2012 race reports

2012 XMAS MEAL AND ANNUAL PRESENTATION NIGHT

This year’s club annual awards presentation night and Xmas dinner took place at the Sysonby Knoll hotel on Saturday 1 December. Huge congratulations go to the winners of this years awards:

  • Male runner of the year – Pat McNeight
  • Female runner of the year – Kirsty Ainscough
  • Veteran runner of the year – Barrie Moss
  • Most improved runner of the year – Rob Szabo
  • Club person of the year – Wayne Hackett
  • Handicap race winner – Julie Jaggard

 

There were also two club standard award winners this year – Dan Valencia achieving the Copper standard in the open mens category and Mike Brighty achieving Bronze in the 40-44 mens.

Abi Arnott was awarded the club’s London Marathon entry.

Well done to all our winners (and to Ian & Jim who won the quiz on the night!).

22/12/12 – GADDESBY GALLOP

In the wonderful wet weather, two Striders stood side by side amongst the 107 finely tuned athletes of the Gaddesby Gallop. Tim with his RIAT t-shirt and joggers (both terrible decisions for the wet) oh and football boots (not bad for mud but bloody noisy on the road) and Jim looking stylish as always minus the Striders top (don’t wanna get it all muddy now).

1 mile into the race after wading through a foul smelling pond, the front leaders decided to head the wrong way for about 1/4 mile before being shouted by the marshals and having to retake half the field just to get back to the front, which is interesting with the 100 stiles in the way.

The next obstacle, not including the wet ploughed fields, was the pipe 1/3 full of water you had to make your way through, cross a burst river then wade chest deep through a nearly burst river.

Good day was had by all and the leader did very well to reclaim his place about a mile from the end. The high tech shower facilities (a hose pipe) were used to wash away the sweat and mud before eating our well earned mars bar. Jim came home 4th in 42.43 and Tim did very well to come home 24th on his race debut, and considering he was carrying about 2 kilos alone in water (see clothing notes above) should be pleased with the result.

I’m just glad it was fairly warm for the time of year. [Jim]

9/12/12 – KEYWORTH TURKEY TROT & MELTON SANTA FUN RUN

With two local end of year running events taking place on the same day, Stilton Striders Running Club had a good number of representatives in each. The Melton Santa Run was attended by Gary Christmas, Jim Hatherley and Jonny Oxborough who finished in second place.

Opting for the longer distance of the Keyworth Turkey Trot Half Marathon with a mixture of indifferent performances were Richard Gray, finishing in 1hr 37mins 08secs, Kirsty Ainscough (1:44:41), Theresa Coltman (1:45:57), Abi Arnott (1:46:17), Andy Nichols (1:47:54), Wayne Hackett (1:49:23), Helen Widdowson (2:00:55) and Celia Bown (2:03:27).

Three other runners representing their first claim clubs were Chris Southam, who finished 4th overall and 3rd male picking up his usual Xmas Turkey – apparently getting smaller each year, so not as many invites to Christmas dinner this year, his time being 1hr 13mins 50secs after being paced by a Great Britain female runner. Rob Beers, representing Barrow Runners, finished in 1:43:09 and Richard Angrave, Wymeswold R.C. in 2:36:10 then making a dash to watch Leicester Tigers play.

Also competing was the Melton Times very own Sports Editor, who finished in a very respectable 1hr 44mins 52secs.

A mention also goes out to our loyal supporters Mrs & Master Gray, Mr & Master Davidson and the man with the camera Mr Ainscough. [Wayne]

11/11/12 – SHERWOOD PINES 10K

Jim, Beth and Laura Hatherley ran this trail 10k at Sherwood Pines. Organised by the One Step Beyond company, there was also an offroad duathlon, as well as 2k and 5k trail races, in addition to the 10k.

There was a field of 595 for the 10k trail race, enjoying great weather and a surprisingly mud free course. Jim came home first to grab 7th place in 38.21 (about a metre behind 6th place…..).

Next in was Laura in 55.39 to get 294th and not far behind was Beth in 1.00.12 for 404th. Good day was had by all (apart from the traffic getting out, Jim’s choice of coffee and Beth’s t-shirt being way too small!). [Jim]

10/11/12 – SEAGRAVE WOLDS CHALLENGE

A quartet of Stilton Striders were among the starting field of 582 for the Seagrave Wolds Challenge on Saturday.

Heavy overnight rain made for very testing conditions for the 16-mile cross country race which started at Seagrave and took in Prestwold Hall, Hoton and Wymeswold before the finish back in Seagrave.

The first Strider home was Mike Brighty in a time of 2hr 33min 03secs for 97th place overall.

