Equilibrium 5 Miles

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Another virtual knockout competition, similar to our parkrun cup, but run over 5 miles and with a built-in gradient equalising factor.
This is an individuals competition, and we are collecting names over the next 2 weeks to get to a start point.
To get onto the start list respond to the recent facebook post or to the email message sent to the club mailing list.
More details to follow …

5k Summer Knockout

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Here’s a 5k knockout competition with a twist.
Pairs are automatically generated by the Northbrook random bingo machine on a Facebook live draw.
Each couple in a pair has to run a 5K distance.
The 5k does not have to be run together or on the same course or the same day.
A week will be given for the pair to complete their runs, and each pair can make 2 attempts in the week to clock a time.
5k times are submitted through the Virtual Results upload form on the club website.
Pairs are drawn randomly against other pairs using the same Northbrook bingo machine on the same Facebook live draw to form a series of knockout matches.
For each pair in a match an aggregate time difference is established by comparing their submitted times with the times recorded on the virtual profiles board.
The winning pair in each match will be the pair that achieves the best time difference, and that pair will go through to the next round.
The competition proceeds until there is one winning pair.

Example:

  Board time Run time Difference
Fred 20:00 20:10 +00:10
Susie 33:00 32:30 -00:30
Pair A net difference -00:20

Mick 18:00 18:05 +00:05
Phil 23:00 22:45 -00:15
Pair B net difference 00:10

Pair A goes through to the next round, knocking out Pair B.

In each succeeding round the time on the board for each runner is the time taken to complete the previous round.

See semi-final results   (when the sheet displays select the Semi Final tab)

The Good, Bad & Ugly Virtual Relay

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A 3-person 5k relay for teams made up of runners with differing abilities, the idea being that the teams are evenly matched.

The virtual event is being staged over 3 days from Tuesday 14 July to Thursday 16 July with each team member running on a day different from the other team members.

It doesn’t matter who runs on which day, the organiser will order the teams alphabetically by first name but each team is free to negotiate its own running order.

The event organiser will create the teams from the list of people who have put their names. forward. Summer handicap times will be used to assess standards where possible. Teams themselves decide the order in which their runners run.

There are 21 teams taking part. Participants have been advised of their team name and team partners.

There is no set course, runners can choose any 5km course that is local to them.

Results…

Run Around the World in 80 Days

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The target is to run 24,901 miles in 80 days.

This is a charity virtual event involving Northbrook AC and four other local clubs to raise funds for the UHCW Charity.

The first club to accumulate the total distance will be crowned winners. If no club completes the distance in the time then the club with the highest aggregate miles will be declared the winner

Distances will be tracked through Strava – non-Strava users can upload their distances via this link.

Update
Kenilworth Runners were the first to complete the distance, achieving the target in 38 days, followed 3 days later by Spa Striders. Northbrook AC completed the distance in 54 days.

See more info about this initiative.

See how the clubs progressed

Not Series 2020

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Even if the race season remains largely closed, don’t despair – members can join in the Northbrook virtual racing season.

Follow the COVID running guidelines when running and get some points on the Not Series 2020! table. Go out for your run and then fill out and submit the form on the Virtual Events page.

The simple approach is to run from your doorstep and complete one of the set distances listed. Take the data from your wearable tech or app such as Strava®, running as close to the actual distance you can.

Send in your results and we’ll add them to the NOT Series 2020! table. The table will be updated at roughly weekly intervals.

View the table on the Virtual Events page.

Northbrook 10k Cancelled

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Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic the 2020 event has been cancelled.

Due to the uncertain situation prevailing now and into the foreseeable future, we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Northbrook 10k race.

We looked into re-scheduling the race for later in the year but a number of logistical problems prevents this option.

Everyone who has already entered for the race has been contacted regarding their entry fee.

We are planning to stage the next Northbrook 10k in July 2021, and we look forward to your participation and support.

More info on the Northbrook 10k website.

WRRL

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The 2020 season has been disrupted by races being cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and will not be contested this season. As a temporary measure a number of monthly Virtual Races are being organised to allow athletes the opportunity to run in a solo Time Trial capacity. More details are available via the WRRL web page.

At the 2019 series close the highest placed Northbrook competitor was Stuart Lumsden in 12th place. The highest placed Northbrook woman was Sally Eason in 24th place. In the category placings Sally Eason was 1st FV55 and Darren Taplin was 3rd MV45.

In the team placings Northbrook women were 5th, Northbrook men were also 5th. In the masters team placings Northbrook women were 3rd and Northbrook men were 4th.

Northbrook results 2019

Visit the WRRL web page

Northbrook Race Champs

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The results had been steadily coming in and the tables were getting well-populated. The new race eligibilty rules meant the points would soon start to be adding up. There’s likely to be a pause now with many races cancelled or postponed, so the later part of the year could be both busy and very interesting

The Race Champs tables are compiled from Summer Handicap results, and from results of qualifying races sent in to the web site.

View the latest tables at Northbrook Race Champs 2020

Awards 2019

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The Standard Triumph Club was the venue for the annual awards presentation on Saturday 15 February, where more than 100 members and guests enjoyed a splendid evening.

A total of 45 awards were presented by Club Chairman Bob Adams to members who had competed well in the various road running and cross-country competitions, and these were followed by 7 fun awards that were handed out in connection with amusing things that had happened to our members throughout the last 12 months.

The awards presentation concluded with announcement of the results of the votes cast by the membership for:
Most Improved Female Runner – Gemma Ross
Most Improved Male Runner – Sean Duffy
Club Person of the Year – Spencer Davies

See all the award winners..

Cross Country Season

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The cross-country season is reached its climax with the fourth and final fixtures in the Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League that started on 9 November, with Northbrook co-hosting both the men’s and women’s 1st fixtures at Coundon Hall Park in Coventry.

For the final races this season on 8 February the men ran at Gloucester and the women at Aldridge Airport. Northbrook women were very happy to come away from the season with 3rd place medals in the Masters and a strong 5th place team overall. In the men’s race Northbrook B team were first on the day and came away with first B team prize overall. Northbrook A team finished sixth on the day and sixth overall.

The 2020/21 season should start in October provided restrictions on athletics events have been lifted. There will be more information on our Cross-Country page

London Marathon 2020 Club Draw

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The Club draw for its allocation of two guaranteed entries to the 2020 Virgin London Marathon took place at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club on 20 November and the winners were Richard Hands and Catherine Shepherd. The reserve is James Lacey.

There were 17 in the draw who met the eligibility criteria and unlucky were Tony Bowe, Spencer Davies, Sarah Duffy, Sean Duffy, David Giles, Julie Liggett, Andy McConville, Charlotte Mills, Liam Mills, Mark Parker, Sara Phipps, Adrian Powell, Jonathan Seed and Pia Singh.

The event is scheduled to take place on 4 October 2020.

Anita in GB Team

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After getting the bug and taking up triathlon only 5 years ago Anita Howe has competed for the GB team in her age group since 2015. Although a Northbrook member, work commitments and a heavy training schedule with the DO3 squad means she’s not often seen at the Wednesday session but she runs in the club colours when she can.

In May Anita won her age group and became National English Champion, finishing 3rd overall. Competing in Weert, Netherlands in June Anita won in her age group and became European Champion.

Subs Renewal 2020

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It’s that time of year again when membership renewal falls due. Continue your enjoyment of being a member of the Northbrook running community by renewing your club membership now. You’ll get the benefits of UKA affiliation, structured training sessions led by qualified leaders, reduced entry fees to races, Northbrook-sponsored team entries, and so on.

