Sign up for the Shipley Park Relays

Heanor Running Club is now inviting teams to enter the Shipley Park Cross Country Relays on Saturday, September 14.

The 4x2 mile race was first held in 2010 and, after the relative success of the debut event, the club is hoping there’s renewed interest to make it a fixture worth keeping.

Unlike anything in the area, especially for the time of year, Heanor RC hopes the idea of a low-key cross country season-opener and pre-Regional 6 and 4-Stage Road Relays event appeals to clubs in the region.

Entries for the main event at 11am are open to senior and veteran teams of male and female athletes, with prizes going to category winners.

There will be a mixed category (maximum of two male athletes) for clubs fancying a crack at something different and awards will also be presented to the fastest individual legs of the day.

The course itself is an undulating one-lap, two-mile route starting and finishing at Shipley Hall Cricket Club and is a perfect mix of flat and hills, twists and straights. The layout is great for spectators, with impressive views of the whole route at the highest point.

The 3x2 mile junior event will precede the main event at 10.15am and is open to junior athletes aged between 11 and 15 on the day.

Race HQ will be at Shipley Hall Cricket Club, where there will be free car parking, toilet and changing facilities and refreshments available. Helen Wright will also be providing free pre- and post-race sports massage.

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Meanwhile, in recent racing news, five Heanor RC runners crossed the county border to the University of Nottingham for the 11th edition of the Jagermeister 10k, hosted by Formula One CC.

Tim Holling followed up his fastest leg at the ESG Masters Relays at Moorways last month with a cool top-ten finish in 35:56 as racing-machine Carl Hughes (40:51) equalled his third fastest time of the year over an undulating course to finish 35th.

Just 14 seconds separated Rose Leivers and Lizzie Poole at the Colin Potter 10k last month and the duo enjoyed another close battle here. Rose (47:35) narrowly beat Lizzie (47:43) once again to finish 11th female and 125th overall, with Lizzie finishing just eight seconds and four places behind.

Abbie Leivers completed the quintet’s efforts, finishing 196th out of 408 finishers in 51:35.

Further afield, Heanor’s Andy Basey took time out on his family holiday in France to record two consecutive personal best times over the half-marathon distance.

In the first race, Andy posted 1.22.50 then eight days later 1.21.51.

Meanwhile, Mark Powell posted 16.04 to win at the Braunstone Park Run.