Hope you had lovely Christmasses! Please post race reports in the thread below. Please make sure to include your full name and all relevant details. The deadline is 7pm this evening. Anything quotable is very much appreciated, as are photos (my email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Hi Ed, I ran the Great Barrow Triple Tipple Marathon on Friday. This was the first day of a three day event held each year in Barrow Suffolk. It was an out and back route along a mixture of road and trail, the first half being mostly downhill which meant that the second half was mostly uphill. The event is famous for its checkpoint at mile 20 where you can choose from a very welcome selection of liqueurs! 😀 I finished in 4.45.
Ran the Buntingford 10 today. First time on this course. Last time I ran a 10mile race was the Fred Hughes 10 in January in 1:17. Anything less than this I would be happy. Upon arrival there were whispers of ‘the hill’ at mile 3 which carried on till mile 5. I knew that hills make us stronger but I still don’t like them. Anyway this hill definitely made me weaker. Going out too fast (which is of course expected) the hill sapped all energy. Still...doing some quick mental calculations along the way I figured I could try and get sub 70. It was when I got to mile 8 and I had given up the will to live that I realised I had miscalculated my pacing having to remind myself that there are not 100 seconds in a minute - clearly dehydrated. That meant one last push in the final mile. My heart rate hit 200 according to my Garmin which is not great but I did get in under 70 in 69:32. Knocking 6 and a half mins off previous best. Great support on the way round from NHRR including coach.
Hi - I ran Buntingford today (my first time here). I managed a time of 127:53. Lovely to see Squirrels en-route cheering us on. it was a tad hilly in places but i enjoyed it. there was a really nice atmosphere.
I ran the Buntingford 10 mile race today in a time of 59:08 which was a new PB albeit at a distance I haven’t raced a great deal.
4 Squirrels of :
Mark Vaughan 58:17
Matt Sayers 58:18
Stewart Overton 59:08
Adrian Sherwood 64:43
Won the men’s team prize narrowly beating Trent Park who had pipped us last year.
Mark and Adrian also won age group honours for their efforts so plenty of silverware to be had by the club again.
On a personal note whilst Buntingford isn’t the quickest of 10 mile races it is a good undulating route that can lead to fast times if you can stay strong going uphill and then exploit the downhill sections. Nice to run the course with fellow squirrels in sight and other squirrels on the course supporting. Very rural course and although a bit slippery under foot in areas it makes for an enjoyable scenic run.
With over 70 marshals on the course and residents of the local villages supporting you can get that boost at several sections of the route.
A nice way to end the racing year.
Ellie and I completed the sandy Exmouth park run in Devon (waves and wind had washed up sand along the course!) in 22:28 and 16:25.
Yesterday I went to parkrun in luton it was only my second parkrun my first being in November 2017 I ran it in 38.53 very new to running still.... Yestersay I went post cold virus busy Christmas and too much bad food with no expectations thinking under 32 minutes would do me knowing my 5k PB is 30.45 but that weren't gonna happen yesterday anyway it was apparent I still had a cold I didn't like the 3 lap course but I came in just under 32 minutes!! but imagine my delight when the results came out that I was 5th in my age category 😉 and 162 out of 262.... I have also made a promise to myself to get up to 25 Park runs next year 😊 I also then covered 8 miles on Sunday so a great weekend of running for me ☺️
Well done for all those great Buntingford performances!
I ran Penrhyn Parkrun in Bangor, North Wales, in 20.59. Held in the impressive setting of Penrhyn Castle, the run has its start and finish line immediately under the castle's portcullis!
We are in the peak district this week and on Saturday I did Bakewell parkrun. It's an out and back course along the monsal trail from hassop station. It's basically a straight line slightly uphill until you turn around and run back in a straight line slightly downhill to the finish. You can really feel the downhill and it makes for a nice fast finish. I was 230th in 30:23 which I was pleased with. There's another run on New year's Day so looking forward to taking part again then!
On Christmas Day Karen and Pete drove to Great Denham, a new vast housing estate to the west of Bedford to run the Great Denham Park Run. Meeting up with fellow squirrels Mark and Sue Vaughan Pete and Karen were hoping that the fast, flat 2 lap course would enable them to run fast times and the 4 friends were not disappointed with everyone of them winning their age category! This is despite Mark and Sue running the Mulligatawny on Christmas Eve, a hilly, challenging 8M route over the hills from Lilley.
First to finish for the club was Mark Vaughan who was 3rd in the race winning the V45 age group with 17.19. Pete Sibbett went sub 20 for the 1st time this year clocking 19.46 to win the V55 age category and Sue Vaughan ran 26.27 to win the FV50 age group. Coach Karen Dodsworth also finished 3rd lady in 25.01 and won her age group, FV55.
Coach Karen had been hoping for anything in the 26 minutes and therefore was delighted to see the 1st mile ran in 8.04 which suggested 25 something could be on the cards if she could keep the pace going. Concentrating on form and running tall Karen was delighted to see that the 2nd mile was a similar pace at 8.03 and then it was just a case of how much it was going to hurt!! With a 7.56 final mile and working on elbows back in the last 160m Karen was thrilled to see her watch stopped at 25.01. Wildest dream time achieved and nearly 2 minutes faster than her previous 5km at Hatfield in September:) Coach Karen said that she feels it is important that her athletes can see her working hard and improving even though she has been running with the club for nearly 30 years.
POSITION FIRSTNAME LASTNAME CATEGORY CAT POS TIME
5 Mark Vaughan MV40 3 00:58:17
6 Matthew Sayers MV40 4 00:58:18
11 Stewart Overton Male Senior 5 00:59:08
31 Adrian Sherwood MV50 2 01:04:47
59 David Weston Male Senior 24 01:09:33
88 Caroline Thrussell FV55 1 01:13:14
109 Sophie Thrussell Female Senior 4 01:14:40
139 Dervla Downing FV35 8 01:17:05
166 Drew Norton Male Senior 46 01:19:19
242 Lucy Hurley Female Senior 19 01:25:08
269 Adam Wilson MV40 73 01:27:49
271 Lucy OConnor FV55 7 01:27:53
276 Alan Hazlehurst MV50 49 01:28:20
306 Andrew Porter MV70 5 01:30:33
372 Sue Vaughan FV45 52 01:36:33
381 Miranda Morgan FV55 11 01:37:32
423 Carina Quayle FV55 17 01:43:03
475 kelly Hanlon FV45 79 01:51:34
518 Jo Kenlin FV35 86 02:09:23
Mark V 3rd V40, Adrian S 2nd V50 & Caroline T 1st FV55
Thanks all, and well done on some great results!
I know I’m too late for the press but on Friday I (Caroline Thrussell) ran the serpentine 5k. 21:04 It was a pb of nearly a minute for me and I believe a club fv55 record 😀
I know I’m too late for the press but on Friday I (Caroline Thrussell) ran the serpentine 5k. 21:04 It was a pb of nearly a minute for me and I believe a club fv55 record 😀 buntingford was also a pb of 4 minutes, breaking my own club record 😀