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October 2018

Locke Park 20TEN, Redcar – 28 October

22 Tom Miller 3:12:01

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.

Rugby Half-Marathon – 28 October

11 Liam Mills 1:23:58
27 James Lacey 1:28:26
63 Mile Wheeler 1:34:08
147 Simon Jones 1:43:40
158 John Murphy 1:44:47
242 James Stubbs 1:49:58
367 Peter Kirkhope 2:00:11
369 Jo Arden 2:00:13
425 Rob Pool 2:06:35
433 Pia Singh 2:08:25
591 Chris Perkins 2:25:33
592 Linda Richards 2:25:33

Gloucester 10k – 28 October

62 Rich Hodge 38:22
86 Damian Pharoah 39:12 PB

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

7 Pools Run – 21 October

2 Stuart Lumsden 39:13
11 Steve Turvey 42:44

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



Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 1 – 21 October

15 Natasha White 42:50 1st Female
39 Tony Forde 46:24
58 Spencer Davies 47:57
65 Cath Fenn 49:08 3rd FV45
88 Richard Hands 51:55
184 Julie Cozens 64:09
232 Jo Moyse 76:09

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

Amsterdam Marathon – 21 October

5476 Amy Burdis 3:47:44
10223 Claudie Combelas 4:41:22

Amsterdam Half-Marathon – 21 October

14640 Chris Archer 2:35:32

Great South Run 10 Mile – 21 October

2976 Mark Dalton 1:22:55
Andy Scruton 1:27:55 PB

Abingdon Marathon – 21 October

362 Mark Baker 3:28:57

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.

Midlands Cross-Country Relays – 20 October

Men – 31st, 1:34:02

40 Darren Taplin 23:35
36 Terry Moynihan 23:27
34 Craig Slyde 23:37
31 Rich Hodge 23:23

Men – 51st, 1:44:59

47 Joe Kelly 24:19
47 Rob Barry 24:14
51 Martin McCrystal 28:14
51 Rich Cawley 28:12

Men – 55th, 1:53:21

54 Lee McKervey 24:58
55 Kevin Coughlan 27:13
52 Simon Jones 26:04
55 Chris Perkins 35:06

Men – 56th, 1:51:29

60 Spencer Davies 26:37
57 Martin McHugh 28:18
56 Sean Duffy 27:06
56 Andrew Pitt 29:28

63 teams finished

Women – 17th, 1:19:01

4 Amanda Deavy 22:55
19 Sarah Duffy 29:13
17 Enya Tabram 26:53

Women – 47th, 1:44:21

57 Julie Cozens 34:22
50 Pia Singh 34:06
47 Linda Richards 36:53

Women – 48th, 1:47:48

46 Karen Brewster 31:03
52 Sue Clarke 38:16
48 Verity Crichton 38:29

Women – 49th, 1:51:42

52 Dawn Webb 33:43
49 Elle Townsend 34:08
49 Helen Hodge 43:51

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

Victoria Park Glasgow Parkrun – 20 October


Liam Mills 17:52

Eden Project Marathon – 14 October

Martin McHugh 4:37:17 PB*

*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.


Daventry 10k – 14 October

36 Joe Kelly 41:37 PB
50 Mark Baker 44:11
85 Sarah McNaney 47:20
104 Craig McNaney 48:52
152 Melissa Fagan 53:02
153 Craig Murray 53:03
203 Martin Gavin 57:52

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

Leicester Half- Marathon – 14 October

133 Tony Forde 1:33:42
159 Tommy Dempsey 1:35:04

Great Birmingham Run Half-Marathon – 14 October

68 Liam Mills 1:22:52 PB
444 Tom McNamara 1:32:45
1440 David Giles 1:44:46 PB
1995 Mark Dalton 1:49:30
2189 Gemma Ross 1:50:53
2447 Ian Paterson 1:53:02
3731 Alan Hewitt 2:01:29
4912 Pia Singh 2:11:45
6044 Nicole McClelland 2:23:17
6366 Nav Rai 2:25:07

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

Green Leek 10.5k – 14 October

Chris Goodman 42:54
Damian Pharoah 43:16
Peter Kirkhope 45:21
Simon Jones 48:49
Dave Mills 49:04 PB
Andrew Ralph 49:17
Andy Scruton 54:36 PB
Kirstie Murray 58:17
Tracey Williams 66:04
Jane Stephens 73:48

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

Great Eastern Run Half-Marathon – 14 October

118 Damian Dear 1:21:09
172 Richard Hodge 1:24:50

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

Isle of Wight Marathon – 14 October

38 Dave Halford 3:48:05 3rd MV60

The Autumn 100 – 13 October

Sarah Booker 24:30:21

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.

Rugby 10 Mile – 7 October

38 Steve Turvey 01:03:07
49 Terry Moynihan 01:05:13
87 Paul Stead 01:10:37
89 Ian Paterson 01:10:53 PB
100 Tommy Dempsey 01:12:14
101 Spencer Davies 01:12:29
117 Martin McHugh 01:14:52 PB
120 Rob Cox 01:15:09
122 Cath Fenn 01:15:29 PB
127 Kevin Coughlan 01:17:00
135 Dave Halford 01:17:36
136 Tom Miller 01:17:39
148 Tom Cox 01:20:03
155 David Giles 01:21:14 PB
165 James Stubbs 01:22:03
171 David Mills 01:22:43 PB
173 Mick Duggan 01:23:04
184 Rich Cawley 01:25:12
200 Allison Smith 01:27:45
201 Claudie Combelas 01:27:55
205 Jo Arden 01:28:57
211 Mark Smith 01:31:03 PB
214 Eleanor Townsend 01:33:39
222 Fraser Barrett 01:37:38
234 Chris Archer 01:47:54 PB

Chester Marathon – 7 October

386 Natasha White 3:11:41 PB
399 Craig Slyde 3:12:57 PB

Oxford Half-Marathon – 7 October

51 Stuart Lumsden 1:18:12
302 Guy Bicknell 1:28:01

Run for Rotary 10k – 7 October

Sean Duffy 48:59
Sarah Duffy 48:59 PB, 1st female

Bournemouth Half-Marathon – 7 October

385 Peter Kirkhope 1:37:14

Alcester 10k – 7 October

Andy Scruton 51:16 PB

Tamworth 10k – 7 October

Tony Hughes 42:42 1st MV60
Anne Hughes 54:53 1st FV60

Cardiff Half Marathon – 7 October

920 Mark Baker 1:33:22
6495 Sara Boot 1:57:59