Renewal is easy – go to the online Renewal Form, fill in your details and we’ll email you with payment instructions. Membership is renewed when payment is received.

Renewal fees are £30 full rate, £21 concessions.

Alternatively, you can send a Renewal Form with your payment to the Membership Secretary. If renewing in person on Club nights you must complete a Renewal Form to hand in with your payment.

Renew now to avoid embarrassment at upcoming races.

Update 26 August 2020
The deadline for the club to renew your registration with England Athletics is 31 August. Renew your club membership by 28 August to make sure you are not removed from the EA registered athletes list.

Annual General Meeting 2020

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The Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 January 2020 at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club. The meeting will start at 8.30pm after the normal training session.

The Club committee is elected by the membership each year at the AGM. Details of committee and non-committee posts, how to vote, the meeting agenda, and how to submit a proposal for consideration at the meeting are in the formal Meeting Notice.

 

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

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Six weeks of racing left to add points to the table and Stuart Lumsden has kept his lead with perfect scores from all six of the race distances completed, followed closely by Liam Mills just four points behind. Steve Turvey, Mike Wheeler and Mike Duggan continue to head the MV35, MV45 and MV65 categories but Rob Cox has moved up to head the MV55 section.

Natasha White has maximum points from all her seven race distances to keep her lead at the top of the women’s table. Gemma Ross, Lisa Bragg, Sally Eason, and Ros Myers lead the other women’s categories.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

London Marathon 2020 Club Draw

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The Club draw for its allocation of two guaranteed entries to the 2020 Virgin London Marathon will take place at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club on Wednesday 20 November after the training sessions.

Anyone wishing to be included in the draw should contact a committee mmember. You will need to have an official rejection notification to qualify. Other eligibility criteria apply.

Warwickshire Road Race League 2019 Awards

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Two Northbrook members received recognition of their WRRL 2019 category placings when the awards were presented at the WRRL AGM on 6 November.

Sally Eason, the highest placed Northbrook woman, was first in her FV55 category; Darren Taplin took the 3rd MV45 award.

Cross-Country Leagues 2019 Race 1

For Northbrook the 2019/20 cross-country season started with the club fielding seven teams at the Midland Cross-Country Relays on 19 October. Attention now switches to the Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League that starts on 9 November, with Northbrook co-hosting both the men’s and women’s 1st races at Coundon Hall Park in Coventry.

The women’s race starts at 1.30pm, followed by the men’s race at 2.30pm. Information for runners and officials, including directions to the venue, can be downloaded by following the link below:

Information for runners and officials
Course map

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

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With loads of results coming in every week the tables are looking very populated. In the Men’s table Stuart Lumsden has kept his lead with perfect scores from all seven of the eight race distances completed. Steve Turvey, Mike Wheeler, Pete Fellows and Mike Duggan continue to head the other men’s categories.

Natasha White has maximum points from all her seven race distances to keep her lead at the top of the women’s table. Gemma Ross, Lisa Bragg, Sally Eason, and Ros Myers lead the other women’s categories.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

Warwickshire Road Race League 2019

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The 2019 series featured 11 races starting with the Massey-Ferguson Tractor 10k in April and finishing with the Rugby 10 mile in October.

At the series close the highest placed Northbrook competitor was Stuart Lumsden in 12th place. The highest placed Northbrook woman was Sally Eason in 24th place. In the category placings Sally Eason wss 1st FV55 and Darren Taplin was 3rd MV45.

In the team placings Northbrook women were 5th, Northbrook men were also 5th. In the masters team placings Northbrook women were 3rd and Northbrook men were 4th.

Jag Club Membership Renewal 2019

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Jaguar Sports & Social Club Membership renewal is due now. You must take out Associate Membership of the Social Club if you:
come to training on a Wednesday night and park in the club car park,
come to Sunday long runs and park in the club car park,
eat cake in the bar once on a month on a Wednesday night in the summer.

You can download a Membership Renewal form by clicking on the link below. Make your own arrangements to renew and pay for this membership by returning your completed form with payment (cheque made payable to Jaguar Sports & Social Club) to the Jaguar Club bar on a Wednesday night, to the Leisure Centre or bar staff during opening hours or directly to the Sports Club Administration office.
Membership/Renewal Form (pdf format)

Membership/Renewal Form (MS-Word format)

Summer Handicap 2019 Race 6

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Wrapping up the 2019 season eighty members and guests turned out for the final handicap race on 4 September.

First home was Becky Colbourne in her second race win of the season, adding 30 points to her series total. Rick Wise in 3rd place gained the maiximum 50 points by being first Northbrook man to cross the line.

With 134 points from 5 races Lottie Graham ended the season with a 21-point lead at the top of the women’s table, ahead of Pia Singh and Martina McConville tying on 113 points.
In the men’s table Alan Hewitt with two race wins overhauled Tom Dempsey’s earlier bonus point assisted lead to take the top spot with 194 points from just 4 races. Tom Dempsey finished 2nd and Martin Gavin took 3rd place.

Participation this season has been at an all-time high, with 145 members and 43 guests taking part across the six races, with a total of 107 in Race 1. Nine men and three women took part in all six races.

More info about the series

Northbrook 10k

Chris Sharp from Knowle & Dorridge RC won the 2019 10k race in 33:54, with Ian Allen (Spa Striders) 2nd and Dominic Priest (Leamington C & AC) in 3rd.
Kelly Edwards (Leamington C & AC) took the 1st women’s prize in 37:14.
For Northbrook Liam Mills was first counter in 38:05.

In the Junior Run, Doug Garnett won the event in 6:02, the first girl was Mel Gould who finished 6th in 6:42.

Members of the Northbrook 10k organising committee visited Oakfield House to present a cheque for £1,700 to Coventry Cyrenians the major charity beneficiary of the 2019 race.

Sponsors included Bruker, Coventry Runner, Deeley Construction, JPL Heating and Plumbing and Curtain Call.

For full results visit our Northbrook 10k website.

Summer Handicap 2019 Race 5

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Not quite a record but a big turnout nevertheless for Race 5 on Wednesday 7 August, boosted by 8 new club members and 19 guests from Sphinx keen to honour their clubmate Vicky who will soon be swapping club handicaps for a probably more exciting Antipodian running experience.
New member Francis Mason came home first for Northbrook and so won maximum points in the men’s race. Megan Miller, also making her club and handicap debut, was top scorer for the women.
After 5 races Pia Singh has an 11-point lead at the top of the women’s table, ahead of Lottie Graham in 2nd place and Kelly Parker and Martina McConville in joint 3rd.
In the men’s table Tom Dempsey has established a 13-point lead over David Mills in 2nd place.

More info about the series

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

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With a good season of racing and plenty of results from the various distances the tables are looking very interesting. In the Men’s table Stuart Lumsden has taken over the lead with five of the eight race distances completed. Steve Turvey, Mike Wheeler, Pete Fellows and Mike Duggan head the other men’s categories.

Natasha White has maximum points from all her seven race distances to keep her lead at the top of the women’s table. Gemma Ross, Lisa Bragg, Sarah McNaney, and Ros Myers maintain their positions to lead the other women’s categories.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

Summer Handicap 2019 Race 4

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Continuing high level of interest in the Summer Handicap series led to 97 members and guests taking part in Race 4 on Wednesday 3 July.
Steve Simpson was first home for Northbrook and so won maximum points in the men’s race. Becky Colbourne finished next to become top scorer for the women.
After four races Lottie Graham has a 3-point lead at the top of the women’s table, in the men’s table Tommy Dempsey is six points ahead.

