Harriers retain the ladies league title

Worksop Harriers captain Caroline McGinley with the ladies cross country league trophy
Worksop Harriers captain Caroline McGinley with the ladies cross country league trophy

The final race in the local cross country league series saw the Worksop Harriers ladies retain their title, while the men improved on last year’s position to finish second.

Combined, the results meant the Harriers also improved on their overall 2014 performance, taking second place in the league table.

The course was an interesting mix of fields, tracks and country lanes between Clowne and Bolsover, over around six miles in distance.

Although windy, the bright sunshine and relatively dry conditions under foot made for good racing.

A delighted Harriers team captain Caroline McGinley said: “Everyone has really enjoyed their run today and the league as a whole.”

“The team spirit has been really good throughout the season and we now look to carry this forward into the summer season, both on the road and in the track and field leagues.” “Both teams are now able to select from an excellent squad of runners, with strength in depth and a growing number of younger members, which bodes very well for the future.”

“I would also like to thank Clowne for providing the post race buffet, which we all very much appreciated!”

The first summer league race is at Hexgreave Park on Wednesday 22nd April and then there is one race a month until August.

All the races are between five and six miles and they are open to all members over the age of 16.

Anyone wishing to join the club should go to www.worksopharriers.co.uk

On Sunday Harriers stalwart Teresa McPake (3rd, 45:40) led the ladies team home followed by Amy Fendley (5th, 48:54), Helen Broughton (7th, 50:08), Jo McLean (10th, 51:20), Melissa Bennett (18th, 53:20), Caroline McGinley (19th, 53:32), Emma Hurst (25th, 57:20), Sally Staveley (28th, 58:25), Cathy Mhembere (29th, 58:53), Gill Shephard (37th, 1:00:47), Janet Chapell (47th, 1:03:56), Kerry Dickinson (52nd, 1:06:41).

Meanwhole Tom Shaw (16th, 42:55) was the first male Harrier home followed by Dave Wass (21st, 43:21), Colin Laughton (25th, 44:02), Lyndon Stocks (28th, 44:31), Rob Smith (30th, 45:02), John Harrison (40th, 46:49), Peter Fendley (42nd, 47:08), Aaron Jackson (45th, 47:30), Paul Hurst (50th, 48:48), John Bradshaw (64th, 52:04), John Shephard (72nd, 56:39), James Codling (79th, 59:42).

Elsewhere, Tim Doughty ran an excellent personal best of 1:16:07 to finish 14th in the Coventry half marathon, with Adele Bryan (428th, 1:37:20) also among a large field of over 3,500 runners who had to battle tough conditions.