For the second consecutive Sunday a Harriers raiding party crossed the Humber to take part in Barton & District AC’s Deepdale Dash 10k. This popular event is rated as one of the top 3 10k events by Runners World magazine readers, it features an undulating course starting outside Baysgarth School looping out into the countryside before returning to Barton and finishing on the school playing field.
The first part of a bumper weekend for the club began with three cars leaving the golf club car park with the destination of Berry Hill Park in Mansfield programmed into their sat navs. The reason for the trip was three men’s teams had been entered to participate in the 27th English Cross Country Relay Championships. This year the event doubled as a selection race for the European Cross Country Championships in December which ensured a top quality domestic field.
The 5th time I have travelled to Scarborough for this event. In the beginning it was a nightmare as you collected your number on the day and the queues were unbelievable, it was touch and go whether you would get to the start line in time. I think Alison Burnett will agree with me on this as she did a couple of the early runs. The last two years have seen a vast improvement with the introduction of numbers being sent through the post and chip timing being introduced. This means that now the process of getting there and to the start line is a much easier proposition and even the queue for the toilets before the race isn’t half as bad as it used to be!
One of the great pleasures for me in leading the New Runners Initiative last Winter, has been seeing the great achievements that have been made by so many of the attendees. Some have taken massive chunks of time off their pb’s at various distances, while others have run distances that they would never have dreamed of doing a year ago.