 

More info about the series

Good, Bad and Ugly Relays 2019

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The Club’s annual GBU relay race 19 June saw another big turnout with 93 members and guests taking part in a relay race for teams of 3 people of differing running abilities. Due to last-minute drop-outs the Northbrook super-computer was tasked with making some just-in-time adjustments to the make up of the thirty-one 3-person teams.

The winning team was presented with a bottle of wine each, and there were prizes for the 2nd and 3rd teams.
Full results are on the June 2019 Results page.

Summer Handicap 2019 Race 3

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The Two Castles 10k race the following Sunday may have given reason to think numbers for Race 3 of the 2019 Club Summer Handicap series on Wednesday 5 June would be reduced. Not so, 98 members and guests took part in an increasingly competitive event.
Katherine Plunkett was first home to win maximum points in the women’s race, and Alan Hewitt in 2nd place was again top scorer for the men. Lottie Graham now moves to the top of the women’s table, and Tommy Dempsey, benefitting from a clutch of bonus points, has established a good lead in the men’s table.

 

More info about the series

Northbrook Internationals

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Club Secretary and Welsh international Mark Baker was invited to represent the Celtic team v England in the Birmingham 10km on 26 May 2019, running in the MV50 age group. He also has invitations to represent the Celtic team V50 at two further events, the Maidenhead half-marathon on 1 September and the York marathon on 20 October.

The Celtic team includes Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so Mark will be proudly wearing his Wales vest.

Mark last represented Wales ten years ago in the 100km Anglo-Celtic-Plate event held in Galway in 2009, where he was 4th Welsh finisher in a time of 10h:38m.

John Pollard was invited by Welsh triathlon to represent them at the British Championships in Nottingham on 15 June in the 60 to 64 age group.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

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Getting on for half-way through the year and there has been plenty of activity in all of the distances. In the Men’s table Liam Mills has taken the lead with six of the eight race distances completed. Steve Turvey, Mike Wheeler, Ian Paterson and Pete Fellows (tying for the MV55 spot) and Charles Jones head the other men’s categories.

Natasha White has maximum points from all her five race distances to keep her lead at the top of the women’s table. Gemma Ross, Lisa Bragg, Sarah McNaney, and Ros Myers are the other women’s category leaders.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

Race the Train 2019

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The Club’s annual tussle with the brambles and nettles that may lie in wait along the 9k off-road route between Hampton-in-Arden and Tile Hill is a popular event that adds a bit of interest to a Wednesday night’s summer training.
This years staging held on 17 July saw a record 79 members and guests attempting the challenge, and so far there are no reports of anyone still out there.

Summer Handicap 2019 Race 2

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Popular distance races the previous weekend impacted the numbers taking part in Race 2 of the 2019 Club Summer Handicap series on Wednesday 1 May. Nevertheless, 90 members and guests competed for a place on the points table, with some newer members running the course for the first time.

Lottie Graham was first home to win maximum points in the women’s race, and Alan Hewitt in 2nd place scored was top scorer for the men.

With points from two races, including valuable bonus points from Race 2,  Julie Liggett moves to the top of the women’s table. Tommy Dempsey, on a roll with bonus points from both races, has established a lead at the top of the men’s table.

More info about the series

5k Improvement Programme

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A new posse of runners started the New Year on the right foot by signing up to our 5k improvement programme. Hugely successful last year, this 10-week programme will help improve their 5k performance to get more out of their running.
The programme started on 21 January with sessions held twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. Those who complete the programme will be invited to enter our Summer Handicap series starting on 3 April where they will be able to put their new-found running ability into practice.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

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One third of the way through the year and the tables have results form all of the distances. In the Men’s table Steve Turvey has taken the lead with five of the eight race distances completed. David Giles, Mike Wheeler, Ian Paterson and Charles Jones head the other men’s categories.

Natasha White dropped just one point from her five race distances to keep her lead at the top of the women’s table. Eleanor Townsend, Lisa Bragg, Claudie Combelas and Ros Myers are the other women’s category leaders.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

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Only a few weeks into the year and the tables are already starting to fill up.

In the Men’s table Rich Cawley has taken an early lead by accumulating points for 4 of the required distances.

In the women’s table only three race distances have been recorded and Natasha White has made a good start to her season by getting maximum points from her 3 races.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2019

Summer Handicap 2019 Race 1

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The 2019 Club Summer Handicap series kicked off in fine style on Wednesday 3 April. On an evening more like Winter than Spring a record 107 members and guests took off round the familiar circular course starting and finishing in Butt Lane to score their opening points for the season.

Phil Slater was first home to win maximum points, and Dawn Webb in 3rd place was first woman.
More info about the series

National Cross-Country Championships 2019

At the National Cross-Country Championships at Harewood House on 23 February Northbrook fielded male and female teams, plus an enthusiastic and vocal support crew. On a tough, undulating 8km course Northbrook women finished 110th out of 274 teams. On a longer but equally tough 12km course Northbrook men finished 102nd out 360 teams. In the first 9 to score placings Northbrook men finished 65th.

Baker’s Dozen in the B’ham League Landmark List

Baker’s Dozen in the League Landmark List
Having completed 108 races, with 2, 3 or 4 races completed in every season since 1987/88, Mark Baker has made it to the Birmingham Cross-Country League’s Landmark List and is currently in 13th place. His best performance was in Division 3 at Leamington Spa in 2012 where he finished 22nd overall and 2nd ‘A’ team counter.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 4

The final races of the 2018/19 Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League took place on 2 February, both teams running at Gloucester.

In the men’s race Northbrook’s somewhat depleted A Team finished 7th on the day, the men’s B team finishing 5th.

After a promising start in the first two races, the team’s strength was diminished by absences for various reasons in races 3 and 4, resulting in a disappointing overall 6th place at the series end. The men’s B team ended the season 4th overall.

Parkrun Cup 2019

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The 2018/19 Northbrook parkrun cup competition kicked off with the first round draw on 8 September. The draw comprised 28 ties, 4 lucky people getting first round byes. The competition progressed through the knockout stages, culminating in a thrilling final on 12 January with Tracey Williams (29:20) competing against Martin Gavin (26:20) and winning the tournament by 2 seconds. The cup will be awarded at the Club’s Annual Awards Night on 16 February.
This is a popular Club competition introducing a sense of fun and friendly rivalry to the Coventry parkrun event.

How it works ..

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 3

Race 3 of the 2018/19 Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League took place on 12 January, both teams running at Droitwich.

In the men’s race Northbrook’s A Team finished 8th on the day, and are placed 6th overall after 3 races. The men’s B team were 4th on the day and are also 4th overall. The final race is at Gloucester on 9 February where the men will have a lot of work to do to get into the promotion zone.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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The last couple of weeks of the year some last minute desperate attempts to get a few more points on the Road Race Championships table, but the competition is now done and dusted and the results are finalised.

In the Men’s table Stuart Lumsden claims first place, 3 points ahead of second-placed Steve Turvey who heads MV35 category. A further 4 points behind sees Liam Mills tying with Damien Dear for third place, also tying for the MSEN category title.

