Grace Dieu XC Derby Runner League #5 Sunday 31st January 2016

Details for Race 5: Grace Dieu XC

Race Start: Juniors 10.30, Men 10:55, Women 11:05

Location: Grace Dieu Manor School, Thringstone, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 5UG. On the A512 between Shepshed and Ashby. Approximately 2 miles from Shepshed.
Grid Reference: SK438179

Distance: Juniors 1 mile or 2 miles. Adult approx 5.5 miles.

Parking: Parking is very limited. Please car share.”

Shoes: Studs advised, spikes not recommended for main race because of rocky ground, boardwalk and hard path.

Course details Approximately 5.5 miles over 2 laps, undulating with some steep sections, across fields and through woods. There are sections of wooden boardwalk and hard path and two stream crossings.

Changing facility = HRC Club tent. No toilets or other changing facilities on site.

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).

Official Event Page: ttp://

Barrow 6 Sunday 24th January 2016

Details for Barrow 6

Race Start: 10:30am

Location: Humphrey Perkins School, Cotes Rd, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire LE12 8JU

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

Event website:

Cross Country County Championships 2016 and Allestree Derby Runner XC

Saturday 9th January 2016

First, there was a lone tent and a flag….

Tent and Flag

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

Kate Perkins
Kate Perkins
Adrian Moran
Adrian Moran
Paul Ashby
Paul Ashby
 Céline Guéry and Sally Henderson
Céline Guéry and Sally Henderson


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).

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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.



(Update 07:00, Sunday 17th 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.
Beaumont RC

Allestree Park (Derwent) XC Race 4 Derby Runner League

Details for Race 4: Allestree Park (Derwent) XC

Race Start: Juniors 10.30, Seniors 11am (Men and Women start together)

Location: Allestree Park, Duffield Road (A6), Allestree, DE22 2EU

Distance: Juniors 1 mile or 2 miles. Adult approx 6 miles.

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).

Official Event Page: tbc


Membership Renewals

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.

On-Line Membership Application Form

A confirmation email will be automatically sent when you submit your application, however membership will only become valid when it is confirmed that the relevant fee has been paid.

For those wishing to submit a paper application form this can be downloaded from the following link:

Seniors Membership Application Form – Download

This form can be completed on-line and then printed before being submitted.

A completed application will be required this year to ensure that all information held is correct.

The last day for submitting membership renewal to enable you to participate in the winter league road races and the remaining cross country races is 31st January 2016.

HRC Christmas Party and Bake Off

The Winners and the Losers…………..

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…………………..

HRC 2015 Bake-Off Cakes
HRC 2015 Bake-Off Cakes

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’.


HRC 2015 Bake-Off Winners
HRC 2015 Bake-Off Winners

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 Derby Runner League XC Results 2015

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


Hi everyone it is that time of year again! Standard Times! 🙂

The standard times scheme is designed to give all club members something to aim for throughout the year.

Full information and standard times can be found on these pages:

Ladies’ Standard Times

Men’s Standard Times

If you’d like to apply for an award this year, please download and fill in THIS FORM

When you have filled the form in, please email it to

PLEASE don’t change the layout – it’ll make life really difficult! Just fill in the form, save it, and send it to us :)

Basic rules:

The deadline for submitting your form is midnight on Saturday 2nd January 2016, due to time constrains no exceptions will be made. If you know you are done with races for the year, it would be great if you could get your form in sooner as the presentation night is a week earlier this year.

You need five times for an award and nine for a distinction, these should be different distances. Times should be from races run between January 1st and December 31st 2015. Officially measured courses only, including Parkruns.

Please include within the form any highlights, lowlights, funny stories etc.

You will receive confirmation via email within FIVE days of sending your standard times application. If you don’t receive this, please contact myself (Sally Henderson) or Sarah Garford, as this will mean we have not received your form and therefore you will not receive your award.

Any questions, please send an email to the above address.

Bradgate XC Sunday 6th December 2015 (DRL Race 3)

Details for Bradgate (Roadhoggs) XC
Race Start: Juniors 10.30, Men: 10:55 Ladies: 11:05

Distance: Junior approx 1 mile. Adult approx 5.25 miles

Location: Bradgate Park, Hunts Hill Entrance, Sharply Hill, Leicestershire, LE6 0AH

Parking: Car park for cars carrying 3+ people ONLY. Alternative parking on nearby lanes or alternative Bradgate Park Car parks. Please be considerate to local residents.

Changing facility = HRC Club tent! One public toilet near start.

Entry details: Race fee is £4 including £1 for parking. Pay on the day. You must wear a club vest (contact Penny Masser if you need one).

Official Event Page:

Please be aware – parking is at the ‘Hunts Hill’ car park this year as there is a different route starting from the North West corner of the park (nearer Old John). Parking at that location is for cars with 3+ people only so you must lift share!

Bagworth Heath XC 2015 Results and Runner of the day

A massive thanks to all those who came to either run or support at the XC last Sunday. Great to see so many runners and supports. Mostly for the tent presumably! Which did a good job, easy to put up and take down. Easy to get in the bag, lightweight too. Could use it for any summer event as a marque.

Whilst not a record attendance for the XC, not too far off. We had 7 first timers running a Derby Runner League XC in a HRC vest. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially Michelle! Well done for plucking up the courage to give it a go, a bargain at £3! We are looking forward to this being the first of many for you all.

Final results are out and on our results page, we have improved since the last one and doing fab!
Team Overall 2nd in League 1, up from 7th in the last race and now sitting in 4th place.
Men 5th in League 1, up 2 places to 5th now.
Ladies 2nd in League 2, up 1 place to 2nd now.

