STAPHORST – The 16th edition of the Zwarte Dennen Cross resulted in no fewer than 5 course records. Despite the fact that the temperature was near freezing, more than 500 runners still came to the race area in the Stavhurst state forests. Speaker Roel Poolman from Bos Bedden Loopgroep AG ’85 briefed the audience on the course of the competition and encouraged participants to achieve unprecedented performance.
Three talented athletes have chosen the 5K Zwarte Dennen Cross in preparation for the NK Cross which will be organized in Tilburg next weekend. 17-year-old Nils Larosse from Oosterhout became the European Under-18 Champion this year in both the 1500 and 3000 metres. 20-year-old Robin van Riel from Tilburg has already become the champion of the Netherlands in the indoor 1500m (in 2020 and 2021). His younger brother Riek van Riel became a two-year Dutch U20 champion in the 800m last year and second at the European U20 Championships in the 1500m. This trio was still conservative during the early part of the race, so regional caps like William van Eeken (ACO van Elderen) and Nunspeet’s Maarten Vierhout could follow suit. Halfway through, the trio unlocked the throttle, leaving the rest dumbfounded. Nils Larousse finished in 15.49 minutes. He beat Nick Marsman’s track record by two seconds. Right behind him, Robin won the sprint from Rick Van Riel. Both set a time of 15.52.
Among the women, Zwolle’s Aline Kotstra was for foure times faster. ACO van Elderen improved her track record by 14 seconds to 18.05. Her clubmate Nora Asink of Bergentheim was second, with a time of 19.30. AV Heerenveen member Amelander Kyra Brouwer finished third with a time of 20.11.
Also over the 10km there were very fast guys at the start. Job IJtsma from Groningen and running for Groningen Athletics was by far the strongest. Hougefener broke Tom Hendricksi’s track record by 32 seconds to 30.44. Tuk and Start ’78 member Eric Boulding finished second in a time of 33.29. Third place was taken by Martijn Dijkstra from Hardenberg. The Spurt ’88 athlete set a time of 35.42. With the women, Witharen’s Yvonne Meijer showed she made a full comeback after an injury. ACO van Elderen was fastest, with a time of 40.52. Corien Jansen of AV De Sprinter finished second. Nijeveen clocked a time of 42.44. Third place was taken by Rachel Snyder from Haxburgen. De Gemzen athlete finished in 43.13.
Young people can also participate in competitions. Children up to 7 years old ran a race over 900 metres. Ruinerwold’s Noud Duiven was the fastest. He won with a time of 3:54. Of the girls, Yara Smit from Staphorst crossed the line first. I did that on 4.11.
Children between the ages of 8 and 15 ran a 1,250-metre course. Among the boys aged between 8 and 9, AV Rijssen’s Noud Overbeek was the first to cross the line. He ran 4.54. Sarah Slappbekorn was the fastest of the girls with 5.08. Chris Nijsink from Riesen was the fastest of the 10- and 12-year-olds. Came at 4:10. His fellow townswoman Sophie Willems was the first girl in this age group with a time of 4.28. She improved her scholastic score by two seconds. In the 13- to 15-year-olds, Lars Hansmann from Kampen was the first of the boys. He set a time of 4.00, breaking Runar Slinkman’s record by one second. Nora Keijzer from Heerenveen was the first of the girls. The clock stopped after 4:46.
Boss Bedden Loopgroep AG ’85 can take a look at a successful release. Many volunteers have been involved to make sure everything runs smoothly. Many thanks also to the sponsors and of course Boswachterij Staphorst. A portion of the proceeds is reserved for refurbishing the Jungle Experience Trail. In addition, participants can donate an amount during online registration. The total amount will be announced soon.
The Zwarte Dennen Cross was the second competition of the Vechtdal Cross after the Lemelerbergloop. Next race is Zandstuve Bosloop in Vroomshoop on 01-14-2023. This will be followed by the ACO van Elderen Crossloop in Ommen on 04-03-2023 and the Oldemeijer Cross in Hardenberg on 03-18-2023.