2017 Club Championship #4: Belvoir Half Marathon

The sun was certainly beating down on Sunday 9th April at our 4th Club Championship race of the year, in the little village of Hose for the Belvoir Half Marathon. A Spring favourite within the club, the flat-ish course is good for PBs and welcoming for first timers. We had good turnout of 13 club mates take on the 13.1 miles through the villages of the vale of Belvoir. It was close in the men’s race with Chris Jones finishing in a great time of 1:41:39 with Martin Gordon-Kerr not far behind in 1:42:56 . It was even closer in the ladies competition, with Helen Duncan finishing in 1:49:51 just 30 seconds ahead of Emma Potter in 1:50:23. However there were some position changes once age-grading had been applied.

The full results (in order of age-grade) were as follows:



Congratulations then to Paul Rogerson and Nikki Loomes for great performances in order to take the honours in respect of the Championship points. Special mention should go to Gary Kirk, Hannah Tee and Sam Jeffries. All graduates of last year’s Beginners sessions and have now gone onto completing the Half Marathon distance. I know that this is Gary and Hannah’s first half marathon. Not quite so sure that this was Sam’s first time at this distance but it does make up for her disappointment after having to pull out of last year’s Rutland Half Marathon due to injury. Great achievement guys 🙂

So in the men’s Championship, Sean McAuliffe is still in the lead with Paul and Dave Summers in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Meantime things have the potential to be even more competitive with the Ladies. Currently Helen Duncan is leading on 31 points with Kate Howes just behind. However if Jo Smith, Emma Potter and Nikki Loomes complete some more races then things could get very exciting – keep it up.

The updated Championship tables can be viewed here: Championship Tables

The next Championship Race is the Wymeswold Waddle on Sunday 14.May. See club calendar for more details.

2017 Club Championship #3: Thorney 10k

Sunday 26.March saw perfect spring weather conditions and the sun was shining for the latest round of this year’s Club Championship. There were 8 plucky club members that lined up for the start of The Thorney 10k. Sean McAullife (41:44) was once again first home for the club with David Summers (47:34) finishing in 2nd place just a few seconds ahead of first lady home Helen Duncan (47:47). Both Sean and Helen along with Jo Smith received trophies for being first in their respective age groups (brilliant).

The full results (in order of age-grade) were as follows:



From the Championship standpoint, that’s a clean sweep of wins for Sean as he continues to head up the Men’s table. Dave Summers is clear in 2nd place having run 2 races with Paul Rogerson in 3rd. Kate Howes continues to lead the Ladies championship table having run in each of the 3 races so far, with Helen Duncan and Jo Smith in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The next Championship race is one of the favourites of the club calendar – The Belvoir Half Marathon on Sunday 9th April. Details are on the calendar page … but I can confirm that postal and online registration is now closed but you will be able to register on race day starting at 8am (entries permitting).

The updated Championship tables can be viewed here: Championship Tables

2017 Club Championship #2: Clough/Taylor 10k

The National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham is reknowned for being in a rather exposed location weather-wise and even on a calm day there is always some breeze to be had. So last Sunday’s stiff breeze was always going to present a challenge to the competitors for the Clough/Taylor 10k that involved 2 laps of the Regatta lake and hitting a stiff head-wind at least twice.

We had 5 club mates taking part in the race that formed the 2nd race of this year’s Club Championship. First home for the men was Sean McAuliffe in 44:12 and looking at his Strava data you could tell when he was hitting the wind as his race-pace dropped. First home for the ladies was Kate Howes in 62:16 – well done everyone that took part 🙂

The full age graded results were:



The updated Championship tables can be viewed here: Championship Tables

2017 Club Championship #1: Brass Monkey 10k

What a fantastic club turnout for the first race of the season. 19 club mates toed the start line for last Sunday’s Brass Monkey 10k at Rockingham Motor Speedway at Corby. The conditions first thing that morning were very icy but I’m sure by the time the race got underway the weak winter sunshine had made the conditions not too bad … at least it wasn’t howling a wintry gale and lashing with rain as in past years 🙂

First home for the club was Sean McAuliffe in 41:43. Sean’s showing some great form recently at the parkruns so its great to see that its translating to excellent times at the longer distance. Not far behind Sean was Lara Kristiansen finishing 3rd lady overall in a time of 42:18 – Congratulations both.

Well done everyone. There were some great performances but I do want to mention Jenny Pearson who had a great running weekend, bagging a 10k PB at the Brass Monkey after having achieved a parkrun PB the day before – brilliant stuff 🙂

The rest of the results in age graded Club Championship order were:



The updated Championship tables can be viewed here: Championship Tables

The next Championship race is The Clough Taylor People’s Run at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham on Sunday 26th February. Details here:
The Clough/Taylor People’s Run

Club Championship

Congratulations to our 2016 Club Championship Winners:
Jo Smith & Paul Rogerson


Each year the club runs separate championship competitions for Male & Female members with the winners receiving a trophy engraved with their name, which they keep for the following 12 months. Each month between January and December, a local race is designated as a championship qualifying race.

Results are Age Graded and based upon these age graded results you are awarded points (1 point for the winner, 2 points for second etc). If you do not run a race you are automatically awarded 25 points! The runner in each championship with the least number of points at the end of the year is crowned Champion. You must enter at least 3 races to compete and your best 6 results count.

