Tomorrow’s cross country in Long Eaton has been cancelled due to the likely bad weather. It’s unclear if the fixture will be rearranged, an update will follow if a new date is announced.
In what must surely be a first for the club, we won both the mens and races at the Colwick Woods cross country and the men achieved a clean sweep of the top three places – take a bow winners Oliver Matharu and Natalie Hoffman, and our other podium-placed men, Craig Taylor and Eddy George.
The results leave our senior men in a commanding position in the series with three wins out of three and our vet ladies in almost as strong a position, needing just a second place next week to seal the title. Our vet men need another win to be sure of the title, while the senior ladies are going to need a win and other results to go their way to get the win.
The series concludes next Sunday, 9th February at West Park, Long Eaton.
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Patti Cranton, who has now matched husband Wayne’s two victories. Patti won her second trophy by finishing just 9 seconds away from her handicap time with Naomi Mcarthur second and Paul Wade and Michael Miller tying for third. Her first win came in 2010.
Wayne of course got the second of his victories just last year – cue cheesy trophy handover photo.
We proved on Sunday that we’re a club of mudlarks if nothing else, taking three of the top 4 places in the men’s race and two of the top 10 in the ladies, on the way to sweeping to victory in three of the four senior and vets categories, our ladies vets taking a second place. Oli Matharu led the men’s field home followed by Phil Nind and Hannah Sampson took second in the ladies race.
That’s left us in good shape for the series, as we now lead the senior men’s category and are tied at the top in the vet men’s, senior ladies and vet ladies. So there’s all to play for when we resume in February.
For the first time any of us can remember, we had winners in both the mens and womens races at the first race of the East Mids series at Bramcote. Take a bow, Oliver Matharu and Claire Lewis. They were backed up by strong performances all through the field so our senior men and vet ladies took a win and our vet men and senior ladies a second place. Our B teams are handily placed too, so there’s going to be all to play for in this year’s series which is packed into the next few weeks.
There’s no let up in the action, as the next race is next Sunday which we’re hosting at Holme Pierrepont. As ever, if you can’t run and are able to marshal, please help out on the course.
Entries for the 2020 Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix are now open.
This year’s series features a new 5 mile course at Nottingham University, the familiar 4 miles at Rushcliffe Country Park and the fast and flat 5K on the Victoria Embankment and the 10K to finish the series at Holme Pierrepont.
We’ll be supporting the Cerebral Palsy Charity.
Thanks to all of you who came along for a festive bash around Holme Pierrepont, we had a fantastic turnout of 41 teams. The winners were the Flying Foxes from just over the border, led out and anchored by former Grand Prix winners. Perhaps we might just do it again next year.
Final results added 1st January 2020.
It was victory again to the ladies in the annual challenge against the V50 men last night. A last-minute change to the course was needed due to an accident on Radcliffe Road, so it was run over a roughly 2 mile out and back this year. Well done to everyone for getting the race on. It also gave us a chance to test our new chip timing system which we’re hoping to introduce to the Grand Prix next year.
There wasn’t much in it, with the ladies winning by 21 seconds.
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.