Barrow 6 saw the first of the LRRL closed winter league races last Sunday. With 39 running, this is one of the largest turn outs I can remember. 22 Ladies and 17 Men, (note to self, consider offering beer rather than cake perhaps? 🙂 ).
Great weather helped with a bumper crop of PBs, too many for me to count or keep track of I’m afraid. However, by the power of Facebook here goes; Jenny Green, Liz Lees, Jacqui Campbell, Sarah Garford, Katy Grainger, Celine Guery, Andrea Earley, Gordon Landsburgh and me (Jonathan Strong, 11 seconds off silver, getting closer).
It was great to see new faces as well as some who I haven’t personally seen race for a while. Thanks everyone who came to take part or support. For those who this is now a routine of awards evening and booze the night before the first winter league race, I hope like me it was a good experience! The race is a good test to see where everyone’s fitness is at.
Three ladies achieved club records during the race. Emma Styles (Lambert) achieved the second fastest 6m time for a senior lady. Jo Martin claimed the ladies vet 55 time for 6 miles. Whilst Anne Ashton did the same for the ladies vet 60 time.
For the men we saw David Limmer achieve a cracking placing coming in 11th overall in a brilliant PB time of 34:00 (Gold time). It was great to see Dave over the weekend as he had travelled down from Edinburgh for the race and awards night. Following closely behind Dave, two vets Chris Langham and Karl Scally had great times too, a PB for Karl as well. Many other great performances followed. With the men’s runner of the day going to someone who despite running each day of January put in a good performance and was looking better than I expected as he finished! That’s Mike Daniels, looks like you are off to a great start this year!
For the ladies it was great to see Helen Wilebore racing again after almost 18 months ‘out’, also Anne Ashton – who’s been a member for many years. Congratulations to Liz Aspden Mansfield and Kirsty Pollard on completing their first races in a HRC Vest – both did absolutely brilliantly. Lady runner of the day award goes to Emma Styles (Lambert) who put in an excellent performance, first lady home for us and 5th overall.
Next race is Markfield 10k on Sunday 8th February 2015.
Another good turn out on a cold Sunday morning. After a bit of a warm up though I think many were rushing back to shed some layers. Most people seemed to be in agreement it was the hardest course so far (although I think the one before was harder).
Well done and thank you to all those who took part or came to support. Some great performances.
Men’s runner of the day goes to Matthew Knight. He has had a good race in all the XC’s so far and keeps placing higher.
Ladies runner of the day goes to Jenny Green. She seemed to take the challenging course in her stride and placed very well too.
Jon, Andrea, Ed and Leanne
Draft results for Barrow 6 have been uploaded to the results page. Fantastic turn out for the first of the LRRL winter road races in 2015. 22 Ladies and 17 Men. Below are a few of those who ran. Well done and thanks to all of those who took part or supported.
Well done and thanks to all those who ran and supported. On the day Ladies came 6th in division 2, men 6th in division 1 and the team came 6th in division 1.
So far in the league that puts ladies 2nd in division 2, men are 5th in division 1 and team 5th in division 1.
Results on the results page
Barrow 6 – 25th January at 10.30am.
Venue, Humphrey Perkins School, Cotes Road LE12 8JU.
The race starts at 10.30am but please get there early as it’s a popular race. It would be great to get as many member as possible running this Sunday:)
For those new to the club the LRRL (Leicester Road Running League) is a series of races(11) throughout the year open to all club runner. The league is split into 2 sections(i) winter league and (ii) the summer league.
The winter league is a closed league meaning you must be a member of an affiliated club to participate. You arrive on the day and pay £4 (50p increase from last year to cover additional cost) to your club representative (that’s me this year) and off you go:) After your 1st race you keep the same race number for the duration of winter league, so keep hold of your number:) Please note a club vest must be worn during these races which if you do not have can be purchased from Penny Masser.
The summer league is a little different as it is an open league so anyone can enter (no need to be part of a club) These races can be entered online in advance. You get a different number for each race and race costs do vary.
A variety of awards are given out by the league. Individual awards are determined for the winter league based on performance in 4 out of 5 races and the summer league based on 4 out of 6 race performances. All runners that successfully complete all 11 league races will get 100% award (a very nice looking trophy:) Team prizes exist for teams who finish near the top of their division after all the years races. teams for the league require 4 ladies for a ladies team and 8 men for a men’s team.
Last year we had a fantastic turnout with almost enough ladies to make 3 teams at each race and this showed in the team results. So regardless of where you feel you are in your running the league races are a fantastic opportunity to test yourself, improve, be part of a great team and have a great experience (especially more so when there is cake at the end:)
If anyone would like to recce the cross country course (5.4 miles) this Saturday morning then Sally and I are setting off from the car park at 08:30. Everyone is welcome, some might want to get there earlyer and run a bit around Bradgate first, or after, or both! All abilities welcome.
Please click here to view full details of the cross country at Bradgate including the map of the route. The last imagie shows the car park and we aim to meet in the public carpark on the north west corner at 08:30.