Terry Moynihan and Tom Miller lead the MV45 and MV55 categories, and Mike Duggan has a clear lead at the top of the MV65 category.

By winning maximum points in her best 5 distances Natasha White’s perfect score leaves her with a 3-point lead at the top of the women’s table with Amanda Deavy in second place and Cath Fenn in third. Amanda Deavy, Cath Fenn, Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers lead the other women’s categories.

View the tables at Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

Annual General Meeting 2019

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The Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club. The meeting will start at 8.30pm after the normal training session.

The Club committee is elected by the membership each year at the AGM. Details of committee and non-committee posts, how to vote, the meeting agenda, and how to submit a proposal for consideration at the meeting are in the formal Meeting Notice.

 

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 2

Race 2 of the 2018/19 Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League took place on 1 December, the men running at Plock Court, Gloucester, the women at Stratford.

In the men’s race Northbrook’s A Team finished 6th on the day, and are placed 5th overall after 2 races. The men’s B team were 4th on the day and were also 4th overall.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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With just six weeks left of the Road Race Championships year some frenzied attempts at squeezing out a few more points are clearly evident in the choices of weekend races. As a result first place in the men’s table is now tied between Steve Turvey and Liam Mills, both just one point ahead of third placed Damien Dear.

Andrew McConville and Terry Moynihan still head their categories who are now tying for fourth place overall. Tom Miller has kept his place and leads in the MV55 category. Mike Duggan has a clear lead at the top of the MV65 category.

Natasha White’s perfect score across her best five races means she keeps her 3-point lead at the top of the women’s table with Louise Myers, Amanda Deavy, Cath Fenn, Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers still leading the other women’s categories.

London Marathon 2019 Club Draw

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The Club draw for its allocation of two guaranteed entries to the 2019 Virgin London Marathon took place at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club on 21 November and the winners were Ian Paterson and Kevin Coughlan. The reserve is Linda Richards.

There were 17 in the draw and unlucky were Rory Anderson, Spencer Davies,  Damien Dear, Richard Hands, Tony Hughes, Joe Kelly, Liam Mills, Louise Myers, Mark Parker, Christopher Perkins, Adrian Powell, Jonathan Seed, Craig Slyde and Allison Smith.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Landmark List

Baker’s Dozen in the League Landmark List
Having completed 108 races, with 2, 3 or 4 races completed in every season since 1987/88, Mark Baker made it to the Birmingham Cross-Country League’s Landmark List. After the 1st race of the 2018/19 season Mark was in 13th place. His best performance was in Division 3 at Leamington Spa in 2012 where he finished 22nd overall and 2nd ‘A’ team counter.

Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 1

After kicking off the cross-country season with the Midland Cross-Country Relays on 20 October, the Club’s focus switched to the 2018/19 Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League that started on 10 November. Northbrook were looking to improve on last year’s outcome, the Captains encouraging everyone, new members and old hands, to get involved.

There was a good Club turnout for both events despite the blustery wind and rainstorms. In the women’s race Northbrook women finished 10th. In the women’s masters ranking Northbrook women were 7th.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 1

After kicking off the cross-country season with the Midland Cross-Country Relays on 20 October, the Club’s focus switched to the 2018/19 Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s League that started on 10 November. Northbrook were looking to improve on last year’s outcome, the Captains encouraging everyone, new members and old hands, to get involved.

There was a good Club turnout for both events despite the blustery wind and rainstorms. In the women’s race Northbrook finished 10th. Northbrook men’s A team finished 5th, the B team finishing 3rd.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Ten months of the year gone and with loads of results recorded the tables are promising an interesting final two months. Steve Turvey is keeping his place at the top of the men’s table with Liam Mills, Andrew McConville and Terry Moynihan still heading their categories. With a few recent, strategically planned races Tom Miller has moved up to take the lead in the MV55 category. Mike Duggan has a clear lead at the top of the MV65 category. There are now only 11 points separating the top five table positions, with a tie for 3rd place.

Natasha White’s perfect score across her best five races means she keeps her 3-point lead at the top of the women’s table with Louise Myers, Amanda Deavy, Cath Fenn, Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers leading the other women’s categories.

Warwickshire Road Race League 2018 Final

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At the series close Natasha White was 2nd overall in the women’s competition and won the Senior Female category. The other highest placed Northbrook competitors were Allison Smith (7th FV45), Julie Cozens (5th FV55), Terry Moynihan (4th MV45), Tom Miller (9th MV55) and Tony French (4th MV65).

In the team results Northbrook men were placed 7th, and Northbrook women were 5th.

In the masters team standings Northbrook men were 5th and Northbrook women were 5th.

 

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Three quarters of the year gone and with loads of results recorded the tables are shaping up for an interesting final three months. Steve Turvey is keeping his place at the top of the men’s table with Liam Mills, Andrew McConville, Terry Moynihan, and Tony Hughes now heading their categories. There are only 13 points separating the top five table positions.

Natasha White’s perfect score across her best five races means she keeps her 3-point lead at the top of the women’s table with Louise Myers, Amanda Deavy, Cath Fenn, Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers leading the other women’s categories.

Jag Club Membership Renewal 2018

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Jaguar Sports & Social Club Membership renewal is due now. You must take out Associate Membership of the Social Club if you:
come to training on a Wednesday night and park in the club car park,
come to Sunday long runs and park in the club car park,
eat cake in the bar once on a month on a Wednesday night in the summer.

You can download a Membership Renewal form by clicking on the link below. Make your own arrangements to renew and pay for this membership by returning your completed form with payment (cheque made payable to Jaguar Sports & Social Club) to the Jaguar Club bar on a Wednesday night, to the Leisure Centre or bar staff during opening hours or directly to the Sports Club Administration office.
Membership/Renewal Form

Parkrun Cup 2019

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The 2018/19 Northbrook parkrun cup competition kicked off with the first round draw on 8 September. The draw comprised 28 ties, 4 lucky people getting first round byes. First round ties are to be completed at Coventry parkrun within 3 weeks.
This is a popular Club competition introducing a sense of fun and friendly rivalry to the Coventry parkrun event.

How it works ..

Warwickshire Road Race League 2018 Race 8

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After eight races the highest placed Northbrook competitors are Allison Smith (5th FV45), Julie Cozens (5th FV55) and Tony French (5th MV65). In the team results Northbrook men are placed 7th, Northbrook women are 5th.

In the masters team standings Northbrook men are 5th and Northbrook women are 5th.

Summer Handicap 2018 Race 6

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The volunteers manning the finish at the final race in the Club’s summer handicap series on Wednesday 5 September really had their work cut out in handling the bumper field of 101 members and guests.

First home was Tony Hughes followed in second place by Jane Stephens. With only two or three outings over the season the maximum points earned for these two in Race 6 didn’t materially affect the placings at the top of the table where the Smiths claim the series titles.

At the season’s close Allison Smith led the women’s table with a 3-point lead over namesake Leisha Smith, who earned 2nd place with the bonus points from a Race 6 PB. Louise Myers and Gemma Ross were in joint 3rd place. Mark Smith topped the men’s table with a 22-point lead over 2nd placed Craig Slyde who was 5 points ahead of Martin Seeley-Davies in 3rd.

The 2018 handicap series proved to be the most popular ever with a total of 182 (131 members and 51 guests) taking part. Of these, 17 were ever present, managing an appearance at all 6 races. Bonus points for personal best handicap times were awarded on 29 occasions, including 10 in Race 6.

