Longer route: just under 9 miles (those not doing Ashby 20 and wanting a longer run can extend this route at the end by turning right at Forest Rd and heading up Woodland Rd to JCC before running back to ‘base’).
Members of Hinckley Running Club celebrated their 2015 achievements at the club’s annual presentation evening at Green Towers which is held every January.
The evening began with club Chairman John Padbury awarding the Chairman’s Award to Paul Clayton for an outstanding year of running coupled with his voluntary commitments to the club.
Kirsty Pollard collected the Beginner of the Year shield from beginners coach Andy Lauder after progressing through the beginners group in 2014 to achieve a times standard Distinction award for 2015.
Vice captains Ed Nixon and Celine Guery presented the Bronze Times Standard Awards to club members who had applied for an award under the scheme. Runners can gain a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond award by completing 5 different race distances within the times set by the standards. A distinction can be achieved by completing all 9 distances within the scheme which must include a marathon and a 20 mile race. Bronze Awards were presented to Ben Masser, Joe Langham, Rolf Hoelmer, Jonathan Strong, Paul Ashby, Diane Wildbur, Liz Mansfield, Leanne Byard, Andrea Earley, Amanda Knight, Odette Foxhall, Jacqui Campbell, Julie Hudson, Julia Waite. Andy Lauder, Kirsty Pollard and Ed Nixon achieved Bronze Distinction Awards.
Club president Geoff Oliver then went on to present the President’s Shield Awards which include a free 2016 membership for the recipients. The awards are based on a points system for individual performance in the Leicestershire Road Racing League (LRRL). The ladies shield was awarded to Jenny Green for first place. Celine Guery came in second and third place was awarded to Sarah Garford. Chris Langham scooped the men’s shield for first place. Chris Limmer was awarded second place with third place going to Ed Batch.
LRRL rep Sarah Garford presented the following LRRL trophies to club members:
100% attendance in the league was awarded to Celine Guery, Jenny Green, Lisa Freestone, Liz Lees, Sally Henderson, Ed Batch, Chris Langham, Julia Waite and Ben Masser for not missing a winter or summer league race. Ben Masser was the only club member to achieve a 200% award for running all road and cross country races. As a result of the men’s teams winning division 2, Chris Langham, Chris Limmer, Ben Masser, Tom Wormleighton, Paul Clayton, Ed Batch, Paul Ashby and Jon Strong from the men’s team were presented with trophies for gaining the most points within the team.
Club captains Katy Grainger and Jon Strong presented Silver Awards to Chris Limmer, Stephen Penney, Rob Pratt, Matt Knight, Kevin Higham, Matt Johnson, Jenny Green, Sarah McSharry, Elizabeth Lees, Jane Wheeler, Kate Perkins, Rachel Hallet and Sally Henderson. Silver Distinctions were presented to Helen Wilebore, Lisa Freestone and Céline Guery.
Assistant Coach Odette Foxall presented the Coaches Award to Paul Ashby for not only his own progress in 2015 but for his constant support and encouragement to runners within the club of all abilities.
Gold Awards were presented by the club captains to Simon Earley, Karl Scally, Chris Langham, Penny Masser, Helen Wilebore, Michelle Fowler, Bethan Padbury, Sarah Garford and Katy Grainger. Paul Clayton was awarded a Gold Distinction. David Limmer and Anne Ashton were presented with Diamond Awards.
The final awards of the evening to be presented were the 2015 Runner of the Year trophies. Celine Guery scooped the Ladies Runner of the Year presented by Andrea Earley. The award is voted for by fellow club members who were inspired by Celine after her outstanding progress since being awarded the 2014 Beginner of the Year which included running 2 sub-4 hour marathons, one of which was a coveted ‘Good for Age’ entry time for London Marathon. Ed Nixon presented Paul Clayton with this year’s Male Runner of the Year trophy who has been an inspiration to club members who voted for Paul after over a year of dedicated training resulted in a sub 3 hour London marathon time and a string of significantly improved PB’s.
