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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.
NHRR member Sue Foot completed her 100th marathon on Saturday 25th June. Her remarkable feat was accomplished at the Great Barrow Marathon in Suffolk with friends and fellow club members Jo Summers and Miranda Morgan. Plans are already taking place for marathon number 101.
A busy week on the running calendar also saw several squirrels participating in the Hitchin Hard Half Marathon. Winner of the half marathon was member Mark Vaughan in the time of 1:15:34. Darren Sunter 1:22:49 and John Auld 1:24:17 saw that 3 of the first five finishers were from NHRR finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Other squirrels who completed the course were Helen Nuttall (4th lady) 1:34:43, Katie Harbon 1:35:17, Oliver Garbas 1:37:18, Alan Hazelhurst 1:55:29, Adam Wilson 1:59:53, Linda Aird 2:00:46, Sheena Cook 2:01:57, Rachel Annetts 2:03:21, Michelle Grudzinski 2:06:20 and Lindsay Cook 2:16:43. Three NHRR ladies also took part in the 10K held at Hitchin. Caroline Thrussell finished in 48:15 as 3rd lady, Sue Vaughan 1:02:33 and Gina Joseph 1:03.30.
On Saturday, David Annetts took part in the Bedford parkrun, winning the race once again in a time of 17:13. Sister-in-law Rachel Annetts also took part, finishing in 114th in 25:34. Also in parkrun action was Joe Sherry who was pleased to finish the 5km Panshanger course in a new personal best of 22:42.
North Herts Road Runners face a tight battle to preserve their Division One status as the 2016 Midweek League goes to the wire.
Despite a string of excellent performances in the penultimate fixture at Trent Park in North London, the Squirrels were edged into fifth place in the six-strong top division. The final race at Stevenage on 21st June will determine which two clubs drop into Division Two. And with local rivals Fairlands Valley Spartans already relegated, North Herts are locked in a head-to-head battle with Barnet and District to avoid joining them.
NHRR member Katie Harbon competed in the World Duathlon Games in Aviles, Spain this weekend. Representing GB for the first time and in testing heat, Harbon fought hard and demonstrated all her training and determination coming in fourth for her age category. This fantastic result in only her fifth race has made Katie even more focussed and determined to improve.
There was lots of racing this week for North Herts Road runners. The second race in the Midweek League was on Thursday night in the sunshine and 55 squirrels made the trip to Chingford to tackle the testing hilly 6 mile course. With a fantastic team spirit and some great individual results. NHRR are now placed equal 3rd in the league with two races to go. First home for the club and first V40 in the race was Mark Vaughan in 33:44. The rest of the men’s scoring team were Andy Mutton (35:02), Nick Malpeli (36:13), John Auld (36:43), Darren Matussa (37:02), James Walsh (37:08), Spencer Bevan (37:58), Darren Sunter (38:03), Adrian Sherwood (38:11), Martyn Annetts (40:17), James Keogh (40:27) and Pete Sibbett (40:34). First home for the ladies and 6th female in the race was Katie Harbon in 39:59. The rest of the ladies scoring team was Helen Nuttall (40:31), Yuko Gordon 1st V65 (43:04), Paula Adams (43:14), Kat Burr was first V35 for the club (43:53), Barbara Sayers (45:29), Caroline Thrussell (45:48) and Jane Clarke (47:04).
North Herts Road Runners travelled to Birmingham on Saturday to complete in the British Masters National Road Relay Championships. With quality teams coming from across the UK the races were always going to be fiercely contested. NHRR put in a superb effort to finish an impressive 4th from 48 teams in the MV45 race. The team were led off by Andrew Leach, who currently tops the V50 national rankings at 10km, running the 3 mile leg in 15.48 to finish 5th. Mark Vaughan ran 16.23 lifting the club to 2nd whilst Nick Malpeli, on leg 3, ran 17.32 and crossed the line in 4th. David Annetts ran 16.35 on the anchor leg to finish 43 seconds behind the bronze medallists North Shields Polytechnic but 20 seconds ahead of last year’s champions Leicester Coritanians in 5th. Thames Hare and Hounds claimed the gold medal with Aldershot, Farnham and District 2nd.