 

More info about the series

Northbrook 10k

Northbrook AC teamed up with Coventry Cyrenians as the major charity beneficiary of the 2018 Northbrook 10k race which took place on 8 July. At a presentation on 3 September, Club President Tony French presented a cheque for £1200 to Coventry Cyrenians’ fund raising officer Jack Swinburn to support their work with the homeless.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Two-thirds of the year gone and the tables are looking interesting with plenty of results coming in for all of the qualifying distances. Steve Turvey is keeping his place at the top of the men’s table with Terry Moynihan, Liam Mills, Tom Miller and Charles Jones heading their categories.

Natasha White has a slender lead at the top of the women’s table with Amanda Deavy, Sally Eason and Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers leading the other women’s categories.

Ruby Relay

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Northbrook AC celebrated 40 years of running in 2018, and as part of our ruby anniversary celebrations we staged a special one-off event on Wednesday 15 August. Twenty three teams of 3 runners from various training groups ran as many laps as possible of the Allesley Park 1000m loop in 40 minutes in repetitive relay order.
The team with the most laps completed in the shortest time over 40 minutes was declared the winner.  Winners were Tom McNamara, Louise Slater and Raghbir Sangha and each received a prize of a bottle of wine. There were prizes too for the second and third teams.

Full results and photos …

Summer Handicap 2018 Race 5

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The penultimate race in the Club’s summer handicap series on Wednesday 1 August attracted 73 members and guests. Louise Slater was first home for Northbrook and recently joined Raghbir Sangha was first Northbrook man to cross the line.

After Race 5 Helen Morris has moved to the top of the women’s table with Kirstie Murray and Gemma Ross close on her heels. In the men’s table Tony Forde has moved to joint pole position with Mark Smith who has a race in hand.

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Summer Handicap 2018 Race 4

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The Club’s summer handicap series maintains its popularity with Race 4 on Wednesday 4 July attracting 86 members and guests. First home and scoring maximum points in the women’s table was Karen Brewster, the men’s top points scorer was third home Dennis Gokayden.

After 4 races Karen Brewster shares the lead of the women’s table with Leisha Smith, just 3 points ahead of Helen Morris and Kirstie Murray who are tying for 3rd place. In the men’s table Martin Seeley-Davis is in pole position with a 6-point margin over 2nd placed Tony Forde.

More info about the series

Race the Train 2018

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The lack of rainfall over the previous few weeks hadn’t halted the growth of the nettles, brambles and other foot-grabbing undergrowth lining the route of the annual Race the Train event. Sixty members and guests took the delayed 7.18pm train from Tile Hill station to Hampton-in-Arden and then took the short walk to the start in Fentham Road.

The first mile or so was easy running on a downhill and then flat mainly paved roadway. After crossing the A452 the route then started to get interesting, with a couple of stubble fields, a stile, a root-strewn path the through the wood, more stubble and then the bouncy boardwalk along to the the church in Berkswell.

The second section from Berkswell to Tile Hill was an altogether trickier affair. Here the overgrown, concrete-hard, ankle-turning paths, combined with an abundance of juicy nettles, appeared to present something of a challenge those not very used to off-road running, and at times the peloton was reduced to walking. Some navigational head-scratching at the infamous four-way junction provided an additional intellectual challenge.

With many first-timers who were unsure of the route, and using the excuse that he would be running as part of a 5-person team at the Thunder Run the following weekend, Spencer very gallantly dropped to the back to make sure everyone got back home safely. There were a couple of minor mishaps further up the field but none that required more than self-administered first aid.

The delay to the train on the way out meant that after starting the race Bob had to dash to catch the train back to Tile Hill (no speech then) ready to welcome the runners home and record the results, although the times are probably pretty meaningless to most.

Northbrook 10k

On one of the hottest days of the year Chris Sharp from Knowle & Dorridge RC won the 2018 10k race in 33:50, with Scott Hazel (Massey Ferguson RC) 2nd and Ben Taylor (Kenilworth RC) in 3rd.

Kelly Edwards (Leamington C & AC) took the 1st women’s prize in 38:44.

For Northbrook Natasha White was first counter in 40:34.

Leamington C & AC took both the men’s and women’s Club team prizes.The winning men’s team was Paul Andrew, Philip Gould, Vassilis Andreoulakis & Dean Mawby and the winning women’s team was Kelly Edwards, Wendy Daniels & Sue Harrison.

In the Junior Run, Adam Taylor won the event in 6:26, the first girl was Ellen Taylor who finished 2nd in 6:43.

Results

Good, Bad and Ugly Relays 2018

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The Club’s annual GBU relay race held on 27 June attracted a record number of members and guests, meaning there were 31 teams of 3 people competing over the 3-mile undulating course. The winning team of Cath Fenn, Amanda Deavy and Katy Davies took home three bottles wine.
Full results are on the June 2018 Results page.

5k – 10k Training Program 2018

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Looking to move up from 5k to 10k? Then take a look at our 5k-10k Training Programme – a 10-week training plan designed and delivered by our own coaches and leaders to get you into shape for the 10k distance. It’s open to anyone aged 18 or over and includes an entry to our Northbrook 10k. Weekly sessions started on Thursday 3 May.


Summer Handicap 2018 Race 2

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It was another chilly night for Race 2 of the 2018 Club Summer Handicap series on Wednesday 3 May which saw another record field of 88 members and guests. Good work by the handicapper meant the timekeepers were kept on their toes recording the finely separated times at the bunched finish.

Gemma Darby was the first Northbrook member to finish, winning the women’s prize. Steve Bottomley, with a 3rd place finish, was first man. After 2 races Leisha Smith has a narrow lead at the top of the women’s table, whilst David Mills and Chris Goodman tying for first place in the men’s table are just one point ahead of Jamie Gould and Rory Anderson tying for second place.

More info about the series

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Five months into the year and the tables are filling up nicely with results for all of the qualifying distances. With six of those distances completed Steve Turvey has kept his place at the top of the men’s table with Ben Smith, Terry Moynihan, Chris Archer and Mike Duggan holding on to their category leads.

With the best five from seven distances Sally Eason has kept her lead at the top of the women’s table with Natasha White, Amy Burdis, Claudie Combelas and Ros Myers still leading the other women’s categories.

Parkrun Takeover Bedworth

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Flushed with his recent success in the Northbrook 2018 parkrun cup competition Mark Parker ran 18 miles in the rain from home to the Bedworth parkrun on Saturday 28 April where Northbrook took on most of the officiating roles. Not satisfied with that effort he then ran the course pushing his two children in their double buggy. Before the race Bob Adams introduced the Club to the assembled runners in what was for him an unusually short speech. The race was won by Andy Green of Team East Haddon. Northbrook’s Damian Dear was second. Northbrook’s Natasha White was the first woman to finish.

Parkrun Cup 2018

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The 2018 Northbrook parkrun cup competition reached its conclusion with the final knockout rounds taking place in April. The 50 runners in the starting group were gradually eliminated to get down to the final two. In the final, Mark Parker’s 22m 19s was a 2-second improvement on his best whilst Damian Pharoah’s 19m 03s time was 9 seconds away from his, giving Mark an 11-second advantage and with it the parkrun cup.

Club President Tony French presented the cup at the Club’s Wednesday night training session on 25 April. Rich Cawley the competition organiser remarked on the popularity of the competition and the sense of fun and friendly rivalry it has introduced to the Coventry parkrun event.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Nearly a quarter of the way through the year and all of the qualifying distances now have at least one result. With results from six of those distances Steve Turvey has kept his place at the top of the men’s table with Ben Smith, Terry Moynihan, Chris Archer and Mike Duggan now leading their categories.

