Bradgate XC Sunday 6th December 2015 (DRL Race 3)

Details for Bradgate (Roadhoggs) XC
Race Start: Juniors 10.30, Men: 10:55 Ladies: 11:05

Distance: Junior approx 1 mile. Adult approx 5.25 miles

Location: Bradgate Park, Hunts Hill Entrance, Sharply Hill, Leicestershire, LE6 0AH

Parking: Car park for cars carrying 3+ people ONLY. Alternative parking on nearby lanes or alternative Bradgate Park Car parks. Please be considerate to local residents.

Changing facility = HRC Club tent! One public toilet near start.

Entry details: Race fee is £4 including £1 for parking. Pay on the day. You must wear a club vest (contact Penny Masser if you need one).

Official Event Page:

Please be aware – parking is at the ‘Hunts Hill’ car park this year as there is a different route starting from the North West corner of the park (nearer Old John). Parking at that location is for cars with 3+ people only so you must lift share!

Bagworth Heath XC 2015 Results and Runner of the day

A massive thanks to all those who came to either run or support at the XC last Sunday. Great to see so many runners and supports. Mostly for the tent presumably! Which did a good job, easy to put up and take down. Easy to get in the bag, lightweight too. Could use it for any summer event as a marque.

Whilst not a record attendance for the XC, not too far off. We had 7 first timers running a Derby Runner League XC in a HRC vest. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially Michelle! Well done for plucking up the courage to give it a go, a bargain at £3! We are looking forward to this being the first of many for you all.

Final results are out and on our results page, we have improved since the last one and doing fab!
Team Overall 2nd in League 1, up from 7th in the last race and now sitting in 4th place.
Men 5th in League 1, up 2 places to 5th now.
Ladies 2nd in League 2, up 1 place to 2nd now.

Simon Birch did well to lead for a lot of the race with Ben Harding pipping him to the post though to finish 1st HRC man, 7th in the race with Simon 8th in the race.
Ben Masser was next for the men in 31st place, an epic performance for Ben!
Some good banter between Steve and Simon Early helped spur them both on swapping places towards the end too.

Men’s runner of the day goes to Steve Penney, well done Steve!

Simon Earley and Steve Penney
A great turn out for HRC ladies, unfortunately we didn’t out number the boys on this occasion! 8 of us in total braved the cold weather to indulge in our love of mud with 3 of those tying cross country for the first time and from the smiles at the end I think everyone enjoyed it and will hopefully be back for more.

New girl Rebecca Gould ran her first race for the club and put in a fantastic performance, 1st lady back for HRC ladies and finishing in 6th position.
Bethan Padbury wasn’t far behind, as usual Bethan made it look easy and finished in 7th place.
Kate Perkins again had a brilliant race finishing 11th.

Michelle Fowler, Leanne Byard and Kirsty Pollard ran their first cross country race Michelle scoring for the team as our Vet lady, Leanne and Kirsty seemed to have a great time and we’re all smiles at the end as for Michelle I think deep down she loved it!

My Lady runner of the day goes to Rebecca Gould her 1st race in a HRC vest and she put in an amazing performance I’m looking forward to seeing what mores to come from Rebecca in the future.

Rebecca Gould
Rebecca Gould

A massive well done to all the HRC ladies for running and see you all at Bradgate for more muddy fun!

Next XC race is this weekend at Bradgate Park on Sunday the 6th December 2015. I know how much everyone loves to train at Bradgate. So if you haven’t tried XC yet, this is as good a one as any. It was a brilliant event there last year and this one should be even better.

2016 Leicestershire & Rutland XC Championships – Saturday January 9th 2016

90th Cross Country Championships
Saturday 9th January 2016 Burbage Common, Hinckley, Leics

Last year Hinckley Men’s Senior team came 3rd (George Birt, Matt Johnson, Kevin Higham, Jonathan Strong, Paul Ashby and Andy Lauder). The Ladies Senior team came 4th (Katy Grainger, Sarah Garford, Jenny Green, Jo Martin and Celine Guery).
In addition to the Seniors, two juniors competed on their own in their individual categories. Both did very well:
Carys O’Reilly was 14th in the Under 13 girls
Bethan Padbury was 10th in the Under 15 girls

So lets have another good go at this, it is in Hinckley (well Burbage)!

Entry Details: We would like to encourage online entries as these make life more
manageable for us over the holiday period. You can do this on the website link: until 10 pm 27th December 2015.

