No relaxing for John Rayner on holiday as he entered the Apmeneia 5k on Thursday finishing 3rd overall. John said ‘This was due to start at 7pm with the temperature around 30 degrees. The course started at a local football club, headed out into the countryside and then looped back through the village. 30% on road I had been promised a couple of little hills. The first 3km were beautiful, downhill and I was part of the lead group. Then as we got back to the village we met the first of many steep climbs. The lead group broke up but I was able to hold on to 3rd. After the race there was food and most importantly jelly. This was followed by the prize giving and the chance to stand on a podium. The whole race was free, including a t-shirt and medal.’
Sue Foot ran the Suffolk Running Academy Marathon on Saturday. This was a single loop around the beautiful Suffolk countryside with some long challenging hills especially in the heat. Sue said ‘There was only 13 of us and apart from the start I was on my own for the 26.4 miles. I finished fourth overall in 4.50 and was the first lady out six.’
North Herts very own First Saturday of the month 5km in Norton Common saw 61 finishers in the beautiful sunshine.
Vince Wright won the race in 18:26 and was delighted that his marathon training is going so well. 2nd in the race and First Lady was Katie Harbon in 18:52. Completing the podium for the squirrels was Will Harrison finishing in 3rd with 19:50. There was a tremendous 3-way sprint finish for 3rd, 3 seconds between them, with Will, Steven Bennett and James Keogh. Next month’s event is on the 3rd September at 9am.
Although it was a few weeks ago now, we got confirmation on both the county and event results for the relay this week. The race was on July 21st.
Fantastic event, superb turn out and performance from #TeamNHRR.
Katie was the fastest woman's leg.
Teams medals given below.
Red, senior men, silver overall and county gold
Grey, vet men, gold in both
Ground, senior women, gold in both
Tree, vet women, silver in both
Flying, mixed vet gold
Siberian, mixed vet silver
Red: James Fox, Ben Hadman, Mike Roberts, Tom Webb
Grey: Stewart Overton, Ed Price, Mark Vaughan, Darren Sunter
Flying: Ian Datlen, Lucy O’Connor, Shahab Ahmad, Caroline Thrussell
Ground: Katie Harbon, Sophie Thrussell, Paula Holm, Anna Klucnika
Tree: Rhia Botha, Rachel Arnott, Tash Pitman, Tracey Pitcairn
Siberian: Michael Over, Anna Gibson, Peter Sibbett, Jillian Tooley-Boys
Four squirrels travelled to Sandy to compete in the Biggleswade AC track meet which incorporated the Herts County champs for 10,000m. Men’s Captain John Auld exclaimed “It was a great event, everyone was super friendly. I really enjoyed the evening and I know the others did too.” All four NHRR competitors won county medals. Stewart Overton (34:33) - 2nd in the race and First MV40 in the county champs, Auld (38:19) 4th and 1st MV35 in the county champs.
Ian Datlen (38:57) - 2nd M50 in the county champs and with his first ever track race achieved a 10k PB. Karen Townsend (39:58) 7th – 1st Lady in the county champs.
On Sunday, more than twenty NHRR members completed the Sheepy Shuffle, raising funds for the Mirkwood Rest Home for Retired Sheep. Richard Weber explained that it is “an excellent charity, providing a happy, respectful and dignified retirement for its lovely residents. The event that was mainly completed as a social run on the Letchworth Greenway was proceeded by a sheep themed picnic on Norton Common. Particpants chose between Half Marathon distance and 5K to complete the virtual event, with one dedicated squirrel Andreea Weeisl-Shaw ‘racing’ her distance in Lanzarote.
Squirrel, Matt Roberts, used the opportunity of holidaying with family to compete in the Randburg Harriers Vitality 10K in Johannesburg with a crack of dawn 07:30 start time. Roberts said that he was excited to be wearing his club vest in this race, just a couple of days after arriving in South Africa. Despite the challenge of both the elevation and having not yet acclimatised to the altitude, Roberts raced well and was delighted with a top 100 finish and 8th MV40 in a large field. He not only enjoyed the atmosphere and the experience, but mostly was so pleased to see and run with his brother-in-law, who he hadn’t seen for 4 years and had been planning to run with once COVID restrictions eased.
This Saturday sees the First Saturday of the Month at 9am on Norton Common http://www.nhrr.org.uk/fsotm---free-5km-race.html Also, spaces are selling fast for the club's flagship race, Standalone 10km on Sunday 25th September. Go to http://www.nhrr.org.uk/standalone-10k.html to enter.
Squirrels were out in force and using their holiday destinations as an opportunity to be Parkrun tourists.
LETCHWORTH –James DALTON 21:43, Dervla DOWNING 24:11, Andrew Grudzinski 26:40, Jegan SIMON 27:38, Paul BOWAL 28:13, Bob DAVIS 29:03, Philip FLACK 36:35. ST ALBANS – Mike BULLOCK 29:21, GUNNERSBURY – Scott REED 32:07 KETTERING – Steve WILLIAMSON 27:41 STEVENAGE – Mike PHILIPPS – 19:57, Elwyn HOWELL – 21:50, Natalie PHILIPPS – 27:52, Linda AIRD -28:15, Sue VAUGHAN -29:45, GUNPOWDER Darren MATUSSA – 21:48, WIMPOLE ESTATE – Joseph Sherry – 24:44, HUNTINGDON – James GODFREY 22:04, SEATON – Darren SUNTER – 33:40, WEYMOUTH – Natalie LAWRENCE – 18:39 ALBERTS FARM (South Africa) - Matt ROBERTS – 36:04, HOLKHAM – Tracey MCCREATH – 33:33, LANDS END – Jane CLARKE – 25:20, HENLOW BRIDGE LAKES – James POULTON 22:16, Dave BRAYBROOK – 22:23, Richard BARKER – 23:55, Lucy O’CONNOR – 24:50, Rachel ANNETTS – 28:38, Branka MOSS – 53:43.
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