Standard Times 2017

It’s time to apply for this year’s Standard Times awards.

Full information, times, and rules: Standard Times

APPLICATION FORM: Standard-Times-Form-2017.xlsx

To apply, download and fill in the form, and email it to

Please include in the form a few words about your running year — highlights, lowlights or stories — and also attach to the email your favourite running related photo of yourself from this year. This is for the presentation night and also for a “year book”.

If you are applying for 2 awards, please only send one form.

DEADLINE: Midnight on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018. No exceptions. (Early entries encouraged!)

If you don’t get a reply to your email within 5 days, please contact Nick Moore or Céline Guery in case it was not received.

HRC Newsletter – 15th November 2017

Dear Club,

This week: Prestwold Results, Holly Hayes, County XC, Leicester Uni Relays, Far-Flung Runners

Prestwold Hall XC Results
The result from Sunday’s cross country are out, hot off the press! View Results

Holly Hayes Woods XC
The next XC league race is on Sunday 26th November at Holly Hayes Woods, near Coalville. View Details

County XC Championships
Entries are now open for the Leicestershire & Rutland County Cross Country Championships. This will be at Rotherby Farm on Saturday 6th January 2018. View Details

University of Leicester 3km Relays
The University of Leicester Relays takes place in Victoria Park, Leicester on Saturday November 25th. Teams of 3 or 4 competing in 3km road relay races around the park. Looks like a fun event and we are getting a few teams together – comment on the FB post or let me (Nick) know if you are interested in joining a club team and I will try and coordinate.

Dates for your diary
Saturday 25th Nov – Leicester Uni 3km Relays @ Victoria Park Leicester
Sunday 26th Nov – Derby Runner XC @ Holly Hayes Woods
Sunday 10th Dec – Derby Runner XC @ Bradgate Park
Saturday 6th Jan 2018 – County Cross Country Champs @ Rotherby Farm
(More dates in our Calendar)

Finally, in reply to Will, Andy Lauder writes:

In response to where is the furthest abroad HRC have run – well in club records under Weird and Wonderful we have this:

Furthest North Sarah McSharry and Leanne Byard – Stockholm Half – 59.3 degrees North – 2012
Furthest South Bob McCall – 14K City to Surf – Sydney 33 degrees South – 1985
Furthest East Rolf Hoelmer – Fingal Bay parkrun – New South Wales 152.1 degrees East – 2015
Furthest West Richard Whitelegg, Simon and Andrea Earley – Chicago Marathon & 10K – 87 degrees West – 2001, 2011

Thanks, Andy!

Till next week,
P.S. AGM news to follow in due course.

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Prestwold Hall XC Results

It was a lovely sunny morning out at Prestwold Hall on Sunday. 25 senior club members braved the approx 6½ mile course, including 3 new members running their first race in a Hinckley vest, and 13 of our juniors ran in the 1 and 2 mile races.

RESULTS Derby Runner XC League – Race 2 – Prestwold Hall – 12th November 2017
Seniors ResultsTeam Tables – Juniors Results

Our thanks to Wreake and Soar Valley AC for putting on the race, especially at such short notice. Next race is Holly Hayes Woods on the 26th Nov.

Prestwold XC Team Photo by Richard Guest
High fives from Penny and Biscuit. Photo R Guest.
Catering facilities at the HRC luxury tent.

County XC Championships 2018

From the LRAA:

Entries are now open for the Leicestershire & Rutland County Cross Country Championships. These will be held at Rotherby Farm, Gaddesby Lane, Rotherby on Saturday 6th January 2018.

Online entries (open until 2nd January)

More information: Information Sheet (PDF)

Sadly not as convenient for us as the last two years when it was held a Burbage Common!

This is a traditional cross country event in its 92nd year. There are 8 races on the day divided by male/female and age categories U13, U15, U17, Junior(U20)/Senior/Masters(35+). Those over 35 have the option of entering in either the Senior or Masters category. It is an individual choice but we are recommending to enter as Senior for team purposes.

To enter this race you must have a current England Athletics registration, and you must be either born in Leicestershire or have lived there for 9 months.

Start line @ County XC Champs, Burbage Common, Jan 2017. Photo by Nick Moore.

Derby Runner XC – Race 3 Information

Here’s the info from Hermitage Harriers for the race at Holly Hayes Woods on Sunday 26th Nov:

Holly-Hayes-Woods-XC-Details-2017.pdf (click to view PDF)

Note £4 for adults and and £1 for juniors. We will arrange a car share as usual – look out for info. All HRC members are welcome encouraged to take part – a club vest is available for £15 if you don’t have one yet. There is no need to book a place in these races as they are “turn up on the day” and open to all members of the club. Hope to see a big load of you there 😀

Start line @ Holly Hayes October 2016. Photo by Nick Moore.