Also with results from six distances, Sally Eason has kept her comfortable lead at the top of the women’s table with Natasha White taking over the Senior Women’s lead and Amy Burdis, Claudie Combelas and Ros Myers leading the other women’s categories.

Warwickshire Road Race League 2018 Race 2

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With the results of the first two races published Cath Fenn is the highest placed Northbrook competitor with a 1st place in the FV45 category. Spencer Davies is 4th MV45.
In the team results Northbrook men are placed 3rd, Northbrook women are 5th. In the masters team standings Northbrook men are 5th, Northbrook women are 4th.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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With a few more races counted Steve Turvey has regained his place at the top of the men’s table with Ben Smith, Terry Moynihan, Chris Archer and Mike Duggan now leading their categories.

Sally Eason has kept her comfortable lead at the top of the women’s table with Emily Hughes, Amy Burdis, Claudie Combelas and Ros Myers leading the other women’s categories.

Summer Handicap 2018 Race 1

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The 2018 Club Summer Handicap series kicked off on Wednesday 4 April. On a chilly night the circular anti-clockwise course starting and finishing in Butt Lane, familiar to Club regulars, provided an interesting challenge to some of the newer members and guests. In all 83 registered runners took part.

Ros Myers was first Northbrook member home, winning the women’s prize. Chris Perkins in 12th place was first Northbrook man. (These results are provisional).

To add some exicitement, and to give the handicapper a bit more work in working out the results, an unrecognised rogue runner ran through the finish funnel and was given a time. Anyone with a finishing position between 10th and 30th who thinks their reported time is incorrect can contact the handicapper via the Contact Form.
More info about the series

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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With a strategic move and a lone 100 point result from a less popular distance Mark Baker has put himself at the top of the men’s table with Steve Turvey, Liam Mills, Chris Archer and Mike Duggan leading their categories.

With a similar strategic move, but at the half-marathon distance, Sally Eason has moved into a comfortable lead at the top of the women’s table with Natasha White, Claudie Combelas, Emily Hughes and Katy Davies leading the other women’s categories.

Summer Handicap 2018 Intro

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The 2018 Club Summer Handicap series kicks off on Wednesday 4 April using the familiar, circular anti-clockwise course starting and finishing in Butt Lane. Whatever your pace the handicap system gives you a chance to reach the top of the table. Don’t miss out – be at the start by 7pm ready for a 7.15pm getaway.

To see how it all works visit the Summer Handicap page.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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A quarter of the year gone and the Road Race Championship tables are beginning to take on more shape.

With results from just three of the distances Steve Turvey has taken over the lead at the top of the men’s table with Liam Mills, Spencer Davies, Chris Archer  and Mike Duggan leading their categories.

Cath Fenn and Sally Eason are tying for top place in the women’s table with Claudie Combelas, Natasha White, Amy Burdis and Emily Hughes leading the other women’s categories.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Nearly two months in and a few more have managed to make an appearance on the Road Race Championship tables.

With results from three of the distances Spencer Davies has kept his early lead with Liam Mills, Tony Mackness and Mike Duggan still leading their categories and Simon Jones taking over the MV35 lead.

Sally Eason has a very narrow lead at the top of the women’s table with fellow FV45 Cath Fenn hot on her heels at this point. Claudie Combelas and Katy Davies lead the women’s categories.

Midland Women’s Cross-Country League

In their final Divison 1 race of the Midland Women’s Cross-Country League at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton on 10 February Northbrook women finished in 15th position out of 15 teams so they, like their men counterparts in the Birmingham Cross-Country League, are headed down, to Division 2 next season. In the Masters rankings Northbrook women finished well up in 9th place.
Overall then, not the best end to the league season but, as Arnie might have said “We’ll be back”.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League

Race 4 on 10 February at Ullwood Park, Cheltenham marked a disappointing end to the 2017/2018 Birmingham League season for Northbrook men. Finishing in 16th place on the day and with an overall 16th place, just one place from the bottom, means it’s down to Division 3 next season. The men’s B team finished well up the rankings with an 8th place on the day and an 8th place overall.
Turnout from Northbrook throughout the season has been good and consistent, due in no small part to the efforts of motivational Team Captain Spencer.

Overall then, not the best end to the league season but, as Arnie might have said “We’ll be back”.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2018

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Just a month into the championship year but long enough for some to gain sufficent points to make an appearance on the Road Race Championship tables.

Spencer Davies has taken an early lead with Liam Mills, Richard Hands, Tony Mackness, Steve Turvey and Mike Duggan leading their categories.

Sally Eason sits atop the women’s table with Katy Davies, Anne Hughes and Emily Hughes as category leaders.

Subs Renewal 2018

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It’s that time of year again when membership renewal falls due. Continue your enjoyment of being a member of the Northbrook running community by renewing your club membership now. You’ll get the benefits of UKA affiliation, structured training sessions led by qualified leaders, reduced entry fees to races, Northbrook-sponsored team entries, and so on.

Renewal is easy – see Renewal Form for details.

Renewal fees have been frozen again at £28 full rate, £20 concessions.
Renew in person on Club nights, or send the Renewal Form to the Membership Secretary.
Renew now to avoid embarrassment at upcoming races.

Midland Women’s Cross-Country League

In race 3 of the 2017/2018 season on 13 January at Cofton Park Northbrook women competed in the third Division 1 race of the Midland Women’s Cross-Country League to finish in 14th place. The women were 7th in the Masters race.

The final race in the series is on 10 February when the women at Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League

In race 3 of the 2017/2018 season on 13 January at Cofton Park Northbrook men’s ‘A’ team scored a season’s best 507 points to finish 14th on the day. With an overall score of 1738 points from three races Northbrook’s ‘A’ team is lying in 15th position out of 17 teams.

The men’s ‘B’ team scored 987 points to finish 9th on the day, moving up to 8th overall after three races with an overall score of 3151 points.

The final race in the series is on 10 February when the men run at Cheltenham.

Annual Awards 2018

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Hearsall Golf Club was the venue for the annual awards presentation on Saturday 13 January, attended by 100 or so members and guests.
Mark Holmes, Finance Director of Bruker, the main sponsor of the club’s 10k race, was guest of honour and presented the prizes. Club member Chris Archer’s band Re:offenders provided live music.

Introducing the awards presentation Club Chairman Bob Adams congratulated the 52 awards winners on their achievements, mentioning some of the very impressive performances that had been recorded during the year.

Spencer DaviesDamian Pharoah
In the voted awards, Spencer Davies (Club Person of the Year) and Damian Pharoah (Most Improved Runner) attracted most votes.

 

Award winners

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Northbrook Road Race Champs 2017

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With the points all counted at the end of the year Stuart Lumsden and Amanda Deavy are the 2017 Northbrook Road Race Champions.

Ben Smith, Steve Turvey, Terry Moynihan, Tony Hughes, and Mick Duggan win the top places in the men’s categories.

In the women’s categories the winners are Amy Burdis, Jill Pittard, Cath Fenn, Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers.

Annual General Meeting 2018

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The Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club. The meeting will start at 8.30pm after the normal training session.

The Club committee is elected by the membership each year at the AGM. Details of committee and non-committee posts, how to vote, the meeting agenda, and how to submit a proposal for consideration at the meeting are in the formal Meeting Notice.

