Heanor Running Club men are sitting pretty in third position

Heanor Running Club men lie in third going into final North Midlands Cross Country League fixture after a fine display.

They established themselves as a force in this season’s North Midlands Cross Country League at the latest fixture in Nottingham last weekend.

Six men completed the three-lap 10K race within the grounds of Wollaton Park and secured another fourth-place finish as a handful of the club’s youngsters also took part in the junior age category events.

Mark Powell and Chris Rainsford once again led the team home with top-ten finishes.

Powell and Rainsford, as in the previous fixtures at Kettering and Derby, were together for the majority of the race.

Powell’s (35:13) strength at the midway stage gained the gap that proved decisive and came out on top despite Rainsford’s (35:25) strong final lap. The team mates finished ninth and tenth respectively.

Joe Rainsford (36:46) followed the pair home in 21st with Ashley Deeming (38:12) crossing the line 7th V40 and 39th overall.

Tony Weatherson (40:43), like Powell, Rainsford and Deeming, was making his third North Midlands XC appearance of the season and once again completed the team’s scorers with a 77th place finish.

The combined total of 156 saw the team finish fourth behind Notts AC and Leicestershire-based big-hitters Owls AC and Charnwood AC.

Tim Robinson rounded off the men’s efforts with a 109th placed-finish in 42:21.

In the opening race of the day, Jack Saxton and Milly Newton took part in the combined U13 boys and U15 girls 3k event.

Despite an early fall, Saxton (14:42) managed to compose himself and rally to an eighth placed-finish while Newton (15:15) maintained her consistency in North Midlands XC League fixtures with a 6th placed-finish in the girls standings.

Danielle Smith finished 14th in the U13 girls’ event whilst three juniors lined up for Heanor RC in the U11 combined event. Lily Winfield crossed the line 2nd girl and 11th overall in the 2k event with Phoebe Winfield and Cara Hughes rounding off the youngsters’ efforts with 44th and 45th placed-finishes respectively.

The final North Midlands Cross Country League fixture will take place at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire on Saturday, January 12.