University of Leicester Relays

University of Leicester Relays is a fun looking event coming up on Sat 25th November:

The UOLRAC Relays are an annual event that takes place in Victoria Park, Leicester every November with teams competing in 3km relay races! The event is open to everyone whether you’re in a club or just a group of friends, get a team together and join in! (You just have to be over 16 to take part)

It looks like quite a few members are planning to do it. (Club members can comment on the post in the Facebook group to coordinate teams – or just let me know.)

HRC Newsletter – 8th November 2017

Dear Club,

This week: Prestwold Hall XC, AGM, HRC in the News

Prestwold Hall XC
The next Derby Runner XC race is this Sunday at Prestwold Hall. It promises “good running with some surprises to test the hardy”. Race info here
Car Share – meet at Trinity Vicarage Road car park 9am to leave by 9:15

AGM Reminder
Just a reminder the AGM is Tuesday 8pm at the Plough. And there will be free food. All club members are invited and full information has been emailed out to all members by Paul.

HRC in the News
Not only was our training night covered live on BBC news (accidentally), but also Geoff Oliver was featured in an article in the Hinckley Times (thanks to our publicity officer Kirsty).

Dates for your diary
This Sunday (12th Nov) – Derby Runner XC @ Prestwold Hall
Tuesday 14th Nov – AGM – 8pm at the New Plough Inn
Sunday 26th Nov – Derby Runner XC @ Holly Hayes Woods
Sunday 10th Dec – Derby Runner XC @ Bradgate Park
(More dates in our Calendar)

Till next week
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Derby Runner XC – Race 2 Information

Here is the information received from Wreake & Soar Valley AC for the race this Sunday, 12th November at Prestwold Hall:

DERBY-RUNNER-LEAGUE-Notes-Prestwold-2017.pdf (click to view PDF)

This race is £5 for adults and £1.50 for juniors. Juniors race starts 10:20am and adults race starts 11:02am, described as “good running with some surprises to test the hardy”.

All members are welcome and encouraged to take part, it doesn’t matter how slow you think you are or if you haven’t done one before! You will need some trail shoes (or spikes) because it is likely to be very muddy. A HRC vest will also be needed and these are available for £15.

Remember there is no need to book a place in these races – they are “turn up on the day” and open to all members of the club. England Athletics affiliation is not needed to race in Derby Runner league.

Car Share: Unlike most venues, there is plenty of parking for this one, but we will do a car share anyway — meet at the usual place (old leisure centre car park, Trinity Vicarage Lane) at 9:00am to depart 9:15.

Tuesday Training – 7 Nov

Tuesday Speed Work – 1st of block of 4 of “Short Reps”
200m & 400m Reps……Butt Lane
Meet at Leisure Centre for 6.30pm leave or corner of Butt Lane / Leicester Road for 6.45pm Start.
12.5 Mins of 200m reps, (30 sec rest between each rep).5 mins rest followed by 12.5 mins of 400m reps (30 secs rest between each rep). Aim for consistent pace per rep. Total session duration 30 mins.

Each rep to be done in a specified time, based upon your 5K PB time minus 1 min ….. as listed below: (go to the nearest full minute)

 5k Time [mins] / Run Times [secs]
    200m  400m
 15 00:33 01:05
 16 00:35 01:10
 17 00:37 01:14
 18 00:39 01:19
 19 00:41 01:23
 20 00:44 01:27
 21 00:46 01:32
 22 00:48 01:36
 23 00:50 01:40
 24 00:52 01:45
 25 00:55 01:49
 26 00:57 01:53
 27 00:59 01:58
 28 01:01 02:02
 29 01:03 02:07
 30 01:05 02:11

So, if your 5K PB is 20 mins, then your 200m and 400m rep times will be those listed above for a TARGET 5K PB of 19 mins.

This session will then be followed by a stretching session run by Rebecca Gould, starting prompt at 7.45pm in the meeting room at the Leisure Centre. If you have a foam roller bring one along with you.

Coach: Paul

Car Share for Prestwold Hall XC

For the next XC Race on 12th November, we haven’t had the full details yet but we know the races will be at the usual times (11.02am seniors, 10.20am juniors) and that the price for this race will be £5 for seniors and £1.50 for juniors (please note: not the usual price). Pay on the day as usual, no need to pre-register and it is open to all members of the club.

For car share, we will meet at the old Leisure Centre car park (Trinity Vicarage Road, LE10 0BU) from 9:00am, to leave at 9:15am.

We will have hot water again so don’t forget to bring a mug or what have you 🙂