 

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League

In race 2 of the 2017/2018 season on 2 December at Welcombe Hills, Stratford Northbrook men’s ‘A’ team scored 607 points and finished 15th on the day. With and overall score of 1230 points from two races Northbook’s ‘A’ team is lying in 14th position out of 17 teams.

The men’s ‘B’ team scored 1111 points to finish 9th on the day and 9th overall after two races with an overall score of 2164 points.

There are two more races this season, race 3 is on 13 January.

London Marathon 2018 Club Draw

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The Club draw for its allocation of two guaranteed entries to the 2018 Virgin London Marathon took place at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club on 6 December and the winners were Tommy Dempsey and Damian Pharoah. The reserve is Christopher Perkins. There were 12 in the draw and unlucky were Mark Parker, David Giles, Linda Richards, Julie Liggett, Richard Hands, Liam Mills, Craig McNaney, Spencer Davies and Ian Paterson.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2017

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Five weeks of racing time left to accrue a few more points and Stuart Lumsden is keeping his place at the top of the men’s table with a still slender 5-point lead. Amanda Deavy has maintained her 13-point lead at the top of the women’s table.

Steve Turvey, Terry Moynihan, Tony Hughes, and Mick Duggan continue to occupy the leaders’ places of the other men’s categories.

In the women’s categories the leaders are Amy Burdis, Cath Fenn and Sarah McNaney.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2017

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Just a month to go and Stuart Lumsden still leads the men by 4 points, whilst Amanda Deavy has an increased 13 point lead for the women.

Steve Turvey, Terry Moynihan, Tony Hughes, and Mick Duggan occupy the leaders’ places of the other men’s categories.

In the women’s categories the leaders are Amy Burdis, Cath Fenn and Sarah McNaney.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League

There’s keen local competition in Division 2 of the Birmingham Cross-Country League and Northbrook men will be wanting to consolidate their position there.

In race 1 of the 2017/2018 season on 11 November at Lilleshall, Northbrook men’s ‘A’ team scored 694 points and finished in 14th position out of 17 teams. The ‘B’ team scored 1053 points to finish in 9th place. There are three more races so there is still everything to play for.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2017

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Just two months to go and Stuart Lumsden is leading the men by 4 points, whilst Amanda Deavy leads the women by an even narrower margin of just 2 points.

Steve Turvey, Terry Moynihan, Dave Halford, and Mick Duggan keep their places as leaders of the other men’s categories.

In the women’s categories the leaders are Amy Burdis, Cath Fenn and Sarah McNaney.

Jag Club Membership Renewal 2017

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Renewal is due now. You must take out Associate Membership of the Social Club to use the changing room and/or bar or car parking facilities.
Membership Renewal forms are available from Rich Cawley. You can also download a form by clicking on the link below. Return your completed form with payment (cheque made payable to Jaguar Sports & Social Club) to Rich on a Wednesday night or to the Leisure Centre or bar staff.
Membership/Renewal Form

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2017

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The tables at 1 October show Stuart Lumsden leading the men and Amanda Deavy still in front for the women.

Steve Turvey, Terry Moynihan, Dave Halford, and Mick Duggan are other men’s category leaders.

Women’s category leaders are Amy Burdis, Cath Fenn and Sarah McNaney.

Warwickshire Road Race League 2017 Race 11

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With all 11 races completed Steve Turvey was the highest placed Northbrook runner with a 7th place in the MV35 category. Highest placed Northbrook woman was Louise Myers with a 10th position in the FSEN category.
In the team results Northbrook women were placed 5th, Northbrook men were also 5th.

Bob’s Big Birthday Bash – Part 2

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Continuing the celebrations a quiz was organised to take place at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club at 7.30pm on Friday 29 September. Hosted by our Sphinx AC friends Mitch and Pete entry was just £2 per person. Memebrs were invited to rgister a team of up to six people or register as an individual to join an ad hoc team.

Summer Handicap 2017 Race 6

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A distinctly Autumnal evening greeted the runners gathered for the sixth and final Club Handicap on 6 September and, despite the fading light that accompanied the backmarkers, all 80 members and guests made it safely to the finish.

Craig Murray was the first Northbrook finisher, taking maximum points in the men’s race, and recently-joinedmember Jackie Dooley was first Northbrook woman to cross the line.

Having run all six races it was the best five scores that counted for the three leaders of the men’s table, with Andrew Ralph at the top of the men’s finishing table and PaulMcGurk in second place separating the leader from his father JohnRalph in third.

Emma Boyle made sure of her place at the top of the women’s table, with Rachel Clancy in second place and Jo Arden pushed down into third, with just 5 points separating the top three.

More info about the series

Bob’s Big Birthday Bash

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Members and guests helped long-standing Club Chairman and Life Member Bob Adams celebrate his recent 60th birthday with a dinner party at Cosmo’s, Coventry, and many others sent their best wishes.

Reflecting Bob’s passion and commitment to Northbrook AC, and to his great surprise, a specially-commissioned cake decorated in the style of the club badge made a fitting appearance.

For once, Bob was speechless, apart from thanking everyone for their kindness, before leading them off for further bibulation in the City Centre.

 

 

Summer Handicap 2017 Race 5

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Race 5 on 2 August set off in light rain, but the later starters had more persistent rain to deal with. Nevertheless 72 members and guests took part and newcomer Sarah Boot was first home for Northbrook with Denis Gokaydin close behind and scoring maximum points for the men.

Jo Arden has consolidated her lead at the top of the women’s table and Andrew Ralph has established a narrow lead to head the men’s table.

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Warwickshire Road Race League 2017 Race 9

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After 9 races Steve Turvey is the highest placed Northbrook runner with a 5th place in the MV35 category. Highest placed Northbrook woman is Jo Arden with a 9th position in the LV45 category.
In the team results Northbrook women are placed 7th, Northbrook men are also 7th.

Warwickshire Road Race League 2017 Race 8

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After 8 races Tony French is the highest placed Northbrook runner with a 6th place in the MV65 category. Highest placed Northbrook woman is Louise Myers with a 9th position in the Senior Women category.
In the team results Northbrook women are placed 5th, Northbrook men are 6th.

Race the Train 2017

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Escaping what had earlier threatened to be a damp evening three dozen or so members and guests ventured over to Hampton in Arden for the Club’s annual off-road outing. Taking trails and footpaths interspersed with some sections of road they made their way from Hampton in Arden station over stiles and through nettles and some brambles back to Tile Hill station.

Summer Handicap 2017 Race 4

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Turnout reached record numbers when 83 members and guests ran the fourth race of the series on 5 July. Richard Hands was first home and scored maximum points for the men, whilst Gemma Ross scored maximum points in the women’s table by being first Northbrook woman home and 3rd in the race.
After Race 4 there are two new table leaders; Paul McGurk has moved to to the top of the men’s table with a 4-point lead over a tied 2nd place, and Jo Arden has nudged ahead with the narrowest 1-point lead in the women’s table.

More info about the series

Warwickshire Road Race League 2017 Race 7

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After 7 races Tommy Dempsey is 1st in the MV35 category. Highest placed Northbrook woman is Louise Myers with a 7th position in the Senior Women category.
In the team results Northbrook women are placed 5th, Northbrook men are 6th.

Northbrook Road Race Champs 2017

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The tables at 15 July show Steve Turvey leading the men and Amanda Deavy in front for the women.