If you do not wish to enter on line then please print off the separate form available from
the L&RAA website ( and send it with your entry fee to the L&RAA Secretary, c/o 41 Highcroft Avenue, Oadby, Leics, LE2 5UH by the earlier closing date of 16th December.

Seniors/Masters/ Junior (Under 20) Age Groups – £7.50 per individual in these categories

Individual County Championship Awards
The Senior* male and female trophy cups will be awarded to the race winners.
Individual County medals will be awarded to the first 3 finishers in each race/age group.
Medals to the first 3 Teams in each age group as per team scoring rule.
Cups and Trophies from last year should be returned to the presentation area prior to
the event in a clean condition.

Team Scoring
Team awards shall be based on the first THREE from each Club to finish in each age group
race, except for the oldest two male groups: Senior Men’s race where the first FIVE from
that age group shall score; Masters Men’s race where the first FOUR shall score.

Markfield XC 2015 Results and ROD


Last Sunday 11th October 2015 saw the first XC of the season at Markfield. A regular fixture helped some to compare performances against previous years, both in time and finishing position.

Limited parking as always, so as usual a good level of car sharing or alternative transport helped limit the cars. Keep it up please!

Thanks and well done to everyone who raced or supported!

Final results are up. As a team we are 7th in League 1. This is based on the top 7 men (including 2 vets) and 3 women (including 1 vet). Men are 6th in League 1. Ladies are 3rd in League 2.

We had 12 men race and everyone did brilliantly! Tom Shardlow was first back for Hinckley and 5th overall. Ben Masser was 2nd back for us and 4th in his agecategory. Well paced Ben (and thanks to Paul Clayton for helping him!). It was Joseph Langham’s first XC race for the club and he had a fab result at 116th! Well done. Everyone said how great it was to see Adrian back racing, good to have you back!

Men’s ROD goes to Rolf Hoelmer, a great effort on the day following continual improving over the last year.

Many thanks to the 10 lovely ladies who took part in this year’s first cross country. 4 ‘crazy girls’ actually ran over…3 of them then taking part: Sarah Garford, Helen Wilebore and Sally Henderson. This was Sally’s first XC too! Thanks to Julia who, after running over, provided lots of support to our runners.

Bethan Padbury was first lady home for HRC (5th lady) .. she really is going from strength to strength.
Kate Perkins was hot on Bethan’s heels after putting in anther strong performance and finishing 6th lady.

Celine Guery ran an excellent race … can you believe she completed a marathon (smashing her PB) just a week before! This girl is a machine!!

I loved the way Gemma Daniels’ body language said “Why am I here?” at the start and then greets you with a huge smile at the finish line … That’s WHY you were there Gemma!

Jacqui Campbell and Charlotte Sinclair represented the ‘C’ Group in style .. this was Charlotte’s first cross country race – in borrowed shoes, she didn’t hate it .. and WILL be back!

My lady runner of the day is Kim Spratt .. she is now becoming a ‘regular’ in a blue and white vest at races and gave 110%.
Congratulations Kim and a massive Well Done and Thank You to all.

Thanks for the photos Chris Langham!
HRC Markfield XC
Next XC is Bagworth Heath on Sunday 22nd November 2015

Halloween Pub Run Friday 30th October 2015



A 5 mile fancy dress run with stops for pubs, all welcome, run, or pub or both. As you can see from the above route and picture the route is in the shape of a ghost! Spooky!
We will be leaving from The Railway (Steamin Billy) at 18:30 sharp and will be in the following pubs at the below times:
Anchor, Burbage – 18:50-19:20
The New Plough Inn – 19:50 – 20:20
The Queens Head – 20:30 – 21:00
The Railway (Steamin Billy) – 21:10 to finish (well continue drinking until closing time at midnight)

Feel free to get a drink in first at the The Railway, I will try to! By sticking to the above plan people can join us part way round or just at a pub for a drink.

For those in need of food, we haven’t factored it in due to time constraints. So eat before, bring gels, buy crisps in the pub etc. Or Tesco is open 24/7 for when we get to the last pub to help with any munchies.

Bagwoth Heath XC Sunday 22nd November 2015

Derby Runner Cross Country League – Race 2

Bagworth Heath Sunday 22nd November 2015

Bagworth Heath XC

Location: Bagworth Heath Woods, Heath Road, Bagworth, Coalville, LE67 1DL.

