For a complete listing visit the Results Index
- Gato Sports Summer 10k Race 2
- Thirlmere Trot
- Southport Half-Marathon
- Milton Keynes Marathon
- Tamworth Gate Gallop 10k
- Heart of England Trail 5 Mile
- Run For Beer Relays
- Draycote Water Twilight 5k
- EMGP Weedon 10k
- Combe Abbey Swan Challenge 10 Mile
- Heyford Airbase 10k
- Race to the King
- Coventry Chase the Sun 10k
- Cheltenham Festival of Running Half-Marathon
- St Albans Half-Marathon
- Peterborough Midsummer 10k
- Grimsthorpe Castle Trail Half Marathon
- Not Offas Dyke 15
- Dorney Lake Half-Marathon
- Enigma Guitar Heroes Marathon
- Gato Sports Summer 10k Race 1
- Cotswold Hilly 100
- Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon Half-Marathon
- Northampton 10k
- Cotswold 113 Triathlon Half-Marathon
- Tysoe Windmill 10k
Gato Sports Summer 10k Race 2 – 30 June 10K
|16||Victoria Boyle||00:45:26||3rd female|
19 Northbrookers turned up at Ryton for Race 2 with 3 supporters willing and ready to encourage/abuse us on the course, which was dry and dusty and still warm from the day’s sun.
The format of the race is single starts but you have to be brave enough to start where you think is appropriate. Start out of place and the race becomes harder. As we all tried to out pokerface each other, Pete K pushed me into the start, and he quickly followed me, followed by the one to watch – the young gun Tori.
About half a mile in Tori had passed us and old experienced heads shouted/encouraged her to run in a straight line and not meander across the paths. It worked, Tori stayed straight and left the 2 old men of Pete K and me to try to keep her in reach.
With it being out and back twice there were plenty of opportunities to see the rest of our sunbursts battling in their own races. Tori was getting loads of encouragement about how well she was doing, and Pete and I were copping all the abuse for not beating her. Half-way and Pete had pulled out a small lead on me, more importantly Tori had stopped pulling away. I waited and watched. At 4 miles it became obvious Tori was tiring and now Pete was not pulling away. Aware that Tori was running to a 3rd female place and knowing how close the woman behind me was I stepped up a gear, summitting the middle hill to fall onto Pete’s heels. Gentle encouragement for Pete as he needed me to push on.
I got to Tori with half a mile ago and decided to drag/push her as hard as she could go. Just as the abuse landed on me about letting a girl lead me and the encouragement to Tori of not letting the old men catch her (thanks ladies). With 200 mtrs to go I released her, staying on her heels telling her to push harder all the way. 3rd female achieved for Tori as I lay in a heap trying to suck air in through the dirt and grass. Pete lying next to me in the same state as me.
Seeing Elle finish reminded me we still had sunbursts out on course. I grabbed some water and headed to the nearest cheer point to encourage them on. TC and KP ran together until about a mile to go when apparently Kelly burst into song, the now famous KP elbow came out to stun and leave TC as Kelly pushed on to TW’s heels.
A great event again, plenty more of us involved this time to create our own special Northbrook atmosphere – Spencer
Thirlmere Trot – 27 June OTH
Another hot day and a lovely 24-mile run in the Lake District with Pete Marshall, a run which included several climbs and Helvellyn too. Reminded me how beautiful the lakes are on a sunny day – Claudie
Southport Half-Marathon – 27 June HM
Milton Keynes Marathon – 27 June M
Quite a lumpy 2 lap course. Took it easier than normal ready for next weekend.
Tamworth Gate Gallop 10k – 27 June 10K
|54||Peter Kirkhope||0:46:42||2nd MV55|
A very enjoyable off-road race through fields of corn and along rutted paths with half a dozen stiles to climb over for good measure. Even had to negotiate the occasional steam engine! A gift box from Next and a medal for all finishers.
