- Oundle 20
- Gloucester 20
- Centurion Grand Prix Race 5
- Bedworth Park 5k
- Milton Keynes Running Festival Half-Marathon
- Stafford Half-Marathon
- Fission 2020 20Km
- Fission 2020 20 Miles
- Wolverhampton Trail Half-Marathon
- Enigma Week at the Knees Day 4
- Wrexham 10 Mile
- Red Hot Toddy 10k
- Peatling Challenge – The Thirteen
- Bedworth Park 5k
- Tough Runner Buckinghamshire Duathlon
- Thetford Trails Half-Marathon
- Cambridge Half-Marathon
- Cannock Chase 10 Miles
- Draycote Water 20 Miles
- Draycote Water 10k
- Larmer Tree Races
- Green Man Ultra
- Centurion Grand Prix Race 4
- Bedworth Park 5k
- Warwick Half-Marathon
- Hannington Hike
Oundle 20 – 15 March
|150||Sally Eason||02:44:35||2nd FV55|
|158||Sarah Mcnaney||02:45:32||1st FV60|
|497||Anne Hughes||03:39:18||2nd FV65|
Despite the wet conditions and other prevailing circumstances, 17 Northbrookers turned up for what could be one of the last races for some time. Conditions were wet and the course had little shelter from the rain.
There were fine runs from Terry, Paul, Martin and Tommy who all ran within a couple of minutes of the 2 hour 30 minute mark.
Sarah won a trophy for winning her age category and Anne and I were second in our respective age categories – Sally
Gloucester 20 – 15 March
With news breaking on Friday of the cancellation of the Ashby 20 impending doom loomed, it was soon followed with the news of race after race also being cancelled. It was like watching the lights go out across a nation. What to do next. Messages were pinging back and forth about races that were still open and the ones that were taking entries on the day. The news the Gloucester was still open and no way near its 800 capacity soon filtered through. Do I, don’t I, its just a run after all. Oh well here goes I clicked enter now.
Sunday approached and the first thing I did was check for cancellations, it was still on. 7am arrived and so did a rather sleepy looking Tim. We jumped in my car and headed for Gloucester. Race instructions had said to park in the park and ride, so we headed for that. As we left the motorway the familiar yellow race arrows lead the way to the park and ride. Perfect. We parked and were greeted by yet more yellow arrows one set directing us to race HQ to pick up our numbers and another set to the start line. Race HQ was well organised, numbers, pins, toilets, a stall selling last minute things you might have forgot. We pinned up and headed to the bag drop and the start line in the rain.
Bag drop was at the start finish line along with a refreshment van, gazebos to shelter from the rain and a row of portable toilets. Tim and I then met up with the two other Northbrookers that had made the journey Emma and Jonathan Vardy. There was no time to chat as the race brief began at 9:25 and the instructions were clear. Single file and a strict cut off time of 4 hours…no exceptions. 3…2…1…go.
Gloucester 20 is a 3 lap course. We started lap 1 and the rain poured but this did not deter the marshals, they were fabulous. The course seemed to be a constant stream of marshals from start to finish, each one bringing their own unique cheer to the wet soggy runners. 2 water stations per 6.7-mile lap meant you were never far away from hydration. 2 sets of portable toilets meant that if you took advantage of the ample hydration to you could take advantage of the disadvantage this brings. The course was flat and fast, and the scenery was stunning. The hills were covered in thick rain cloud, but this gave a beautiful backdrop to a well organised picture-perfect race. As the rain got heavier the cheers from the marshals grew louder; these guys really did go above and beyond and were worthy of medals themselves.
Jonathan’s time gave him a massive 18 minute PB and I believe the fastest time a Northbrooker has completed a 20 mile race in this year. Kudos to Jonathan -what a race.
Emma hen recorded a 38 second PB. Well done Emma conditions were tough.
I came in with a 27 minute PB compared to Draycote last year and I am super pleased with that.
Tim had a blinding first half but the conditions were dire and the rain proved tougher than we all imagined and drained us all of every last bit of energy we had.
Well done everyone who ran, marshaled and cheered us on. You made a very, very, VERY wet Gloucester shine – Sara
Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile, Race 5 – 15 March
Nine of us headed 20 mins up the road for the 5th race in the series, some desperate to get a time on the board fully aware of the congestion chaos that is looming, some to complete the series. Numbers were understandably down but the pace was just as electric.
Steve running for his 5 mile time stormed home in 4th, Mike having had a fall with blood pouring down his leg trying his best to catch him. Craig, broken from the previous days hike and on blisters bigger than his shoes was out to fulfill the series, Matt was clearly suffering from the previous days efforts and Cath brought home 3rd female vet.
A good northbrook turn out and effort with great running right through the field. – Spencer
Bedworth Park 5k – 15 March
Five of us made up a third of the field as it’s noticeable numbers are down on events, three incorporating the 5K into long runs.
Great grouping with Simon leading us home in 3rd place.