Running Club

​​James in action in the 2020 National XC Championships.

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James taking an early bath in the River Dove whilst in the lead in the 1992 Dovedale Dash. He didn't win that year but he did win the Dash twice in 1990 and 1997.

Rolls-Royce Harriers Gillian Whiteside
RR Harriers Gillian Whiteside

Doesn't Like

  • Running in the heat

Greatest Achievements

  • Apart from having my 2 daughters in August 1995 and June 1999, completing the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2007 and the London Marathon in April 2017.

​Favourite Shoe

  • Nike (anything)

Favourite food

  • Porridge - you can take the girl out of Scotland.......

Favourite running route

  • Anywhere around Little Eaton

Favourite thing about being in the Harriers

  • The friendships I have made over the years
  •  The support given to me as I finish a race (from the Harriers who have already finished)

​People should contact me

  • To find out more about the club run on Wednesday nights

​​Contact Gillian by clicking here

History

I joined the Harriers in August 2003 to allow me to compete in my first running only race – the Masters Relay (at the back of Moorways).  This was followed by my first Club Track Race in September 2003 – the 1500m.  I did my first Cross Country Race in October 2003 and then went on to do almost every race distance that Season building up to the Newark Half Marathon in August 2004, which took place on the hottest day of the year – unfortunately, that was nearly the end of me and, as I staggered over the finish line in a rubbish time, I did say “never again”..........  I continued to train and race regularly and was delighted to complete the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2007, when I was 40.

Likes

  • Rain
  • Mud
  • Amanda Carter’s home-baking at the end of the Cross Country Races

History

I ran for Derby and County AC first claim for many years competing in all varieties of running; cross-country, road, track, fell. I held the position of club captain for a number of years in the 1990’s. I was second claim for the Harriers at the time but switched to first claim in 2017.

I’ve always run. My first race was the ‘round the playground race at Lawn school’. I came third. I enjoyed the competition and the feel-good factor from the exertion. I was also better at running than school work! I joined Derby AC in 1977 and competed in all the various leagues and relays that Derby entered. I did start picking up injuries as I approached 40 and dabbled with triathlon. I am also a fully accredited track cyclist.

I have done a number of longer events such as the 4 Inns, Masters Hike, KIMM (mountain marathon) and have completed the Bob Graham Round.

I do still enjoy all forms of competition and I’ve still got a few years left in my old legs 😊

Likes

The buzz from competition. Team events such as relays when we all support each other.

Doesn't Like

Getting old and becoming injury prone.

Greatest Achievements

The race I live off is the 1993 National XC at Parliament Hill when I beat Steve Cram by 1 place. Also winning the Dovedale Dash twice (not the year I tried to swim the Dove, see photo).

​Favourite Shoe

Salomon Speedcross

Favourite food

Curries, Kebabs, Pizza.

Favourite running route

So many….I love runs from Edale. My ‘go to’ Sunday morning run goes out through Kings Newton, Melbourne, Staunton Harald, Calke Abbey and back through Ingleby.

Favourite thing about being in the Harriers

The chance to mix with like minded people and to get involved with various running experiences (Cross country, road, Epics). Banter before and after races. 

​People should contact me

  • To talk about anything running related.
  • Ideas for RR Harriers to have a go at.
  • To buy me a pint 😊




James Ward - Male Captain

Gillian Whiteside - Female Captain

Meet the Rolls-Royce Harriers Club Captains.....

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