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North Herts Road Runners enjoyed cross country success this weekend in the third race of the Three Counties XC league at Wing, Bucks. The squirrels were very pleased with a strong team performance on the 4.8 mile countryside course. Mark Vaughan (5th), Jim McConnell (6th), Ed Price (8th), Adam Bowller (9th), John Auld (24th), Nick Malpelli (31st), Darren Matussa (32nd), and John Raynor (33rd) won the men’s team race and the ladies team of Katie Harbon (68th), Kat Burr (133rd), Paula Adams (175th) and Tash Pitman (176th) finished in 4th place in the ladies competition with North Herts Road Runners finishing in 2nd place overall on the day. In total, there were 34 squirrels, also running were Spencer Bevan (47), James Keogh (54), Adrian Sherwood (81), Richard Harbon (82), Vincent Wright (88), Peter Sibbett (115), Greg Pounder (128), Chloe Lucas (195), Yuko Gordon (204), Chris Poole (276), Jo Harbon (238), Linda Aird (249), Adam Wilson (251), Miranda Morgan (274), Paul Bowal (292), Andee Price (295), Rachel Pounder (298), Sue Vaughan (299), Sarah Millhouse (304), Lindsay Cook (317), Brian Judkins (334) and Monica Cullen
North Herts Road runners defied the weekend’s stormy conditions with some impressive results in cross-country and half-marathon competition.
The biggest contingent of squirrels was at Wootton, Northants, for the second of five fixtures in the Three Counties Cross Country League. A strong set of performances on the four-mile parkland course saw the men’s team place second out of 12 clubs and the ladies seventh, making NHRR second club overall on the day.
The North Herts team was boosted by several members – Chloe Lucas, Jeni Spurr-Jones and Sheila Leavy – all making their cross-country debuts.
Mark Vaughan led the Squirrels home with an impressive second place, and Jim McConnell and Ed Price were close behind in fourth and seventh respectively. Katie Harbon was the club’s first female finisher in 58th.
Full NHRR results: 2nd Mark Vaughan, 4th Jim McConnell, 7th Ed Price, 17th Adam Bowller, 23rd John Auld, 27th Nick Malpeli, 30th Darren Sunter, 50th James Keogh, 58th Katie Harbon, 59th Stewart Overton, 84th Richard Harbon, 114th Pete Sibbett, 151st Hannah Fisher, 193rd Chloe Lucas, 198th Jo Harbon, 201st Yuko Gordon, 221st Matt Ankers, 224th Adam Wilson, 227th Linda Aird, 236th Helen Harbon, 253rd Chris Poole, 263rd Miranda Morgan, 274th Brian Bailey, 282nd Sue Vaughan, 302nd Lindsay Cook, 304th Jeni Spurr-Jones, 321st Sheila Leavy, 331st Brian Judkins
As this year marked the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme North Herts Road Runners decided to lay poppies on the headstones of our WW1 heroes and read a poem in remembrance of all those who lost their lives during the two world wars and later conflicts. Three groups set out from the club on Sunday and ran to cemeteries in Hitchin, Willian and Norton before meeting together at the Cenotaph in Letchworth where they laid the final wreath of poppies. The poppy run proved to be a moving and emotional experience for all those who took part and will hopefully become an annual event for the club on remembrance Sunday.
Come and join NHRR for the festive 5km on Saturday 3 December. More information on http://www.firstsaturday5km.org.uk/
Letchworth Common, 9am
Free to enter, register on the day
Medal and Mince Pies for all finishers
Prizes for best festive outfits
Donations to MS Therapy Centre, Letchworth
Several Squirrels ran Parkruns this week. Steve Tracey ran at Bedford, finishing 5th overall and 1st MV45 – in 19:15 – not quite a PB, but close. However, this was a PB for the course by 1 second. Simon Poole ran Finsbury, finishing in 13th in a time of 19:26. Brian Judkins ran Cambridge, finishing in 31:21. Steve Williamson ran Kettering, finishing in 22:19. Chris Poole ran Erddig, finishing in 25:27. Several squirrels ran at Stevenage. Darren Matussa finished 8th in 18:55. Chloe Lucas finished 41st and 4th Female in 22:46. Bob Davis finished in 25:28. Sarah Millhouse finished in a great time of 26:31. Lindsay Cook finished in 28:44 and Sheila Leavy finished in 29:13.
North Herts Road Runners had a great start to the Winter Cross Country Season on Sunday in Wellingborough. On a tough, hilly parkland course with 2 river crossings the men’s team were delighted to place 2nd and the ladies were 4th leaving NHRR in 3rd place overall after the first race. Mark Vaughan lead in the mens scoring team in 4th position, Jim McConnell was 6th closely followed by Adam Bowller (7), Ed Price (10), John Auld (26), Spencer Bevan (36), Nick Malpeli (42) and Dan Hills in (50). The ladies scoring team were lead home by Kat Burr in 130th followed by Paula Adams (162), Tash Pitman (168)) and Linda Aird completed the scoring team in 282nd place. Also running were James Keogh (67), Adrian Sherwood (87), Vince Wright (91), Dave Frampton (123), Chris Poole (281), Sarah Millhouse (311) and Sue Vaughan (336).
North Herts Road Runners kicked off the cross-country season with a strong set of performances at the Ampthill Trophy – the annual curtain-raiser before the first league fixture on the mud and hills next week.
On a challenging and very hilly course in scenic Ampthill Park, both NHRR men’s and ladies’ teams finished second – the men only beaten by a very strong contingent from Cambridge University.
The NHRR medallists for the ladies were Helen Harbon (14th lady in 57.04), Jo Harbon (15th, 57.30) and Linda Aird (17th, 58.00). The men’s team was Andrew Leach (7th in 37.41 and first in the 40-plus age group), Mark Vaughan (8th,37.58) and Adam Bowller (10th,38.08). Other NHRR finishers at Ampthill were Richard Harbon (45.45), Dave Frampton (46.36 and first in the V60 age-group), Vince Wright (47.07), Matt Ankers (61.14) and Sue Vaughan (67.06).
It’s almost time for the XC season to start…a good warm up race is the Ampthill Trophy (Sunday 16 October).
Our league race start on 23 October at Wellingborough…all the info you need is here. Forget about those memories of cross country races at school, our XC races are fun followed by cake. Not sure what to wear? Ask any of the coaches or committee members and they’ll give you some ideas (the options are trail shoes, fell shoes or XC spikes).
We love mud it makes us strong!!!
North Herts Road Runners put on a great weekend of racing with a record number of entries at this year’s Standalone 10k. The club’s flagship event attracted runners of all abilities who enjoyed the races superb organisation and plenty of local support as they navigated their way around the course. The autumn sunshine bought out hundreds of spectators and created the perfect conditions for runners and some fast finishing times.
At the front end of the race only eight seconds separated the top three finishes. James Bellward of Bedford and County won the race in 31.44 followed by club mate Jonathan Janes in 31.48 with North Herts Road Runner David Wardle 3rd in 31.52. First lady home was Lizzy Janes from Herts Phoenix in 36.22, then Kirstie Sharman of Bedford Harriers in 39.20 and 3rd lady was Katie Harbon from North Herts Road Runners in 39.42