SY Cross Country League Race 2 Winterhill, Kimberworth

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.

Like Spitfires out of the sun, that’s Dave Ansell, Mark Platton, Martin Greenough and Dave Perkins with Keppell’s Column in the distance. This photograph would have been taken early in the race as in the final analysis, these four crossed the line in a different formation.

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.


P Cat Name Time
23 FS Fran Cummins 29.51
46 F45 Caroline Greenough 32.40
57 F45 Angela Smith 33.52
59 F35 Helen Cain 34.13
69 F55 Jill Davies 35.25
74 F65 Mary Craig 35.50
88 F35 Emma Beer 38.15


P Cat Name Time
24 MS James Rose 36.15
26 MS Benjamin Jones 36.25
46 M40 Matthew Rimmer 38.39
50 MS Adam Brown 39.02
51 MS Thomas Meager 39.04
57 MS Jorge Bronze 39.42
79 MS Steve Helmore 41.46
81 M40 Ian Stinson 42.09
84 MS Doug Banks 42.44
88 M40 David Perkins 43.14
96 M40 Martin Greenough 43.36
99 M50 David Ansell 43.58
102 M50 Mark Platton 44.46
107 M50 Keith Jackson 45.16
112 MS David Beel 46.03
114 MS Tom Childs 46.23
132 M50 Peter Brown 48.54
143 M50 Anthony Bell 51.37


Results XC SYL Winterhill Kimberworth 2017

Droppingwell Colliery 1850 (Credit National Library of Scotland ) A late course change led to the inclusion of three pit mounds which formed a miniature ‘big dipper’ although run in the opposite direction this year.

If you like old maps, try this link to the National Library of Scotland.


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