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.
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.
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.