Desford 5 Entries

Desford 5 Race – Sun 25th March

Entries open 8:30pm THURSDAY NIGHT this week at the following link:

It would be really nice to have a big HRC turnout and it would be great to see lots of the newer members of the club giving it a try. The race is only £6 and is 5 miles on quiet country roads, a great course.

These races usually sell out quickly so set a reminder on your calendar to be at your phone or computer at 8:30pm on Thursday!

It is the 3rd race in this year’s LRRL league.

New “Merit” award for Standard Times

For 2018 the club is introducing a new level of Standard Times award, in addition to the existing Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze. This will be called a Merit award.

The idea of the Merit is to open up the awards night to more people and to recognise those who are working toward the Bronze standard. To earn a Merit award you still have to complete the 5 races of different distances, or 9 for a Distinction. However there is no minimum time standard for a Merit — you only have to complete the race and gain an official time in the results.

This is of course still no easy feat as you still have to enter and run all the races in the year.

All other rules are the same as for the existing awards, i.e. races must be officially measured accurate distances, and so on.

Please see the Standard Times page for full details of the awards scheme. We hope to get lots of Merit applications for the awards at the end of the year.

(Some of who who have been in the club a while may know the Merit award from years ago — we are now bringing it back.)

Good luck and enjoy your racing in 2018.

Derby Runner XC – Race 5 (Grace Dieu) Information

Here is the info from Shepshed RC for the next XC on 18th Feb:

Grace Dieu Race Info PDF

Parking is in the school grounds. The seniors fee is £4 and juniors £1.50.

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.

Car Share – Usual spot (Trinity Vicarage car park – LE10 0BU) from 9am to depart 9:15

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HRC Newsletter – 7th February 2018

Dear Club,

This week: Award Winners, LRRL Update, Grace Dieu XC

Presentation Evening Award Winners
We had a great evening at the presentation night on Saturday. Congratulations to all the awardees, thanks to all who came, and thanks to those whose hard work went to put together the event. Here is a list of the award winners:

Runners of the Year – Chris Langham and Penny Masser
Chairman’s Award – Jenny Green
Coaches’ Award – Phil Chisnall
Beginner of the Year – Nicola Williamson
President’s Shield – Men – Winner: Chris Langham, Runner-up: Geoff Oliver, 3rd: Harry Langham
President’s Shield – Women – Winner: Kate Perkins, Runner-up: Liz Aspden-Mansfield, 3rd: Céline Guéry
100% Award – Chris Langham, Kate Perkins, Liz-Aspden Mansfield
Bronze Award – Andrea Earley, Charlotte Sinclair, Liz Aspden-Mansfield, Emma Thompson, Harry Langham, Jonathan Strong, Lucy Masser, Matt Knight, Nicola Dutton, Odette Foxall, Will Pither
Bronze Distinction Award – Jenny Green, Rolf Hoelmer
Silver Award – Diane Wildbur, Erica Fisher, Ian Sylvester, Jenny Green, Jude McSharry, Kerry Wittering, Nick Moore, Stephen Penney
Silver Distinction Award – Chris Langham, Céline Guéry, Leanne Byard
Gold Award – Chris Langham, Kate Perkins, Rob Pratt, Simon Earley
Gold Distinction Award – Penny Masser

LRRL Races Update
The winter league races are proving as popular as ever and entries for both Stilton 7 and Kibworth 6 have been and gone and both races sold out quickly. I hope everyone got a place who wanted one. I didn’t get a chance to get everything into the newsletter as I was on holiday while it was all going on. Keep an eye on the HRC website & Facebook Group for announcements of further race entries opening.

Next XC Race
The next Derby Runner cross country is on Sun 18th Feb at Grace Dieu Manor School. This is a fun one with a few river crossings per lap 🙂 More info to follow.

