Whilst many Striders elected to run the Worksop Half Marathon through the officially beautiful Clumber Park, the hard core cross country enthusiasts were experiencing Winterhill, Kimberworth and the rugged terrain of the former pit of Droppingwell Colliery. Cross country isn’t supposed to be easy and this course certainly wasn’t with hills, steep banks and plunging descents although thankfully free of the mud that is frequently a feature here. In fact it was like concrete in places causing problems of a different sort for those who chose to wear spikes.
In the ladies event, Helen Downs (Hallamshire Harriers) led the 113 strong field home whilst the men had international opposition in the form of Jonathan Shields (City of Sheffield & Dearne AC) first of the 153 men home. Those who train at Woodbourn Road will recognise Jonathan, son of Olympian Jane, as he bangs out the reps.
If you like old maps, try this link to the National Library of Scotland.