Swithland 6

Birstall Runners’ Swithland 6 league race generated a near record breaking turnout from the Hinckley crew with 39 taking part with a special mention for our U20 Bethan Padbury, Ben Masser and Harry Langham who are not letting the busy GCSE/ AS level exams stopping them from racing! We wonder what it can be about these chip-timed, flat, picturesque, standard-distance, official-measured, goody-bag-offering, summer road races (with toilet facilities) that make them so much more popular than the winter cross-country series? Alas, this remains a mystery.

It was Simon Birch’s turn this week to lead the line for Hinckley’s men. He grabbed 11th place overall. Few saw him – he was so quick! Rumours persist that he arrives seconds before the race start and leaves his car engine running for when he gets back. Near the head of the field Rolf Hoelmer collected a silver time despite losing his pacer (Chris Limmer) to Nick Moore who benefited by running his best race yet.

Men’s runner of the day was awarded to Richard Guest who’s now regularly collecting bronze times by a good margin and showing the incredible change in form that he has achieved over the year. Well done Richard!

On the ladies’s side, we had 22 runners and for many, it was their first race of the summer league including Leanne Byard, Jane Wheeler, Erica Fisher, Liz Aspden-Mansfield, Elaine Wischhusen, Odette Foxall and Louise Berry. Also Sarah Chisnall (and her husband Phil) joined us for the very first time. There was a great atmosphere on the whole and lots of happy runners achieving PBs and standard times on the day. Penny Masser completed her fastest 6 mile race for 2 years.

The lady runner of the day was awarded to Rebecca Gould. Since joining us in road running in the summer league, Rebecca has performed consistently well. She powers through till the finish line and at Swithland 6 she was the first Hinckley lady to cross the line. Well done Rebecca!

Swithland 6 2016 before picture
Swithland 6 2016 before picture
Swithland 6 2016 after picture
Swithland 6 2016 after picture

Gaddesby 7

Gaddesby 7 is a new race in the LRRL this year, hosted by Team Anstey. Like the other races in north Leicester it will no doubt come to be described as ‘undulating’. It’s by no means flat! The steep downhill at the end is reminiscent of Hungarton’s finish but the course will be even more familiar to runners of the Leicester Round as it overlaps one of the earlier legs. 16 from the men’s division took part at the final count. Identifying everyone from the results was trickier than usual due to Gordon registering as a veteran female (well done on the silver standard time though ‘Ms Landsburgh’!), Chris Limmer hiding in the Sleaford Runners camp and everyone wondering if they should know ‘Paul Martin’ who turned out to be a misplaced West Ender.

Leading the line for Hinckley and in 13th place overall was Matt Johnson who is running brilliantly at the moment. The men’s A team was topped up by the Langhams, the Massers, Simon Earley, Nick Moore and Rolf Hoelmer who continues to enjoy his finest form. Male Runner of the Day was awarded to Ed Batch who has had some ups and downs due to injury over the last few events but he continues to give his best on every race day.

On the ladies’side we had 15 runners including mother-and-daughter Julie and Faye Hudson, and Rebecca Gould and Diane Wildbur joining us for the first time in a road league race!

Our leading lady was Kate Perkins who crossed the line in 50:02 finishing 12th lady. Rebecca Gould ran very well on her first road league race and achieved a club gold standard (but she said she still prefers cross country), next was Bethan Padbury who, nonetheless, is currently taking and revising for her GCSE exams.

Lady runner of the day goes to Diane Wildbur who ran her first road league race and that was certainly a baptism of fire. Diane’s determination and enthusiasm for running (and racing, Diane loves a medal!) has no limit. She has hardly stopped running since taking part in the London marathon  on April 24th as she undertook her “Run every day in May” challenge only a few days afterwards, including the hilly and hot Gaddesby 7 into her challenge. Well done Diane!

