On Tuesday the 9th of April 2019, Rd 1 of this seasons BDL Summer Series took place at the Teversal Trails. The race took place over a distance of 4.6 miles on flat, well surfaced trail paths on a dry, fine but cool Spring evening.
Last season saw the number of runners take part in this series grow, and it looks very much like that trend is set to continue this year as nearly 440 runners took to the start line for Rd 1. An incredible 47 athletes from KADS lined up, we were quietly optimistic we would get 35 or thereabouts for this race so 47 is an astonishing response and is further proof of how much our club has grown in recent years.
Our runners were led home by Bruce Raeside, who finished in an excellent 5th place overall.
There were strong performances throughout the field by our athletes and all involved acquitted themselves well and were cheered home by our fantastic support team and their team mates who had finished before them. Notable performances from Neil Sumner, who finished in the top 100 on his club debut and our inspirational Secretary Michelle Chauhan who ran strongly despite having taken part in the Manchester Marathon only 3 days previously.
Special mention goes to Neil Sumner, Michael O’Brien, Claire Croll and Bev Barnes who all made their KADS racing debuts, well done folks, and welcome to the fun!
As always, we were cheered home and enthusiastically supported by our growing army of supporters, in fact, I believe our support team outnumbered some other clubs running teams!
A big thank you also to Claire Minoprio for helping with race admin, sorting 47 runners at the end of a race is quite a task, but it’s a lovely problem to have nonetheless.
The next round of the series takes place at The Pewit Golf Course, Ilkeston on Tuesday, 7th on May. Details to follow.
Yours in Running