A definite race to do again next year – Alan
Heart of England Trail 5 Mile – 26 June 5M
The Run for Beer Relays – 25 June OTH
2nd Men’s Team
Comedy of Runners
4th Vet Team (160+ yrs)
7th Men’s Team
2nd Super Vets (200yrs+)
1st Women’s Team
3rd Super Vets (200yrs+ )
Runny-o and Juliet
13th Mixed Team (2M + 2F)
Merchants of Menace
14th Mixed Team (2M + 2F)
Much Ado about Running
2nd Women’s Team
Merry Whippets of Windsor
3rd Women’s Team
Anthony & Cleopacers
18th Mixed Team (2m + 2F)
On a dry, if not sunny, evening 43 Northbrookers rocked up at the Run for Beer Relays hosted once again in the park opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.
Bragging rights went to the Northbrook Sonnet Sprinters women’s team who won their category, closely followed by two more Northbrook women’s teams to fill the top three places in their category.
Honourable mentions also go to the Northbrook Macbolts Men’s team who came second in the Men’s category and the Northbrook Corio-leggers who finished 2nd (by 1 second!) in the Super-Vet category.
A pleasant sociable evening was enjoyed by all – Rob
Draycote Water Twilight 5k – 23 June 5K
|4||Mark Baker||0:20:44||1st MV50|
There was a small field for the 5km and 10km races at Draycote Water. It was a hot evening, and I was glad that I opted for the out and back 5km course. There were individual starts, with chip times, but organisation was good. Tough humid conditions, but a decent result for me.
EMGP Weedon 10k – 22 June 10K
My first competition run since Covid.
Great conditions gave me exactly the same time as the last time I ran the course in 2018.
Coombe Abbey Swan Challenge – 22 June OTH
|13||Katy Davies||5:44:42||28.8 miles|
|14||Paul Stead||5:44:45||28.8 miles|
|38||Chris Archer1||6:34:56||26.2 miles|
|44||Liz Pharoah||3:38:58||19.2 miles|
|63||Andy Scruton2||1:27:13||9.6 miles|
1 “Last one standing”, ie runner who lasted longest on the course.
2 “First one home” – ie first person to complete their chosen distance and retire.
The format of the event is to start as many laps as possible or desired within 6 hours of starting.
Heyford Airbase 10k – 20 June 10K
Race to the King – 19 June OTH
A 53.5 mile trail run along the South Downs Way.
Coventry Chase the Sun 10k – 16 June 10K
Cheltenham Festival of Running Half-Marathon – 13 June HM
A glorious but very hot day and a 4-lap course on mostly tarmac surface. Great location and very well organised. My time put me 4th in the MV50 age category.
St Albans Half-Marathon – 13 June HM
Peterborough Midsummer 10k – 13 June 10K
This was an event rescheduled from last winter, and the weather couldn’t have been more different. With temperatures approaching 20°C, a field of 900 set off in single file based on predicted finish time for the 10k event.
Although billed as a road race, the broadly flat Ferry Meadows course on the outskirts of Peterborough provided mixed terrain, comparable with the Monty 5k, comprising grass, trail, gravel with some tarmac making a guest appearance. The woodland sections provided some relief from the heat and I was pleased that exertions would not be too prolonged with a relatively short event distance.
A very well organised event, with a goody bag containing more calories than expended during the 10k!
Grimsthorpe Castle Trail Half Marathon – 13 June HM
Not Offa’s Dyke 15 – 12 June OTH
A decision was made to run this instead of defer about a month previously. We weren’t to know the heat and weather was going to be a major element in this race. The day before after working out where it was and that we would need a 2 hour journey to get there and then back we prepared for a long day. Nervous but excited talk all the way down.
Race HQ was a school playing fields with no shade, but with plenty of space and amenities. The only bit of the race brief I heard was “the hill at 3 miles, I dare any of you to attempt to run it”. It still did not sink in.
I was the first of the 5 of us to start. It soon dawned on me that this was going to be hilly. I did not know the race distance and I was aware of the sun beating down. What was confusing was the number of people walking back, I heard them grumbling about hills and un run-able. I carried on. The first summit was about a mile and a half in, having managed to run it all I felt the relief on the calves as the gradient soon turned downhill. Not fast but I was never going to this one with a time or a pace in mind. Then as 3 miles approached I looked up, my heart dropped out of me. This was going to be awful. The marshalls were insisting walk it – like I was going to do anything else. Draining fluids from the bottles on me as I climbed I could not work out why they said it was gravelly. About 3/4’s of a slog walk up this beast a marshall popped up stating well done, half way there. I checked my watch then looked up. Picked myself back up from the floor as exactly the same climb loomed ahead of me but this time on loose gravel. The walk and the swearing continued. As I summited I took a moment to stop and admire the view. Was the sun really below us? Was it still Saturday?
