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:

Ladies

Men’s

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:

Ladies

Men’s

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:

Ladies

Men’s

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:

Ladies

Men’s

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

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 🙂

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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.

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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 🙂

2016 Club Championship #4: Belvoir Half Marathon

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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 🙂

2016 Club Championship #3: Bradgate Park Run

Judging from the feedback on Facebook, the consensus seems to be that last Sunday’s race was a very very tough challenge for some of you. This was the first time that the race organisers, Racetime Events, have staged this run and therefore a new addition to the Club Championship calendar. Held in the stunning grounds of Bradgate Park in Leicestershire there were 3 race options: 5k, 10k or 15k involving 1,2 or 3 laps of a very hilly course. To count towards the Championship, club mates had to enter either the 10k or 15k.

In the 10k event we had 5 runners amongst a field of 107 running the double lap course. First to finish for the club was Kate Howes in a time of 1:08:52. Congratulations Kate. Next home were Megg Humphrey and Simon Murton who were obviously running together. It appears that Megg took a “spectacular” fall during the run resulting in a sore hip to add a very hurt right knee. Hope you recover quickly Megg and you are not in too much pain. The final results for the 10k were:

10k Results

Name Time
Megg Humphrey 1:15:36
Simon Murton 1:15:37
Jo Smith 1:18:30
Tracey Poole 1:27:16

Meanwhile we had 3 club mates running in the 15k race. Congratulations to Chris Jones finishing in a time of 1:25:45 and 13th overall. Next to finish was Helen Duncan with a time 1:32:49 of in 20th position but more notably she was 2nd lady home. Emma Potter finished a few minutes later in 1:35:44.

15k Results

Name Time
Chris Jones 1:25:45
Helen Duncan 1:32:49 [2nd lady overall]
Emma Potter 1:35:44

After the race, Helen’s reaction after receiving her 2nd place female trophy is brilliant:
“Can’t believe it. I’ve only ever won one trophy for running before in 2009 thanks to [the club] when I got most improved female. Today I got my second, yet again thanks to the club … Get In!!!”

Congratulations Helen and everyone else that took part. If anyone fancies doing it again and don’t want to wait until next year, Racetime Events are staging another XC run at Bradgate Park on the 12.June. See Club Calendar for details.

By my reckoning Helen Duncan will now be leading the Ladies Championship followed by Megg Humphrey in 2nd spot and Tracey Poole in 3rd. Meanwhile in the Men’s Championship I believe Simon Murton now leads the way having completed all 3 races so far this year.

The next Championship Race is the Belvoir Half Marathon on 10. April. Another club favourite and I can promise that it will not be so hilly. Details in the Club Calendar but I can confirm that there are only a few days left before online entries close at the end of this week. It may be possible to enter on the day if entry numbers permit and at an extra charge … so get in quick 🙂

2016 Club Championship #2: Belvoir Challenge

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Challenges can come in many forms and in the case of the Belvoir Challenge this is especially true. The annual 15 or 26 mile trail race around the Vale of Belvoir is organised by Hareby village to raise funds for the local primary school is always one event that many of our club members look forward to. This year the event was held last Saturday (27th February) and attracted its largest ever entry with around 1300 entrants to either run or walk the picturesque cross-country course that includes the delights of Knipton Reservoir and some stiff climbs on and off Belvoir Escarpment with stunning view across the Vale of Belvoir.

In previous years the challenge has included dealing with not only the distance but also the weather and especially the mud. This year the conditions could not have been better with the weather gods providing a gorgeous sunny if initially chilly day and with little rainfall in the lead up to the event there was noticeably less mud to deal with and much firmer ground.

Hence this year the challenge was more to do with resisting the temptation at the various feed stations along the course as well as completing the distance. The good people in the surrounding villages always provide a good spread that involves plenty of cakes and assortment of other delicacies for the entrants to enjoy.

However it does seem that the healthy turnout from the club managed to resist the food temptation and record some very good times this year comparing to previous years. Most members opted for the 15 mile race although it was actually nearer to 16 miles in distance. First home for the club was Helen Pape who was 3rd lady who as it turned out was a mere 23 seconds ahead of Richard Evans.

The final club results were:

Pos Name Time
47 Helen Pape 2:12:59 [3rd lady]
50 Richard Evans 2:13:22
62 Saya Sheridan 2:16:15
80 Martin Gordon-Kerr 2:22:54
92 Chris Jones 2:25:21
145 Paul Rogerson 2:41:07
150 Emma Potter 2:42:22
162 Helen Duncan 2:45:18
171 Sue Fulbrook 2:47:46
208 Steve Griffiths 2:58:13
259 Claire Adams 3:07:21
376 Megg Humphrey 3:38:00
377 Simon Murton 3:38:01
438 Tracey Poole 4:16:30

Dawn Morris and Damian Wilkins were not really competing but instead opted to walk and enjoy the scenery of the 15 mile route and completed the course in 4:49:30

Special mention goes to Bryan Clary who was the sole club representative in the 26 mile option finishing in a fantastic time of 3hours 48minutes.

Fantastic results everyone and despite the weary legs I think everyone had a great time.

This was the second race in the Club Championship and after age grading, Helen Pape is leading the Ladies Championship followed by Helen Duncan and then Megg Humphrey. In the Men’s Championship, club president Paul Rogerson leads the way followed by Martin Gordon-Kerr with Simon Murton in third spot

2016 Club Championship #1: Brass Monkey 10k

Wet weather tyres would have been more appropriate than running shoes last Sunday at Rockingham Speedway Circuit, Corby for the Brass Monkey 10k. The annual race in support of Lakelands Hospice is held at the end of the January and as the name suggests, the Weather Gods can be unkind for the competitors. This year may not have been as bad as previous years, but there was still a fine misty rain, a stiff breeze and cold temperatures to provide the runners (and spectators) with challenging conditions.

Before the main event there was a 1.5 mile Family Fun Run which comprises a single lap of the circuit. Andrea & Martin’s son, 11-year old Samuel Gordon-Kerr, from Ketton Panthers Triathlon Club was the first to cross the line in this event. So an excellent Rutland start to the morning’s racing.

There was a healthy turnout from our club for the main 10k event with 15 members pounding round just over 4 laps of the race circuit. There was certainly a strong female contingent from the club. Hopefully this bodes well for another year of friendly rivalry within the ranks. Lara Kristiansen was first home for the club and 8th lady in a time of 43:18. Helen Pape was next to finish in 44:45 with the first gent home in the form of Martin Gordon-Kerr not far behind in 45:05. The final club standings were:

Pos Name Time
59 Lara Kristiansen 43:18
77 Helen Pape 44:45
81 Martin Gordon-Kerr 45:05
144 Paul Rogerson 49:26
166 Helen Duncan 50:49
176 Megg Humphrey 51:26
205 Andrea Gordon-Kerr 52:50
223 Simon Murton 53:55
275 Jenny Pearson 57:20
287 Felicity Crotty 57:53
316 Jo Smith 60:00
325 Celia Bloor 60:57
341 Kate Howes 62:21
405 Tracey Poole 70:43
406 Amanda McPherson 70:43

Congratulations everyone – you were all awesome!

This was the first race in the annual Club Championship and after age grading Lara Kristiansen is leading the Ladies Championship with Paul Rogerson heading up the Men’s