The dates for the 2019 Parkrun Challenge have been published. After an amazing turnout of 57 runners at the first race at Rushcliffe, the next race is on 9th February at Bestwood Village. There are some tweaks to the rules this year, and there are bonus points for running more races. The full list and rules are here.
Oliver Matharu took a win and Gabrielle Caveney a second place at Colwick Woods as our senior and vet ladies and vet men consolidated their places at the top of their standings. With just once race to go at West Park Long Eaton on 17th February, we’re in a strong position to take some trophies. One last push!
Congratulations to Wayne Cranton, winner of this year’s Cliffs Handicap just two seconds outside his handicap time, a mere 22 years since his first victory. There are not too many of us around who remember that, and the only other runner in today’s race who ran in that same race was a certain… Patti Cranton. However, Christine Bland was out on the course marshaling today and you will see some familiar names in the results, which have recently been retrieved from the Running Free archives. Back in those days the winner was decided simply by fastest run against a handicap time.
We had another very successful day in the East Mids league at our Holme Pierrepont race. Our senior and vet ladies and vet men all scored wins and we turned out over 50 runners. As ever, we supplied plenty of encouraging marshals, so thanks to all of you as well.
We had an excellent day at the first East Mids cross country race at Bramcote. In lovely conditions, our senior and vet men and our vet ladies all scored a win on this challenging course and lead their respective series.
There’s no let-up in the action, as the next race is our own at the Water Sports Centre next Sunday, 13th January. So let’s have another great turnout and if you’re not running, please help out with the marshaling.
In the absence of many road races, January is the month for cross country and we have a host of races, big and small, for you including some double header weekends.
We start with the Notts AAA championships on 5th January – you need to have entered by 7th December for this. We then kick off the East Mids league on Sunday 6th. The East Mids league is similar to the summer league in size, with clubs from the local area and courses around 3 miles for the ladies and 5-6 for the men. We have another double header weekend on 12th and 13th January, with the final North Mids on the Saturday at Wollaton and our own race at the Water Sports Centre on the Sunday – please help out with marshalling if you’re not running. The final cross country of the month is the Midlands champs at Leamington Spa on Saturday 26th, leaving you just enough time to get back for the Annual Dinner!
See the Cross Country page for more details.
Hope everyone had a great night for our Christmas bash. The first order of business was of course the annual Ladies versus V50+ men challenge. Victory went again went to the ladies, and by a comfortable margin. Here are the full results.
The awards for 2018 were made only last night but the 2019 season is already underway. More than 70 HPRC members completed the Turkey Trot last Sunday to get the new season off to a flying start. It already looks like many of the age groups will be just as competitive as last year. Don’t forget that if you want your result to count from any certified distance road race (5M, 10km, 10M, HM or M) then it must be in Running Free. Use the button at the bottom of this page to enter it.
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.