Entry details – Anyone in the club can run. Just turn up in a club vest, pay me £5 and I will get you a race number and chip. (Please remember to keep your number for the other winter LRRL races if you intend to run them) If you can get there before 10am with your money that would be much appreciated:)
Minimum Age: 15
Parking: Is at the school but restricted so please car share
Next came the runners, supporters and the mud (of course)! This year the County Cross Country Championships were in our own back yard at Burbage Common. So great to see so many Hinckley runners and supporters. Big thanks to all.
Both the ladies and the men’s team just missed out on a podium position and finished 4th. Team Results here.
Bethan Padbury ran in the U17 race and came 7th. Kate Perkins finished 8th in the Senior Ladies. Both had papers for the county team, well done. Full individual results can be found here. More details at www.lraa.org.uk
Than, the next day, Sunday 10th January 2016… … Allestree Derby Runner League race 4
Thanks for those who turned up as we were touch and go up to the night before that we would have teams. Results uploaded on the results page. Tteam finished 9th, now 6th in League 1. Men finished 9th, dropped to 8th in League 1. Ladies had a better day, finished 2nd and remain 2nd in League 2.
Runner of the day for the ladies goes to Petrina Lancaster. Thanks for stepping up to make the team up even though she had to shoot straight off afterwards. Well done on another great run.
For the men, great to see a Masser 1 2 finish for the club and well done Ben on such a great finishing position of 21st. Great to see Steve Hatcher back racing! Thanks for stepping in. Runner of the day goes to Adrian (two Cross Countries in one weekend, I love mud) Moran. He put so much effort in on both days too. Well done Adrian and everyone else who took part of chauffeured (Ed! Hope the foot is better now).
Derby Runner have an updated list after Allestree showing where everyone is individually. Bethan is 2nd U20F! Click here for the list.
Markfield 10k was cancelled – next race Barrow 6 this Sunday 24th January 2016.
Good morning everyone. Unfortunately our race director and his team have inspected the course this morning and due to the roads being very icy underfoot and the school itself having a good covering of snow we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel this morning’s planned LRRL Winter League Race.
Can you please share this message and redistribute amongst your club’s members so we can try and prevent runners from making a wasted journey in poor driving conditions. We have people on site who will inform any runners who turn up that the race is cancelled.
Parking: Main car park (at address above) for cars carrying 3+ people ONLY. Alternative parking: “a small car park at the Evergreen Club on Cornhill. There is another small car park on Woodlands Road, on the Western side of the park, DE22 2HH. There is some street parking on Main Avenue, which has a pedestrian entrance to the park.”
Shoes: recommend trail shoes, not spikes due to a 1km compacted limestone stretch.
Changing facility = HRC Club tent.
Entry details – Race fee is £3, payable on the day to Steve Hatcher or one of the club captains. You must wear a club vest (contact Penny Masser if you need one).
It is that time of the year where membership is due for renewal.
This year we have created an on-line membership form to make it easier to renew. The link is below. Payment can either be by BACS, cheque or cash. Bank account details for BACS payments can be found on the application form.
Thank you to all of those that joined in the fun at the HRC Christmas Party……….. and of course those taking part in this years The Great Hinckley Running Club Bake off.
With last years master cake maker, Ben Masser, off enjoying himself on the ski slopes it left the door open for a another to be crown Hinckley Running Clubs master ‘Cake Maker’
Last years ‘wooden spoon’ winners Jon Strong and Gordon Lansburgh once again entered the fray but bolstered their team with the inclusion of Mike Daniels, so last years ‘Disastrous Duo’ became ‘The Three Stooges’. Entering the competition with ‘Robin Artois’ there was high hopes that this year they could once again walk away with the wooden spoon.