Terry Moynihan, Ben Smith, Tony Hughes and Mick Duggan are other men’s category leaders.

Women’s category leaders are Sally Eason, Amy Burdis, Sarah McNaney and Ros Myers.

Northbrook 10k

With a record 620 finishers the 15th edition of the Club’s annual 10k road race on Sunday 9 July was the most popular yet. The race was won by Coventry Godiva Harriers’ Alistair Smith in a time of 32m 49s and with a clear lead over second-placed Leamington member Paul Andrew (33m 17s). First woman was Jane Evans (Knowle & Dorridge) in 37m 53s, with Northbrook’s Amanda Deavy and Anita Howe taking 2nd and 3rd prizes.
The 2km junior run was won by Ellen Taylor in an impressive time of 6m 1s. Second-placed Ryan Hill won the boys’ prize.

Results

Good, Bad and Ugly Relays 2017

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Despite the cool conditions and threatening skies there was an enthusiastic turnout of 23 teams for this relay race for teams of 3 people of different standards held on 28 June. Superb team organisation by Rich Cawley resulted in a close finish for the first few teams to complete the 3-mile undulating course.

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Warwickshire Road Race League 2017 Race 6

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A series of short and middle-distance road races starting with the Massey Tractor 10k in April and finishing with the Rugby 10 mile in September.
After 6 races Tommy Dempsey is 1st in the MV35 category with Rich Cawley in 3rd.
In the team results Northbrook men and Northbrook women are both placed 5th.

Summer Handicap 2017 Race 3

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Turnout continued to be strong for the third race of the series on 7 June, where first home Gemma Ross scored maximum points on her first appearance this season. In the men’s race Fraser Barrett gained maximum points for his 3rd race position.
Emma Boyle keeps her place at the top of the women’s table, meanwhile Michael Cherrington moves to the top of the men’s table.

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Warwickshire Road Race League 2017 Race 5

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After 5 races Louise Myers is placed 6th in the Senior Women’s table. Tommy Dempsey and Rich Cawley are 3rd and 4th respectively in the MV35 category.
In the team results Northbrook men and Northbrook women are both placed 5th.

Summer Handicap 2017 Race 2

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There was another big turnout for the second race of the series on 3 May with 78 members and guests taking part.
In his debut handicap appearance Rory McPheators stormed round the 5km course in 16m29s, but first home was Emma Boyle who gained maximum points and has now moved to the the top of the women’s table.
Now firmly on the comeback trail, super Vet and Club President Tony French was second home, but Nigel McCann in 17th place on the night has taken over at the top of the mens’ table.
Amanda Deavy maintains good form, finishing just 3 seconds off her record time for this course set in April.

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Summer Handicap 2017 Race 1

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The first race of the 2017 series on 5 April saw a record turnout of 83 members and guests competing over the 5km course.
First home in the opening race was Katherine Plunkett followed by Nigel McCann, finishing in 2nd place. Both were beaten to the tops of their tables by Amanda Deavy and Paul Robbins who each gained an extra 5 PB bonus points.
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Subs Renewal 2017

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Continue your enjoyment of being a member of the Northbrook running community by renewing your club membership. Renewal is due now. You’ll get the benefits of UKA affiliation, structured training sessions led by qualified leaders, reduced entry fees to races, Northbrook-sponsored team entries, and so on. Renewal is easy – see Renewal Form for details.
Fees are: £28 full rate, £20 concessions.
Renew on Club nights, or send Renewal Form to the Membership Secretary.

Coventry Half-Marathon 2017

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Spurred on no doubt by the Club’s support along the course Northbrook’s Amanda Deavy raced her way to a 2nd place in the FV40 category at Coventry’s Half-Marathon on 19 March in a time of 1:25:50. Rory McPheators was Northbrook’s highest placed finisher coming in 7th in 1:16:29, followed by Stuart Lumsden in 9th in 1:17:49. The event looked to be in doubt when the original organisers pulled out, but it turned out to be another success with nearly 3000 runners taking part.

The Northbrook colours were much in evidence in the club zone stretching between miles 5 and 9, and 38 Northbrook runners took part.

Results and report

Midland Women’s Cross-Country League

In the women’s race, another great performance was put in by the team at Warwick University. Amanda Deavy returned for her first race in over three months and put in a storming performance. The combined effort led to the masters’ team finishing first on the day and second in the season. An astounding performance by every runner across the four league games resulted in the ladies finishing in 4th position overall, cruelly missing out on promotion by just 11 points.

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League

Northbrook Stay Up In Birmingham League Division 2

Going into the final race of the series on 11 February with a home fixture at Coundon Hall Park, the men were 884 points and 4 teams away from the relegation zone so were looking to keep their place in Division 2 going into the next series.
The club’s course setter Tony French had designed a new course for Race 4 that includes some new features as well as retaining the old favourites.
Despite the snow wind and rain, Northbrook Men came in 14th on the day to finish 12th overall in the series. The Men’s B Team finished 7th on the day for an overall 7th series place.

In the women’s race, another great performance was put in by the team at Warwick Univerisity. Amanda Deavy returned for her first race in over three months and put in a storming performance. The combined effort led to the masters’ team finishing first on the day and second in the season. An astounding performance by every runner across the four league games resulted in the ladies finishing in 4th position overall, cruelly missing out on promotion by just 11 points.

Annual Awards 2017

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The annual awards presentation on Saturday 28 January, attended by nearly 100 members and guests, was the opportunity for Club members to applaud their running colleagues as they collected their well-earned trophies.
Guest of honour Tony Miller from Bruker, main sponsor of the club’s 10k race, presented the prizes, and club member Chris Archer’s band Re:offenders provided live music.

Thunderous applause greeted the winners of the voted awards, Spencer Davies as Club Person of the Year and Rich Cawley as Most Improved Runner both proving to be popular choices.

Club President Tony French presented a framed certificate to Bob Adams to mark his recent grant of Life Membership in honour of 32 years as a club member and a long-standing Club Chairman.

Award winners

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Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League

The cross-country season now well underway having seen the completion of the Midland cross-country relays at Wolverhampton and the English cross-country relays at Mansfield. The season’s first two Birmingham League races are also in the bag where Northbrook is looking to maintain its position in Division 2.
In race 2 of the men’s race, Northbrook’s A team finished in 12th position, and the B team finished 10th. Overall, Northbrook Men’s A team have maintained their 11th position whilst the B team has moved up one place to 9th.
In race 2 of the Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Northbrook women moved up one place to come in 9th overall, and shot up 3 places to finish 3rd in the Masters placings.

Warwickshire Road Race League 2016

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The Warwickshire Road Race League is a series of short and middle-distance road races running from Spring through to Autumn.
In the 2016 series Stuart Lumsden and Peter Fellows were top-placed Northbrook competitors, each with 3rd positions in the SM and MV55 tables. Terry Moynihan was 10th MV45 and Jo Arden was 9th FV45.
In the team placings, Northbrook Men finished 7th; Northbrook Women were placed 7th.
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Summer Handicap September 2016

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Once again the series proved to be a hugely popular fixture, with a total of 110 Club members and 23 guests taking part.
In the sixth and final race on 7 September Gemma Darby was first Northbrooker home, scoring maximum points for the women, followed by Jonathan Seed the first Northbrook man. With an 18-point lead overall Louise Myers is the women’s series winner for 2016. Mark Parker maintained his lead to win the series for the men.
Series results

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