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- Derby 10 Miles
- Run for Rotary 10k
- Birmingham Insurance Institute Santa 10k
- Wolverton 5 Miles, Milton Keynes
- Broadway Off-Road Marathon
- Coombe 8 Multi-Terrain
- Coventry 10k
- Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 2
- Brooks Women’s 5-Mile and Men’s 7-Mile Cross-Country Championships
- Draycote Water Winter 10k
- Coalville 10k
- Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 1
- Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 1
- Six Dales Circuit
- Let’s Go Round Again Nottingham Marathon and Half-Marathon
- Rockingham 10 Mile and 10k
- Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile
- Warwick University Cross-Country Relays
- Poppy Run, Sutton Coldfield 5k
*Debut at this distance
The race conditions were perfect for this increasingly popular 10 mile race. Starting and finishing at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, the route was a mixture of paths, some gravel and about half a mile of grass; all traffic free. Well-marshalled and well organised, this could become a firm favourite for those looking for a fast race. Not once was the course congested due to the starting arrangements which meant that those wanting to test their legs could do so with ease. All the paths and trails that we ran on appeared to be closed to the public for the duration which meant no getting tangled up with a stray dog or a runaway child. Facilities in the stadium were excellent with the added bonus of no queueing for the loos as there appeared to be 100’s of them.
As you can see from the results, Northbrook runners did the club proud, partly due to the route that we ran but, of course, mostly due to the excellent help we get on Mondays and Wednesdays from our training group leaders – Sarah
Only 61 runners turned out for this 10k at Draycote Water, organised by the Rotary Club. Feeling nervous about running in such a small field, I was dubious about my chances of getting a late season pb, however a few club vests from local clubs helped carry me through with people to chase down.
I managed to knock over a minute and half of my previous best so was glad I made the trip over!
Sneaky, sneaky behaviour by the OAPs as the autumn leaves are falling…..
Leaving it till late in the year for a late charge, a few of us had managed to find this gem of an event only a 55min drive away from Coventry for a flat and very fast 5 mile race.
It was a 2 lap race around a man-made lake and with a race going back decades that has traditionally been a magnet for fast runners, it was great to be in a race where the standard would really drag you along. I managed some really tight pacing and was pleased with the result, extending the purple patch of form I’m in to a good 7 weeks now. Damian came in not long after me, setting a great PB for himself and Mike and Mark were also pleased with their improved times for this year.
As an example of how good the field is, the first 4 runners were under 25mins, the first MV45 did 26m48, the first MV50 was 29m17, the first MV60 was 29m30 and the first female was 29m05s. Pretty stacked! – Rich
Nine Northbrookers chose the race closest to home as other groups headed off to find the Illmington Hill and the trails of Coombe Abbey Park. Our choice was met with reward as we all ran fast times with the Duffys bagging
PBs a piece, me ruuning a season’s best and among other great times there are likely more PBs.
Whilst 3 laps of the War Memorial Park may be seen as a doorstep mundane 10K event it served its purpose as many looked to improve their 10K times for gaining valuable points in the club road race league – Kevin
|11||Natasha White||42:41||1st Female|
Clockwise round the village this time and not my favourite way round. Nvertheless, eight of us made our way over to Ilmington on a day with fantastic running conditions.
Natasha was in form as was Tony. The rest of us were left in their wake. For me the arrival of Tommy meant I knew I had a race on. What followed was the worst 5k start to any race I have ever done. At 5k I actually stopped and had an argument with my legs, falling short of grabbing the nearest branch and thrashing some life into them. It worked; water station consumed and it was like someone had strapped an outboard motor to me. The descent was vicious and fast, groups of runners I normally finish with were left in my trail. Then Tommy appeared in the distance and the “outboard” motor effect was still there. With 400 metres to go I had reeled him in and carried on.
A great race this time around, Natasha again won the female field, Tony got a sub 45-minute and the rest of us fielded some fantastic results. Is it the worse way round? I’m not sure but it was good fun – Spencer
Northbrook Men – 9th
Northbrook Women – 11th
14 Northbrookers headed up to Bulwell Park, Nottingham in good running conditions. The ground was probably a bit too hard for spikes but it was another chance to wear them and practise. There might have been a small
sized field, but as it was in Notts backgarden the competition was fast.
The women showed us how to run first in their 5-mile race and they did the Sunburst proud. Everyone finished and they all surprised themselves with how well they coped. It was great to support them and keep them going.
Then it was the men’s turn in the 7-mile race. 1 small lap and 3 large laps meant some were in danger of being lapped. The competition was fast and we all had our own battles within our own pairs. The women were
everwhere cheering and offering us “advice”; it was a great atmosphere and kept us going.
A great run out and finishing positions of 9th and 11th for the teams. Well run all – Spencer
|28||Peter Kirkhope||43:10||2nd MV50|
|18||Spencer Davies||44:51||1st MV45|
|142||Tracey Williams||66:33||3rd FV50|
In the season of double headers, 6 Northbrookers put their legs back together after Saturdays XC and arrived at Coalville. The weather was cold to start but soon warmed up. This 10K is based on old coal mine slag heaps that have been turned into a country park. This means it’s not flat. The hills are steep, slippery and the mix of tarmac to trail is 60:40. Two experienced hands knew that meant trail shoes, as David soon found out trying to ascend the first mudslide. A sideways shuffle through brambles ensued for him. It got worse, Rich and David in a pack took the wrong turn. Up to 25 went about 30 seconds off course before realising their errors.