It became a family affair as The Three Stooges threw the gauntlet down to their better halves. Not ones to shy away from the challenge the ultra competitive and so very serious Sally Henderson, Sarah Garford and Gemma Daniels entered with ‘OTT’, certain in the knowledge that they win given event organise Sarah Garford had decided to remove some of the instructions prior to posting out to all competitors so it would make it more challenging, especially for The Three Stooges!
Hoping to maintain the winning streak for the younger members of the running club, Bethan Padbury’s ‘Tall Holly’ cake was sure to challenge for top spot. There were a few worried faces when Bethan was seen entering with her cake and it is rumoured that one member of The Three Stooges commented surely she could not be as good a cake baker as she is a runner.
New member to the running club, Rebecca Gould, did not know what she had let herself in for when she entered with ‘Sunken Snowstorm’. Nobody had warned her how ultra competitive this would be but also how critical our judges Ros Clayton and Dave Burton could be.
The last entry, ‘Tinned Surprise’ came from Chris Limmer. Having posted pictures of himself in his Man Bib preparing his cake he was trying to psych out his competition with reverse psychology by declaring ‘he didn’t fancy his chances’ as he is a ‘baking chuckle brother’.
This years challenge was a ‘Boiled Tea Fruit Cake’ that was to be decorated with Holly and Berries…………………..
It was now down to our judges to savour the delights in front of them. Marks were to be awarded for decoration and taste with Dave quite happy to consider bonus points based upon the number of drinks each competitor bought him. After much laughter, screwed up faces, raised eyebrows, looks of surprise, scribbling of notes, pointing, agreement and disagreement their decision had been made.
It was now that Rebecca was to come to realise how critical and cutting our judges could be with comments like ‘Dense’ and ‘Like the Sahara… a bit dry’ …….. but to her relief she got away light (judges were warned to go easy as she was a new member and was quite a good runner…………)
This year we saw plenty of controversy as the results were announced with The Three Stooges devastated and claiming underhand tactics and some bribery as the ‘Wooden Spoon’ was awarded to Chris Limmer for his ‘Tinned Surprise’.
So who was to take the 2015 title and have the bragging rights of being Hinckley Running Clubs Master Baker.
With accolades of ‘brilliant decoration’, ‘Crumbly and Moist’ and even ‘Perfect’ (I did ask several times for verification of this last comment) this years winning cake was …………………. ‘Robin Artois’.
So the ‘Disastrous Duo’ with the inclusion of Mike Daniels became ‘The Three Stooges’ and went from losers to winners with Mike claiming full responsibility for their success…………..
As part of their winning speech, Mike thanked “Google” and threw the challenge down to last years winner, Ben Masser, to come along next year and see if he is good enough to take on The Three Stooges.
Bradgate Park is a haven for runners wanting a challenging and picturesque place to run. Many HRC members can be found training there. On Sunday 6th December 2015 it saw host to a Derby Runner League XC for the second year running (pun intended).
It looked like everyone might be running in a storm, but turned out quite nice in the end! A great turn out, thanks to everyone who ran or supported.
Results have been finalised and uploaded on the results page.
As a Team we were 5th in the race, left us in now joint 4th overall. I know the next one is the day after the County XC but we could do with a good turn out both days.
Men finished 5th again and droped one place to 6th overall.
Ladies finished 5th and remain in 2nd place.
Ben Harding led the men’s team finishing 4th! Well done Ben.
Chris Limmer and then Dave Masser followed Ben to make the top 3 HRC men.
Great to see Steve Chapman make his début both at a XC and in Blue and White.
Notable improvement for Nick Moore on his second XC, well done! And nice to see Ed Batch back on XC and doing well.
Runner of the day goes to Dave Masser, nice to see Dave back racing again and with a great performance (our first Vet back) too!
Ladies all did fantastic with Jane Wheeler giving XC a go for the first time and did very well.
Ladies runner of the day goes to Michelle Fowler.
Next XC is Sunday 10th January 2016 at Woodlands School, Blenheim Lane, Allestree DE22 2LW