Directions: From Thornton or Merry Lees, take signs to Bagworth, then Bagworth Heath Woods.


Course: On Thornton side of the Heath.

Junior race approx. 10.30am, one or two laps of field depending on age – 1 & 2 Miles – cost £1

Main race: start 11am (note-all runners will start together-no split start for this race) – cost £3;

Approx 6.5 miles; comprising of two long laps; testing hill ; woodland and grassland tracks; approx 150m of compacted gravel over tarmac bridle path on both laps. Note the route has some very slippy sections.

Footwear: Spikes, or ‘off-road’ shoes would be suitable. Note – there are some sections of gravel track.

Enter only on the day, for adults, payment to your Captain or Vice-Captains before the race. They may well want to warm up etc so please turn up with plenty of time to spare (also to help improve your chances of getting parked). Juniors sign up on the day at a central registration desk.

Toilets, showers and changing: SiD, Peckleton Lane, Desford LE9 9JU. Approx. 2miles from race, see map.

Results: SiD, Peckleton Lane, Desford LE9 9JU. Approx. 2miles from race, see map overleaf

Contact: Steve Morris, Race Co-Ordinator, 07926 152345

All runners enter at their own risk. The organisers will in no way be held responsible for any loss or damage to property or for any injury incurred.

Link to Desford Striders site with maps:


Derby Runner Cross Country League 2015

Please find some information below about the Cross Country races from the Derby Runner League website (

These races are CLOSED events, i.e. only members of affiliated clubs can take part.

This closed league consists of 7 cross country races of 5-7 miles, October-March. Individuals score for their team if they are in the counting 8 (men) or 4 (ladies). If individuals attend 4 out of the 5 races they can win the individual awards.

The team events have three components. The mens event needs 8 men to count, including 2 vets. The ladies event needs 4 ladies to count, including 1 vet. The overall team event needs 7 men (including 2 vets) and 3 ladies (including 1 vet). Vets are runners aged 40+, for both men and ladies.

Although the races can be competitive, they are fairly low-key events with a good friendly club atmosphere. The courses are usually proper cross country, so muddy and hilly. Results are usually finalised after the race in a nearby pub.

Start times: Junior race; 10:15am, Senior Race 10:55am
Distances: Junior U/11; 1 mile, Junior O/11, 2 miles, Senior; 8-11K
Entry fees: Junior; £1, Senior £3
Club kit: Club vests or T shirt must be worn for all races
Footwear: Studded fell shoes or cross country spikes. Trail shoes/studded road shoes may be ok depending upon conditions and the course

Prize Categories: Men

Senior (up to 39), VM40 (40-49), VM50 (50-59), VM60 (60+)

Prize Categories: Women

Senior (up to 39), VL40 (40-49), VL50 (50-59), VL60 (60+)

Age status for veterans – age as on 2nd October 2015

Car parking is often a problem because the races are popular and most of the locations are small village areas, so please car-share if possible.


-Runners, MUST return their finishing disks (to the Captains or Vice Captains)
-Runners must run in club kit (Club vest mandatory, please contact Penny Masser if you require one)
-NO Earphones MP3s or other devices – it makes insurance invalid
-At stiles if you jump any queue, you and your team will be disqualified
-Host clubs are to make sure that all marshals know the mobile phone number of the first aid co-ordinator
-Host clubs are to make sure that the children’s race has hares and/or marshals
-Please turn up early and car share
-Finally, enjoy

Markfield XC Sunday 11th October 2015

Derby Runners Cross Country Leauge, Markfield XC, organised by West End Runners. Sunday 11th October 2015.


Start times;

Junior race: 10.20am  – juniors do not need to be affiliated with a club

Men’s race: 10.55am

Lady’s race: 11.05am

Entry fees;

Children £1

Adult £3

Enter only on the day, for adults, payment to your Captain or Vice-Captains before the race. They may well want to warm up etc so please turn up with plenty of time to spare (also to help improve your chances of getting parked). Juniors sign up on the day at a central registration desk.



If you are only coming for the junior race, please park in the staff car park to allow easier exit at the end of your race.

There are no changing facilities, but toilets are available in the school grounds.

The senior race is approximately 5.5 miles


Post race venue: Bagworth Working Men’s Club, Station Road, Bagworth, LE67 1BJ

For further details please contact: Elaine O’Connor, West End Runners-

Course maps:


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