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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.
NHRR members travelled near and far last weekend securing some superb times in hot weather.
Jo Summers travelled to the Peak District to participate in the Dovedale Dipper, an off road course taking in stunning scenery and several hills. With just a route map to guide her way Jo finished the course in 5 hours and 7 minutes, coming in joint first lady with her running companion Tracey Avill.
Darren Matussa – First Saturday of the Month 5K winner and new PB
In a busy week for North Herts Road runners, Thursday saw the annual running of the ever popular Fairlands Valley 3km relays in Stevenage and both men and ladies claimed county honours in this event. In the men´s race, the NHRR “A” team of Darren Matussa, john Rayner, Darren Sunter, John Auld and Andy Green finished in 11th place overall and picked up a Bronze medal in the Herts County Championships. NHRR “B” )Mark Vaughan, Vince Wright, Adam Wilson, Alan Hazelhurst and Steve McKeown) were 25th and finished in 4th place in the county. They were followed by a mixed NHRR “C” team of Simon Poole, Ollie Garbas, Matt Ankers, Linda Aird and Sue Foot. Continue reading
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.