Heanor take team honours

HEANOR Running Club dominated the latest Booth Decorators League cross country with team victories in both the male, female and combined standings for the second consecutive fixture.

Hosted by Chesapeake Running Club at Chaddesden Park, Derby, Chris Rainsford led the team home as the individual race winner to complete another clean sweep in the team stakes and to continue the charge towards another BDL title.

The Chaddesden Park course followed the same two-lap, four mile route as previous years and tested the runners once again with mud, steep brooks and logs to hurdle.

Following a two minute silence before the race to mark Remembrance Sunday, Chris and Joe Rainsford soon settled into a lead group of three as they eased away from the rest of the field.

Coming out of the first run through the brook in first place, Chris Rainsford stretched his legs on the following lap to gradually pull away and build an unassailable lead.

Successfully negotiating the brooks and the logs for a second time, Rainsford eventually won out by nineteen seconds to finish first in 22:35.

Struggling with the effects of a cold, Joe Rainsford (23:04) managed to battle on to a fourth place finish.

Packing well and backing up the Rainsford brothers for Heanor RC were Ashley Deeming (24:22), Darren Ridout (24:47), Steve Ashmoore (24:51) and Paul Clarke (25:04) who, together with final team scorer Tony Weatherson (26:23) in 24th, managed to secure the lowest combined points tally and best BDL team score in recent memory.

Heanor RC women followed suit with a decisive victory in the team stakes despite the absence of a couple of leading performers. The first woman back for Heanor RC was the returning Glenda Alton (28:55), who put in a sterling sprint finish to finish 67th overall as just five seconds separated the seven athletes in and around her.

Not far behind, Wendy Mullineux (29:38) and Yvonne Hobday (29:49) enjoyed a close tussle to complete the team scoring, finishing 76th and 79th respectively.

A 22-strong team turned up for the fixture with other notable performances for Heanor RC coming from Josh Housley, who improved by a margin of twenty-two positions on the previous fixture at Shipley Park to finish 29th, Glenn Salkeld and Steve Wardle, separated by a mere second at the finish in 86th and 87th respectively, and Laura Harvey (30:42), who took a massive four minutes off her previous years time on the same course.

The third BDL fixture sees the team travel to Trent Meadows, Long Eaton on Sunday, December 4 as they look to continue their impressive league form.