Here's a quick catch up on our 2020 squirrels of the month!
Jon Hunt for his amazing virtual Standalone project management skills
Clare Hooley for her Virtual London Marathon, so determined on a day with horrendous weather
Ed, Lindsay and Phil for getting the new app up and ready to roll out
Congratulations to our 3, yes 3! winners of the SoTM April
Sue Foot: for her very positive attitude right from the start of the lock down, reminding us of the fantastic country side we have at our leisure. You might have found your new favourite route due to Covid? Plus for initiating a short run league open to all club members. If you want to take part, there is more info on the forum
Karen Dodsworth: for organising bi-weekly online strength and conditioning sessions, and a bi weekly Saturday night quiz. Both great fun and a nice opportunity to see the faces (and other body part during the S&C) of your fellow runners. If you want to take part, there is more info on the forum
Linsey Ashley: for keeping us entertained every day with the most delightful dance moves to join in, or just watch (42 days and counting). If you haven't seen her moves then have a look here: https://youtu.be/oHcn4APWXZI
It is not surprising that NHRR members make the best out of the current situation
Keep safe and Keep them going!
Congratulations to the NHRR Social Team (Helen, Caroline, Jo, Paul, Adam, Monica and Kat) - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for March!
Sometimes unusual situations bring the best out in people - and NHRR is no different!
For March we had some lovely nominations, people organising virtual training meet ups, people offering help where they can, and people doing unusual thing to keep our community going - all worthy so keep these going as this is a marathon, not sprint.
But the SoTHM in March goes to the Social Committee (Helen, Caroline, Jo, Paul, Adam, Monica and Kat) !!!!
They had organised what would have been another amazing event, but when we made the decision to cancel the event, they really showed their commitment to the club. They immediately spoke with all relevant parties, made arrangements to 'reserve' services for future so that there was not financial loss for them or us, or negotiated refunds where possible.
Congratulations Mike Bullock and Susan Mansfield - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for February 2020
Endurance athletes Mike and Sue are February's worthy winners of 'The Squirrel'.
Their passion for very very long off road runs dressed as super heroes would be enough to secure them this prize, but what makes them truly exceptional and as hard as nails is that there appears to be no conditions too tough for these two.
When Storm Ciara swept across the whole of the UK bringing heavy rain with widespread gusts of 70 - 80 mph, running events were cancelled across the country due to health and safety concerns.
Obviously endurance events are less concerned with the safety of their runners as Mike and Sue completed the Leicester Round Ultra trail race consisting of 58km of pure mud, big hills and ploughed fields. Their achievement was truly super human and gave the race reporter for that week something to write about on what would been a damp squib of a weekend,
Congratulations Mark Vaughan - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for January 2020
Kit secretary Mark lives and breathes kit, it’s a passion or perhaps some might say even an obsession.
As expected, he leads by example when it comes to being kitted out for race day. Another passion is cross country so the culmination of kit and cross country at the Herts County Cross Country Champs made for an ideal day out.
Mark turned up to race as expected exceptionally turned out in full North Herts Road Runner attire. Bobbly hat check, branded jacket check, race shoes check, even a fully branded North Herts Road Runner Marquee check. However, even this super-efficient and organised kit obsessive can get it wrong. Looking super nifty pre-race Mark reaches in to his kit bag (probably branded) to find he didn’t pack his vest but instead packed fellow kit secretary and wife Sue’s vest. Being the ultimate professional, he just donned his wife’s vest and raced.
You’ll need to ask Mark if this kit blip impacted his race performance on the day or if he found the ladies cut slightly liberating.
Congratulations Linda Aird - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for December 2019
We've saved the best to last as Linda Aird sees out the decade as Squirrel of the Month.
Linda has shown true squirrel spirit with her services to running whilst injured. Although unable to run in this season's cross country campaign Linda as been there supporting and taking numbers at the end of races.
She has provided so much encouragement to others and has selflessly turned up to club nights to help.
Linda you are an absolute legend and a super baker too!
Congratulations Pete Sibbett - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for November 2019
Pete has been awarded this months winner because he showed true squirrel character during the 3CXC at Wing.
Having set out to race hard and put himself in contention for an overall age category win, Pete stopped his race when a fellow club mate got into difficulties.
Pete stayed with him until Marshall’s were on the scene and the fellow runner was well supported. Despite having lost several places Pete continued on to finish his race.
Pete has been in the club (as a very fast runner I might add) and on the committee for many years, and has had many achievements and made some significant contributions to the club but despite several nominations for this prestigious award has never won it until now. This one it very well deserved.
Congratulations Ian Dalten - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for October 2019
Ian joined the club just over a year ago but soon became an established and well respected member of the club. He goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome and is a truly inclusive runner. His words of encouragement and support have reached all in the club and he continues to befriend all newcomers.
Actions speak louder than words and no truer a statement can be said of Ian. He has excelled in his performances over the past year and continues to set new PBs in all distances. Ian has enjoyed gentle rivalries with many runners over the years and his enthusiasm reminds many of us about the real reason we started running in the first place.
He epitomises the ethos and ethics of the club and as such is a worthy recipient of our Squirrel of the Month.
Congratulations Ian Sutcliffe - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for September 2019
One of our more experienced runners it's safe to say Ian is an old hand with decades of experience at running and racing.
Ian's passion for running is so great he just can't stop himself from running. This became apparent to everyone during the Hatfield 5k series when Ian just wasn't satisfied to race the 2 lap 5k course and he continued on for a third lap of racing before crossing the finish line.
Such dedication has made him this months winner.
P.S If you see Ian at a race just remind him how many laps the course is.
Congratulations to our Club - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for August 2019
NHRR was selected at the England Athletics Volunteer Awards (East of England) as CLUB OF THE YEAR 2019.
This award was not just based on strong and improved performances in leagues and championships, but also how over the last 12 months we demonstrated our ongoing commitment to the sport and what opportunities we provided.
This is YOUR award. THANK YOU for being a SQUIRREL
Squirrel of the month
This award is to celebrate and recognise a special club member who has show extraordinary commitment to the club or impressed with an outstanding achievement.