Simon Birch did well to lead for a lot of the race with Ben Harding pipping him to the post though to finish 1st HRC man, 7th in the race with Simon 8th in the race.
Ben Masser was next for the men in 31st place, an epic performance for Ben!
Some good banter between Steve and Simon Early helped spur them both on swapping places towards the end too.

Men’s runner of the day goes to Steve Penney, well done Steve!

Simon Earley and Steve Penney
A great turn out for HRC ladies, unfortunately we didn’t out number the boys on this occasion! 8 of us in total braved the cold weather to indulge in our love of mud with 3 of those tying cross country for the first time and from the smiles at the end I think everyone enjoyed it and will hopefully be back for more.

New girl Rebecca Gould ran her first race for the club and put in a fantastic performance, 1st lady back for HRC ladies and finishing in 6th position.
Bethan Padbury wasn’t far behind, as usual Bethan made it look easy and finished in 7th place.
Kate Perkins again had a brilliant race finishing 11th.

Michelle Fowler, Leanne Byard and Kirsty Pollard ran their first cross country race Michelle scoring for the team as our Vet lady, Leanne and Kirsty seemed to have a great time and we’re all smiles at the end as for Michelle I think deep down she loved it!

My Lady runner of the day goes to Rebecca Gould her 1st race in a HRC vest and she put in an amazing performance I’m looking forward to seeing what mores to come from Rebecca in the future.

Rebecca Gould
Rebecca Gould

A massive well done to all the HRC ladies for running and see you all at Bradgate for more muddy fun!

Next XC race is this weekend at Bradgate Park on Sunday the 6th December 2015. I know how much everyone loves to train at Bradgate. So if you haven’t tried XC yet, this is as good a one as any. It was a brilliant event there last year and this one should be even better.

2016 Leicestershire & Rutland XC Championships – Saturday January 9th 2016

90th Cross Country Championships
Saturday 9th January 2016 Burbage Common, Hinckley, Leics

Last year Hinckley Men’s Senior team came 3rd (George Birt, Matt Johnson, Kevin Higham, Jonathan Strong, Paul Ashby and Andy Lauder). The Ladies Senior team came 4th (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

So lets have another good go at this, it is in Hinckley (well Burbage)!

Entry Details: We would like to encourage online entries as these make life more
manageable for us over the holiday period. You can do this on the website link: until 10 pm 27th December 2015.

If you do not wish to enter on line then please print off the separate form available from
the L&RAA website ( and send it with your entry fee to the L&RAA Secretary, c/o 41 Highcroft Avenue, Oadby, Leics, LE2 5UH by the earlier closing date of 16th December.

Seniors/Masters/ Junior (Under 20) Age Groups – £7.50 per individual in these categories

Individual County Championship Awards
The Senior* male and female trophy cups will be awarded to the race winners.
Individual County medals will be awarded to the first 3 finishers in each race/age group.
Medals to the first 3 Teams in each age group as per team scoring rule.
Cups and Trophies from last year should be returned to the presentation area prior to
the event in a clean condition.

Team Scoring
Team awards shall be based on the first THREE from each Club to finish in each age group
race, except for the oldest two male groups: Senior Men’s race where the first FIVE from
that age group shall score; Masters Men’s race where the first FOUR shall score.

Markfield XC 2015 Results and ROD


Last Sunday 11th October 2015 saw the first XC of the season at Markfield. A regular fixture helped some to compare performances against previous years, both in time and finishing position.

Limited parking as always, so as usual a good level of car sharing or alternative transport helped limit the cars. Keep it up please!

Thanks and well done to everyone who raced or supported!

Final results are up. As a team we are 7th in League 1. This is based on the top 7 men (including 2 vets) and 3 women (including 1 vet). Men are 6th in League 1. Ladies are 3rd in League 2.

We had 12 men race and everyone did brilliantly! Tom Shardlow was first back for Hinckley and 5th overall. Ben Masser was 2nd back for us and 4th in his agecategory. Well paced Ben (and thanks to Paul Clayton for helping him!). It was Joseph Langham’s first XC race for the club and he had a fab result at 116th! Well done. Everyone said how great it was to see Adrian back racing, good to have you back!

Men’s ROD goes to Rolf Hoelmer, a great effort on the day following continual improving over the last year.

Many thanks to the 10 lovely ladies who took part in this year’s first cross country. 4 ‘crazy girls’ actually ran over…3 of them then taking part: Sarah Garford, Helen Wilebore and Sally Henderson. This was Sally’s first XC too! Thanks to Julia who, after running over, provided lots of support to our runners.

Bethan Padbury was first lady home for HRC (5th lady) .. she really is going from strength to strength.
Kate Perkins was hot on Bethan’s heels after putting in anther strong performance and finishing 6th lady.

Celine Guery ran an excellent race … can you believe she completed a marathon (smashing her PB) just a week before! This girl is a machine!!

I loved the way Gemma Daniels’ body language said “Why am I here?” at the start and then greets you with a huge smile at the finish line … That’s WHY you were there Gemma!

Jacqui Campbell and Charlotte Sinclair represented the ‘C’ Group in style .. this was Charlotte’s first cross country race – in borrowed shoes, she didn’t hate it .. and WILL be back!

My lady runner of the day is Kim Spratt .. she is now becoming a ‘regular’ in a blue and white vest at races and gave 110%.
Congratulations Kim and a massive Well Done and Thank You to all.

Thanks for the photos Chris Langham!
HRC Markfield XC
Next XC is Bagworth Heath on Sunday 22nd November 2015