Peel Road Runners Mens & Womens Cross Country Teams both had a successful end to their first season in the Derby Staffs Winter League 1.
The Womens XC Team finished in 2nd place overall, just 2pts behind the winners Lichfield whilst the Mens XC Team finished in 3rd place overall. The combined team results show Peel Road Runners finishing in 2nd place.
The final race in the season was held at Sinai Park, Burton On Trent on the 25th February and the weather conditions on the day were ideal for cross country running – cold but dry.
In the mens race it was Robbie Baden who came out tops for the Peelers finishing in 2nd place overall with his superb time of 34:18mins. Martin Hollamby came home in 9th place overall with his time of 37:32mins ahead of Simon Smith (20th position) with his time of 41:24mins. Also running for the Peelers men were Darren O’Leary (26th) with his time of 42:26mins, Trevor Thompson (30th) with 43:53mins, Malcolm Bembridge (31st) with 44:11mins, Darren Truman (36th) with 45:38mins, Stuart Hatton (39th) with 47:38mins, Craig Strong (40th) with 48:04mins and George Hope (44th) with 51:35mins.
For the Peel Women it was Emma Pick once again who dominated the field with a fantastic 1st place finish with her time of 40:50mins – a good 3 ½ minutes ahead of the second place finisher. The second female Peeler home was Team Captain Sandra Ingram with her time of 56:51mins (29th place), just ahead of Val Lawson (30th) with her time of 57:24mins. Helen Manton was the next finisher with 1:02:44hrs (33rd).
The team results for the day had Peel Men in 3rd place and Peel Women in 5th place with the Combined Team in 2nd place overall.
Congratulations to all those members who participated in the seasons races whether as runners, volunteer Marshalls or cake bakers.
Robert Donovan & Michael Shelton were enjoying the winter sunshine whilst running the Belvoir Challenge on Saturday 24th February. Michael completed his 26.2miles in a time of 4:46:19hrs whilst Bob’s finishing time on the day was 7:27:08hrs. The following weekend Bob travelled down to London to run in the Dorney Lake Marathon in Windsor. In similar running conditions to the previous week Bob’s finishing time was 5:23:40hrs.
The recent winter weather has played havoc with the weekly Parkrun events over the last few weeks but that hasn’t stopped the hardy Peelers venturing out for their weekly 5k runs over the last few weeks.
On Saturday 24th February Tricia & Richie Bunn ran at the Moors Valley Parkrun down in Dorset and finished with times of 24:04mins & 24:49mins respectively.
Robert Hirst & Michael Stevenson travelled to Bedworth for their Parkrun and finished the 5k route in times of 26:40mins & 28:34mins respectively.
At Kingsbury it was Darren O’Leary who lead the Peelers home with his time of 21:28mins ahead of George Hope 24:09mins, Martin Hollamby 24:25mins, Stella Martin 26:30mins and Tim Mudd 27:16mins.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Jo Insley was enduring much warmer running conditions at the Cottesloe Parkrun in Western Australia when she ran a 30:57mins 5k only hours after flying halfway around the globe. And on Saturday 3rd March Jo was out running at the Carine Glades Parkrun, Australia and improved her southern hemisphere 5k time to 28:33mins.
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome in Tamworth.
New members are always welcome.