We have a new monthly club calendar for you to show what’s going on when this month. We’ll shortly find it a permanent home on the website but for now you can enjoy it just by reading the full blog post where you’ll find the link to it.
The wind blew!
It came from the east for once, but we had a good tailwind for this year’s Dream Mile and we had some great times. Fastest was RAC’s Marlon Dunkley, with Oliver Matharu the fastest HPRC runner and the only one to break 5 minutes.
|Marlon Dunkley (RAC)||04:39|
|Marc Scott (RAC)||04:42|
|Steve Dickens (RAC)||04:49|
|James Scott (RAC)||05:01|
|Graham Moffatt (RAC)||05:04|
|Colin JK Hallam||05:39|
We had a terrific turnout in near perfect conditions for the first lake handicap of the year. Congratulations to the winner, Joon Ho and to Christine Heaton who bettered her own V50 club record with a PB. See the results.
How are you faring in the 2018 HPRC Club Championships? Paid-up members are eligible to call themselves club champions over a range of distances from 5 miles to a full marathon each year. The current standings have been updated at the end of April. Don’t forget – you must be paid-up to qualify! Results are taken from the monthly summary in Running Free. If you think that I’ve missed one, please email me at email@example.com.
Well done to everyone who competed in our first long distance track championships. Several new and inaugural records were set.
Here are the results:
|25th March 2018, Bingham|
|5,000m – Heat 1 (sub-20 minutes)|
|Eddy George||17:29.1||Holme Pierrepont RC||SM|
|James Kirkwood||17:42.2||Holme Pierrepont RC||SM|
|Neil Cooper||18:51.1||Holme Pierrepont RC||SM|
|Alex Ferrari||19:48.7||Holme Pierrepont RC||M35|
|5,000m – Heat 2 (over 20 minutes)|
|David Hodson||20:21.9||Holme Pierrepont RC||M35|
|Geoff Pennington||20:44.3||Beeston AC||M50|
|Charlie Pearce||21:17.1||Beeston AC||M45|
|Mark Rowlson||22:40.3||Beeston AC||M50|
|Nigel Adcock||22:53.7||Beeston AC||M45|
|Chris Bexton||23:20.9||Beeston AC||W55|
|Stuart Brook||23:36.0||Holme Pierrepont RC||M65|
|Jackie Welburn||24:10.5||Beeston AC||W35|
|Katie Holmes||24:49.3||Holme Pierrepont RC||W50|
|Simon Heaton||25:34.1||Holme Pierrepont RC||M50||M50 5,000m inaurgual record|
|Peter Gale||26:51.2||Holme Pierrepont RC||M50|
|Friedel Plant||27:25.1||Holme Pierrepont RC||W70||W70 5,000m record|
|Matt Grainge||37:32.9||Holme Pierrepont RC||M40||M40 10,000m inaugural record|
|Will Meredith||37:58.8||Holme Pierrepont RC||M40|
|William Scott||70:49.2||Holme Pierrepont RC||M70||M70 10,000m inaugural record|
We finished the cross country season with an impressive haul of East Mids trophies. Our vet men and ladies earned a clean sweep, not only winning their series but coming second and third as well. It’s a testament not only to our fastest runners turning out but to everyone else who filled the other places. It shows our fantastic strength in depth.
On Saturday the HPRC parkrun challenge descended upon Melton Mowbray, with an impressive 23 members making the trip. The reigning challenge king Alex Loach was first across the line in 18:05, with Christine Heaton (79.71%) and Julie McGeorge (77.78%) the highest age gradings.
Sunday was the final fixture of the East Midlands cross country league. As has been the case throughout the series, HPRC were well represented and were rewarded with victories in team categories for Senior Men’s C, Senior Ladies B, Vets Men’s A, B & C and Vet Ladies A, B & C.
Cross country of a different sort saw a few club members in the Peak District for the Wildest Peaks Trail Races, which feature either a 10.6km or 25.6km route. HPRC’s Wayne McAneaney was the winner of the Short race.
This weekend sees one of the biggest events in the calendar, with the English National Cross Country Championships at the iconic Parliament Hill venue. HPRC’s men’s and women’s teams will be amongst the record 9472 runners entered in the event this year.
There’s also a muddy challenge closer to home on Saturday, with the 15 or 26 miles of The Belvoir Challenge. With some of the most well-stocked bounteous checkpoints of any race, it’s “arguably the only event of its nature where entrants can put weight on“.
For those racing the clock, it’s also the Carsington Water 10K & Half Marathon and the East Midlands 10K, the latter at NWSC where “runners will take in the breathtaking views around this facility completing 2 x 5km laps of the regatta lake“!
Despite the rearranged mid-February date, HPRC were out in force at the traditional end of year Keyworth Turkey Trot. A sensational run by Matt Nutt saw him take the win in club colours in a fantastic time of 1:15:27.
The club also won the men’s team prize (Matt Nutt, Matt Clapp & Sam Williams-Duncan) and the women’s team prize (Christine Heaton, Claire Hayes & Natalie Hoffman).
In addition, Christine won the Women’s 45-54 prize, whilst Kev Ford was first Male 60+.
Strong winds added to the challenge of a tough undulating course at the Stamford Striders Valentines 30K. The race is used by many as a training run for those building towards a Spring marathon, as was the case with race winner Aaron Scott who will be on the elite start at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April.
The club were well represented with three runners in the top 10, including a podium place for Craig Taylor in 3rd with a tremendous time of 1:48:56.
Looking ahead to this weekend, on Saturday the club’s parkrun challenge visits Melton Mowbray whilst on Sunday it’s the final race in the East Midlands Cross Country league at the permanently moist Trent Meadows bogfest. The positions in numerous categories are still up for grabs. These races are free for all club members, but you must wear your club vest.
On Sunday a handful of HPRC members tackled the Charnwood Hills Race, the only fell race in Leicestershire, often simply referred to as “The Bowline.”
On the roads, Stewart Gregory continued his excellent return from injury at the Chichester 10K, where the race finish includes a complete lap of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. This was one of three qualification races for the England Masters 10K team and, in a quality field, his 34:48 placed him 42nd overall, 2nd V50 and will mean he has the honour of wearing an England vest in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k in May.
The other two qualification races for the the England Age Group 10K are at Trafford and Lincoln. All the details are here.
Away from racing, it was the club’s annual off-road weekend in Castleton, with groups making use of the great location to explore the snowy Peaks.
Looking ahead, this weekend sees some big events in which HPRC will be well represented. On Sunday it’s both the inaugural Leicestershire Half Marathon at Prestwold and the 25th running of the Stamford Striders St Valentines 30K. Sunday also sees the rescheduled Keyworth Turkey Trot, which was cancelled in December due to poor weather. Let’s hope the prize turkeys are still edible and that the snow doesn’t strike twice!
As always, keep on eye on the race calendar for dates of upcoming events.