Three Squirrels travelled up the A1M to compete in the Kimbolton Half Marathon on Sunday. The race also included the Eastern Masters Half Marathon Championships where Nick Malpeli enjoyed the cooler conditions and secured 1st MV50 in a season's best time of 01:20:45. Robert Harris came in second for the club in 01:29:14 and Caroline Thrussell finished the race in 01:50:55 to be 2nd FV55.
Further afield, Simon Poole gave his last performance for the club before moving to Bicester, a dramatic twist. While running the Riverside Half Marathon in Lancashire, he ended the race covered in blood with no memory of falling or of the last 3 miles at all, still finishing in a creditable 1:34:09! Simon is hoping for a less painful race next month when he, alongside club mates Jim McConnel and Katie Harbon are heading to Ibiza to represent Great Britain in the Duathlon European Championships.
Four Road Runners and a support crew made a worthwhile journey to the Thorney 5 mile race near Peterborough. Despite windy conditions, the fast and flat course made for some excellent performances. First home for the club and securing third place was Adam Bowller in a PB time of 27:28 closely followed by Mark Vaughan - in 4th and winning the MV45 category in 28:01. Pete Sibbett finished in 34:50 and Karen Dodsworth in 43:17.
Closer to home Sue Foot and Jo Summers ventured on their annual trip to Wheathampstead for the 'Leila's Run' Marathon. They both enjoyed 'the lovely undulating route, scenery and good company of other runners'. Jo completed the race in 4:12 and Sue in 4:41.
As always, Squirrels were out in force throughout the country at Parkruns; Ellie Scott (23:39) in Norwich. Chris Poole (23:48) at Clapham Common. Matthew Davies (19:13) and Jodie Brumhead (24:19) in Dulwich. Vincent Wright (21:40), James Dalton (21:58), Stephen Lummis (23:43), John Russell (24:39) and Adrian Sherwood (28:54) in Letchworth. Jillian Boys (25:03) at Great Denham . Chris Stokes (20:58) at Tamar Lakes. Steve Williamson (21:23) at Holkham. Ian Datlen (21:08) and Patrick Norris (31:05) in Stevenage.
Saturday saw a scurry of squirrels heading over to compete and support at the Milton Keynes for the MK5000 PB special. A night of 5000m track races graded by recent times & led by a pacer to 3000m made for some tight racing & excellent times with over 60% of participants achieving a PB. Supporters were allowed into lane 4, with plenty of food, an open bar & commentary on each race, there was a great atmosphere. First up for NHRR was Stewart Overton in Race G, finishing 3rd in a new PB of 16.53.13. In the next race Adam Bowller finished 2nd & another PB in 16:15.99. The action continued with Andrew Leach & Mark Vaughan finishing in 15:59.00 & 16.23.60 respectively.
Speaking to an elated Adam Bowller afterwards he proclaimed “It was a fantastic evening culminating in watching some fabulous racing in the mens & womens BMC races. I'd thoroughly recommend this for next year”.
Darren Sunter headed over to Newark for the Half marathon. Sunter finished in 6th place overall and 3rd V35 with a time of 1:17:28.
Five squirrels ran the St Albans 10k on Sunday morning. A fairly flat and fast course that followed the old railway line. “It was so nice to run in considerably cooler conditions” said Lucy O'Connor after finishing. This produced some great results. O'Connor was first home for the club, finishing in 50:27. Dervla Downing finished in 51:36. Russ Hagan finished with a new PB of 51:50. Andrew Porter was the 1st V70 finishing with 56:04. Sheila Leavy finished just over the 60 min mark with 1:00:06.
Matt Davies ran the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon on Sunday morning. The course was a two lap 'undulating' course through the Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. Davies broke the 90 min mark for the first time and finished 27th with a new PB by over 5:30 of 1:26:22. Davies said afterwards “it was a lovely course. The trees provided lots of rain and wind protection and shade”.
16 Squirrels ran at 9 different Parkruns. Chris Poole (26:17) at Richmond. Jodie Brumhead (24:01) and Matthew Davies (24:01) at Cambridge. Michelle (27:11) and Andrew Grudzinski (29:11) at St Andrews. Cara Sutton (26:26) at Huddersfield. Stephen Lummis (22:45) and John Russell (30:18) Stevenage. Joanne Sopala (36:53) at Conwy. Andrew Underhill (22:47) at Holkham. Linda Aird (28:59) at Ludlow. Vincent Wright (21:57), James Dalton (22:24), Eva Mccabe (22:39), Jillian Boys (25:03) and Brian Judkins (32:58) at Letchworth
Seven Squirrels ran the St Neots Riverside Runners 10k. The race followed a stunning route, a mixture of tarmac paths, short road sections and lots of off-road. Linda Aird said, “It is quite ‘technical’, in that it twists and turns a lot and the constantly changing terrain underfoot meant you had to concentrate - add in the blistering heat and it made for quite a challenging morning's racing!” The team were very happy with the medals, t-shirts and the charity cake stand at the end which was very well stocked(!), in this well-organised race.
Linda Aird was first home for the club and 2nd in her age category in 53.35. Michelle Grudzinski was next home in 53:35, followed by Lucy O'Connor (57:34). Sue Foot then finished and was first in her age category in 57:45, winning a bottle of bubbly! Karen Dodsworth finished in 59:04, followed by Sheila Leavy (65:02) and Andy Grudzinski (65:48).
Tom Webb finished 6th overall in the Bewl Water Olympic Distance Triathlon in Kent on Sunday in 2 hours 10 minutes, just 1 minute off of the podium. It was a hilly bike and run course with a strong field including a couple of GB triathletes, and Tom had the fastest run leg of the day.
Elsewhere, on Saturday, it was the North Herts Road Runners First Saturday of the Month on Norton Common, Letchworth and among the many finishers were 19 Squirrels. First home for the club, in 5th place, was Matt Davies (19:29), with Sophie Thrussell finishing as first lady (22:11).
11 club members ran Parkruns. James Keogh (18:47) finished first at Poolbeg, followed by Clare Hooley (33:04). Pat Norris was at Gorleston Cliffs (35:47); Steve Lummis (25:15) and Chris Poole (26:57) travelled to Tring, while Brian Judkins (36:40) was at Wimpole Estate. Closer to home at Stevenage there were 4 Squirrels - Simon Poole (18:49); Pete Sibbett (22:00); Ellie Scott (24:01) and Jo Sherry (27:41), while at Letchworth Daniel Mallett finished in 24:02.
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