The dates for the 2019 Parkrun Challenge have been published. After an amazing turnout of 57 runners at the first race at Rushcliffe, the next race is on 9th February at Bestwood Village. There are some tweaks to the rules this year, and there are bonus points for running more races. The full list and rules are here.
Oliver Matharu took a win and Gabrielle Caveney a second place at Colwick Woods as our senior and vet ladies and vet men consolidated their places at the top of their standings. With just once race to go at West Park Long Eaton on 17th February, we’re in a strong position to take some trophies. One last push!
Congratulations to Wayne Cranton, winner of this year’s Cliffs Handicap just two seconds outside his handicap time, a mere 22 years since his first victory. There are not too many of us around who remember that, and the only other runner in today’s race who ran in that same race was a certain… Patti Cranton. However, Christine Bland was out on the course marshaling today and you will see some familiar names in the results, which have recently been retrieved from the Running Free archives. Back in those days the winner was decided simply by fastest run against a handicap time.
We had another very successful day in the East Mids league at our Holme Pierrepont race. Our senior and vet ladies and vet men all scored wins and we turned out over 50 runners. As ever, we supplied plenty of encouraging marshals, so thanks to all of you as well.
We had an excellent day at the first East Mids cross country race at Bramcote. In lovely conditions, our senior and vet men and our vet ladies all scored a win on this challenging course and lead their respective series.
There’s no let-up in the action, as the next race is our own at the Water Sports Centre next Sunday, 13th January. So let’s have another great turnout and if you’re not running, please help out with the marshaling.
In the absence of many road races, January is the month for cross country and we have a host of races, big and small, for you including some double header weekends.
We start with the Notts AAA championships on 5th January – you need to have entered by 7th December for this. We then kick off the East Mids league on Sunday 6th. The East Mids league is similar to the summer league in size, with clubs from the local area and courses around 3 miles for the ladies and 5-6 for the men. We have another double header weekend on 12th and 13th January, with the final North Mids on the Saturday at Wollaton and our own race at the Water Sports Centre on the Sunday – please help out with marshalling if you’re not running. The final cross country of the month is the Midlands champs at Leamington Spa on Saturday 26th, leaving you just enough time to get back for the Annual Dinner!
Hope everyone had a great night for our Christmas bash. The first order of business was of course the annual Ladies versus V50+ men challenge. Victory went again went to the ladies, and by a comfortable margin. Here are the full results.
The annual winter treat of running up and down Selby Rd counting lampposts will return on Thursday 25th October.
This year to ensure HP Reception doesn’t look like an off-putting ghost town we’ve adjusted the times a little. We will be leaving reception at 7pm for a gentle warm up jog to Selby Rd. This should allow more members time to join in the jog as well as giving anyone new on a Thursday a better idea of the usual turnout. This means that anyone who must go straight to Selby Rd should aim to be there for 7.25pm.
As the winter goes on I’ll keep my eye on the number of reps we’re doing so that we don’t finish too late. If you are new to the club these sessions are structured so all abilities can take part so don’t worry about being too slow and it’s impossible for you to be too fast. Running short reps at speed, or interval training, particularly uphill has been proven to have positive benefits for your speed when racing etc. There’s no need to come every week but the more often you come the greater improvement you should see.
The mechanics of how the sessions work are explained at the start of each one so you can join in any week but essentially if you can run at all and count to 6 you’ve all the skills required. If you don’t want to join in with us there will always be “normal” group runs leaving HP at 7pm.
The next North Mids cross country race is at Wicksteed Park, Kettering. It’s on Barton Road and the post code is NN15 6NJ. We had a fine turnout for the first race and are currently sitting second in the womens vets and fifth in the mens vets. It’s the furthest race on the calendar, but let’s keep our great start to the season going. This race is free to members and we encourage runners of all abilities to take part.