North Herts face tight battle as relegation race goes to the wire

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.

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Harbon Flies the Flag for Team GB and NHRR

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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.

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Bank Holiday Race Results

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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).

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North Herts Road Runners take on British Masters Road Relay

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.

Andrew Leach leading out the MV45 team FV55 team L-R Karen Dodsworth, Linda Arid, Rachel Annetts

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Record Breaking week for NHRR

IMG_1862 - supplied by Yuko GordonIn a glorious weekend for running, North Herts Road Runners held a record breaking First Saturday in the Month 5km on Norton Common in Letchworth. On the 5th anniversary of the race NHRR removed the entry charge for the race and 173 runners came to join in, smashing the previous record attendance of 93. Adrian Ryan was first home in 17:58 with Darren Matussa finishing as the first North Herts Road Runner in 2nd place in 18:27. Nick Malpelli finished in 4th in 19:09 and John Auld was close behind in 19:19 finishing in 5th. Helen Cairns was the first lady home in 22:30, with Jane Clarke in 23:50. Other NHRR finishers were Simon Poole 20:37, Oliver Garbas 20:47, Vincent Wright 21:56, James Walsh 22:01, Christian Allen 22:50, Sheena Scaplehorn 25:11, Michael Moralee 25:14, Martyn Annetts 25:21, Jo Harbon 25:29, Adam Wilson 25:51, Bob Davis 25:57, Mandy Waldock 27:02, Petra Grosse-Hull 27:03, Karen Dodsworth 27:32, Michelle Grudzinski 28:03, Jeni Spurr-Jones 29:01, Ashley Murray-Rochard 30:07, Dawn Power 30:47, Carina Quayle 30:51, Helen Giffin 31:18, Sheila Leavy 31:28, Rebecca Finch 31:38, Brian Judkins 32:44, Ruth Hicks 34:16, Helen Govey 35:24. A special mention should also go to Michael Laing who has now taken part in 50 races in this series!

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Roar Runners enjoy their day in the sun at the Greenway Challenge

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North Herts Road Runners claimed a full set of honours as they enjoyed the Mayday sunshine at their 2016 Greenway Challenge. 226 runners completed the half-marathon run around the borders of Letchworth Garden City and the host club had plenty to celebrate with first finishers in both the men’s and ladies’ standings.

Fresh from claiming a silver medal in the European off-road duathlon championships, Jim McConnel found the Greenway track to his liking as he led the field home in a superb time of 1.16.37. Taking part in her debut half-marathon, Katie Harbon had no problem in stepping up from shorter distances as she came home as first lady in 1.32.19. The Squirrels went on to take the first four places in the men’s results, with Rob Harris posting 1.22.47, Darren Sunter  1.24.56 and Spencer Bevan 1.25.31. Continue reading

London Marathon and other race results from the weekend

North Herts Road Runners (NHRR) had plenty to cheer about at the London Marathon as months of hard work and training paid off for their members.  First in for the club and setting a new CR for his age group (v45-49) was Nick Malpeli in an amazing 02:49:04.  Darren Matussa finished in a fantastic 03:03:45.  Helen Nuttall  crossed the finish line in a brilliant time of 03:17:31.  Barbara Sayers fought through injury to complete the marathon in 03:43:14.  Alan Hazlehurst and Jim Marvell both set new PBs and finished in 04:14:32 and 04:51:18 respectively.  The whole club are very proud of all their endeavours.

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30th anniversary tree planting at Standalone

As part of our 30th Anniversary activities we have arranged to plant a tree in the new garden at Standalone Farm.

This recognizes our long-standing links with Standalone and the Heritage Foundation – notably through events such as Greenway Challenge, NHRR cross-country races and, of course, the Standalone 10k.

We’ll meet at Spirella at 7.15 on Tuesday as usual, then jog a warm-up mile down to Standalone, plant the tree and take a photo and then Karen and our coaches will co-ordinate a training session along the Greenway.

Weekend Race Results April 16/17

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Perfect weather conditions in Flitwick on Sunday where six squirrels turned out to run the Flitwick 10K with little or no wind and a fair bit of sunshine. The course was very undulating with some nasty hills late on in the race, but recent efforts at NHRR hill training sessions have obviously paid off. Mark Vaughan was the first squirrel home, picking up the trophy for 1st V40 in the race and a new 10k PB of 33:56. Others running were Claire O’Sullivan finishing in 50:28, a new PB. Ian Sutcliffe finished in 53:09, a new PB. New member Gina Joseph crossed the line in 53:09. Sue Vaughan coming back from injury finished in 58:15 and Helen Ferguson finished in 1:01:11. Included photo included from Flitwick 10k. Left to right, Claire O’Sullivan, Mark Vaughan, Sue Vaughan, Gina Joseph, Helen Ferguson, Ian Sutcliffe.


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