Dan Valencia (2.42.56) was next Strider in 133rd place, just ahead of Louise Houghton (2.44.09) in 140th place and John Houghton (2.44.16) in 141st place.

4/11/12 – SHEPSHED 7

Two Striders made the trip to Shepshed for the annual 7 miler. Clive Wright was 335th in 59.41 and Darren Glover 37th in 44.45.

4/11/12 – RUTLAND WATER MARATHON

On a cold, wet morning, two Striders joined around 1,000 other runners for the third running of the re-invented Rutland Water Marathon. In less than ideal conditions, with the course including two circuits of the (not exactly flat) peninsula, Rich Gray finished in 3.53.25, with Iain Howe close behind.

28/10/12 – WORKSOP HALF MARATHON

Dan Valencia completed the race in 1.42.35

27/10/12 – SPOOKY SPECTACULAR

Holme Pierrpont was the setting for a Halloween Spooky Spectacular. A two lap 10k event, being run in total darkness, attracting 225 runners including a couple of Stilton Striders which required entrants to wear head torches to get them round. Wayne Hackett came home in 18th place in a time of 44.50 and Mike Brighty, 45.30 for 19th place. [Wayne]

27/10/12 – SNOWDONIA MARATHON

After being voted the UK’s No.1 marathon again in 2011, the 30th running of one of the toughest, but most picturesque, marathons in the UK took place on Saturday. After suffering from high winds and heavy rain in each of the last few years, this year’s event took place in perfect conditions – cool, light winds combined with blue skies and sunshine to set off the mountain views perfectly.

The race saw an influx of Leicestershire runners, with numerous entries from Wreake, Barrow and Shepshed, as well as Rich Gray from the Striders who finished in 3.50.47. Rob Beers, in his Barrow vest, finished in 4.05.54. [Rich]

21/10/12 – GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN HALF MARATHON

On a cold foggy morning, in a field of 18,000 runners, Wayne Hackett completed the 13.1 miles in a time of 1.43.13. [Wayne]

14/10/12 – LEICESTER MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON

The county’s largest running event was held at the weekend, the Leicester Half and Full Marathon. Nearly 2500 runners in total took to the streets with a contingent of Stilton Striders playing their part.

Jim Hatherley, in his first ever experience over the 26.2 miles, finished in a time of 3hrs 23mins 44secs. With Rob Szabo and John Houghton who have attempted the distance over a number of occassions, but both coming home with personal best achievements of 3:57:35 and 3:59:43 respectively.

Putting in performances in half the full distance, 13.1 miles, Wayne Hackett came home in 1hr 43mins 51secs, beating Mike Brighty for the first time in over a year who was pleased with his time of 1:47:13, Catherine Voyce 1:48:26 and Malky Brown 2:02:07 who was going round pacing some of his work colleagues. 17 year Ollie, new to the club and tasting the distance for the very first time, came home in front of us all, not sure of his time but Wayne was over taken by him on the A46 after around 5 miles! [Wayne]

07/10/12 – NOTTINGHAM ULTRA 50K

The third running of this trail ultra saw 83 runners heading through the Nottinghamshire countryside, from the start in Blidworth heading along the Robin Hood Way all the way to a spectacular finish outside the gates of Nottingham Castle.

Lone Strider was Richard Gray who completed the course in a new PB of 4:43:54 for 15th place overall, securing 4th spot in the annual Ultrarace championships. [Rich]

30/09/12 – ROBIN HOOD HALF MARATHON

The 2012 Robin Hood Half Marathon attracted a large field with 6607 finishers on a good day for distance running. The organisation of the event was superb and the new course is ideal for those running their first half marathons or those seeking personal bests. First Stilton Strider home was Jonathan Oxbrough who was 114th in a time of 01:24:42, followed by Dan Valencia 01:46:10 and first time half marathon runners Alison Wilson in 02:16:00 and Richard Angrave in 02:29:15.

There were drummers both at the start and on the Nottingham University campus which helped build up the adrenalin and a live band playing near to the finish line. A huge range of marquees and food vehicles surrounded the start/finish area and grandstands were built either side of the finish line creating quite an atmosphere at the finish especially when one of the Striders whooped up the crowd! The atmosphere around the course was great with spectators all over the course and children keen to high five those runners who desired. [Rich A]

Melton Times report (Robin Hood & Whissendine)

23/09/12 – WHISSENDINE SIX

The rearranged Whissendine 6 moved from its traditional July home to Sunday 23rd September following the river bursting its banks in July an hour before the planned start of the race. As the race commentator suggested it would have made a good triathlon course.