The races for 2017 will be listed in the following table:

Date Race Details URL
Sun 29th Jan Brass Monkey 10K Rockingham Raceway, Corby. Starts 11am http://www.lakelandshospice.org.uk/fundraising/events/633-brass-monkey-10k-run-2017
Sun 26th Feb The Clough Taylor People’s Run Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 https://www.clough-taylor-run.com
Sun 26th Mar Thorney 10k Bedford Hall, Thorney, PE9 0QE  http://www.thorneyrunningclub.co.uk/news.php?s=thorney-10k-and-3k
Sun 9th Apr Belvoir Half Marathon Hose Village Hall, Hose, LE14 4JR http://hosevillage.org.uk/bhm.htm/td>
Sun 14th May The Wymeswold Waddle Wymeswold  http://www.wymeswold.com/organisations/running-club/waddle-and-fun-run-2016.html
Fri 16th Jun Beacon Solstice Run Beacon Hill Country Park, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8TA http://www.jackrabbitevents.co.uk/beacon-solstice-run

2016 Club Championship #6: Beacon Hill Solstice Run

Friday (17.June) was the latest round of the Club Championship at the Beacon Hill Solstice Race. Set in the beautiful grounds of the country park at Woodhouse Eaves near Loughborough, this is a tough 5 miler involving two stiff climbs up the hill (the second highest point in Leicestershire) and a fast 1 mile downhill to the finish.

Unfortunately due to the popularity of this race there was a low turnout from the club due to the race filling up early on the year before more members had chance to enter. In any case first to finish was the club’s sole male participant Martin Gordon-Kerr in 37th place overall in a time of 38:01. Next to finish was Helen Duncan (43:41) followed by Kate Howes (48:35) and Jo Smith (standing in for Tracey Poole) in a very creditable 55:57. Well done everyone 🙂


The final club results were:

Name Time
Martin Gordon-Kerr 38:01
Helen Duncan 43:41
Kate Howes 48:35
Jo Smith 55:57

Well done everyone 🙂

From the Club Championship standpoint after age-grading was applied, Jo Smith was awarded top marks and is now leading the Ladies championship table from Helen Duncan in second spot. Martin’s performance pushes him in to third place in the Men’s championship.
Championship Tables

The next designated Championship races is the Whissendine 6ix in July to look forward to 🙂

2016 Club Championship #5: Wymeswold Waddle

There was a nice turn out on Sunday (08.May) for the May round of the Club Championship at the Wymeswold Waddle – although the ladies certainly out shone the men in terms of attendance.


Helen Pape was first home for the club and 3rd lady overall with a time of 34:28 for the 5 mile up-hill and back down again course. Next to finish was Saya Harvey with Dave Summers the first to finish for the lads.

The final club results were:

Name Time
Helen Pape 34:28
Saya Harvey 35:23
Dave Summers 37:17
Chris Jones 38:51
Emma Potter 39:31
Sue Fulbrook 40:40
Sue Barrow 42:24
Clare Dorman 43:58
Kate Howes 45:17
Felicity Crotty 46:52
Amanda McPherson 51:34
Jo Smith 51:40

Well done everyone on some excellent running 🙂

These results have caused a shift in both Championship standings. Helen Pape is now leading the Ladies’ Championship (with Jo Smith & Helen Duncan in 2nd and 3rd places) whilst the Men’s Championship is now headed up by Chris Jones (with Paul Rogerson and Simon Murton in 2nd and 3rd spots). You can view the latest Championship Tables here:

Championship Tables

The designated June Championship races (The Beacon Hill Solstice and The Northumberland Coastal Run) are both full up so if you didn’t get an entry it’s too late now – never mind there is always the Whissendine 6ix in July to look forward to 🙂

County Standards


Since 2014, the club introduced County Standard awards for all members who wish to participate. The system works as follows:

  • Each race completed by a member over a certified distance is age-graded and then given a rating: Gold, Silver, Bronze etc using predefined performance bands
  • To qualify for an award, the club member has to record in 5 different distances during the year to gain an overall County Standard level, rewarded with a club certificate
  • Race selection for the club championship will be adjusted to assist the collection of different distances, but any certified race will count
  • A certified race is any race with an accurately measured course. parkruns are included and Road Races will be provide a better opportunity to gain a faster time than off-road
  • Member’s progress towards their overall County Standard can be viewed via the Club Championship Table (see separate tab)

For more details on the standards for each race distance you can download a copy: County_Standards__Full_version_Pewter_to_Rhodium

2016 Club Championship #4: Belvoir Half Marathon


Last Sunday’s weather was nigh on perfect with a beautiful, bright Spring morning being the back-drop for this year’s Belvoir Half Marathon. There were 10 club mates taking to the roads around Hose Village in the Vale of Belvoir for this race.

First home for the club was Helen Pape with Chris Jones hot on her heels with a strong performance. Club President Paul Rogerson was next home in a very good time “fresh” from his 50k Canalathon a couple of weeks ago. Clare Dorman smashed her HM PB by a whopping 14 minutes(!) showing that her current London Marathon training is really paying dividends.

However the stars of the day awards go to Helen Duncan, Jenny Pearson, Jo Smith and Tracey Poole. This was their very first experience at stepping up to the 13.1 mile distance in race conditions, and all 4 ladies successfully finished and had a fantastic time in the process

The final club results were:

Name Time
Helen Pape 1:40:09
Chris Jones 1:40:58
Paul Rogerson 1:46:06
David Summers 1:46:29
Helen Duncan 1:53:18
Andrea Gordon-Kerr 1:56:18
Clare Dorman 1:59:21
Jenny Pearson 2:04:53
Jo Smith 2:23:34
Tracey Poole 2:32:34

After the race, Jenny stated that she hadn’t told anyone and only decided on the day to enter and was “so so chuffed” to have completed. Tracey too had the following to say afterwards:

“With the support of Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, … I have just experienced the most amazing achievement of completing my first half marathon. My deepest gratitude goes to [my club mates]. …. my next goal of joining the “puddle club’ and running around Rutland Water (15 miles) this summer.”

Well done everyone on some excellent running and well deserved results 🙂