For a complete listing visit the Results Index
- Lakeland Trails Dirty Double
- Cannock Chase Trail 10k
- Bedworth Park Trail 5k
- Stroud Half-Marathon
- Rugby Half-Marathon
- Veenendaal BVC Circuit 2019 Race 1
- Goyt Valley Challenge, Buxton
- Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 1
- Lisbon Marathon
- Abingdon Marathon
- Amsterdam Marathon
- Yorkshire 10-Mile
- Yorkshire Marathon
- Rotary Blenheim 10k
- Midlands Cross-Country Relays
- Dave Lewis 27.5 Mile Trail Challenge
- NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon
- Manchester Wiggle Half-Marathon
- Draycote Water 10k
- Birmingham Short Half-Marathon
- Oxford Half-Marathon
- Eden Project Marathon and Half-Marathon
- Green Leek Trail 10k
- Trelissick parkrun
- Centurion Running Autumn Trail 100
- River Ness 10k
- Bournemouth Half-Marathon
- Rugby 10 Mile
- Chester Marathon
- Seco Alcester 10k
- Hanney 5
- Cardiff Half-Marathon
- Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run 20k
- 2019 BMF Supersonic 10k, Bournemouth
Lakeland Trails Dirty Double – 26/27 October
Starting and finishing at Jenkins Field, on the shores of Ullswater in Glenridding, the “Dirty Double” is the finale of the Lakeland Trails season.
Saturday: the 15K Helvellyn Trail Challenge follows a circuit along footpaths and bridleways that take you into the foothills of Helvellyn, with elevated panoramic views of Ullswater, and dramatic vistas of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks. Underfoot conditions were wet and tricky in places.
Sunday: Starting from the Ullswater Pier at Glenridding, the journey starts with a beautiful half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer, which takes you to the start in the hamlet of Howtown. The 14K Ullswater Trail Challenge follows footpaths and bridleways along the lake shore, giving panoramic views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks, finishing back in Jenkins Field. Much of the course passes through ancient woodland at its autumnal best. Underfoot conditions varied with some tricky rocky and tree rooted sections adding to the fun.
Cannock Chase Trail 10k – 27 October
Bedworth Park Trail 5k – 27 October
Stroud Half-Marathon – 27 October
Rugby Half-Marathon – 27 October
Last minute entry for Chris and Claudie, Claudie seeking revenge for pulling out of the Thames Trot 50 miler yesterday having collided with a tree: “It jumped out” she claims. In the event the weather was lovely in Rugby, the trees remained in their places and the 2-lap course gave us enough ups and downs to keep it interesting. Triple T pulled up at 8 miles but the rest of us got around to receive the rugby ball shaped medal, which may come in handy as I understand there is a competition on for the odd-shaped ball at the mo – Chris
Veenendaal BVC Circuit 2019 Race 1 – 26 October
I was visiting Northbrook’s ‘Dutch Ambassador’, Amy Burdis, for her birthday weekend. Naturally we had to find the nearest race, which fortunately wasn’t too far away in Veenendaal. The course itself was surprisingly hilly (they do have some proper hills there, it seems!) with steep climbs at the start of each lap and gorgeous descents later on to make up for it. Part of the course was used for cyclo-cross, so we also had plenty of sand to compete with.
As with UK cross-country races, the women get a little short-changed on the distance, meaning that Amy completed 5760m, whilst I got to do a bonus lap in running 9360m – Steve
Goyt Valley Challenge, Buxton – 20 October
I would recommend this event to all lovers of trails, hills, bogs, mud, streams, more hills, stings in the tail and amazing scenery.
The distance is 39.9km with an elevation gain of 1169m.
Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 1 – 20 October
|5||Oliver Jones||39:10||3rd SM|
|17||Natasha White||42:16||1st female, 1st FV35|
|161||Claudie Combelas||54:00||3rd FV55|
Fifteen Northbrookers headed to the little village of Ilmington for the first race in the Winter Series. The weather was as close to perfect as you could ask for, cold and sunny but you would soon warm up. It might be a small village, but there is a significant hill here which draws us all back.
Hill first on this route and after the fast 1st km we turned and saw the beast of a hill in front of us. My eyes looked up and I remembered what was about to come; embrace the pain and don’t go too hard. Plenty of time after this to recover and make up. The hill doesn’t get any easier, and I saw my club colleagues disappear and come back into view.
I locked onto Martin and knew this would be a good battle as we pushed and pulled each other along. Similar battles were happening throughout the field with a good representation right through the field. Our supporters were out giving us updates and pushing us on and they gave us that extra urge to keep on pushing right through to the finish.
