Worksop Harriers ladies team have won the Five Club Cross Country League’s womens section, in their first year in the competition.
Such was their winning margin that it helped elevate the club as a whole to third place in the overall standings, despite the men finishing in fifth place in their section.
The 5.2 mile race at Handsworth was a two lap course with an enjoyable mix of fields and woods, including a good variation of gradients and terrain.
While obviously pleased with the result, Worksop Harriers chairman Peter Fendley said the most encouraging thing about entering the league had been the great team spirit it had engendered.
He said: “We have had over 50 different members take part over the series and for many it was their first taste of cross-country.”
“Everyone has enjoyed the experience and the camaraderie has just built up with every race.”
Fendley is hoping the experience of the local race series will stand Harriers in good stead for the rest of the year’s events.
“We now look to carry this enthusiasm on in the Notts Summer Road Race and Lincs Track and Field Leagues which both start in April,” he added.
After eight races, five in the league and three championships, including county, midland and national events, the Harriers cross-country season is over.
But with everyone a little bit fitter the focus now moves onto road running, the London marathon and the summer track and field leagues.
Results at Handsworth: Ladies – Sally Ormrod (3rd, 43:30), Teresa McPake (6th, 44:30), Anna Hogan (8th, 46:03), Helen Broughton (11th, 47:14), Adele Bryan (12th, 47:40), Caroline McGinley (16th, 49:42), Carol Lonsdale (24th, 53:03), Tracy Hamilton (25th, 53:07), Julie Bonser (28th, 54:27), Sally Staveley (39th, 58:39), Rowena Brown (46th, 1:02:38), Shirley Gascoyne (53rd, 1:12:57)
Men – Tim Doughty (5th, 36:35), John Hewitt (10th, 38:12), Matt Horsefield (21st, 40:23), Richard Eshelby (22nd, 40:26), Jon Stott (30th, 41:49), Tom Shaw (31st, 41:54), John Harrison (33rd, 42:07), Matt Caudwell (43rd, 44;10), Steve Rewston (46th, 44:37), Peter Fendley (50th, 45:00), Dave Wass (55th, 45:44), John Bradshaw (68th, 49:04), Paddy Lavin (69th, 49:31), Jimmy Kelly (71st, 50:56), John Shephard (78th, 52:55).
The ‘sold out’ Retford Half Marathon takes place on Sunday at 10am.