For the men, George Birt. Finishing first for Hinckley on Sunday as well as Saturday at the County XC chamionships. George is no stranger to the cross countrys, finishing 8th and 9th in previous races. Well done George and keep up the hard work.
For the ladies, Amanda Knight. Having only joined the club towards the end of the summer, she has shown her determination and effort in every cross country race so far (and in Vibram five fingers rather than spikes!). Well done Amanda great effort, keep it up.
Despite the very hilly course many others were on top form. Thanks to all of those who ran or came to support, espically Ben Harding who, coming back from a football injury, travelled over to see if he could run in the race. Making the sensible decision after his warm up, that he wasn’t quiet ready for it. Thanks for trying though!
Last weekend saw a load of running in mud across the County. First off, on Saturday saw the Leicestershire & Rutland County Athletics Association Cross Country Championships (LRAA) held at Cosby. The course was as flat as a pancake, by the time I ran at 14:15 many sections were very muddy, just how we like it!
Hinckley Men’s Senior team came 3rd and included George Birt, Matt Johnson, Kevin Higham, Jonathan Strong, Paul Ashby and Andy Lauder. In the absence of a small trophy I think a pint at the upcoming presentation night is in order!
Ladies Senior team came 4th and included Katy Grainger, Sarah Garford, Jenny Green, Jo Martin and Celine Guery.
In addition to the Seniors, two juniors competed on their own in their individual categories. Both did very well:
Carys O’Reilly was 14th in the Under 13 girls
Bethan Padbury was 10th in the Under 15 girls
For more information about the championships on the LRAA website click here. For the results, click here.
Well done everyone!
On Sunday, the 3rd cross country race in the Derby Runner League, held at Sinai Park, took place.
Many of those competing on Sunday did so after taking part in the race the previous day, maybe they hadn’t had enough mud.
A foggy, very cold (even I put gloves on!) and hilly course (hands on knees walking job!) saw a stark contrast to the previous days race.
Men came 8th, dropping us down from 4th to 6th in the league . Thanks for everyone who ran yesterday and in previous cross country races. It would be great to get more men out next time.
A bigger turnout could help us get back to 4th rather than slip further down. We had 8 men running for the team. However, everyone running can help to push down the results of other clubs runners who might count. So even if you are not in the first 8 back for Hinckley you are still contributing. And you never know what might happen on the day, a great race and you might come higher up than you think. Equally others can have a bad race and come lower than normal. Happens to all of us.
Many people enjoy the variety of off road running. It can also be a good strength workout too. Everyone is welcome, just wear a club vest and bring £3 and a smile!
Ladies came 4th and are still 2nd in the league.
Overall the team came 7th, dropping us to 5th in the league.
Thanks and well done everyone who came to either or both events. Next cross country is Sunday 18th January 2015 at 11am (juniors at 10:15) at Bradgate Park (a fantastic place to run!). If anyone needs any more information just ask me, Steve Hatcher, or anyone else who looks like they might know!
Thank you to all those that joined in the fun at the HRC Christmas Party…and of course, special thanks to our toffee cake bakers!
The evening was a great success with ( despite all being provided with the same recipe and ingredients list!) a wide range of cakes ( in appearance and taste) from which our ‘Bake off’ judges had to select their winner.
Our very own Mary Berry ( Ros Clayton) and Paul Hollywood ( Dave Burton) having no idea whose cake was whose, carefully tasted and analysed each cake’s texture, taste and ‘bake’.
The ‘wooden spoon’ was awarded to a cake which needed rather longer in the oven and which was creatively iced with Santa’s ‘sleigh crash’…baked by Jon Strong and Gordon Landsburgh.
The winning cake was baked by the youngest baker in the competition …proving he can not only run quite fast but can bake a ‘mean’ toffee cake……….Ben Masser! Ben was presented by our judges with a golden rolling pin!
Cakes were then sold off by the slice with all proceeds being donated to ‘Rainbows’.
Next year’s event has already been booked for Saturday December 19th so get baking!
As always, thanks and well done everyone who took part or supported. A slightly smaller turn out than the first one. Even if you are not in the first few back to count for a team, you will be pushing down the numbers of other club’s runners who do score in their team. Also, you might be in the top few for Hinckley! I was (just) and didn’t expect to be.
So we ended up with 14 men and 12(.8?) ladies finishing.
As a team we came 4th in League 1 again and remain in 4th place. Currently 3rd place is a way ahead of us. Although, 5th and 6th are close behind us.
This time Men came 5th in League 1, with Beaumont coming ahead of us as well as the same 3 from last time. We are still 4th place and like the teams, further away from 3rd place but with 5th and 6th on our tail.
Ladies improved and came 2nd in League 2. This pushes them up to 2nd place. I feel a promotion coming on this season.
An old venue but a new course this year. Slightly longer, and I think a bit more up and down, but good fun!
So close to call on ROD again, but Ed and I have finally managed to make a decision and will announce on Thursday.