Good luck to all those racing today and congratulations to the guys and Eva who represented Herts yesterday!
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I ran the Chester 10km today and finished 8th in my age category, V55, in this England Masters selection race. Unfortunately the cold, wind and rain combined to make this quite a tough run and I was unpleasantly surprised at the amount of long uphills (think Flitwuck) including the final mile. 40.26 was a very disappointing time as I’d hoped for sub 40 but on the other hand I’m not broken and will be able to continue to train and race:). Looking forward to the MWL:)
Seven Squirrels ran the RSPB Race for Wildlife 10K at the Sandy Lodge reserve this morning, a two-lapper taking in heathland and wooded areas and featuring a couple of tough uphills - we were a bit worried about the weather, but the blustery winds were not too bad apart from on a couple of exposed bits of the course. The sun even made a brief appearance at one point! This is a really nice, low-key event with lots of friendly and supportive marshals, I think everyone really enjoyed it.
I can't find any results for the event yet, but hopefully people can post their finishing times on here individually. Those taking part were:
Linda Aird (56:42)
Dave Braybrook (hope I've got the right Dave!)
Lorna (sorry Lorna, I don't know your surname)
My time unofficially: 59.43 RSPB 10K
My time unofficially for the Sandy 10k was 58.02
I was really pleased with that, a tough course!
Yes it was a tough course and my unofficial time was 1hr 57sec
1h10m, it was tough, though being mostly in the woods we were sheltered from the gale that was blowing.
Tom Webb, Jim McConnel and Matt Sayers competed for Hertfordshire in the GB intercounties XC championship on an undulating and windswept 6.5 mile course at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. The event was hosting the GB trials for the World XC championships in Aarhus and so there was a strong field and fantastic support including the loyal cow-bell ringing squirrels on tour (Mark Vaughan, John Auld and Ellie Webb).
Tom Webb - 194, 38:22
Jim McConnell - 213, 38:44
Matt Sayers - 263, 40:37
I took part in the Harpenden Half Marathon today in extremely tough conditions. It was cold, windy, hilly and VERY muddy!
I knew it would be a tough course and was hoping for sub 1.55, so was really pleased to finish in 1.51.48 💪💪
There was a rather unfortunate incident with a portaloo being blown over in the relentless wind resulting in the poor lady trapped inside being completely covered in unthinkable substances – luckily she was not injured and actually went on to finish first lady!
My unofficial time at The a RSPB Sandy 10k was 58:28.
I posted a team photo on the NHRR Facebook page.
Carly Bedwell also ran it. Her unofficial time from Strava was 1:19:55.
Stewart Overton, Darren Sunter and Lee Hayes got the 1st train out of Hitchin this morning to take park in the Big Half in London.
Wet and extremely windy beforehand we all fared well and ran times of:
Darren Sunter : 1:13:46
Stewart Overton : 1:17:30
Lee Hayes : 1:26:45
The course takes in a lot of the London marathon route backwards so has plenty of support on course to keep the effort levels honest and a fast finish followed by a well earned beer in the Greenwich arms afterwards.
Cambridge Boundary for me. Why oh why did I enter it again??? I have now run it 5 times and never enjoyed it and today was made worse by my having a cold (pull yourself together woman it's only a cold...), I was frozen for the first 20 miles, my forehead and nose felt like they were in a vice, I couldn't speak to anyone for fear of coughing and then there was the wind! OMG THE WIND!!! Very relieved to finish in 4.35 but feeling rather pathetic for struggling so much!
I think mine was 1 hr 7 mins
In case they don’t get a chance to post in time Ally Blunt, Lisa Laundy & Keith (sorry don’t know surname) ran the London Vitality Half. A first HM for for Lisa & Keith who were raising money for MacMillan. The three of them crossed the line together in 2:23:59.
Lorna’s surname is Chambers who ran the RSPB 10k as per Linda’s post.
I ran the Hillingdon 20 miler today (was the Finchley 20 previously). Didn’t race it, just ran it as a long run (and why would you want to race a 20 miler?!), but finished in 2:44:17 so very happy considering both the gale force winds, hail, and the fact that I’ve only started “properly” running again recently. The course was changed this year and was a bit of a dog leg through housing estates- 4 loops. Unfortunately all the uphills were into the wind! But as Karen says (and what went through my head the whole time) is hills make us strong!
So enjoying collating all your fantastic results and stories from your racing... but am really lacking in photos!
Please do send some through to firstname.lastname@example.org
there are a couple of lovely photos on the facebook page!