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It has been a busy two weeks for North Herts Road Runners.
Wednesday 7/9 saw the start of the Hatfield 5K Series. 26 squirrels raced with half of them finishing in under twenty minutes. Their efforts secured first place for the mens team and county gold medallists whilst the ladies won silver. Among many excellent performances were Katie Harbon finishing as first lady and Mark Vaughan and Dave Frampton setting new club records.
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John Auld turned in a personal best performance to win September’s First Saturday of the Month 5k race on Norton Common. His time of 18.15 was 30 seconds faster than his previous best and an impressive performance on the undulating two-lap course.
James Keogh and Simon Poole made it a clean sweep of the podium places for North Herts Road Runners in their monthly event on home turf, finishing in 19.29 and 19.47 respectively. Gina Joseph was first lady for the Squirrels in 28.01.
Other NHRR finishers: James Drew (21.10), Chris Stokes (21.12), John Cooper (21:57), Adrian Addala (24.30), Jon Hunt (26.18), Ian Sutcliffe (27.37), Gina Joseph (28.01), Lindsay Cook (29:36), Dawn Power (29.40), Beki Finch (29.44), Helen Giffin (29.46) and Sheila Leavy (30.01) NHRR
The First Saturday run is free to enter. First-timers should register by the outdoor pool car park at Norton Common by 8.45.
Most North Herts Road Runners took a break from racing over the long weekend but training continued as usual with the club holding its first session at Chicksands on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile five squirrels participated in Parkruns. Ellie Scott was 1st lady at Stevenage Parkrun in 23.03, with Sheila Leavy 33rd in a time of 29.29 and Helen Govey who ran with her daughter Megan aged 7 came 78th in 38.24. Linda Aird also enjoyed success at Harrow Parkrun as 1st FV55 in 27.11 and Brian Judkins ran his 152nd Parkrun at Tees Barrage finishing in 32.15.
With many squirrels enjoying a break from racing during the summer holidays there wasn’t too much racing this week from NHRR.
However, the sunshine brought out a few Squirrels racing on a lovely Saturday morning. Six squirrels ran 12th Stevenage parkrun. around the lakes of Fairlands Valley Park. Darren Matussa was first home for the club and 3rd overall in a time of 18:18, a course PB by 30seconds, a great performance considering first and second were well ahead of Darren and fourth place wasn’t challenging so he ran most of the race alone. Oli Garbas was 33rd in 23:04. Lucy Hurley finished 48th with a PB and 2nd female overall in 24:18. Bob Davis finished in 24:26, Sue Vaughan finished in 27:22 and Sheila Leavy finished just under 30min mark in 29:57.
Elsewhere, at the 285th Conkers parkrun Leicestershire, Simon Poole finished 17th in 19:21 and Adam Wilson finished 168th in 27:02 at the 183rd Wimpole estate parkrun.
NHRR members travelled near and far last weekend securing some superb times in hot weather.
Jo Summers travelled to the Peak District to participate in the Dovedale Dipper, an off road course taking in stunning scenery and several hills. With just a route map to guide her way Jo finished the course in 5 hours and 7 minutes, coming in joint first lady with her running companion Tracey Avill.
Darren Matussa – First Saturday of the Month 5K winner and new PB
In a busy week for North Herts Road runners, Thursday saw the annual running of the ever popular Fairlands Valley 3km relays in Stevenage and both men and ladies claimed county honours in this event. In the men´s race, the NHRR “A” team of Darren Matussa, john Rayner, Darren Sunter, John Auld and Andy Green finished in 11th place overall and picked up a Bronze medal in the Herts County Championships. NHRR “B” )Mark Vaughan, Vince Wright, Adam Wilson, Alan Hazelhurst and Steve McKeown) were 25th and finished in 4th place in the county. They were followed by a mixed NHRR “C” team of Simon Poole, Ollie Garbas, Matt Ankers, Linda Aird and Sue Foot. Continue reading
North Herts Road Runners took home both the mens’ and ladies’ team trophies at the conclusion of the Midsummer 5-mile Series last Thursday. NHRR had been lying second after the first race a fortnight earlier at Hatfield House, but a series of strong performances in the second race at Panshanger Park saw the Letchworth-based club pip Welwyn’s Garden City Runners to carry off the end-of-series silverware.
There was something for everyone at the first Run Round the Garden race series in Letchworth on Sunday. Hosted by North Herts Road Runners (NHRR) over 350 athletes and fun runners enjoyed the superbly organised town centre event taking part in a 5k, 1 mile and children’s fun run.
North Herts Road Runner Mark Vaughan won the 5k in a time of 16:58, second to finish and first lady was Lizzy Janes from Herts Phoenix in 17:41. Third to finish and 2nd man home was Andrew Palombella from Bedford Harriers AC in 18.04.
Run Round The Garden event, this Sunday.
All helpers, please review the attached spreadsheet for duties and timings.
The sun was out for the First Saturday of the Month 5k around Norton Common where 77 runners turned out. First place went to NHRR very own Darren Matussa, leading the way and finishing in 18:50. Second place also went to a Squirrel, Gary Cook, finishing in 19:46. Other Squirrels running were Steve Tracey 5th 20:31. Turning up just in the nick of time was Oli Garbas who managed to finish 7th in 21:16 after having to run to the start line and start from the back. John Cooper 13th 22:54, Alan Hazelhurst and Adam Wilson helped each other round finishing 23rd 24:48 and 24th 24:49 respectively. Sheena Scaplehorn was 32nd in 26:18, Bob Davis 34th 26:35, Paul Bowal 37th 26:59, Linda Aird 45th 27:46 and Helen Giffin 55th 29:31.