THERE was an excellent turnout of 17 South Derbyshire Road Runners athletes for the final leg of the Derby Runner Cross Country Series at Holly Hayes Wood (pictured).
Dominic Sharman proved again what a great acquisition he has been for the club as he led the way home with a superb 19th-place finish.
Next back, after a tactically astute race, was Chris Pearson in 34th, followed closely by cross country debutant Andy Hawtin in 39th.
Relieved to have finally shaken off a recent niggle, Shane Chapman was 52nd.
There then followed a really close battle between Paul Chapman and Chris Mason with the former, not for the first time, pipping his club-mate on the line for 66th to Mason’s 67th place.
Stuart Halsey, completing an excellent debut season in the series, was next to finish in 78th place.
Andy Orme also had a strong inter-club battle with Christian Glover, as their 103rd and 104th place finishes indicate.
Adrian Middleton (120th), Steve Fowler (132nd), Ashley Parkes (154th), Tony Phillips (171st) and Dave Renshaw (187th) completed the pack.
In a slightly reduced women’s team, Christina Cooper and Tracey Glover continued to show great improvement as their 21st and 35th place finishes indicate.
Inge Moore battled really well after recent illness to complete the finishers for the club in 101st.
On Saturday, five of the club’s runners tackled the 15-mile leg of the Belvoir Challenge.
Open to runners and walkers alike with stops for cakes and check-ins, times are not really that meaningful, but all managed to finish in the top 60 per cent of finishers, with Gary Price leading the way in 93rd place in 2.36.02.
Nikki Reeves (195th in 3.01.43), Caroline Ife (370th in 4.12.59), Mark Skidmore (371st in 4.13.06) and Cath Johnson (381st in 4.27.17) also ran well.
On much firmer terrain, Steve and Jack Leafe were amongst thousands who took part in the Reading Half Marathon.
On this occasion, family honours went to Steve, who performed really well for his chip time of 1.35.00, with Jack not far behind in 1.37.19.
Simon Reynolds, in conditions not really conducive to fast times, ran well in the Bath Half Marathon to record 1.31.09.