Great running by all followed up by a drink and a meal in the local pub. Village first next time – Spencer
A number of old hands and a number of Ilmington virgins convened in the south of Warwickshire for the first of this season’s series. Great race conditions: cool calm and clear. While Angela was busy dodging a crash-landing drone, Natasha was at the sharp end of the race taking first female. Oliver secured a creditable 5th place overall with Claudie earning 3rd in her category. So much for the “easier” way around, we’ll see what the reverse fixture brings in November – Chris
Great South Run 10-Mile, Portsmouth – 20 October
Lisbon Marathon – 20 October
Having missed the Abingdon entries, I decided to go further afield and have some last minute sun for my second marathon attempt. A 40 minute tram journey out to the coastal town Cascais (just catching a beautiful sunrise) followed by a slightly chaotic start (inline skaters, about 8 portable toilets for 5,000 runners and no real starting pens) and we were off. It started with 12k of an out and back before going along the coast back into the centre of Lisbon. The route was absolutely beautiful and had plenty of aid stations along the way, although lacked any crowd support until the last 3k.
I didn’t have a great race, as after a good start I managed to get hit on the head by a water bottle and spent the last 13 miles weaving across the road. Nonetheless, a beautiful course and not too far off a PB despite the concussion!
Abingdon Marathon – 20 October
Amsterdam Marathon – 20 October
I’ve always been a fan, flat course (my sister disagrees), my old stomping ground, summer training, start and finish in the Olympic stadium, etc, etc. Having said that, I’ve not run a road marathon since my last time here in 2005. I wasn’t going to run one unless I could be competitive. I’ve finally bashed that mentality out of me. Will never get another pb at this distance but I now feel confident I can get within 26 minutes, when I train. So I will. Slower than I can do but faster than I deserved – Lisa
Yorkshire 10-Mile – 20 October
|Sally Eason||1:15:58||3rd FV55|
Yorkshire Marathon – 20 October
1 subject to appeal
2 world record for Viking boat
The Yorkshire Marathon was the final race of the year for me in the Masters Series. Previous races were over 10Km and a Half Marathon.
I was representing Wales as part of a Celtic team v England in the MV50 category. It’s fair to say that I haven’t been in great form for this series and any hopes of improvement were dashed by a foot injury, which I have been managing for a while. Last week it flared up, and I would have pulled out of the race if I were not part of the Celtic Team. It is an honour to wear the Welsh vest and any opportunity to run could be the last! Therefore, I decided to follow a strategy of going slower with short strides but more steps. This would reduce each foot impact. However, the Masters runners are placed near the front of the race, so I had to keep out of the way. Things settled down until later in the race when my feet and knees were feeling the extra steps.
My finishing time was my slowest ever Marathon. However, finishing was a miracle, and it’s amazing what mind over matter can achieve. I wasn’t feeling too bad at the end, and could still walk, so now it’s time for a full rest before the cross-country season. I’ll be in a new MV55 category next year, so I hope to get back in the team with some faster runs – Mark Baker
Perfect running conditions with it being cool, not too windy and dry. Although billed as being flat there are a number of significant long slow burning hills particularly up and down the A166 with U-turns at each end which I understand presented particular challenges for the 85 foot long Viking boat with a limited turning circle.
Very pleased with my debut at this distance but particular kudos to Mark and Damien who, with their fellow Vikings, were successful in beating the world record for 40 Vikings carrying a boat, by something in the region of 2 hours – Rob
Rotary Blenheim 10k – 20 October
An all time 10k PB. Pacing went out of the window and I started far too fast, meaning that the second half was really painful! Beautiful course though so I did try to enjoy it.
Midlands Cross-Country Relays – 19 October
Men – 34th
Men – 36th
Men – 45th
4 legs of 6km per leg
Women – 16th
Women – 34th
Women – 35th
Women – 37th
3 legs of 6km per leg
Twenty-four northbrookers and four supporters headed over to Aldersley Village for the first cross-country fixture of the season, 4 women’s teams and 3 men’s teams. We’d set them up to race against each other. The weather was good, not typical cross-country, but the sponginess of the grass and the inclines made it feel like a xc fixture. It was good to see 13 new faces trying out cross-country. Every one set off smiling on their first lap as they passed us encouraging, their 2nd laps were not so smiling and the abuse was there to keep them trying. But the finish straight was all about encouragement. They may not have smiled as they finished, but after a couple of minutes the smiles were beaming and the stories of their own races were plentiful.
This was a great day. We may not be up there with the podium places on this event but we turn up, show our colours, give each other great support and ensure that the Northbrook support is one of the loudest out there – Spencer
Dave Lewis 27.5 Mile Trail Challenge, Kelham – 19 October
NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon – 13 October
Manchester Wiggle Half-Marathon – 13 October
Draycote Water 10k – 13 October
Birmingham Short Half-Marathon – 13 October
Route shortened to 11 miles.
Oxford Half-Marathon – 13 October
A very wet race, with a down pour whilst running most of it.
Eden Project Marathon and Half-Marathon – 13 October
* changed to half-marathon en route
A weekend planned in Cornwall for the Eden full and half soon came around. The partying had been in full swing, the beach had been visited, parkrun had been done and we were beginning to eat the campsite out of food. But Sunday morning bought misty fog and very wet conditions. Before we started everyone was soaked, our supporters were just wanting to get in the dry domes and for us to start so they could be out of the rain.
