News

Club Champs close soon

John Oldfield writes – The Club Championships close on Sunday week, December 2nd. Any certified races up to and including that date are counted. Age groups this year are SW, SM, then 35, 45, 55, 65, 75. To be included, your result must be in Running Free (via the Google sheet). I’ll take results from the sheet up to close of play on the 5th.

Hill Sessions are Back

Pete Savage writes…

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.

North Mids at Kettering 10th November

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.

More details on the North Mids league.

Cross Country Season Starts 13th October

The cross country season is almost upon us, with the first race of the North Midlands league at Markeaton Park on Saturday  13th October. This race is free for members and everyone is invited to race. The women race over 6K at 1.50 and the men over 10K at 2.20. The East Mids is likely to start in December this year, we’ll post the dates as soon as we have them.

You can find out more on the Cross Country page.

 

Bramley Apple Challenge 13th September

The annual Bramley Apple Challenge against our friends at NOTFAST, Newark Striders and Southwell is scheduled to take place at 6pm on Thursday 13th September at Caythorpe Cricket Club. The early start is to ensure that runners are finishing in good light.

HPRC are the current holders of the Bramley Apple Challenge trophy so we’d like as many members as possible to join us and held us retain it!

Club Championships Update

The club championships are now two-thirds of the way through, with some brilliant performances added since the April update, particularly in the half marathon, 10km and 10 miles competitions. Remember that the championships year closes on December 2nd, so Turkey Trot successes will go into the 2019 championships.  You can view the latest positions, with all qualifying results up to the end of August, here:

August update

Tony Barry

We’re very sad to hear of the death of Tony Barry. Tony’s funeral will be taking place at 12:40pm on Friday 17th August at Wilford Hill Crematorium.

His friend William Scott has written this obituary which is published in this month’s Running Free.

Tony Barry 1942-2018

Although of Irish ancestry, Tony was a Nottingham lad through and through and a regular attendee at Notts County matches. Tony started running in his late 30s and over the years ran over 100 full marathons. He was one of the early members of Holme Pierrepont Running Club, joining in the 1980s, and is possibly best remembered amongst older members for the Bruges trips he organised.

In more recent years, he took to long distance running, completing, amongst other things: John O’Groats to Lands End; Wainwright’s Coast to Coast; The Lyke Wake Walk; the British 3 Peaks and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

Tony was a man of huge generosity. If anyone needed help, he was always there. Many of us will be forever grateful for the help he has given us.

Two years ago, he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, which brought an end to his running, but he loved to keep contact with the running club, attending the annual dinner and the Christmas Squares night. Many members will have seen him at the late entries desk at the Grand Prix and handing out numbers at the Lake Handicap. He was thrilled to be able to join the Club photo just two weeks ago.

He was my best friend and will be missed by many, including the HPRC “Old Codgers” lunch group.

Tony was devoted to his family and our sympathies and condolences go out to them, especially his widow Mary.

William Scott

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As a post script to William’s obituary, Tony also ran the Pennine Way solo in 2002 to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. This is the Running Free article he wrote about it.

Summer League Final Results are in!

We’ve had yet another smashing success this Summer League season with medals and trophies galore won by our amazing ladies and gents! Gold went to our Senior and Vet Men’s teams and our Women’s teams won the silver in both Senior and Vet categories,

Individual medal winners:

Category Name Medal
Master 35-44 (M) Alex Loach Bronze
Master 35-44 (W ) Claire Goodman Bronze
Ladies Open Chrstine Heaton Bronze
Master 45-54 (W ) Christine Heaton Gold
Master 45-54 (W ) Ruth Brandon Silver
Master 65-75 (W ) Chrstine Oldfield Silver

Full results can be found here.

A big thank you to everyone that came and ran, cheered and/or supported the races this year as without you putting in the hard effort we wouldn’t have been able to achieve these fantastic results! Also a huge cheer needs to go to Jean and Jogger for being the amazing captains they are! 😊

Now that the Summer League races are over, don’t think that we can rest on our laurels as XC is just around the corner – bring on the Freddos!

Improvers Course

Are you looking to run further than 5k? If you are, then our “5-10k; the easy way” course starting in September might be of interest. This course is aimed primarily at non-club members.
This is a six-week course designed specifically to help those who can already run 5km (e.g. a parkrun) in 30-35 minutes and want to extend their distance to 10km. An experienced set of run leaders will lead small groups, gradually increasing the distance each week, with a 10km, timed run on the final week. Both male and female leaders will be there each week, so there’s no need to be shy. The group size will be around 20, split into smaller groups of 3 to 5, each with its own run leader. We expect to be in daylight each week, so routes will vary. Some will be on roads, some on riverside tracks or a mixture of the two. Our group of friendly leaders are all trained, experienced runners so there are eager to help you achieve your goals. AND IT’S FREE!