- Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 5
- Welly Trail 10k
- Dorney Lake Winter Half-Marathon
- LDWA Winter Poppyline
- Enigma Quadzilla 4 Marathons in 4 Days
- Cannock Chase 5 Mile and 10 Mile
- Draycote Water Winter 10k
- Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 4
- Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 4
- Big Bear Challenge
- Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile
- London Winter Run 10k
- Mayhill Massacre
|14||Natasha White||43:11||2nd female, 1st FV35|
|111||Claudie Combelas||55:10||3rd FV55|
Series Results – from all 5 races
|47||Julie Cozens||5:06:15||3rd FV55|
Nine Northbrookers headed to Ilmington for the last in the Winter Race series. After the Northbrook Awards Night celebrations the night before some were feeling a lot worse than others but all had one aim. Climb the hill for the last time in the series, get round, earn the hoody and the sausages and work off the hangovers.
The weather was a lot better than I felt on the day. I watched as Natasha, Tony, Cath, Claudie and Rich disappeared into the distance. I knew what I had to do and part of the plan was to keep the awards beers from swishing around and to stay down. As the race progressed the beers started to sweat out. Not the best time around but job done.
Natasha won the series for the women, Julie was 3rd FV55, Tony was our lead man back and we all sat there afterwards in the pub wearing our new hoodies and dreaming of the impending sausage sandwiches we had earned – Spencer
A lovely 51 mile circular route through the undulating countryside of North Norfolk with excellent, well-stocked aid stations which is par for the course for LDWA events.
|Day 1||Tony Bowe||4:27:33|
|Day 2||Tony Bowe||4:33:54|
|Day 3||Tony Bowe||4:38:24|
|Day 4||Tony Bowe||4:35:15|
5 Mile Race
|Jill Pittard||39:42||3rd female|
10 Mile Race
Northbrook Women Masters – 7th overall
It’s been fantastic to see Team Northbrook out in strength over the 2018/19 cross-country season. As a team we stayed solidly mid division to the end, and 3 consistently strong performances from Natasha White were rewarded with a 3rd place finish in the Masters individual competition.
Division 2 had a total of 979 finishers, started with 26 overall teams and 24 masters teams, and concluded with 21 and 18 respectively – Cath
Men’s ‘A’ Team 7th – 332 points, Overall 6th – 1159 points
Mens’ ‘B’ Team 5th – 707 points, Overall 4th – 2460 points
Twenty-eight men and women took the very long 80-mile journey down to Cattle Country, Gloucestershire for the last Birmingham League/Midland Women’s League races of the season. With diminished teams due to the location, illness and injuries we always knew we were going to have to give it more than our best. It was cold, wet and windy and the course had been changed to take account of the newly formed lakes, and the farmer had also helped by recently muck spreading.
This did not stop the women though who ensured that they cut up the course superbly for the men. Natasha led the women home with great smiles (relief or enjoyment) by all. Then the men started. The field, although reduced in numbers, was just as fast as we have come to expect. Oli carefully picked off the competition as he led us home through the knee-deep water and slurry pits. The rest of us were doing our best to keep up with him. Every man and woman left pride, lungs and heart out on the water-logged fields of Cattle Country.
There was great support and many photos were taken on the day in cold conditions. We will be back next year; can consistency be the key to promotion? – Spencer
Big Bear Challenge is a 6 hour running event at Ryton Pools Country Park. The 3.3-mile out and back loop means the race can be just over 5k or, given the relatively flat nature of the course, potentially 49.5 miles. Athletes decide how many laps to do within the 6-hour time limit. For a marathon distance you need to complete 8 laps (26.4 miles) and for a half marathon 4 laps (13.2 miles). Paul completed 9 laps, meaning he ran 29.7 miles.
|8||Natasha White||30:52||1st female|
|13||Mike Wheeler||31:58||1st MV45|
|16||Craig Slyde||32:52||PB, 2nd MV40|
Fourteen Northbrookers headed up the road to Chelmsley Wood for the 4th
5 mile race in the Centurion Grand Prix series. The cold weather told on the
number of participants. Natasha (1st female) and Mike (1st MV45) led us home
with the rest of us keeping the sunburst pushing over the line.
as always on a well organised event, and the post-race raffle and hot drinks
were much appreciated – Spencer
Four of us set off early doors for the Mayhill Massacre, a race that none of us had done before so we were all nervous but excited as well. This was a low key (154 entrants) event based at the bottom of the Mayhill in a garden centre, which meant a nice café, nice toilets and heat. Yes, there was snow outside and the sledge offered at registration should have warned us of the fun we were about to have. My decision of shorts and vest felt wrong while we were waiting to start, but once we started I knew I had made the right decision.
Two miles of constant uphill started us off, we then traversed the peak in snowy conditions, glorious sunshine and with fantastic views. This race had everything from knee deep, shoe-sucking mud, through lung bursting climbs, to flat out descents. It was brilliant. Out of the 4 of us Craig was the only one not to get lost, anyone betting on that would have lost a fortune.
Thoroughly recommend it for next year – Spencer