The Worksop Harriers dominated their home race in the local cross country league, winning both the mens and ladies races on the day.
The double victory moved the club up into second place in the overall standings, with just two races remaining in the series.
The challenging 5.3-mile course around Manton Pit Wood was well received by the runners and its compact layout made it great for spectators.
Fortunately the snow and ice had largely disappeared allowing the race to go ahead as scheduled, although the going was decidedly soft in places which made for a challenging outing for the runners from five local clubs.
A fine performance by Harrier Sarah Worley, who finished second with her time of 40:43, saw her record her highest finishing position to date in the league to lead the ladies team home to first place.
Tim Doughty interrupted his marathon preparations to make his first cross country outing of the season.
He finished third with a time of 33:14 to help the Worksop Harriers men’s team take pole position.
The post race buffet was held at Manton Sports and Social club.
A club spokesperson said:“It is a very encouraging result for us.”
“We have always had a very strong ladies team in the league and it is good to see the men’s team matching their performance.”
“Everyone really enjoys the fun social atmosphere as well as the friendly competition and post race buffet.”
“Manton Sports and Social Club makes an ideal venue to cater for the large number of people.”
The club are recruiting for new members and believe they can accommodate all ages and abilities, from both sexes.
“Any local runners or people who would like to take up running, who would like to join a friendly and vibrant athletics club, whether they are a junior, senior or veteran please visit www.worksopharriers.co to make contact and come along to a variety of regular training sessions.”
“We can also put you in touch with an all ladies running group, the ‘Sisters On Sundays’ who cater for all standards of joggers and runners.”
Ladies results: Sarah Worley (2nd, 40:43), Amy Fendley (5th, 43:12), Helen Broughton (7th, 43:27), Adele Bryan (8th, 43:32), Jo McLean (12th, 45:22), Charlotte Hewitt (20th, 47:19), Carol Lonsdale (22nd, 47:50), Caroline McGinley (23rd, 47:53), Emma Hurst (24th, 49:07), Sally Staveley (28th, 50:02), Cathy Mhembere (32nd, 51:470, Samantha Bowns (34th, 52:03), Joelle Summers (36th, 52:34), Janet Chapell (42nd, 54:24), Catherine Harrison (51st, 57:49), Kerry Dickinson (53rd, 59:27).
Men’s results: Tim Doughty (3rd, 33:14), James Lonsdale (5th, 34:37), Tom Shaw (13th, 36:56), John Hewitt (14th, 36:56), Rob Roper (15th, 37:19), James Gregory (16th, 37:47), Matt Horsefield (17th, 37:48), Jon Stott (28th, 39:13), David Wass (29th, 39:22), Colin Laughton (31st, 39:33), Lyndon Stocks (34th, 40:16), Rob Smith (37th, 40:39), Peter Fendley (49th, 41:41), Tony Jenks (50th, 41:52), John Harrison (51st, 41:57), Steve Rewston (56th, 43:07), John Bradshaw (67th, 45:18), James Codling (84th, 50:04), Paul Hewlett (96th, 56:58).