Steaming ahead on Easter Monday as Harriers Race the Train

Created by : Tom Shaw On : Mon, 04/08/2024 - 14:42
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Easter Monday gave us an extra day of racing as we kicked off the BH Monday in style with a couple of prizes and some extra easter eggs at the Matlock Steam 7 Train Race. Starting just outside Matlock, runners race on mostly trail adjacent to the train tracks for most part against the steam powered locomotive on and out-and-back loop up to the train turn-table as friends and families can support and be on-lookers watching the action unfold from the train carriage! Matt Daly not only beat the train but just about everyone else, steaming home to 2nd place in 42:18. Matt not only bagged a share of the individual prizes but joined by Henry Brady (11th) and Christ Lawrence (35th) was enough to bag the Male ‘Team vs Steam’ Prize. Also joining the winning team was Sam Thorneloe and Mark Manley (87 and 89th respectively). The ladies were almost in on the action too as a fine run by Hannah Miller saw her finished 4th lady (making the Worksop Harriers also the highest places overall ‘Team vs Steam) with Kate Thorneloe just edging out Sam and Mark to finish 31st Lady.

That wasn’t it for the BH Monday racing as Monday evening saw the return of the popular Trunce series. A 4 mile fell race run up to 9 times on Monday Evenings through the Spring and Summer, Dom Fielding made a fine debut at the series seeing off the entire field to bag a win to set-up him up for a strong series assault! Also joining Dom with a great green and black presence at the sharp end, Adam Turner finished 6th whilst further out we also had Andrew-Jackson, Dave Bulmer, a debut for Nick Mould and Tanya Maric and Cathy Mhembere saw some great team spirit crossing the high river at this time of year. Finally, it wasn’t just the seniors as Holly Bulmer competed in the junior Trunce.

On to Sunday and Adam left the fells for the roads but still found plenty of hills as Storm Kathleen made for some interesting conditions at the Sheffield Half Marathon. A course where something has gone terribly wrong if you don’t negative split this one, the route climbs out (for around 1,000 ft!) of Sheffield up to Ringinglow, rewarding the climb with some excellent views over Sheffield before a fast descent back in to the city centre. Adam was the first Harrier back in 1:20:44, whilst it was close between Adam Jonczyk and Chris Lawrence in 1:36:31 and 1:37:21 respectively. From the ladies Lucy Binch ran 2:07:58 followed by Sarah Whiting in 2:19:55

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