Race 3 saw the DRC mafia descend on local race the Staves Sponsored Dronfield Town 10k for another DRC takeover, with perfect conditions ahead it would prove to be a great day out for the DRC that would see 5 out of 6 podium positions filled by DRC members (room for improvement I would say!)
After the fun run kicked off the 10k was ago with no one really sure who should go first, but up stepped Ian Sapsford to nobly take charge and lead us out of the ground and on to the first climb.
In Division 1, it was always going to be close as 7 DRC’ers battled it out for the top 10 positions, through 5k it was a tight pack, but it wasn’t until the Hundall descent that things started to take shape.
Robert Bishop got the better of a snotty Joe Howard to pull ahead and hold on to the well-deserved victory despite a late fightback from Joe who got within a second of Rob.
Matthew Payne came in shortly after to complete the podium places. Hannah Walker continued her recent podium streak to this time claim fastest female and 6th overall on the day, with an excellent run on a challenging course. Closely followed by Throssell, Tom Baggaley, and David Marley, all putting in strong races to complete the top 10 and pick up good points and highlight a great DRC showing. After 3 races it is Tom Throssell sitting pretty at the top of the league, with Walker and Robinson close behind.
League 2 saw some so far absent contenders take to the field with Carl Padley and Adam Connelly kicking off their campaigns targeting big points tallies, Padley collecting all 20 closely followed by Adam with 19 who is getting back into races and will no doubt be causing problems in later races. However, it is Collete still out in front scoring well over the first 3 races who set the pace, with Ian Sapsford and David Johnston-Keay running well and making up some ground on the top spot to keep things pretty tight at the top of 2.
Oli Constable put the camera down to score well and collect 18 pts finishing on top of a close cluster of DRC runners fighting it out to cross the line for vital points.
League 3 was much quieter this time around following a great showing in the Sheffield Half. Karen Read joined the party with her first race picking up a healthy 18 pts, but it is Simon Wood who picks up yet another 20 pts, 3 race victories from 3 for Simon.
It won’t all be his own way though as Paul Robbins looks to close the gap with a fine run and keep the pressure on. Sarah Sanderson also running very nicely and picking up points to complete league 3’s runners.
4 saw some brilliant performances from the runners but the points and indeed the Performance of the day goes to Aimee Carrack who not only bagged a massive 6 minute pb but also grabbed 20 points to kick start her league campaign. Great to see Julie Birtles and Jana Miller getting off the mark too with some great race times.
Roger Hall also finishing in style, crossing the line, carrying on and hitting 10k on his watch, and crashing the photo just in time.
Next up is the NWITP 5k, the only 5k in the series, this will be sure to be an exciting event and bring out those 5k speed fiends.