On July 6th 2016, 29 HRC runners (14 men and 15 ladies) took part in Hungarton 7. It was much cooler than last year and much appreciated by all the runners . No doubt it helped to achieve lots of PBs and course bests! Everyone welcomed the fast downhill finish once the relentless hills were over. Good support and pictures from Ian Sylvester. He was a welcome sight, signalling the end couldn’t be far now, could it?
Chris Limmer was the first back, very closely followed (3 seconds) by Matt Johnson and then Simon Birch was 3rd and Chris Langham 4th back for Hinckley. The mens team finished 2nd in division 1 for this race. Great to see Matthew Lunn out too, we hope to see him at Joy Cann 5.
After a heated Langham show down (there was money up for grabs too!),Harry put in a great effort and smashed his PB finishing in 51:22. He also wins the male Runner of the Day prize! Well done to Harry and all the Langhams, always great to see any of them out running. We had other great family duos: Ben Masser crossing the line at 46:03 and Penny Masser at 53:39, six minutes faster than last year and achieving a diamond standard time at the same time! We also saw Faye Hudson finishing in 1:02:46 and Julie Hudson in 1:12:00.
First over the line for the ladies was Bethan Padbury in 50:07, closely followed by Kate Perkins in 50:42, Rebecca Gould in 51:17 and Céline Guéry in 52:57. According to our own calculations this allowed the ladies to finish 1st in division 1 for this race and 2nd overall behind Team Anstey. Fantastic result!
As far as PBs go, Sarah Garford sliced two minutes and twenty-two seconds off her time compared to 2015, Julia Waite and Jenny Green three minutes off their time and Elizabeth Lees and Céline Guéry both sliced an impressive six minutes off their time compared to last year. Well done all!
Julie Hudson was awarded Female Runner of the day for her contagious enthusiasm and bags of energy before, during and after the race. Julie achieved a bronze standard time at Hungarton 7 and was also celebrating her birthday on raceday! Well done Julie and thank you for the cake!
This week we are running route S16, this features the canal and a bit across a field. I hope it isn’t too bad underfoot in those sections, but you never know with this British weather, not long sections and should be ok.
Cross-country PROVISIONAL Fixtures for your diaries for the 16/17 season. Please keep an eye out as we can probably expect one or two changes as we approach the start of the season.
30 Oct 2016 Holly Hayes Woods (Hermitage)
13 Nov 2016 Markfield (Westend Runners)
27 Nov 2016 Bagworth Heath (Desford Striders)
11 Dec 2016 Bradgate Park (RoadHoggs)
15 Jan 2017 Sinai Park (Hatton Darts)
19 Feb 2017 Allestree Park (Derwent Runners)
05 Mar 2017 Bosworth Battlefield = HINCKLEY!!!
The most important is of course Hinckley! 🙂 Support will be needed on the day for Marshalls, car parkers, timers, etc.
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!
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!
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!