Harriers begin strongly in Booths Summer League

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After finishing first in the ladies section of the Booths Winter Cross Country League, Sutton Harriers started their Booths Summer League Road Race series in style at Teversal Grange at the weekend.

With 12 clubs from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and a field of 308 runners, Sutton Harriers Ladies are in first position after the first of five races and second overall with the men.

Results were as follows:

James Fearn 5th position 28min 17secs; Paul Whittingham 6th, 28m 21s; Luke Wigman 8th, 28m 37s; Tony Goodyear 16th, 29m 32s; Lee Morris 20th, 29m 55s; Shaun Martin 26th, 30m 15s; Callum Denby-Whit 2nd junior male, 30m 34s; Chris Holmes 36th, 30m 52s; Michelle Willcocks 1st Lady, 30m 57s; Nick Luke 30m 58s; Robert Roper 41st, 31m 23s; Dave Cormican 52nd, 32m 19s; Glenn Baird 66th, 32m 58s; Mandy Cormican 5th Lady, 33m 19s; Paul Dobbs 81st, 33m 51s; Ben Burnham 4th Junior male, 33m 52s; Steve Williams 94th, 34m 32s; Keith Brown 98th, 34m 43s; Samuel Moakes 5th Junior male, 34m 48s; Rebecca Barson 8th Lady, 35m 10s; Callum Ball 6th Junior male, 35m 19s; Claire Watson 14th, 35m 55s; Eddie Bacon 141st, 36m 28s; Jess Penny 18th, 36m 39s; Gail Moore 23rd, 37m 03s; Gary Bird 159th, 37m 10s; James Roper 7th Junior male, 37m 52s; Alan Dickens 171st, 37m 56s; Alison Whittingham 26th Lady, 38m 45s; Sue Bradley 37th Lady, 40m 05s; Amanda Alletson 38th Lady, 40m 24s; Kerry Shooter 45th Lady, 41m 07s; Mel Hodson 46th lady, 41m 11s; Andy Ball 238th, 41m 59s; Drew Alletson 2nd Junior Lady, 43m 49s; Helen Baird 74th Lady, 44m 58s; William Bradley 8th Junior male, 48m 41s; Donna Atkinson 88th Lady, 49m 08s.

Running his first race was Alex Brewer with Phil Bird running alongside and he finished in 57m 53s.

The next race is at the Ilkeston Rugby Club.

On a bright and sunny Sunday seven members of Sutton Harriers took part in the Manchester Marathon.

Married couple James and Kate Simpson ran their personal best times of 3hrs 26mins and 3hrs 39mins respectively.

Amanda Alletson, with another personal best time, finished in 3hrs 50mins, and running her first marathon after only starting at Sutton Harriers last year Kerry Shooter finished in 3hrs 54mins.

David James, the vicar of St Mary’s in Sutton in Ashfield, also earned a personal best as he finished in 4hrs 27mins.

After running the Dallas Half Marathon the previous week, David Thomson finished in 4hrs 30mins.

Also competing was Gary Bird who is running 12 marathons in 12 months.

Last week he competed his fourth at the Caythorpe off road marathon at Grantham.

After missing the start due to a diversion following an accident , Gary still ran the course but did not receive a time.

The Manchester Marathon was the first road race this year he has competed in. Finishing in 3hrs 43mins, this was his best time to date.

His next race is in May at the White Peaks, Matlock.