For me, it was my best time around here and with tired legs I was pleased to get top 20 and 1st in age category. Rich and David battled each other all the way round and both put in sterling performances on tired legs. Then the women brought the prize home, they won the team prize. It goes to show what sheer grit and determination can do – Spencer
Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 1 at Coundon Hall Park, Coventry – 10 November
Men’s ‘A’ Team 5th – 208 points
Mens’ ‘B’ Team 3rd – 519 points
Thirty seven Northbrook men descended on the “home” fixture of Coundon Hall Park, from far afield. The call was heard in Leeds, Sheffield, Sutton Coldfield and from 25 years previous. They came and they kept coming. By the time the team was gathered we were raucous, and full of enthusiasm and excitement. The women showed us how to run, then the heavens opened. Cross-country season was here. The start line was spirited, the teams names chanted, the steam rising off the men. This was not a place to stand back, you had to get in the mix, and early.
Division 3 has improved, but so have we. Stu set the pace, and the train of sunbursts behind him kept going. We had one drop out injured and one dropped out with the event proving a hard fast race. The intensity of a cross-country league race was soon remembered – no quarter is given and you take the guy in front, then repeat. There were a couple of fallers, Rory resembled Bambi as he face planted in front of a Northbrook cheer squad, I went over trying to keep a pack behind me. But the groups of Northbrook runners kept coming. We all left everything we had out there. What a team, what an event. 5th place overall is a great start to the season, but, we all need to push on.
The order is simple, another 2 places at least each please, and finish positions 7-18 need to chase harder. You know what to do, Plock Court awaits. It’s fast and flat, and its ready for the Northbrook train – Spencer
Northbrook Women – 10th
Northbrook Women Masters – 7th
|4||Terry Moynihan||1:26:40||2nd MV45|
|8||Amanda Deavy||1:28:35||2nd female|
10 mile race
This is what this time of year is all about – sneaking off in a van full of club mates, trying to work out if the event you’re doing will be cool, not windy, flat and deliver you the time you’re hoping for (and crucially the requisite points in the road race league).
Andy, Damian, Liam, Charlotte and I set off chasing points, times and dreams to the Rockingham race circuit and were treated to a three in one race as the organisers were also running a 10k and a 5k event at staggered starts.
We had a simple 3 and a bit lap course to negotiate, and once we were away we settled into our positions with me watching Liam power away into the distance and Andy and Damian keeping me within sight. The miles ticked off relatively easily, although the wind was strong enough to make a difference in certain sections. Thanks to some of the sharp corners and exposed nature, I could see Andy slowly advancing on me over the last lap and a half and I was worried that a fast finish from him would result in a close tussle. I managed to hold him off, albeit only by a few seconds, but at this stage of the season, that’s enough.
I’m still not convinced on the accuracy of the course, as all 4 of us recorded different distances with my Garmin clocking up 10.2 miles. Mmmmm……. Needless to say, it’s my fastest time at the distance since 2009 and my 2nd fastest time ever so bigger picture and all that. Charlotte Mills clocked 1h24m02s which put her 2nd overall in her age category which shows the speedy nature of the race.
Damien Dear rattled off an impressive PB of 36m35s for 3rd place overall in the 10k race – Rich
|10||Natasha White||32:16||PB, 2nd female|
|15||Spencer Davies||33:30||1st MV45, 3rd MV|
|34||Cath Fenn||35:45||3rd FV|
Twenty Northbrookers and friends went over for the first race in this season’s Grand Prix series. The weather was dry and not too cold. All looked and sounded nervous beforehand, talking their chances down. For some the 2 miles or 4 miles of cross-country the day before was weighing heavy on the minds and the legs.
Steve set the pace and dragged us all along in his wake, with pockets of us behind having our own battles. Northbrook cleared up in the prizes with Natasha claiming 2nd female, Spencer claiming 3rd old man and Cath claiming 3rd old woman.
Overall a great race and a great event. Roll on Race 2 – Spencer
Northbrook Men – 9th 48:12
Northbrook Men – 20th 52:25
Northbrook Men – 23rd 55:00
Northbrook Men – 24th 55:15
Northbrook Men – 26th 57:05
Northbrook Men – 28th 57:35
Northbrook Women – 12th 49:44
Northbrook Women – 13th 51:26
Northbrook Women – 14th 52:03
Northbrook Women – 15th 53:00
Northbrook Women – 17th 53:10
Northbrook Mixed – 4th 49:50
Northbrook Mixed – 15th 64:04
Saturday came round with dryish weather and 43 Northbrookers bearing down on to the Warwickm Uni relays. Our biggest contingent ever at this event and the sea of sunbursts out on the course, together with the added supporters was a tremendous sight.
At times we felt like we were a train, but the serious bit was indeed serious. 2 miles of cross-country running hurts like hell, and to top it off leg 1 was furiously fast. You just got sucked along with the youth from the universities. But we did amazingly well, 4 men ran twice to complete teams, in tough competition.
We may not have won but we certainly showed up. League race next and we are all needed again – Spencer
Poppy Run, Sutton Coldfield 5k – 3 November