The next bit was straight down the other side to the valley floor, just after you got the glimpse of the leaders re-summitting. I knew that meant another monstrous climb.
Easy down the big hill in an attempt to save the quads. Before turning back up, this time road turning to trails on the way up. The road signs saying 17% gradient and still no shade. I was drinking water like it was a reservoir, the steam of the sweat from the runners in front said it all. As we summitted for the last time I was determined to warn Tracey, Kelly and Chris if they were in sight. They had already started the drop to the valley floor. Back to my own race and it was obvious this was not the 7 miles I expected but unless there was an evil twist this was down hill all the way. No need to save the quads now. Make up for a bit of a time while hunting for any bit of shade there was.
A spirited finish, they put the medal and a water bottle in my hand. I lay there on the grass sucking in the furnace air while draining another 2 bottles, at least I’d finished. I suddenly remembered the rest of ours still out there. Sat up to witness a collapse on the finish straight worthy of a London marathon finish. This woman was not well, an IV waited for her as they tried to revive her. At least her rescuers who got her over the line turned off her watch.
I had no choice. Grabbing 3 bottles I had to get back out there for Tracey, Kelly and Chris. Claudie was finishing strong and her instincts were the same. Get back out there for them. 1.5 mile run/walk back to the top and 700 ft extra I found them. All in good spirits or so it seemed, they had been sensible. Chris was struggling, the shock of the heat, the lack of breeze and air had made Chris change all his race plans for the day. The girls left Chris with Claudie and I as we tried to keep his spirits up on the plummet to the finish.
Five started, five finished. No Northbrooker needing medical treatment. This was a tough race, even in cool conditions this would have been horrific, but in these temperatures, I would say it could have been deadly – Spencer
Dorney Lake Half-Marathon – 12 June HM
Enigma Guitar Heroes Marathon – 11 June M
A very warm and hard going marathon today. Pain in calf and hip slowed me up and eventually meant a walk/jog marathon resulting in the 4:46:05 finish.
Happy with a sub 5, but need to find a good sports physio, do some stretching and recover before the next one.
Gato Sports Summer 10k Race 1 – 7 June 10K
13 Northbrookers headed to a sunny, warm and dusty Ryton Pools for the first race in the 3 race series. Bodies were battered from the weekend with most having already raced this weekend. Not deterred we shared our current niggle updates andprepared in very good COVID-safe conditions. Two waves of starts with each person starting 30 seconds apart meant it felt very much like a time trial to start with and race positions were confusing from the word go.
The course was dusty and not the flattest, with an added bonus of a hill halfway that threw a few of us. The out and back course with a hairpin turnaround for the second lap meant plenty of chances to see fellow club mates and encourage them along. Our solitary supporter breaking into song everytime one of us approached.
It was good to get back on a start line with it beginning to feel a bit more normal, and leaving us more at ease.
A good job done with great representation and great camaraderie. Roll on race 2 – Spencer
Cotswold Hilly 100 – 6 June OTH
total time: 11:30:34
Team Captain: Liam Mills
Team Butte – Mens Team
total time: 12:33:41
Team Captain: Spencer Davies
*Sean Duffy completed the last
2 miles due to injury
Team Drift – Mens Team
total time: 13:40:17
Team Captain: Spencer Davies
Team Elevation – Mens Team
total time: 15:31:39
Team Captain: Sally Eason
Team Climb – Womens Team
total time: 16:31:00
Team Captain: Elle Townsend
* directed off course by a rival
team in error
Team Fell – Mixed Team
total time: 16:37:22
Team Captain: Chris Archer
When the whisper came out that The Hilly would be on this year it was not believed until it was official, then the relief from all that a real club event was going to happen swept in the entrants for us like a tidal wave. The date clashed with others in the same area meaning we were lighter on numbers compared to normal but we still managed 6 full teams with 1 super sub on standby.
