From our own Steve Tupholme, Notts AAA Road Running Committee Chairman and Secretary:
We’re planning to hold our AGM via Zoom at 8.15 on Thursday 18th June. Save the date, more details will be sent out in Running Free next month and via email.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we’ve had to take the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Grand Prix this year. We know you’ll all understand that with all the uncertainty that this brings, we really had no option. We’ll be in touch with those who’ve entered already to provide refunds.
We hope we’ll be able to put on some races later in the year when the situation improves and we’ll be thinking about that over the next few months.
Stay safe in these difficult times and we’ll hope to see you all running with us again sometime soon.
Following the announcement about the next stage in the government’s Covid-19 response, all HPRC group activities – including the club and track nights – are suspended until further notice.
England Athletics have also advised that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of May.
EA’s latest updates can be accessed any time using www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus
Notts AAA Summer League Race #1 at Hexgreave has been cancelled.
The Grand Prix has now been cancelled, we’ll review events as guidance changes and as they approach in the calendar.
Further updates will appear on the club Facebook page and in future e-mails.
As expected, it hasn’t been possible to reschedule the Long Eaton race, so the East Mids series is over after 3 races. As last year, we’ve managed to land three of the four main trophies, with wins in the senior and vets mens and vet ladies categories.
We’ve had some fantastic results along the way, so thanks to all of you who turned out, whether you were at the top of the tables or a bit further down, the East Mids is a great series to take part in.
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.
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.