- Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 4
- Langsett Loop Marathon
- Cannock Chase Trig Point 17 Miles
- Oundle 10k
- Draycote Water Winter 10k
- Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 3
- Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 3
- Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile
- Warwickshire Cross-Country Championships
- Polar Night Half-Marathon
- New Years Day Parkrun Double
|20||Natasha White||42:05||1st FV35|
|30||Mike Wheeler||43:41||2nd MV45|
|96||Cath Fenn||49:08||2nd FV45|
|154||Claudie Combelas||55:05||2nd FV55|
Eleven Northbrookers and supporters headed over to Ilmington for race 4 in the series. Village first this time in good cool running conditions suited a lot of us with good times run by all. Natasha led us home followed swiftly by Mike, Tony and Martin. For me the words of encouragement of everyone passing me helped me get round to ensure the prize is on order.
Race 5 is in one month’s time and one last time due up the hill this series – Spencer
|23||Martin McHugh||42:48||PB, 3rd FV45|
Just the two of us headed over for the inaugural Oundle 10K. This was after the tough cross-country race the day before so I wasn’t sure my legs would even work. I had every confidence in my colleague as his form says it all.
We were warned of a hill at 1km but we both sniggered when we saw what they called a hill after yesterdays Alps scaling activities.
The course was 2 laps of 5k, an easily navigable square but a mile of headwind per lap meant you had to work to get through it. At one point I was aware of 3 runners using me as a windbreak (they did not have to be 3 in width
Martin looked comfortable and I knew we were on target for what we set our minds to do. Were it not so windy this would be a great pb course and great organisation as well. Well worth another visit – Spencer
A windy 10k around Draycote Water, but we all came home clutching our new Coventry Runner headbands. Next one in the series is 10th Feb – Chris
Northbrook Women – 12th (out of 25)
Northbrook Women Masters – 7th (out of 21)
Men’s ‘A’ Team 8th – 337 points, Overall 6th – 827 points
Mens’ ‘B’ Team 4th – 652 points, Overall 4th – 1753 points
Seventeen women and twenty-four men headed to deepest Droitwich on a cold and windy day for the 3rd cross-country league races for illness-decimated teams. We had no idea that Droitwich had their version of the Alps and that we would be tackling them. The tents were pitched on the top of a cold and chilly hill; if only we had to run back to the top once per lap it would be a good course. That evidently became to be too easy.
The women set off first and the lack of smiling showed the men that this was not going to be an easy task. Natasha led the women home, with great running right throughout the team Some great battles were won and the women did the Sunburst proud, but the lack of smiles and warnings from the finishers were starting to ring alarm bells.
The men lined up and set off, Tommy getting involved in a fall and trying to drag Andy back into it. Stu set the pace, being chased by Oli in his first race of the season. But this was not an easy course. The hills were relentless and our only relief was the army of supporters who abused and encouraged us. The team had a hard task to do and everyone gave everything There are lungs and hearts left on a field in Droitwich and a team performance that sparkles with sunbursts outperforming other sunbursts.
A great team to be involved in and a great run guys and gals. One more to go, both teams heading to the Birmingham district of Gloucester next – Spencer
Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile, Race 3 – 6 January
|12||Mike Wheeler||31:36||2nd MV45|
|14||Natasha White||32:07||1st female|
|19||Paul Stead||33:14||3rd MV45|
Twenty-four Northbrookers headed up the road, the aim to get early points on the doors. We certainly inflated the field on a good running day, with winners and age group placings. Great running by all with battles between ourselves right through the field – Spencer
Northbrook Men -10km
Northbrook Women – 6.4km
Senior Women – 9th position
Women Masters – 10th position
Senior Men – 9th position
Men Masters – 10th position
Eight friends and relatives flew out to Tromsø in the Arctic Circle in Norway to run the Polar Night Half Marathon. The race starts in the City square at 3.00pm by which time it is already dark. The course is reasonably flat and runs out along the coast towards the airport before heading back into a biting Arctic for several miles and then back into town. The roads are covered in ice/slush, puddles and badly rutted in places making Yaktrax or similar a must.
Great finishing area with hot drinks and a lovely medal – Adrian
A great start to the new year with a parkrun new year’s day double in Oxfordshire. First a mixed terrain course at Witney to shake off the previous night’s excesses, followed by a quicker run and a course PB at Bicester.