The plan was laid, it was the mixed competition again. But fielding 1 mixed team would not work as we needed to give our greyhounds a challenge they could sink their teeth into. So, just before 5am five Northbrook hares gathered in the centre of Stratford. It was lighter than normal and mild. At 5am our hares were released. The call went to the mixed team, chase them down, they are going to make you work for this one. Our five soon settled into their individual paces, Tommy leading them home on leg 1 and releasing an eager Paul. Jamie was next out of the blocks and the rest quickly followed. They knew they were being hunted down. By this point our first greyhound, Amanda, was eating up the miles determined to get the team on the best start it could.
Our hares were running for their lives but up nothing short of Snowdon as a shellshocked Jamie announced at the end, although Paul seemed to float up the same Snowdon with ease. The gap at the front was growing, Tony Forde on his first outing at the hilly in years made his mark against no other than Mark Baker. But Terry was in full flow, our hares must have flattened Snowdon as Terry made it look flat. Our first hares were in sight as Ben was released. Ben passed Elle on this leg, as a rival team must have been worried about our women’s team and directed her off course. What they did not know was that increasing Elle’s distance fell into her strength. Team Climb’s captain for the day not being put off stormed through.
Our mixed team never gave up, our hares who had been passed knew they had to complete for the team so their mass start hares could be released keeping the mixed team chasing all day long. Leg 4 and it’s not easy. I was convinced the Stu greyhound would catch me – it does make you run for your life.After the last monstrous hill I could see the finish, Stu was not in sight, floor it because I knew the next greyhound would catch our team. At this point the sun was determined to make the hilly the normal furnace it resembles. Every runner after this point was going to need shade, suncream and fluids as temperatures soared.
Francis was off like a shot, Stu followed me in about 5 mins later releasing Dan. Dan, new to the club, showed his pedigree as he left like a train, passing Francis on leg 5. Now it was down to team Butte to keep the mixed team pushing till our hares were released on the mass start.
They were slowly catching team Butte. As the 2 teams started leg 8 our 3 mass starters had already put the distance between them and the chasers. The race was on. Sean “Tarmac” Duffy (not known for his love of hills) versus Kathryn. He kept the gap the same releasing Adam just ahead of Natasha. The 3 hares leading them over Ilmington behind Team Drift pushing everything they had to ensure we were not lost. Our leg 7 runners ensuring the hares still out were not running on lost causes. But Ilmington is Natashas home ground, we have all seen her measure the uphill here then release everything as she comes off the top. Adam was being hunted by a fine hunter on the way up, once they’d summited, Natasha hit him with everything she had. She caught one of the other hares with 2 just remaining out of reach.
Leg 10 and it was close. Damian had to hold Pete off. The 2 hares soon fell but Damian knew Pete was flying behind him. But this was leg 10. The sun had soaked into the tarmac all day long and now it released its heat making this an oven on full for the run in with finisher after finisher looking like they had come through the Avon as they finished. All shell shocked, hunting for the shade to flake out and collapse in.
Once we were all in, and the bar shocked that we were ordering beer (seriously they could not be more inefficient), the organiser hunted me and Liam out. We had won by over an hour. Three times he came back to check, even checking we had fielded the 3 required women.
But let the full sixty take the stand. Everyone of them had an integral part in this win. Everyone one of the fifty ensuring that the ten could not sit back and breeze this through. The fact that there were no stories this year shows what an excellent job the team captains did with their work beforehand so that on the day we could focus on our running.
Sixty heroes stand up and take your bow, you deserve the recognition – Spencer
Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon Half-Marathon – 6 June HM
Northampton 10k – 6 June 10K
Cotswold 113 Triathlon Half-Marathon – 6 June HM
A day of all seasons, lots of rain and a steamy finish paddling in the lake.
Tysoe Windmill Trail 10k – 5 June 10K
|27||Vicky Boyle||0:50:04||2nd SF|
Lovely sunny day and great so many Northbrookers there running or supporting! Last years raced was cancelled due to COVID so it was nice to be back supporting what is a really friendly local event. The hills were as tough as ever but this is more than compensated by the beautiful views. Definitely a race to recommend and hopefully we’ll be back again next year. Special mention to Victoria Boyle who led the Club home in a brilliant 50:04 having dropped a certain Mr Davies after a mile – Adrian