally through Mortimer Forest, for long stretches it runs over and alongside the Elan Valley Pipeline through which Birmingham’s water supply flows. The terrain is forest tracks and with several days rain it was a muddy in places too.
Louise did a fantastic job completing her first ever Mortimer Trail finishing in 1:42.02.
We had a number of Parkrunners at the weekend competing at different races around the UK.
Michael Smith ran the Beeston Parkrun in Nottingham, posting a fantastic time of 18:04 and coming home 3rd overall.
Andrew Dippie took on the Windy Book Parkrun which offered a 3 lap circuit of undulating ground to post a time of 24:13 and 8th place overall. Andy also landed 1st in his age category.
Amanda Merricks stayed close to home running at Telford Parkrun. Amanda posted a time of 30:45
Another great race weekend comes to a close and just one more weekend before the Christmas party poppers are popped. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Telford Harriers race weekend report.