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- Locke Park 20TEN
- Rugby Half-Marathon
- Gloucester 10k
- 7 Pools Run, Sutton Park
- Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 1
- Amsterdam Marathon
- Amsterdam Half-Marathon
- Great South Run 10 Mile
- Abingdon Marathon
- Midlands Cross-Country Relays
- Victoria Park Glasgow Parkrun
- Eden Project Marathon
- Daventry 10k
- Leicester Half-Marathon
- Great Birmingham Run Half-Marathon
- Green Leek 10.5k
- Great Eastern Run
- Isle of Wight Marathon
- The Autumn 100
- Rugby 10 Mile
- Chester Marathon
- Oxford Half-Marathon
- Run for Rotary 10k
- Bournemouth Half-Marathon
- Alcester 10k
- Tamworth 10k
- Cardiff Half-Marathon
A 360 mile round trip to Redcar for the Locke Park 20/10. I opted for the 20 mile race as I wanted the points for the club championship.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the course was pancake flat. However it was 20 x 1 mile laps. Throw into the mix an injured hamstring and very little running in the last 3 weeks, a PB was going to be unlikely. In the end I struggled and nearly collapsed at the finish but some kind marshall gave me £5 to buy myself a coffee as I had no money on me.
The course was beautiful and the people are lovely; the only drawback was the 6 hour journey up there in back in a day. Over the last 5 miles I was in a lot of pain but somehow I finished in a time of 3 hrs 12m 01 secs.
The race was postponed from March due to the beast from the east, and it’s normally a 10 miler, so they combined the 2 races. So tough, but plan to go back in March to do a decent time when fully fit.
Race of the Falling Leaves. Having taken a gamble a few weeks earlier that I wouldn’t be injured/ill/broken after the Great Eastern Run, I entered the Gloucester 10k in the hope of capitalising on some late season form. Having two fairly mediocre 10k results from earlier on in the year, I was gambling on this event to pull myself further up the 10k standings within the club and it looks like it paid off.
Damian and I travelled down and found a very well organised event with good car parking, chip timing and a course that, whilst not pan flat, had very little in the way of challenging gradients.
Cool, calm and dry conditions awaited us and with a field of 791 runners, we were away relatively near the front. After a mini tour of the industrial estate we were in, the race shortly made it’s way out to the local lanes and we settled into the usual routine of ticking off the km markers and trying to enjoy the view.
The race seemed to peak at around 6.5/7km which meant a descent to the finish and then another short run through the industrial estate to the finish line.
I was pleased to rack up a 38m22s 10k time, having last done one in 2011 and I was very happy to see Damian finish within 50 secs of me having run under 40mins (officially) for the first time and carve out a huge lifetime PB for himself. Damian did 39m12s for 86th position.
October is turning out to be a decent month for me, having done an 18min 5k, an 84min HM and now a 38min 10k.
As an observation, the club now has 14 male runners under 40mins for a 10k in a season with 1 x 35min, 2 x 37mins, 7 x 38mins and 4 x 39mins. Having been in the club for around a decade now, I can’t recall such a strength in depth, especially with 10 x runners also breaking 90mins for the HM distance. Bodes well for the xc season – Rich
A tough 10k run in Sutton Park, starting on the paths but soon deviating onto some occasionally quite muddy trails. Mostly well signposted, only got slightly lost a couple of times near the end – Steve
|15||Natasha White||42:50||1st Female|
|65||Cath Fenn||49:08||3rd FV45|
A sunny start to this years winter series which seems as popular as ever. It’s a series of five road races run over a course of 10.13k (6.3miles). The course is the same for each race but is run counter clockwise then clockwise on each alternate date.
It was warm and there is a large hill which for the uninitiated comes as a shock but we all got round. Natasha led us and the female field home.
It’s great event which, although may not be pb material, as training goes is one of the best around. Race 2 is to be looked forward to – Spencer
Since joining Northbrook 31 years ago, it took me nearly 10 years to reach my marathon PB after starting from humble beginnings. That was 22 years ago in Abingdon, where I finished 22nd in 2.54.06. It was a purple patch, where I achieved 3 major milestones in a few weeks; sub 1.20 half-marathon, sub 1 hour 10 miles, and sub 3 hours marathon.
I have not returned to Abingdon since then, but it was time to give it another try. The previous race was based in a disused airfield, but now the race starts and finishes on a track. It’s a flat course, but these days there are a lot more speed bumps to negotiate. An outward 5 miles, included a narrow country lane, then it was on to 2 laps of 9 miles, before a final 3 miles returned to the finish. This year, I was only at 22 miles in my PB time. It looks like 22 is a significant number in this report, but a 3.22 finish time was beyond me in the end. However, I was happy with a sub 3.30 time, which I’d hoped for, based on recent races.
