National Cross Country

The 2018 ECCA Saucony National Cross Country Championships will be at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on Saturday 24th February.

Last year a few of us did this when it was in Nottingham and it was a really good day. It was my first time doing the National and I would say it was quite an experience and would recommend anyone to try it at least once. It’s a bit like the County XC but on a MASSIVE scale with runners from clubs from the entire country taking part. The start line is about half a mile wide. It is a historic event going back to 1876 and has been won by such names as Paula Radcliffe.

The senior women’s race is 8km (at 2:20pm) and the senior mens is 12km (at 3pm) and there are juniors races all day too. It is open to ANYONE in the club to enter there is no need to be super fast or anything. But you do need to be EA registered.

I am putting together a list for the club entry (they like entries to be done as a block if possible) so let me (Nick Moore) know if you are interested. The price is £8. It is about 1hr 45m drive from Hinckley and the idea is that when we know who is going we can together and travel down as a group, we can take the tent etc.

More info:

A snap from last year’s National


As a “photo of the week” (well it got lots of likes on Facebook) this shows Gayle handing over to Rich at the Leicester Uni Relays on Sunday. Each leg was a 3km lap of Victoria Park. We had 3 mixed teams of 3 take part plus a couple of stragglers from HRC who took part in their Uni teams (results).

Christmas Pub Run 🎅🏻

From the social events department – this will be on Friday 22nd December:

Time for our Christmas get-together! This night is all about dressing up, having fun, drinking and a bit of running in between. The plan is to meet up outside The Railway pub at 6.45 to start the run at 7pm. We are working on a Christmas-themed route so will confirm nearer the time. This will be similar to the Halloween run so around a 4 mile run with max 1 mile between each pub (so probably a little more drinking than running)

Our themed pub runs are a great fun social night outs so it would be great to see as many of you dressed in your festive outfits joining us.

Note – Fancy dress isn’t compulsory but its more fun if you do 🙂 Please also note this isn’t a official club event so you are in charge of your own safety so please stay in groups, stay safe and if you find yourself being chased by naughty elves RUN!!

Derby Runner XC – Race 4 Information

Roadhoggs have sent us the information for the upcoming race at Bradgate Park on Sunday 10th December:

Roadhoggs Bradgate xc 101217 club pack (PDF)

Please note the important restrictions on parking and the necessity for car sharing if using the race car park – we will organise a car share as usual. The seniors fee is £4. Also of particular note is the brand new route which is different from the previous years!

Remember 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. The more the merrier! Club vest is available for £15 if you don’t have one yet.

Photo from the Bradgate Park XC in 2016 – by Stephen Lee.
The new course for 2017

Mince Pie Night 🎄

Our “Mince Pie Night” will be on Tuesday 19th December after normal training. This is an annual tradition of an informal festive gathering, and this year is being kindly hosted by Liz Aspden-Mansfield. Contributions of food and drink are welcome and can be dropped round at Liz’s beforehand.

Holly Hayes XC Results

RESULTS Derby Runner XC League – Race 3 – Holly Hayes Woods – 26th November 2017
Seniors ResultsTeam TablesJuniors Results

Edit: Juniors results added. Edit 2: v2 Results Uploaded (now with added Simon)

We had another really enjoyable XC race on Sunday. 22 HRC seniors finished the race and 21 finished, with Steve P unfortunately wounded after slipping on a nasty rock and ending up with 6 stitches to the knee. He got rapid attention from the marshals & medics and several nearby runners from other clubs gave up their race to stop and help him — thank you to all who helped.

Simon Birch came a brilliant 2nd in the men’s race (adjusted down from an initial 1st as the true winner Nathaniel Walker had been misdirected). Also there was no men’s disc 328 handed out so anybody after this position will find themselves moved up 1 place.

It was also a triumph of cakes with contributions from Steve, Greg, Megan and Richard.

Thanks to Hermitage Harriers who put on this event. I will finish with few pictures below.

The top 3 finishers had a real battle in this race. Photo by Stephen Lee (click photo to link to Stephen’s JustGiving page)

Read moreHolly Hayes XC Results

Car Share for Holly Hayes XC

For Sunday’s race, if you would like to join to the car share please come to the Trinity Vicarage Road car park (LE10 0BU) 9am to leave by 9:15.

