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:
https://bookitzone.com/Leics_Athletics/yj2FFX 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 (http://www.lraa.org.uk/media/33561/lraa_xc_2016_paper_entry_form.pdf) 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!
Course http://connect.garmin.com/course/8214177
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: http://www.desfordstriders.co.uk/bagworth-heath-xc2-2015.html


Derby Runner Cross Country League 2015

Please find some information below about the Cross Country races from the Derby Runner League website (http://www.derbyrunnerleague.com/).

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- XC@westendrunners.co.uk

Course maps: https://app.box.com/s/ooj3u9zx97mu5hhy31wd6dyig97zb8k1

Poster: https://app.box.com/s/x7he2gg6tbtk5jeztau4s45v4yvnxvv4

Google Calendar Event: https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=ZjRrZ3BzN


LRRL Awards – Friday 2nd October 2015

Friday 2nd October 2015 will see the annual LRRL presentation evening, held at Leicestershire County Cricket Club at 7pm. Many from the club will be attending. If you haven’t already spoken to Sarah Garford about tickets, you have until the 26th September.

We have a host of individual and team awards that will be presented on the night, please see below;

Penny Masser 3rd VET 50 Woman

Anne Ashton 1st VET 60+ Woman

Bethan Padbury 1st Under 20 Woman

Senior Men Winners of Division 2

Individual awards for 100% completion; Ben Masser (youngest ever for the league), Céline Guéry, Chris Langham, Ed Batch, Elizabeth Lees, Jenny Green, Julia Waite, Lisa Freestone and Sally Henderson


Following JF10 and the end of the summer LRRL season the results for Hinckley teams are as follows;

Vet Women 6th in Division 1

Women A team 6th in Division 1, Women B team 3rd in Division 2, Women C team 5th in Division 3

Vet Men 3rd in Division 2

Men 1st in Division 2


Well done to everyone who took part in any way, some great individual and team achievements!

Next stop, Cross Country! First being October 11th at Markfield.

John Fraser 10 Results and ROD

Last Sunday saw the final LRRL league race for this season. A great turn out again with the men out numbering the ladies for once (18 men, 16 ladies) with 34 runners, the most for the summer league races in 2015. Thanks as always to everyone who took part either by running or supporting (and/or baking cake).

Results are on the results section and we are awaiting the final league tables and will update once we have them. We are hoping that the men managed to keep 1st in Division 2 (should have done easily), that the Vet men held on to 3rd in Division 2 (close with 4th and 5th place but I’m sure they will hold onto their 3rd spot), the ladies should stay in Division 1 as they were 6th place before JF10. The ladies B team were 3rd in Division 2 so hopefully they will hold onto that spot, whilst the C team were 4th in Division 3 which is a great result for the ‘C’ team.

Below is a list of the HRC runners who have completed 100% of the LRRL winter and summer races this season. This is a massive achievement, something I tried to complete this year along with Sally. Simply fitting them in around other commitments isn’t easy. Then there are clashes with other events, either on the same day, or the day before. That’s before you factor in injury preventing you being able to take part, or the traffic that prevented Sir Ed from making the Hungarton 7 race after work on a Wednesday evening.

A special mention to Ben Masser, who is the youngest person to ever complete 100% of the league races, this year being the first time he could run some of the races over 10k. With JF10 being the furthest distance Ben has ever raced, he did amazingly well with a time of 1:07:18.

HRC 100% of LRRL races 2015:

Ben Masser

Céline Guéry

Chris Langham

Ed Batch

Elizabeth Lees

Jenny Green

Julia Waite

Lisa Freestone

Sally Henderson


Many other great performances on Sunday, including many PBs. Joe Langham had a great run again and good to have more Langham’s on at HRC this year. Runner of the day for the men goes to Tom Wormleighton, Tom has continually improved on his good performance last year over the many races he has taken part in so far this year.

Tom Wormleighton
Tom Wormleighton

For the ladies, Sarah Garford managed a 10 minute PB (paced by Sir Ed?), another 10 minute PB next year (both?)? Sally Henderson managed a PB based on it being her first 10 mile race, but also a good time for the distance and completing her 100% showing this year coming back from injury she has bounced back stronger than before. Runner of the day goes to Penny Masser, another Gold time for Penny (Diamond next year?), she has been constantly knocking out great times.