SUTTON Harriers’ runners joined 235 other competitors running in the fourth race in the Booth Decorators Summer League series, around the trails at Carsington Water in Derbyshire.
The five mile course is known to be hilly, and the warm humid evening only added to making it tougher.
First club member over the finish line was Richard Robinson in seventh place in 28:45. Then came a clutch of Sutton runners, Sean Martin in 24th place (31:17), Jake Lacey in 26th (31:35) and Matt Curran in 30th (31:55).
Further back behind Matt was Liam Hodson (32:45) followed by Brian Bailey 57th (33:49) and Gary Berzins 77th (34:51).
Although he has recently suffered a nasty injury that curtailed his training, Steve Williams showed that he is getting back on track, coming in 83rd (35:16). Just behind Steve was the first female home for the club – and fifth placed female overall - Michelle Wilcocks in 84th place (35:20).
After this race the Sutton men’s team are fourth placed team overall in the league, while the ladies sit in third. The combined team are currently third, which leaves the club in a good position with the one league race remaining.
The following day many of the same runners turned out for the penultimate Notts AAA Race at Worksop College.
The Harriers were able to field two men’s and two ladies teams with Senior Men in fourth and Veteran Men in 12th.
Overall they are running at sixth and 11th respectively with one race to go. The Senior ladies, this being the largest turnout that they had had for a while, secured both second and third place on the night (A and B teams) and are now currently in second place overall.
The club completed a hat-trick of races on Thursday as eight Harriers braved the hills that made up the Hardwick Hall 10k.
Only Paul Beasley managed to race on all three events, but what the club lost in numbers they made up for in prizes.
Brent Stevenson was the first Sutton Harrier home in 11th place and second over 40.
Nick Luke was next in with a 19th place and second over 50. Rob Cockayne was 31st and the second over 55.
Laetitia Moakes flew the flag for the ladies and, despite not expecting a good race, ran in with not only a second Lady trophy but also the first female over 35.