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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
Lots of racing for NHRR this week. Mostly short distance and several members racing multiple times.
Starting on Wednesday several NHRR Squirrels turned out for race 2 of the Hatfield 5k series. Race 2 incorporated the veterans county championships. Both the men and women’s NHRR teams picked up silver medals. The mens team consisted of Mark Vaughan 16:29, Nicholas Malpeli 17:39, Darren Matussa 18:01 and Steve Mckeown 18:30. The women’s team consisted of Kat Burr 21:23, Barbara Sayers 21:26, Caroline Thrussell 22:09 and Linda AIRD 24:48. Individual medals were picked up too. Mark Vaughan won the V40 gold and Nicholas Malpeli and Linda Aird won gold in the V55 categories.
Both men and women also won the series team competitions on the night too.
Other runners were Adam Bowller 17:15, Spencer Bevan 17:45, John Auld 17:55, Martyn Annetts 18:38, Katie Harbon 18:52, Simon Poole 18:56, Peter Sibbett 19:54, Richard Harbon 20:03, Matthew Ankers 24:01, Claire O’sullivan 24:21, Jo Harbon 25:25, Helen Harbon 25:38, Rachel Annetts 26:14, Sue Vaughan 26:48, Lindsay Cook 27:19 And Becky Hayes 28:55.
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.