Grand Prix 2021

We’re sorry to announce that we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Grand Prix for 2021. Right now, there is just far too much uncertainty for us to embark on the huge organisational effort that goes into putting on a Grand Prix without knowing for certain whether it will be able to take place or what we would have to put in place to make it happen in a safe environment.

We’re planning to put on a 10K at Holme Pierrepont on Thursday 5th August at 5pm. Watch this space for further details.

We’re crossing our fingers that we’ll be back with a Grand Prix in 2022.

Annual Club Awards

Usually at this time of year we’d be gathering somewhere for our annual dinner and presenting awards for the previous year. This year is different of course, but our Chairman Jogger and our ladies and mens captains have put together some virtual awards on our Facebook page and there are full write-ups in this month’s edition of Running Free.

Congratulations to our award winners:

Chair’s Trophy – Anna Gray, Hannah Sampson and Lauren Johnson (the Covid Committee)
Men’s Captain’s Trophy – Eddy George
Ladies Captain’s Trophy – Lisa Chan

Despite this year’s restrictions, we’ve still been able to keep going as a club and we’re looking forward to better times.

Club Nights Suspended

Following the Government’s announcement that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will enter tier 4 restrictions from midnight on 30th December 2020, all Monday night club runs and Tuesday track sessions are cancelled until the restrictions ease. 

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of club nights throughout the pandemic, and we’ll be back running together soon! 👍

Please find the tier 4 rules for running from England Athletics here.

Grand Prix 2021 – Save the Dates

The world is an uncertain place at the moment but we’ve started planning for our 2021 Grand Prix series. We’ve set provisional dates as:

Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Thursday 24th June 2021
Tuesday 29th June 2021
Thursday 1st July 2021

We’ll be looking at venues and the logistics of putting on some sort of series, depending on the guidance at the time.

We’ll also be offering a refund guarantee if the series is cancelled, so you can enter with confidence. We may open entries a bit later than usual in the new year to see if things become clearer.

Watch this space for updates in the coming months.

Lake Handicap – And the Winner Is…

George Kujawinski.

The winner of the Lake Handicap is often a newcomer but this year’s series goes to someone who’s been with the club for many years. A close final race saw the top contenders finish within a few places of each other and George maintained his small lead to win the series with Paul Edwards second and Scott Smith just pipping Anna Critchley and Derek Rose for third.

The winner of the final race was newcomer Scott Barnes, way under his handicap time, followed by John Oldfield and Lisa Chan.

It’s been a strange old series, and the first without that essential ingredient of either having runners in front to chase or, worse still, the sound of a pack approaching from behind. But that lung-bursting feeling has still been the same and we’ve at least managed to make a series in the absence of other racing.

Let’s hope we’re back next year for the usual one-lap madness.

Race 3 and series results

Virtual Lake Handicap 2 Results

Final results are published now. The winner was Christopher Dancer, well over 4 minutes up on his handicap time, followed by Sarah Drew then Chris Jekiel.

Kudos also to Dan Bagley who recorded a sub-15 minute lap, which we believe is the first by a club member. Unfortunately times in virtual races don’t count for records purposes but this is a remarkable achievement.

After two races, it’s tight at the top, with George Kujawinski leading by just 4 points from Paul Edwards, with a bigger gap down to Richard Jones and Anna Critchley.

We don’t know yet whether it will be possible to hold the final race in the usual way or whether it will be another virtual race. The committee will be making a decision in early September based on the latest advice at that point.

Race 2 results and current standings