The race is £4 for seniors and £1 for juniors. Pay on the day as usual, no need to pre-register and it is open to all members of the club! Even if you can’r race why not come and support, take photos etc. Don’t forget to bring a mug if you would like to relax with a hot drink after the race 🙂

2018 Club Committee

As announced after the AGM last week, the club’s committee is now as follows:

Geoff Oliver – President

Andy Lauder – Chairman

Paul Clayton – Hon. Secretary

Elizabeth Aspden-Mansfield* – Assistant Secretary

Odette Foxall – Treasurer

Kirsty Pollard* – Membership Secretary

Andrea Earley – Vice-Chair

Leanne Byard* – Club Development

Kate Perkins* – XC Rep

Sarah Garford** – LRRL Rep

Jenny Green – Coaching Co-ordinator and Ladies Captain

Céline Guéry – Ladies Captain

Richard Guest – Mens Captain

Nick Moore – Mens Captain

* = New member or changed role

** Sarah is stepping down from the LRRL Rep role but has agreed to continue until a replacement is found — please enquire if you are interested.d

Stepping down from the committee after many years of service are Sarah Garford, Jonathan Strong and Helen Wilebore.

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.

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.

XC Report 2017 for HRC AGM

Firstly, a big thank you and well done to everyone who has raced, supported or helped out at any of
the XC races. The HRC hosted race at the Bosworth Battlefield Center which was a huge success,
the course layout, the mud and marshals all received lots of positive feedback.

2017/2018 Season stats compared to last season:
Holly Hayes Woods 30/10/2016
14 men (up 3), 12 ladies (same)
Men 5 th (up 1) League 1, Ladies 1st (up 2) League 2, Team 5th (same) League 1

Markfield 13/11/2016
16 men (same), 10 ladies (up 2)
Men 6 th (down 1), Ladies 1st (up 2), Team 6th (down 4)

Bradgate Park 11/12/2016
11 men (down 5), 10 ladies (up 2)
Men 9th (down 4), Ladies 2nd (up 3), Team 9th (down 4)

Sinai Park 15/01/2017
10 men (up 2), 4 ladies (down 1)
Men 8th, Ladies 3rd, Team 8th

Bagworth Heath 29/01/2017
14 men (up 4), 5 ladies (down 1)
Men 4 th , Ladies 1 st , Team 4th

Allestree Park 19/02/2017
6 men (down 6), 4 ladies (down 1)
Man no score, Ladies 2 nd , Team 10 th

Bosworth Battlefield (Hinckley) 05/03/2017
9 men (up 1), 5 ladies (same)
Men 4 th (up 3), Ladies 1 st (up 1), Team 3 rd (up 2)

End of season positions:
Team 7 th in League 1 (down 2)
Men 7 th in League 1 (same)
Ladies 1 st in League 2 (up 1 and now promoted to League 1 for the 2017/2018 season)

Individual achievements:
100% finishers of all the XC races:
Ben Harding
Joe Langham
Bethan Padbury

Ben Harding 1st Overall and VM40
Bethan Padbury 2nd U20F
Harry Langham 2nd U20M
Becca Gould 3 rd senior lady
Kate Perkins 5 th senior lady

The junior section had an excellent year with 10 members achieving final placings. Juniors coach
Shawn Wilebore said: “3 podium finishes, and two in 4th place, I’ve never seen so many of our
runners finish in the top 6, very well done juniors.”

Great to see so many different members taking part. If we can get a similar or even better turnout
this season that would be fantastic. Also, some brilliant individual achievements as well as team

County Championships:
Ben Harding was 6 th in the men’s masters
Simon Birch was 20 th in the senior men’s
Ben Masser and Harry Langham were 7 th and 9 th in U20 men
Michelle Fowler was 21 st in Masters ladies
Becca Gould and Kate Perkins 11 th and 12 th in senior ladies
Bethan Padbury was 9th in the Under 17 women

If as many of the club can keep Sunday 11 th March 2018 free please to either help out or run the
HRC XC at Bosworth Battlefield.