Team win’s for Harriers U17's

The U17 Men & Women led the way with a brilliant performances to finish first in the team category to spearhead the performances from the Harriers at the 2nd North Midland League, held at Wicksteed park, meanwhile Alice Bates part of the U17W team continued her great form to secure the only individual win on the day.


There was a large contingent of athletes competing for the Harriers in all the age groups with may further great performances on the day including four 2nd place teams finishes (U11B, U13B, Vet men’s, & U13G’s) and three further 2nd place individual placings for U11G, V35W & U17M with dominant display on our home fixture. Conditions were great with light winds, and a firm course which were all slightly over distance due to essential course changes.


In the U17M race Rio Carr enjoyed a fantastic race immediately getting into the leading pack, a position he held throughout the race finishing the 6km course in 23.13 in a brilliant 2nd place, 30 seconds ahead of team mate Lucas Mansell, who had a great race to finish in 3rd (23:48) after missing training in the week due to a virus, with Lucas Rogers who is really coming back into form finishing in 4th (24.15) to easily win the team event from a strong Derby team. Ben Brooker finished in a fine 15th place (26:13), with George Separovic & Ellis Johnson in 18th & 20th respectively showing the strength in depth in this AG.


U17 Rio Carr, fantastic individual 2nd place leading the team to a 1st place finish 

The U17W saw the only individual win on the day with Alice Bates sitting in for the 1st km, then pushing into the lead to comfortably win the 5km race by nearly a minute in 18:55, it was another great performance by Bates who is enjoying a fine start to her winter programme. Demi Locker who is also coming into great form following her transfer to KTH in September finished in a fine 3rd place closing down Derby’s Annabelle Ita right to the line to finish in 19:51 just 4 seconds off 2nd place, with Julia Buzuk in 27th (30.21) completing the scoring and secure a team win from PANV AC.


Alice Bates the only Harrier with an individual win setting the team up for 1st place

In the U11 AG there were two fine performances with the Harriers securing second place finishes for the individual race, with Bella Lamb running a fine race, in third for most of the race she made a concerted effort on the final 300m to go into second place in the downhill section of the course to finish the 2km course in 8.29 5 seconds ahead of third place. Rafferty Davey also had a great race, perhaps running the first 1.5km a little conservatively, he was closing in the leader down all the way to the line to finish in 7.00, together with Harris Ellwood who ran a solid race for 16th place (7:58) they secured a team finish in 2nd place.


U11 Rafferty Davey fine individual 2nd place

The U13 AG also two fine 2nd place team finishes for the Harriers with the boys packing well in the mid table, George Sharp top scoring in 9th place over the 3k course in 14.31, with Finlay Brooker, Harlee Hooker & Finn Currie packing well and finishing in 12th, 13th & 14th respectively completing the scoring, with Zac Scott having a solid run in 17th place and Ollie smith in 21st. For the girls over the same 3k course the fast improving Iona Ellwood enjoyed perhaps her best race in the Harriers colours with a terrific third place finish in 13:05, with great races from Tiggy Guthrie-Brown & Peyton Almond battling each other throughout the race in 7th & 8th respectively completing the scoring, and Clara Booth also running very well in 11th place. Had Jess Lamb, still recovering from a virus, not had to pull out the Harriers would almost have certainly won the team event.  


Iona Ellwood with her best p[erformance for the Harriers in 3rd place for the U13G 

The U15 girls fared well with a fine 5th place team finish with Evie Brooker top scoring with a run full of determination to finish in 13th place in 15.53, with Chelsie Locker in 17th (16.07) running well & Ellie Separovic completing the scoring in 25th. In the corresponding U15 boys race over the longer 5k distance, Dylan Ransom had a great race to finish in 8th place in 18.44 to spearhead the teams 3rd place finish, with Evan Willis finishing in 18th place and James Clutton final scorer in 23rd place.


Dylan Ransom fine run for 8th place in the U15B race

In the Senior & Vet women’s race over 6km, Steph Lawrie who is in great form produced another brilliant run to finish in 6th place in 26.00, with Natasha Martin running superb race to finish 2nd in the v35 category (18th overall) and Claire Brooker 61st completing the scoring to help the Harriers to a fine 7th place team finish. Lisa Rungose in 68th, Karen Albery 87th & Val Nix 88th helped the vet team to a 5th place finish.


Steph Lawrie brilliant run for 6th place in the Senior & Vet Womens race

The Senior men’s team fared slightly better with a fine 4th place finish (2nd in the vets team) with GB triathlete Finn Batkin top scoring with an individual 8th place in 35.34 over the 10k distance with a superb run, Jack Chennell also running a great race finished in 29th (37.39) with Dylan Bowley in 50th (10th U20), Josh Cannell 53rd running well. Dave Locker making his XC debut for the Harriers run a fantastic race to finish 63rd (4th v45)  & Mark Weatherby 81st (7th v40) completing the scoring. Phil West 84th, Dominic Specchio 91st, Tony James 104th, Ross Brown 116th , Paul Wildman 123rd, Rafal Bozuk 130th, Alex McMurtrie 168th, Ian corns 171st, Caleb Pardoe 178th, Bill Robinson 183rd & Matt Pollard 203rd completed the huge Harriers line up.


Huge number of Harriers competing in the Senior & Vet Men's race


Well done to everybody who ran.