The winner of this year’s Lake Handicap series is selfie supremo Chris Jekiel who came from 7th place to take the title by a comfortable margin with an impressive 4th place on the night.
He beat previous series leader Mark Bidmead into second place.
The winner on the night was Sue Whitehead with Emma Moncrieff second and Christine Heaton third.
On a warm but for once still night almost three quarters of the field beat their handicap times and it was great to see so many faces, old and new, for the social afterwards. Roll on next year when we hope to have a full series of real races and some of us are going to have brutal handicap times. But still we come back for more…
Race 3 and full series results
It was great to be back for our first “real” Lake Handicap race in over a year on an unusually cool and still summer evening, which made for perfect conditions. First over the line was Imogen Richens, shortly followed by John Oldfield. Mark Bidmead’s third place took him into the lead in the series. It’s tight at the top, though, with Andy Morley and Rikki Lee just a few points back.
Race 2 results and series standings
In another very welcome sign of a return to some sort of normality, we’re able to put together a club fell race championship this year. All is of course subject to change but there is now a list of races a rules, with races running from late June to October.
The Fell Racing page has all the details and there’s an article in this month’s Running Free.
The Notts AAA Road Running Committee have had to take the difficult but entirely understandable decision to cancel this year’s summer league, given the uncertainty around any restrictions that might be in place.
Here’s hoping for a return to action in 2022!
Thanks to all of you who attended our virtual AGM and to Steve Eatherington who pulled all the strings technically to make it happen.
It’s great that despite not being able to meet and train together very much during the past year, we’re still thriving and so much is still going on thanks to so many enthusiastic people.
We elected a new committee and we welcome Lauren Johnson as Vice Chair, Hannah Matharu as Minutes Secretary and Dan Pickup as a general member.
We must thank Tom Davies who is standing down this year as he spends more time away – Tom has contributed a huge amount in recent years – Aimee Palace, who has given us three years as Minutes Secretary and John Partridge, who has stood down from the role of Publicity Officer after three years.
We’re still looking for someone to fill the Publicity Officer’s role, so if you think this could be you, contact us or speak to Jogger if you’re down on a club night.
Events Secretary’s Report
We’ve decided to run the first of this year’s Lake Handicap races as a virtual event due to Covid restrictions, but we’re hoping to have races in July and September as normal. You can run as many times as you like between Monday 3rd and Sunday 9th May but please just submit your best time. Details of how to register are on the HP Facebook page but if you can’t get to that you can email Tom Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re delighted to announce that we’re planning to put on a 10K race on Thursday 5th August at 5pm in place of this year’s Grand Prix. Save the date and watch this space for more details.
Monday night club runs will be resuming on 5th April (Bank Holiday Monday) and Track will be back the following week on Tuesday 13th April. For now, club sessions are on a pre-booking basis only and we’re only able to accept members. Check your emails for booking info. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!
Usually at this time of year we’d be gathering somewhere for our annual dinner and presenting awards for the previous year. This year is different of course, but our Chairman Jogger and our ladies and mens captains have put together some virtual awards on our Facebook page and there are full write-ups in this month’s edition of Running Free.
Congratulations to our award winners:
Chair’s Trophy – Anna Gray, Hannah Sampson and Lauren Johnson (the Covid Committee)
Men’s Captain’s Trophy – Eddy George
Ladies Captain’s Trophy – Lisa Chan
Despite this year’s restrictions, we’ve still been able to keep going as a club and we’re looking forward to better times.
Following the Government’s announcement that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will enter tier 4 restrictions from midnight on 30th December 2020, all Monday night club runs and Tuesday track sessions are cancelled until the restrictions ease.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of club nights throughout the pandemic, and we’ll be back running together soon! 👍
Please find the tier 4 rules for running from England Athletics here.