IN the final installment of the 2011 Booth Decorators League summer season, Heanor RC once again prove to be the immovable object.
Picking up from where we left off at Carsington, they not only managed to successfully defend the men’s and combined category trophies but also to regain the women’s title lost last year to Belper Harriers.
Shipley Hall Cricket Club played host to the season finale and on home soil, Heanor RC runners once more took centre-stage to wrap up the summer season in style.
In the first of two races in four days for many, with club championship event Jagermeister 10K hot on the heels the following Friday, the 4.7 mile, two lap course along the Nutbrook Trail and around the old American Adventure car park was won by Joe Rainsford in a time of 25:53.
Reversing the one-two achieved earlier in the season, Joe beat older brother Chris into second place, moving clear to take victory in the final stages of the race. Continuing to dominate from the front, the Rainsford’s were backed up by Steve Ashmore 7th, Ashley Deeming 9th and Paul Clarke 12th, Heanor RC once again had five of the required seven scorers inside the top dozen.
Completing the counters were Lee Perkins 26th and Tony Weatherson 33rd.
Eleven Heanor ladies contributed to a second place finish on the night and, as mentioned earlier, to regain the title lost last year. After a season continually producing the goods, Heanor’s women continued in the same vein. Wendy Mullineux stole in on the last lap of the cricket pitch to pip Jill Burke, with the girls finishing 5th and 6th female on the night respectively, and Yvonne Hobday in 115th completed the scorers.
Outside the top-3, Laura Harvey and Heather Wesson battled it out to finish 146th and 147th respectively with only eight seconds between them whilst Sarah Lewis, current SL club championship leader, and Sheridan Island appeared to enjoy a similar tussle a little further down the field. Donna Baker 169th, Tracie Morris 180th and Rose Leivers 184th all achieved top-200 finishers with Jill Neville continuing to make sound improvements in finishing 233rd.