This weekend saw the legendary NHRR Standalone 10k take place, a regular fixture of the club calendar across the last 36 years. Bringing together runners from far and wide, members of the club ran, marshalled, and delivered a standout race, yet again! It is a special race that shares the magic of North Herts Road Runners with the community.
The race was also the Hertfordshire County Championship for 10k:
It is hard to capture in words the magic of the Standalone, but what better way to get a feel for it than the words of some of those squirrels who flew round the course. Katie Harbon was full of praise “ The race that tests my ability to have a manic weekend helping set up and a (really) early morning and then try and run a 10k with as little prep as possible. I tend to say it’s a case of survival and a lot hope! The women’s and men’s team run Standalone to represent the club but really it’s the Marshalls, race committee and event support who make the race what it is and the success it continues to be. I’ll forever be appreciative of the opportunity to represent North Herts Road Runners but must thank everyone else behind the scenes for a FAB weekend! Wear the vest with pride!”
Whilst Shahab ran as part of the winning men’s team loved the support “Privileged to be asked to run Standalone today. Amazing support on the course from the fantastic marshalls and locals. Not exactly a 'fast flat' course but managed a nearly 30 second PB, drawing off a combination of adrenaline and club support.”
Lindsay Cook got her first taste of racing Standalone after years of support the organisation of the event ‘After around 20 years of helping out at Standalone 10k, I was lucky enough to have the chance to run this year. I have had a horrible cold recently so it was never going to be a great time for me today, but it wasn't about that! It was amazing to see the race from a different angle, to be cheered on by all the marshals (although that meant there was nowhere to hide lol) and to experience the lovely atmosphere on the course. I felt very proud and lucky to be able to take part in this special event and even though I found the undulations and the warm temperatures pretty challenging, I enjoyed it too. Thanks to everyone who makes Standalone 10k such an amazing day!”
Elsewhere a bevvy of squirrels were out at a variety of Parkrun events on Saturday morning. Sheila Leavy completed her first sub 40 minute walking parkrun time at Stevenage yesterday in 39:29. Perfect conditions with no wind off the lake – congratulations Sheila.
Whilst slightly further afield Lindsey Lucas took on the Sydney event and bumped into a familiar face:
“Having spent 4 days on a train going from west to east we found ourselves full of food and drink and feeling rather sluggish in Sydney. Come Saturday it was time to find a Parkrun. Centennial Park run in Centennial Park was our nearest with a 7am start. As it was a bit far to run to the start we treated ourselves to a taxi. Viv and Bev Rimmer identified each other at the start thanks to the NHRR t-shirts. I didn’t realise there was another club member there until Bev called out “come on North Herts” as we did a short out and back at about 1km. I was left thinking who knows where I’m from? It was lovely to be cheered over the finish line and then we had the opportunity to catch up on where we had been travelling and running over the last month in Australia. Appropriate that Bev spotted our Standalone t-shirts on Standalone weekend.”
Perhaps we’ll get some Aussies at next year’s Standalone after the promo…
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