Dates for your diary
Saturday, 10th Feb – Cross Country Taster Session, 2pm Burbage Common
Sunday, 18th Feb – Derby Runner XC @ Grace Dieu Manor School
Sunday 25th Feb – Stilton 7 LRRL
Sunday, 6th March – Kibworth 6 LRRL
Sunday, 11th March – Derby Runner XC @ Bosworth Battlefield (Hinckley’s race & the last of the season)
(More dates in our Calendar)

Till next time,

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Cross Country Taster Session

We are having a taster session aimed at members of the club & the All Sorts who haven’t done cross country but want to give it a go. Or if you have done it before but just fancy running round the common and support the event 🙂

Info from Kate Perkins:

XC – it’s a bit like Marmite – you either love it or hate it! But you need to try it first….

When? 2pm Saturday 10th February 
Where? Burbage Common (visitor centre)
How far? 3 miles maximum, with opportunity to shorten.
How fast? Not at all – pace will suit ability of people present.
Footwear? Ideally spikes or off-road shoes – we will try and get together a selection for people to try, but can’t guarantee we’ll be able to kit everyone out!

Allestree XC Results

RESULTS Derby Runner XC League – Race 4 – Allestree Park – 21st January 2017=8
Seniors ResultsTeam Tables – Note: No juniors results available as the results sheets disintegrated in the snow.

What a fantastic race to be part of, my first in the snow for sure. A smaller than usual team with 9 hardy cross country lovers from Hinckley taking part. The ladies team of 4 came 7th in Div 1. Unfortunately since we only had 5 men the men’s and mixed teams did not score 😥. (A  mens team requires 8 finishers and a mixed team requires 7 men and 3 women.) All the same a great race enjoyed by all.

Our thanks to the marshals photographers and supporters standing out n the cold while we who were running at least got to stay warm.

HRC Runners at Allestree XC – photos by Vickie Hallam.


Allestree XC 2017 – photo by Vickie Hallam.

Stilton 7 Entries

From Stilton Striders!
Hello all,
Please be advised that the first race in the LRRL Winter League, the Stilton 7 will take place on Sunday 25th February 2018 at 10.30am.
The event will be open for online entries at 8.30pm on Thursday 1st February at the following link:
There will be no entries on the day, and there is a strict limit of 500 runners.

The 2018 Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) series kicks off with this 7 mile, 2-lap race — Stilton 7. The price has not been announced but I expect to be about £6. I expect it will full up fast.

Open to all members of the club old and new. If it’s your first club race you will need to get a Hinckley vest which you can get from Penny Masser for £15.  If you can’t run, it feel free to come along and support, take photos etc. As usual, a car share will be arranged in due course. Hope to see you there!

Please note as it is a closed race only members of LRRL affiliated running clubs can enter.

Whissendine 6ix

We were contacted by the organisers of a local race worth checking out:

The Whissendine 6ix (six mile) road race and walk was first staged in 1985 and has become a popular event in the running calendar. The event starts and finishes in the Rutland village with the course following a natural circuit bordering Stapleford Park. All entrants receive a race memento and bottle of beer supplied by race sponsors Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, there will be prizes for all category winners. The village Brownies will provide a barbecue on race night.


Pingles Stadium Information (Nuneaton Running Track)

Although Hinckley doesn’t have a running track, did you know there is a modern 400m floodlit running track in Nuneaton only 5 miles away. The Pingles Stadium, located next to the Pingles Leisure Centre, is available for public use 6 days a week.

Opening times: Mon 9am – 9pm, Tue – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 12pm. 

Price: £3 per person.

Information correct Jan 2018. The address is The Pingles Stadium, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 4LX and their phone number is 024 76 344 429.

Pingles Stadium, Nuneaton

Derby Runner XC – Race 4 (Allestree Park) Information

Derwent Runners have sent us the info for the next Derby runner league race:

Allestree-XC-Race-2018.pdf (PDF)

Please note the important parking restrictions and the necessity for car sharing if using the race car park. The seniors fee is £3 and juniors £1.

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.

CAR SHARE from Hinckley: Meet at Trinity Vicarage Lane carpark (LE10 0BU) form 8:45am to leave by 9.

Presentation Night

This years Presentation Evening to recognise the 2017 running achievements of HRC runners will be held on Saturday 3rd February, 7.30pm start at the Green Towers, Hinckley.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Odette Foxall.

As well as the award presentations there will be a buffet and quiz. Partners and children are welcome.