Don’t you long for that post-Christmas blowout, a relay race in the freezing cold between Christmas and New Year? Well, we have the answer for you, the newly-relaunched Nottingham Christmas Relays. For those of us who’ve been around the Nottingham running scene for a few years, the old Christmas relays at Wollaton Park were the antidote to any Christmas overindulgence, a short relay of mixed teams on an undulating mainly off-road course. After an absence of a couple of years, HPRC have brought the Christmas Relays back at our home of the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont. We hope to see old friends and new for this new (old) event.
Courtesy of our records keeper Tom Davies, there’s an update to the club records to the end of October. There are updates to both mens and womens track records and to the mens road records. Among other things, it includes a massive 18 new records set at this year’s club track championships.
As the autumn leaves start falling, it’s a sure sign that the start of the hill sessions is upon us from this Thursday, 24th October at Selby Road. It’s best to be well warmed up for the session to avoid injury, so we recommend running out with the group from HP at 7pm. Otherwise, you can meet the group at Selby road for a 7.25 start.
The cross country season gets underway on Saturday 12th October with the first North Mids race at Markeaton Park, Derby. The women get underway at 1.50, with the men at 2.20. This is a race all club members can run free of charge, so let’s get the season off to a great start.
Congratulations to Marc Faulder, winner of this year’s Lake Handicap. Marc scored impressive second place finishes in the first two races of the series.
Unfortunately we had some problems with the start of the third race which meant that we couldn’t be sure of when quite a number of runners had started and therefore couldn’t provide a reliable set of results. So the series was decided by the first two races and Marc was declared the winner.
Starting on 2nd September, there will be a Monday night regular steady pace club run. This group will not have a set pace, but will run at the pace of the slowest in the group, so all abilities welcome (it will be a run though, not a run-walk). Each Monday, one or two members of the club will lead a run of between 4 and 5 miles depending on what the group want to do. Start and finish at NWSC, same as usual Monday night club runs. Just mention to the duty runner and they will point you to the right group.
We will trial this for 3-4 months to see if there is a demand, so if you are interested please do come along!
|02-Sep||Jo Chalmers||Ruth Coates|
|09-Sep||Katie Holmes||Jess Shanks|
|16-Sep||Helly Jeikel||Peter Gale|
|23-Sep||Ruth Coates||Sue Whitehead|
|30-Sep||Lauren Johnson||Christine Heaton|
|07-Oct||Richard Ranby||Chris Hill|
|21-Oct||Jo Chalmers||Sue Whitehead|
|28-Oct||Nigel and Karen Harrison||Christine Heaton|
Thanks to a great turnout at the final race at Teversal we managed to win three of the four categories in the series – a fantastic effort. We won the senior and vets mens categories and the senior womens, our womens vets claiming third.
On an individual level, Dan Bagley was third overall in the mens series and kudos also to Katie Holmes who was second in the V55 and Neil Cooper who was third in the V35. John Oldfield was the only V75 to complete the series and Christine Oldfield one of only two women to complete the series in the womens V65 category.
Full results are on the Notts AA website.
Our senior men and women both took another win at Worksop and hold healthy leads going into the final race at Teversal on 7th August. Our vets teams are both in very tight tussles for series victory. The men saw their series lead cut back dramatically by Mansfield to just 11 points, and the women have slipped narrowly into second place by a mere 6 points. So it’s all to play for, let’s make sure we get the best possible turnout at Teversal!
The Worksop results are now out on the Notts AAA website.
Massive congratulations to Ant Squire who became the latest member of the club to complete the Bob Graham Round. It’s a truly amazing achievement and Ant came in well under the 24 hours.
We’ve spent a few days running through the results again and checking video of the final race.
It can be a complicated process, so we should thank all those who’ve spent their many hours getting the results done in the first place and compiling the final set of results.
So here are the final results. The full set is on this year’s results page.