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February 2019

Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 5 – 17 February

14 Natasha White 43:11 2nd female, 1st FV35
45 Tony Forde 47:40  
73 Cath Fenn 50:27  
111 Claudie Combelas 55:10 3rd FV55
128 Spencer Davies 56:27  
149 Lisa Bragg 58:33  
157 Julie Cozens 59:44  
167 Richard Hands 60:50  
169 Lottie Graham 61:02  

Series Results – from all 5 races

1 Natasha White 3:34:40  
13 Tony Forde 3:48:58  
37 Spencer Davies 4:12:34  
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


Welly Trail 10k – 17 February

  Rich Cawley 56:48

Dorney Lake Winter Half-Marathon – 16 February

  Andrew McConville 1:28:08

LDWA Winter Poppyline – 16 February

  Tony Bowe 10:45:00

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.


Enigma Quadzilla 4 Marathons in 4 Days – 7 to 10 February

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

Cannock Chase 5 Mile and 10 Mile – 10 February

5 Mile Race

  Jill Pittard 39:42 3rd female

10 Mile Race

  Damian Pharoah 1:17:57
  Rich Cawley 1:30:30
  Lottie Graham 1:46:51

Draycote Water Winter 10k – 10 February

52 Peter Kirkhope 45:13
62 Sarah Duffy 46:13
123 John Murphy 50:09
330 Chris Archer 64:33

Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 4 at Gloucester – 9 February

Northbrook Women – 12th overall
Northbrook Women Masters – 7th overall

5 Natasha White 33:05
47 Enya Tabram 37:52
56 Cath Fenn 38:31
67 Sarah Duffy 39:28
97 Eleanor Townsend 42:10
139 Dawn Webb 46:36
150 Julie Cozens 48:24
163 Pia Singh 50:22
176 Tracey Williams 52:26
193 Jane Stephens 58:06

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


Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 4 at Gloucester – 9 February

Men’s ‘A’ Team 7th – 332 points, Overall 6th – 1159 points
Mens’ ‘B’ Team 5th – 707 points, Overall 4th – 2460 points

25 Oliver Jones 43:11
35 Liam Mills 44:06
37 Damien Dear 44:13
64 Rob Barry 46:04
81 Mike Wheeler 47:30
90 Lee McKervey 48:10
105 Martin McHugh 49:14
111 Tommy Dempsey 49:55
112 Neil Smith 49:58
120 Spencer Davies 50:49
124 Terry Moynihan 51:14
135 Richard French 52:07
143 Steve Handy 52:45
147 Raghbir Sangha 53:10
153 Mark Baker 53:34
164 Kevin Coughlan 54:41
174 Martin McCrystal 56:14
210 Fraser Barrett 72:22

Full results on Bham League web site

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 – 7 February

  Paul Stead 4:41:18

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.


Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile, Race 4 – 3 February

8 Natasha White 30:52 1st female
13 Mike Wheeler 31:58 1st MV45
16 Craig Slyde 32:52 PB, 2nd MV40
31 Spencer Davies 35:15  
39 Peter Kirkhope 35:51  
44 Cath Fenn 36:09  
45 David Giles 36:13 PB
54 Sarah Duffy 38:02  
77 Richard Hands 42:09  
83 Lisa Bragg 43:09  
85 Rich Cawley 43:33  
91 Jilie Cozens 44:24  
114 Chris Archer 52:20  
118 Julie Horbury 54:01  

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.

Great support
as always on a well organised event, and the post-race raffle and hot drinks
were much appreciated – Spencer


London Winter Run 10k – 3 February

  Andy Scruton 56:46
  Sue Clarke 1:13:21
  Sarah Phipps 1:13:23

Mayhill Massacre – 2 February

6 Craig Slyde 1:15:36
30 Spencer Davies 1:27:29
61 Jill Pittard 1:34:44
110 Lisa Bragg 1:53:44

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