A strong squad of 59 North Herts Road Runners made the short trip to Stevenage on a warm and sunny Thursday evening to tackle the final Hertfordshire Division One Mid Week League road race. The team won the race with the men taking top spot and the women coming second. John Auld the club’s team captain said “I’m absolutely delighted with the team’s performance this season.
The team spirit was fabulous with Squirrels turning out consistently to run and support each other and the club. Winning the season finale at our host race was fantastic and solidified us as runners up in Division One”.
After all four races, Katie Harbon won the Women’s Senior League and Ben Hadman finished second in the Men’s Senior League. Astrid McKeown claimed third in the Veteran Womens 45+ Age category, with Lucy O’Connor 2nd in the Womens 55+ category. Mid week league secretary Pete Sibbett said, “a huge thank you to all those members who gave up running last night to ensure that we put on a safe and enjoyable race, you are star squirrels”.
The team are excited for the upcoming Mob Match in Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday which brings all three divisions together, so they can go head-to-head with Division 2 runners up Fairland Valley Spartans who have gained promotion to Division One for the 2024 season, to revive their friendly rivalry!
Squirrels storm round the streets of London
Katie Harbon and David Edwards headed to London to toe the line with 17,500 other runners at the Asics 10km. The race started on the edge of Green Park, and took in some of the most iconic sites on closed roads, including Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square, before finishing on Whitehall, just past Downing Street.
Katie had a brilliant race and finished 4th female in an incredibly quick time of 36 minutes and 25 seconds. David was pleased to run a personal best time of 41 minutes and 50 seconds and finished in the top 800 males.
Five Squirrels in action at Ultra 5km
On Sunday, five determined North Herts Road Runners ran the Bedford Ultra 5km in very humid conditions at Box End. Rhia Botha, Kris Whitmore, Mike Philips and Ian Datlen undertook the 5 x 5km. with Steve Brenton running the 3 x 5km race.
The event comprised a 5km run on the hour every hour with the total time for all runs added together for a total time. It was a tough course with a soft trail including a few inclines and switch backs, so definitely not for the faint hearted!
Rhia was dominant in the female field coming in 7 mins ahead of 2nd place! The men’s competition was more closely fought with 2nd to 5th positions separated by only two minutes. Kris Whitmore was delighted to finish second with a strong sprint finish seeing him gain a position. In the 3x5k, Steve Brenton finished third make and said “It was really different, challenging type of race, and managed to bag my first ever trophy for the shelf!"
Rhia Botha 1st Lady 1:55:10
Kris Whitmore 2nd Male 1:43:20
Ian Datlen 5th Male 1:45:52 3 x 5km
Mike Philips 15th Male 2:03:37 Steve Brenton 3rd Male 1:11:29
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