Ed and Céline

Matt Johnson leading the way for Team Hinckley
Matt Johnson leading the way for Team Hinckley
Rolf Hoelmer
Rolf Hoelmer
Ed Batch - Male runner of the day
Ed Batch – Male runner of the day
Jacqui Campbell, Charlotte Sinclair and Diane Wildbur, Female runner of the Day
Jacqui Campbell, Charlotte Sinclair and Diane Wildbur, Female runner of the Day
#teamhinckley
#teamhinckley

West End 8 – The LRRL Summer League 2016 has begun!

Sunday 15th May saw 14 Men and 12 Ladies competing in the West End 8 league race. In sunny conditions Matt Johnson led the men’s team home in just over 47 minutes, finishing 16th overall. Father-son combination Chris and Joe Langham followed and veteran Simon Earley was 4th for Hinckley with a rare PB ( his first in four years!)

Male Runner of the day goes to Rob Pratt for a great all round performance – well done Rob and thanks for a great team display by all the Hinckley runners!

On the ladies’ team Kate Perkins was the first home in 56:33, a 6-minute PB on the course and finishing 14th lady. Kate was closely followed by Bethan Padbury. The 3rd and 4th Hinckley ladies were respectively Céline Guéry and Penny Masser , who both achieved PBs for this course.

Female runner of the day goes to Jude McSharry. Jude has really thrown herself into the club life since joining, either by wearing the Hinckley vest on races or by being an enthusiastic supporter (and photographer!). On Sunday, Jude demonstrated  her great team spirit as she was a brilliant support thougout the race to fellow Hinckley runner Jacqui Campbell!

Well done all and see you at Gaddesby 7 on next Sunday!

Jon, Ed, Katy and Céline

West End 8
West End 8
Rob Pratt, Harry Langham and Bethan Padbhury
Rob Pratt, Harry Langham and Bethan Padbury
Jude McSharry and Jacqui Campbell (V&M Images)
Jude McSharry and Jacqui Campbell (V&M Images)

Desford 6, March 27th 2016

The LRRL Winter League season for 2015/2016 came to an end this weekend with Desford 6. It was nice to see new member Stuart Mayfield taking on his first league race as well as Ian Sylvester and Peter Abrahamson join us again after a break from league racing. All in all we had a total of 10 ladies and 14 men competing on the day.

Hinckley runners were mostly positive about their performances on the day, achieving quite a few PBs on what is for some the last race before taking on a spring marathon, no less!

Male runner of the day was awarded to Gordon Landsburgh and female runner of the day was awarded to Charlotte Sinclair. Well done!

Desford 6
Desford 6
Charlotte Sinclair
Charlotte Sinclair
Gordon Landsburgh
Gordon Landsburgh

 

 

XC Foremark Reservoir, March 13th 2016

It was a warm and sunny Sunday that saw the last of the cross country races for the 2015/2016 season taking place at Foremark Reservoir and its beautiful surroundings. The course was not as muddy as some of the other courses of the season but it did not disappoint with its tough hills!

For this last race, we had a team of 8 men and a team of 5 ladies competing. Helen Wilebore was awarded female runner of the day and Ben Masser male runner of the day.

Foremark xc - before picture
Foremark xc – before picture
foremark after
Foremark XC – after picture

 

XC 2015/2016 Results

The mens team finished 7th in league 1.

The ladies team finished 2nd in league 2.

The combined team finished 5th in league 1.

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s cross country, be it once or every race. We hope you will join us again when the season starts in October and no doubt you will have inspired others to give the cross country a go with all your achievements this year!

Kibworth 6, March 6th 2016

Once again Kibworth 6 did not disappoint and put everyone to the test when faced with “the hills”. We had 13  male runners and 8 female runners out on this tough course.

Nick Moore and Elizabeth Lees were awarded respectively male runner of the day and  female runner of the day for their tenacity and performances on the day. Well done!

Nick Moore
Nick Moore
Erica Fisher, Elizabeth Lees and Sally Henderson
Erica Fisher, Elizabeth Lees and Sally Henderson
Kibworth 6
Kibworth 6