Harriers battle mudbath to strengthen cross country league position

Worksop Harrier Broughton in action at Retford cross country race
Worksop Harrier Broughton in action at Retford cross country race

The Worksop Harriers continued their strong team performances in the Inter Club Cross Country League last weekend.

The Harriers ladies once again won their event, while the Worksop men were second in their category.

Kerry Dickinson battles the mud in Retford

Kerry Dickinson battles the mud in Retford

This meant the club as a whole strengthened their hold on second place overall, with just one race remaining in the series.

The testing race was run from Canon Park, Retford United’s football ground, and while not as muddy as it can be, shoes were still abandoned by some nevertheless – Harrier Kerry Dickinson braveley finishing without one of hers.

This sparked a search party of Harriers supporters, who eventually located the missing trainer in a bog.

Another of the lady entrants, Retford Athletics Club’s Katie Hayes, left her shoes at the road crossing before the mast and ran in her socks for the last couple of miles.

A Harriers spokesperson told the Guardian the series had done the club the world of good over the winter months, ahead of the 2015 road racing season: “Everyone is having fun and really enjoying the races and the friendly competition.”

“It has created a great team spirit with everyone encouraging each other and it has been a great focus for winter motivation and training.”

In the ladies race, anotherfine performance once again saw Sarah Worley finish second in a time of 45:15 to lead a strong Harriers team home.

She was followed by: Teresa McPake (3rd, 45:41), Amy Fendley (9th, 49:52), Helen Broughton (10th, 50:22), Jo McLean (15th, 52:37), Caroline McGinley (19th, 54:57), Gemma Banks (22nd, 56:04), Melissa Bennett (24th, 56:51), Charlotte Hewitt (26th, 57:50), Sally Staveley (27th, 58:33), Emma Hurst (29th, 59:32), Samantha Bowns (31st, 59:46), Cathy Mhembere (38th, 1:02:09), Gill Shephard (40th, 1:02:21), Janet Chapell (43rd, 1:02:52) and Kerry Dickinson (52nd, 1:07:57).

In the men’s race, veteran and cross-country specialist John Hewitt took eighth place thanks to his finishing time of 40:18.

His fellow Harriers finished behind him with the following times: Tom Shaw (9th, 40:20), Matt Horsefield (10th, 41:10), James Gregory (11th, 41:12), Rob Roper (18th, 41:49), David Wass (21st, 42:27), Colin Laughton (29th, 43:41), Lyndon Stocks (30th, 43:51), Richard Eshelby (34th, 45:14), Rob Smith (44th, 46:12), Peter Fendley (48th, 46:53), John Harrison (50th, 47:26), Jimmy Kelly (70th, 53:14), Michael Ellison (78th, 57:57), John Shephard (80th, 59:12), Paul Hewlett (85th, 1:01:37).

The fifth and final race in the league will set off from Clowne Cricket Club on Sunday 1st March with a start time of 11am.

Meanwhile a group of Harriers juniors were in action in the colours of their county, at Grantham last weekend.

Freya Dolby, Teegan Page, Mia Swindell, Lucy Forrest, Caius Tweed, Regan Langley, Laith Gladwin, Emily Race, Sophie Mills and Nathan Langley were all selected for Notts for the East Midland Combined Sportshall Regional Final on Sunday.