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.

Alan Hazlehurst Darren Matussa

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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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Gold Rush at the Olympic Park for North Herts Road Runners

The road running season got off to a flying start when 10 North Herts Road Runners (NHRR) headed to London to compete in the British Masters 10k Road Racing Championship on Saturday. Held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the fast course and perfect conditions produced some great running and excellent results.

In a quality field first home for the club and in 4th place was Andrew Leach in 33:37 which secured him gold in the MV50 category. Next home in 9th place was Mark Vaughan in 34:14 taking the MV45 title. James Walsh finished 43rd overall in 38:28 closely followed by Adrian Sherwood in 45th place in a time of 38:34. The top performances from Leach, Vaughan and Walsh was rewarded by securing the MV45 team 10k championship title. Continue reading

Race Results: 28th March

The Easter weekend gave North Herts Road Runners members plenty of opportunity to work off their Easter eggs by taking part in races both locally and further afield.

In parkrun actjohn_auldion on Saturday at Bedford, Andrew Leech lead in the NHRR contingent finishing in 3rd place in a time of 16:36. Next was John Auld who was pleased to finish close to his personal best in 8th position in 17:59. Dave Frampton (23rd in 20:12) and John Cooper (46th in 22:01) also finished in impressive times on this fast course.  Also on good parkrun form despite were Darren Matussa who finished the St Albans parkrun in 13th position in 18:59 and Steve Lummis who was very pleased with his time of 22:47 (76th). Continue reading

New best secures Euro spot for Harbon

A superb performance at the Clumber Park Duathlon secured a place in Great Britain’s 2017 European Championships team for Katie Harbon.

The North Herts Road Runners athlete sliced an amazing 11 minutes off her previous best time for the distance, completing the 10k run, 40k cycle and 5k event in 2.23.07 to finish third in the 20-24 age group.

Harbon’s performance at Rutland Water a fortnight ago had already guaranteed her a place in the GB team for June’s 2016 World Championships in Spain. Now she will be donning GB kit in 2017 as well.

Not to be outdone, Katie’s father Richard Harbon was also in duathlon action, finishing 5th veteran in the Derwent Water Duathlon.  With the event also hosting the police national championships, Richard was third in the police veteran standings.

Also competing at national level were Andrew Leach and Yuko Gordon in the British Masters Cross-country Championships in Bath. After a hard-fought head-to-head at the front of his 8k race, Andrew finished second in the male 50+ age group. Yuko also achieved a podium position, finishing third in the 65+ category over a 6k course.

The main event for many North Herts members this weekend was the Bedford Parkrun, designated as the Club’s ‘Run of the Month’. 15 members made the short journey and were delighted to see Mark Vaughan lead the entire field around the fast and flat course to finish first in 17.01. Rachel Annetts secured first spot in the F55 category with 25.24, just pipping Karen Dodsworth who finished in 26.25.

Also running in Bedford were Darren Matussa (18.33), James Walsh (19.14), James Keogh (19.44), Pete Sibbett (20.32), Chris Poole (22.50) Helen Ferguson (26.27), Sue Vaughan (26.29), Paul Bowal (27.09), Lindsay Cook (30.05), Ruth Hicks (30.39) and Pat Norris (34.01).

Four NHRR members completed the 16.5 mile Ashridge Boundary Run, with Daniel Williams first of the contingent to finish in 2.19.53, followed by Martyn Annetts in 2.23.28, Suzy Trott in 2.23.30 (3rd in the F40 category) and Linda Aird in 3.00.19

Race Results – 13 March 2016

IanSutcliffe-NHRR Like winter, the 2015 – 2016 cross-country (XC) season has begun to draw to a close, replaced with the signs of spring fast approaching and the road-running season gathering momentum.
Mark Vaughan was selected to run for the Herts County senior team at the Inter Counties XC championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham. The Herts team competed against 45 other county teams drawn from the UK, with runners drawn from respective top county finishers including GB International runners. On a perfect day for running Mark was third scorer out of 6 for the county, finishing in a time of 44.36.
Team NHRRThe Vets County XC, was hosted at Cassiobury Park, Watford. Illness, injury and the road-running season limited the NHRR presence; however Ian Sutcliffe was rewarded with a 3rd place country medal finishing in 38.34. Johnny Spinks finished in 50.48 over the 8km distance. Over the 6.5km distance Linda Aird finished in 37.56 and Brian Judkins in 45.49. Continue reading