The marathoners started first, then we in the half were dragged out to the start. We were then introduced to the Kenyans on the front line. I wondered what we had been talked into back in March. I decided I would not race them today.
The first 2 miles were downhill on road (more like rivers after the rain). We then turned on to the trails which progressively got deeper with ankle sucking mud. This was going to be hard. I was glad to see the back of the mud and land back on tarmac. To find the tarmac was unrelenting, hill after hill. I’m not sure what profile I’d been studying but this was steep uphill and plummeting downhills. As I was out to enjoy this one, I made the most of banter with marshalls all the way round, they gave as good as I was giving which meant the miles just slipped away.
The Kenyans at this point were finished, showered, fed and watered and enjoying the heat of the domes. The last mile and the domes of the Eden Project came into view, then I heard the Northbrook supporters. I was still at the top and with half a mile to go it was concerning if they were all I could hear. But it was downhill and I was waving at every cheer of abuse and encouragement. Aeroplaning into the finish to get a high five off the organiser before venturing round to find the supporters that were so vocal.
The sun had come out now and it was good to sit down with a well earned beer and pasty. Shortly after I arrived the marathon winners started to come in making sure that Rich Cawley was pushed all the way to the line. Then Damien came storming through, Chris, Martin, Sara, Catherine, Claudie and a shell shocked and weary Mark to bring us all home.
This was a great event, very challenging and you certainly knew you had been on a half/full course while out there – Spencer
Green Leek Trail 10k, Burton Green – 13 October
A lovely run even if it was a bit damp. Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed it. A definite for next year – Martin
Trelissick parkrun (Spencer’s 100th) – 12 October
Saturday morning after a night of heavy drinking bought us to Trelissick parkrun for a couple of milestone parkruns. As it was my 100th I decided to celebrate as Spiderman; it was made more special as close friends made the trip with us to participate. Sarah was celebrating becoming a tourist.
Trelissick is a National Trust parkrun and its absolutely stunning. You run along the estuary on trail paths before climbing for a loop around Harrys fort. Then back down and finish up to the end. Damien pushed and got 3rd. I discovered running in the suit was a little warm, Rich was on his return, Jordan was a parkrun virgin and the Northbrook contingent was everywhere.
A fantastic morning out finishing up with dispensed cider and cakes – Spencer
Centurion Running Autumn Trail 100, Goring-on-Thames – 12 October
River Ness 10k, Inverness – 6 October
Over the weekend we made the long annual trip up to Scotland to support a friend who was running the Loch Ness marathon.
Whilst waiting for him finish we ran the River Ness 10k, one of the fastest 10k races in the country. The rain subsided just before the start, and we had a nice cool dry run which gave me a new PB – Chris
Bournemouth Half-Marathon – 6 October
Rugby 10 Mile – 6 October
Chester Marathon – 6 October
Following heavy rain in the week building up to this event, the organisers managed to tinker with the start and finish areas to ensure the race could go ahead. There were over 3,000 starters and 8 runners from Northbrook taking part. Conditions were pretty decent with the heavy rain staying away for the majority of the race. There were a couple of light showers and only one heavy downpour which meant that we weren’t completely soaked through as we tackled the countryside and hills in Cheshire and Wales. The 2 hills at mile 24 seem a tad harsh – Sean
I entered Leicester marathon a couple of weeks ago, then that got rained off. Thanks to Chris Perkins for letting me have his entry for Chester. A 5:15am start to drive up to Chester is perhaps not the best prep. Thanks to Craig for driving.
A mixed bag of results. Craig, Terry, Tom and I all blew up to varying degrees. Mark came home with a big PB. Linda turned emergency responder when someone dislocated a kneecap (ouch!). Very happy with the result considering I’ve averaged 15miles/wk over the past 3 months and it was a last minute decision to enter. Definitely the toughest race I’ve ever done. Missed my PB by 50secs – Jonathan
Seco Alcester 10k – 6 October
Lovely morning for a run in beautiful countryside, sold out and very well supported, really enjoyed it even though it was a bit tricky getting through the crowd at the beginning. Would definitely recommend it.
Hanney 5 – 6 October
My third time here – first time with Northbrook. A fairly flat five-miler around the Oxfordshire village where I grew up. Perfect temperature although a bit blustery! Very well organised and competitive with lots of fast local female club runners. Massive PB for me – 1 min and 23 secs better than previous best at this distance.
Cardiff Half-Marathon – 6 October
Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run 20k, Peebles – 5 October
A flat run out along the Tweed river for the first 9k, then up to a 400m vantage point above the valley before heading back down through the gorgeous forest and through the specially lit disused train tunnel for 600m about a mile from the finish. Brilliant autumn day for it, we’ll be doing this one again – Chris
2019 BMF Supersonic 10k, Bournemouth – 5 October