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.
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!
Congratulations to Joon Ho, winner of this year’s Lake Handicap series.
On an unusually still night, Victoria Thurlby made up just one place to stay in second and Clare Ablethorpe moved up to third. Suze Moore was first across the line and Oliver Matharu set the night’s fastest time with an excellent 15:40.
Race 3 and full series results
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:
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.
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.
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:
|Master 35-44 (M)
|Master 35-44 (W )
|Master 45-54 (W )
|Master 45-54 (W )
|Master 65-75 (W )
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!
Congratulations to Shaun Cross, first across the line on a humid, windy night that made for challenging conditions and unusually, almost half the field were outside their handicap time. It was tough out there. We even tempted the heavens to open briefly as we sat down for the club photo.
Results now updated with standings after 2 races.
The final race of the series is on 3rd September.
Race 2 results
The Summer League is back on Wednesday 11th June over one of the most scenic courses in the series through Sherwood Forest. Starting at Worksop College, it’s just under 5 miles mainly on road, with about a mile of track through the forest on the way back. We’re aware that there is another sporting event happening that night but just press the record button or head to the establishment of your choice for the second half!
We’ve had a terrific Grand Prix this year with some of the warmest races we’ve seen in years. Thanks to all of you who took part and to the very many HPRC members who made it happen. We hope to see you all back next year.
Congratulations to our series winners, Cameron Smith and Jamie Whittaker. Jamie also led home the victorious Erewash womens team and Formula One took the mens team prize.
Our series winners Jamie Whittaker and Cameron Smith