You need to enter early to run at Abingdon, but there is definite PB potential for anyone. Don’t worry if it takes a few years to get to your goal. Perseverance and great club training is the key to a fantastic PB one day.
Men – 31st, 1:34:02
Men – 51st, 1:44:59
Men – 55th, 1:53:21
Men – 56th, 1:51:29
63 teams finished
Women – 17th, 1:19:01
Women – 47th, 1:44:21
Women – 48th, 1:47:48
Women – 49th, 1:51:42
55 teams finished
Saturday bought sunshine, friends, families, runners and Northbrookers together. With the men’s participation being by the skin of our teeth and with the women out in abundance we finally fielded 4 full men’s and 4 full women’s teams. 28 runners, 3 supporters and numerous families all sat down cheering us off.
As usual, Amanda showed us the way forward in a fast field, and our men’s and women’s teams did us proud. The numbers kept the spirits going and the shouts of encouragement were loud and everywhere.
It was good to see so many new faces participating. Roll on the Warwick University relays – Spencer
*Debut at this distance
The course is described in the race advert as a hilly, multi-terrain route, with the Marathon being roughly 70% on trails, paths and private roads and 30% on public roads. It didn’t mention driving rain, flooded roads, a river crossing and numerous knee deep muddy puddles.
It was possibly the hardest run I’ve ever done (I put ‘brutal’ on Strava) – but also possibly the most fun I’ve had whilst running on my own. The course was challenging and the organisers did say to add lots of hill reps to any marathon training plan you were following- and to add approx 30 mins to any expected times.
The marshals from St Austell running club were fantastic and so supportive throughout. I couldn’t fault it, and would return next year.
Recommended – 5 stars.
A new event held by Daventry Road Runners which proved popular despite the awful weather conditions.
The route took in much of the same route that the now defunct 10-mile road race used to be held, so for me there were no real surprises. It started and finished at the Leisure Centre and took you out of the town, around some quiet-ish roads on the outskirts before twisting back towards the finish. It’s not particularly a PB course as there were some cheeky little climbs and various twists and turns to negotiate, all of which took your mind off the pouring rain that never seemed to cease!
Despite the weather, the marshals were vocal and encouraging throughout the entire race.
All in all, definitely worth doing again (especially if the goody bag is as good next year!) – Sarah
Possibly the wettest races I have ever taken part in, the Great Birmingham Half may have been very sodden but was actually a real pleasure to run. As always there were some wonderful Northbrook performances with Liam leading the way with a very impressive run.
The weather didn’t deter too many supporters, who helped encourage the runners through the 13 miles. I managed a personal best time, taking 11 minutes off my previous best which was at this event last year – David
A record attendance for this now very popular event saw a number of Northbrookers in a capacity field set off along the greenway from Burton Green to the Warwickshire Golf club, over road trail and a bit of cross-country.
The race began with former World record holder David Moorcroft setting us off in a extremely wet but very enjoyable race which was fantastically well-organised – Dave
I blame James Joyce. For years, John Wilson, James and I had planned an autumn assault on two races – the GER in Peterborough and the Leeds Abbey Dash. Sadly, because we’re old and decrepit, one or more of us have always managed to break down causing us to not get it organised.
2018 was supposed to be THE year but again, James managed to break himself and John decided Kenilworth HM was to be his late summer target which left me on my own. After a dedicated 12 week block of training where I surprisingly didn’t manage to injure myself, I toed the line of what can only be described as the flattest HM in the country (Wikipedia claims it to only have 13 metres of elevation).
Conditions were wet and cool although, crucially, the out and back nature of the course meant we had a tailwind for the final 6-odd miles. A well organised start meant Damian Dear and I were away quickly and thankfully, after the start, that was the last I saw of Damian until I crossed the finish line as he sped off.
The race was uneventful, as I ticked off my miles consistently in a narrow band of between 6m 23s – 6m 34s. I’m sure a sunnier day would have resulted in more support on the course but the good citizens of Peterborough were enthusiastic enough when they came out.
I crossed the line in a chip time of 84m 50s which is my fastest HM since my glory days of 2011 and it was my 2nd fastest HM ever which put a shine on an otherwise dull day weather wise. Damien duly delivered on his youthful promise with a fantastic 81m 09s and 118th overall – Rich
|38||Dave Halford||3:48:05||3rd MV60|
The Autumn 100 (previously the Winter 100) is a 100 mile continuous trail race based in the twinned villages of Goring & Streatley on the river Thames. The course reflects the shape of a cross and takes runners on a series of 4 different 25 mile out and back spurs using sections of both the Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails.
|Sarah Duffy||48:59||PB, 1st female|
|Tony Hughes||42:42||1st MV60|
|Anne Hughes||54:53||1st FV60|