Almost on cue, the rains started again at 2pm on Sunday but it did not dampen the spirits of the 133 runners. With a history going back to 1985, several Striders had entered the original race but could unfortunately not make the rearranged date.

First Stilton Strider home in 10th place in a time of 38:01 was Jim Hatherley, followed by Rob Szabo in 43:21 ( 43rd place) and Richard Angrave in a new PB of 59:43 in 114th place (at last beating the 1 hour barrier!). Jim’s sister Beth finished 112th in 59:13. All finishers took home an engraved half pint glass and bottle of beer, care of the Grainstore Brewery. [Rich A]

16/09/12 – GREAT NORTH RUN

A quartet of Stilton Striders travelled up to Newcastle to take part in Britain’s biggest, and the world’s second largest, half marathon, the Great North Run.

In wet conditions, Gary Postle came home in 1hr 33mins 40sec, Wayne Hackett (1:48:41), Catherine Voyce (1:52:36) and Julie Duley (2:19:58). [Wayne]

Melton Times report (Great North Run)

16/09/12 – PONTON PLOD

Whilst the masses were heading up to the North East for the GNR, one Strider made the shorter trip to Great Ponton for this year’s Ponton Plod. A mixed field of walkers and runners took on the challenge of 12, 17 or 27 miles over the off road course. As ever for these events the home made cake at checkpoints, together with a meal of soup and a pudding at the finish meant that many will have finished weighing more than at the start.

Richard Gray completed the 27 mile course in 18th place in 4 hrs 57 mins. [Rich]

09/09/12 – BELVOIR CASTLE 10K

Jim Hatherley 7th place in 40.03, Darren Glover 10th place in 41.05, John and Louise Houghton joint 61st in 48.56 (or did John sprint in front?) and Laura Hatherley 116th in 54.45 made up the Striders team for this race held in the grounds of Belvoir Castle.

02/09/12 – RESERVOIR COGS SPORTIVE

Rob Szabo completed the 117 mile course in 7.15

02/09/12 – JOHN FRASER 10

A team of 6 Striders made the trip to Countesthorpe for the final Leicestershire Road Running League race of the season, the John Fraser 10. On a relatively cool, but humid, morning, the hilly course proved as testing as ever.

Catherine Voyce was the sole lady Strider, finishing in 83.45. Richard Gray was first male Strider in 72.49, being chased down by Gary Postle in 73.04. Andy Nicholls (78.35), John Houghton (79.36) and Mike Brighty (85.58) also put in creditable performances in the 450-strong field. [Rich]

02/09/12 – WILNE 10K

The Wilne 10k attracted 646 runners for its second running on Sunday 2nd September. This very flat course provides excellent PB potential, as was proved with the only Stilton Strider racing, Richard Angrave, finishing in 551st place in yet another new PB of 1:03:10. With superb organisation and a bulging good bag this race is sure to only become more popular. [Rich A]

08/08/12 – WREAKE CHALLENGE

The annual Wreake Challenge was hosted this year by Stilton Striders, starting from the Rugby Club Headquarters.

A tough, multi-terrain course of 5.25 miles took the runners out towards Burton Lazars and onto the Sawgate, before an off-road loop back onto the village, ending in a final sprint across the sports field to the finish.

With 73 runners representing the three teams (Barrow Runners, Stilton Striders, Wreake Runners), this year’s race proved a popular success. After a bit of a problem with signage at the first turning, the race continued without problem.

First home was Wreake Runner, Gavin Poynton, closely followed by Junior Strider, Luke Jane, who had a terrific run against the Seniors. Third in was Ian Cox from Barrow Runners, with Dave Rose (Wreake) 4th and Barrie Moss (Stilton) making up the top 5.

The overall team positions saw a close tussle between Wreake, with 628 points and Barrow with 668 points. Striders came third with 843 points. Everyone put in creditable performances.

After the race, all participants and marshalls headed for the bar and a delicious chilli supper. Proceeds from the race went to the Air Ambulance and their representative, John Nowell, gave a brief speech and received £130 on their behalf.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with marshalling and at the finish, also to the Rugby Club for use of their facilities and not least to the caterer, who did a great job. [Neil]

03/08/12 – JAGERMEISTER 10K

The 10th anniversary running of the Jagermeister 10K took place on Friday 3rd August in the grounds of the University of Nottingham on an interesting and varied course that includes several hills and one and a half circuits of an attractive lake. It is not a course you can necessarily expect a fast time for, but it is an evening of fun.

