Race Date: Saturday 20th January 2018
What better way to open a 2018 competitive season than a 10k run around a 4 lap course in Graves Park. Hallam Parkrun was cancelled because of the ice so I decided to add a run there and a run back home into my Saturday afternoon. This included a rep of Cobnar which might not be the best prep but I was certainly warm by the time I got there.
What surprised me by this event was the poor attendance. Having been to the Northern Relays at Graves, with its abundance of tents, flags and people, I expected the Park to be buzzing. However, I got there and registered just in time to see the beginning of the women’s race. It was disappointing to see a start line of 18 participants, although it did include a few of Striders.
The men’s race had a few more participants, but only 34, and with 4 laps of a 2.5km course, it didn’t take long for the pack to spread out and it was a bit of a lonely trudge. However, Andy Buck wasn’t too far ahead of me and I just aimed to keep him in my sights. I think he gained about 30 metres on me per lap so never got too far away. Well done to the 9 Striders who made up more than 25% of the field.
If you like XC, you’d enjoy this so come down next year. If you don’t, you won’t so stay home. Roll on the Northerns next week!
The race women’s race was won by Helen Berry of Holmfirth Harriers in 25.55. The men’s race was won by Dane Blomquist of Aldershot, Farnham and Disrtrict in 35.59.
Striders Results – Women – 6.5 km course
|4||Chloe Haines||F Sen||28.49|
|12||Fran Allen||FV 35||33.05|
|14||Jo Carnie||FV 45||34.54|
Striders Results – Men – 10 km course
|6||Ben Jones||M Sen||39.24|
|17||Adam Brown||M Sen||43.07|
|18||Richard Carter||M Sen||43.24|
|19||Chris Guy||MV 40||43.40|
|25||Andy Buck||MV 50||47.44|
|29||Nick Burns||MV 40||48.18|
|31||Stuart Jones||MV 50||51.17|
|32||John Edmunds||M Sen||52.18|
|33||Tony Bell||MV 50||58.16|