Sunday saw the 30th running of North Herts Road Runners’ Standalone 10k, with a record 1650 entrants for the 10 km course and 300 for the children’s fun run at Standalone farm. Alongside the runners, helpers and stalls the Garden City Samba band and NHRR’s Tufty and the Squirrels were on hand to play the runners home. As usual Standalone Farm was a great setting for the race, with the farm team being the perfect hosts.
With around 120 Squirrels and their friends helping put on the event, marshalling, supervising road closures, providing refreshments, working with our sponsors and a myriad of other jobs, a relatively small team was entered in the race itself.
The ladies race (662 finishers) was won by North Herts’ very own Katie Harbon in a time of 38:30, followed by Astrid McKeown in 40:37 (6th), Jane Clarke - 43:15 (10th), Paula Adams - 44:31 (17th), Natasha Pitman - 44:54 (19th), Katherine Burr - 46:12 (35), Jennie Fraser - 50:42 (84th), Angela Edmondson-Jones - 55:08 (172nd), Jen Naisbitt in a PB of 57:16 (253rd); Carina Quayle - 1:04:08 (415th), Helen Cromack - 1:04:35 (423rd), Lisa Laundy - 1:04:38 (425th), Randeep Sandher - 1:20:03 (631st), Shani Fielding - 1”20:35 (633rd) and Hayley Cocks - 1:21:27 (638th)
In the men’s race (692 finishers), first home for the club was Andrew Leech in a time of 33:41 (4th place), followed by Mark Vaughan in 34:39 (8th), and then Darren Sunter in 34:51 (9th), Jim McConnel - 35:06 (11th), John Rayner - 35:29 (13th), Ed Price - 35:41 (16th), Andy Mutton - 35:42 (17th), John Auld in a new PB of 35:47 (19th), Rob Harris - 37:08 (26th), James Drew - 45:47 (177th), Lewis Green - 47:28 (227th), Manvir Parmer - 48:17 (250th) and Andrew Porter - 58:06 (527th).
The ladies team of Katie Harbon, Astrid McKeown, Jane Clarke and Paula Adams, were first and won the County Championship. The men’s top two teams came first and second and won first and second places in the county championships too. They were made up of Andrew Leach, Mark Vaughan, Darren Sunter, Jim McConnel (A team); John Rayner, Ed Price, Andy Mutton and John Auld (B Team).
The Race Committee and club would like to thank all of those who raced and especially all those who gave up their time to help make this once again one of the best local community events of the year.
Elsewhere, 4 squirrels raced Parkruns, with Chris Poole finishing 121st in 23:39 at Gunnersbury, Brian Judkins finishing 63rd at Westmill in 34:21, while at Stevenage, Geoff Pettengell was 157th in 32:27 and Patrick Norris finished 166th in 33:31
On Wednesday 27th, a squabble of Squirrels ran in the third and final race in the Hatfield 5k Series gaining some more impressive results and prizes. In a field of 249 runners Mark Vaughan was first home for the club in 16:26 (3rd place), as well as finishing 2nd overall in the series and first MV40. John Rayner finished in 17:01 (9th) and 3rd in the MS category. John Auld finished in 17:14 (10th), as well as 2nd overall in the MS category. Other finishers were Matthew Sayers - 17:38 (17th) (2nd in the V40 category overall), Stewart Overton - 17:49 (21st), Nick Malpeli - 17:50 (22nd), Andrew Green 18:03 (28th), Simon Poole - 18:27 (34th), Darren Matussa - 18:55 (43rd), Martyn Annetts - 19:49 (65th), Jane Clarke was the first female Squirrel home - 20:40 (80th) and 3rd overall in the FV35 category, Peter Sibbett - 20:50 (83rd), Claire O’Sullivan - 23:22 (129th), Matt Ankers - 24:37 (150th), Richard Fox - 24:45 (154th), Linda Aird - 24:53 (157th) finishing 2nd overall in the FV55 category. Ian Sutcliffe - 25:35 was 165th and 1st in the MV70 category, Rachel Annetts - 25:40 (169th) and Karen Dodsworth - 27:32 (198th). The men’s team of Mark Vaughan, John Rayner, John Auld, Matt Sayers and Andrew Green won the series title.
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