ATHLETES had an easier time of it this year in the Worthington 5 – the sixth race in this year’s Burton & District Summer League.
Normally one of the toughest races on the circuit, this year’s event was a lot more forgiving because of roadworks on the normal route, this time going out and back along the Cloud cycle trail.
There was again a great turnout from South Derbyshire Road Runners with 30 runners lining up on the start line, along with 200 others.
The heavy showers had stopped by race time some terrific inter-club battles took place and great individual performances, particularly from the club’s women.
Louise Insley set the standard as she won the women’s race in a superb 30.21, which was also good enough to give her 20th place overall.
Giving tremendous support were Christina Cooper and Katie Cotton, who recorded 33.46 and 35.44 respectively, which ensured the trio secured the well-deserved women’s team prize.
The prizes did not end there as Tracey Glover continued her trophy-winning form with 37.07, which gave her first place in the WV35 category.
Nikki Reeves was next in 38.42, followed by Sam Skidmore, who was justifiably pleased with her 39.00, which on this occasion gave her the edge over Lisa Wright (40.14), Laura Storer (41.07) and, making a really welcome return after a long injury, Rebecca Atkins (43.25).
The tight inter-club battles were mainly among the men though, with Andy Hawtin confirming he will not give the Club Championship up without a fight as he managed, on this occasion, to get the better of Dominic Sharman in times of 29.09 and 29.19, finishing positions of tenth and 11th respectively.
Alex Roberts-Black and Jack Leafe both ran well to record 30.15 and 30.48 and finishing positions of 18th and 26th, with Shane Chapman making a welcome return to form not far behind in 30.54 and 29th place.
James Cassidy, after his third place finish in Sunday’s Marchington 10k, continued his good form to finish in 31.19, while Paul Chapman put in his usual strong finishing burst to just edge out Colin Mee by one position in finishing times of 31.33 and 31.37.
Chris Mason was next in 31.49, which was good enough to secure the MV60 prize, with the fast-improving Chris Crosby three places back in 48th place and a time of 32.33.
Andy Orme and Stuart Halsey then had another really close battle, with Orme just edging this one with his 32.44 to Halsey’s 32.46.
Club stalwart Rob Lower looked as good as ever in recording 33.21 with Christian Glover not far behind in 33.27.
Steve Leafe gave it all in recording 34.30 while Chris Hughes continued his steady improvement in 35.08.
Another continuing to improve is Tim Argent whose 40.54 gave him the edge over Richard Ward’s 43.50 and Mark Skidmore’s 50.22.
Club secretary Roger Barraclough continues to defy the years with his 57.16 completing the finishers for the club on another good night of racing.