The host club “Formula One Circuit Crew” were formed in July 1998 and they are a very loud and zany bunch. The PA system for the race also provides uplifting music to accompany your run. The winner Leigh Stubbs clocked a time of 32:59 whilst 375th and last completed the course in 87:05. Richard Angrave was the only Stilton Strider in the race and finished 342nd in 64:37, another creditable performance closing in on his one hour target. The evening was rounded off with reasonably priced BBQ food and a few drinks. [Rich A]

28-29/07/12 – ADIDAS THUNDER RUN 24HR

A great weekend for the Striders at Catton Park, with the relay team (Wayne, Ian, Ian, Rob, Barrie, Andy and Julie) covering 260k to finish 39th out of 188 teams, and Rich covering 150k to finish 8th out of 93 solo male runners.

The event had a fantastic atmosphere, with a big screen to allow everyone to keep up to date with the Olympics and around 2,500 runners competing either solo or in teams of up to 8 over the hilly, off-road course. The Striders will be back!

Melton Times report (Thunder Run 24hr)

18/07/12 – NOTTS 5

Running in a smaller field than previous years, Wayne took on the flat and very fast Notts 5 course (me not being so fast though) on the embankment. Being pushed hard within the last half mile by another competitor, they both decided to cross the finish line together, very sportsman-like. He came home in a time of 35mins 23secs, being 2 mins slower than his previous outing at the same venue. [Wayne]

15/07/12 – RAF MARHAM 10M

A little out of the way (unless you happen to be on holiday in Norfolk and on the look out for a race combined with village fete to keep the family entertained!), this friendly, flat(ish), scenic(ish – if you like country lanes and the occasional sighting of war planes or missiles!) 10 miler does have real PB potential.

That proved ideal for Rich Gray who knocked 30 seconds off his existing 10 mile PB to come home in 1:08:58 for 23rd place in a field of 78. The event raised around £1,200 for charity, helping disabled children in the East of England. [Rich]

13/07/12 – RAINBOWS 100 LAP CHALLENGE

A team of Stilton Striders ran the 100 lap relay at Saffron Lane on Friday 13th to raise money for Rainbows hospice.

The Melton running club fielded a senior and junior team at the event with the aim of completing 100 laps of the track in as short a time as possible. There was a good-humoured rivalry between the teams with the juniors taking the lead on the first lap and keeping it until the end, winning in 2hr 8mins.

The youngest male member of the team was Matt Teirney who competed four laps with Ella who ran four laps, while sister Lucy ran five as the youngest girl in the team.

The senior members gradually ran their way into second place, finishing three minutes further back.

This was the third time in as many years the winning trophy has come to Melton.

A special mention went to Amy Boswell who has recently returned after injury and ran two laps and also to Laura Hatherly, a new member who came and helped the cause.

Melton Times report (100 Lap Challenge)

07/07/12 – THE REAL RELAY

As Melton got back to its usual business and the Olympic Torch Relay moved on towards London, another relay along the same route passed through town in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Endurancelife Real Relay is an attempt to follow the entire route of the official Olympic Torch around the British Isles in one continuous non-stop journey, running every step of the way. It started out from Land’s End at midnight on Monday 28 May, ten days behind the official torch and is involving hundreds of runners from all around the British Isles running through day and night on an 8,000 mile mission to reach London in time for the Olympic opening ceremony.

A group of Stilton Striders had signed up to be responsible for keeping the baton going on an 11 mile leg starting in Melton and finishing in Oakham. Originally scheduled for a 4.45am start, the torrential rain on Friday meant that the baton was running over an hour late, but with each of the runners aiming to make up time to get things back on track. Andy Nicholls, Gary Christmas, Mike Brighty and Richard Gray set off up Burton Road through a misty early morning, carrying the baton (which includes a GPS tracking device so that everyone can monitor its travels on the event website – www.endurancelife.com/realrelay). Wayne Hackett had also intended to join the run but, with commitments back in Melton in the morning and his car already parked at the finish in Oakham, he ended up running the course an hour in front of the others.

The route followed the quieter roads through Whissendine and Langham (where Andy managed to clock an impressive 12mph on the speed camera!) before arriving at a sunny Oakham Castle to handover to the next runner who was headed past Rutland Water and beyond. With around 5,000 miles covered so far, a plan to overtake the official Olympic Torch somewhere around Dover, and receiving donations of over £5,000 for charity so far, this event is just one great example of what can be achieved with a good idea, and a bit of that Olympic inspiration.

Melton Times report (Real Relay)

BBC News report (Real Relay)

05/07/12 – HOLME PIERREPONT GRAND PRIX

The Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix is a series of races at 4 different venues around Nottingham over a period of 10 days with races taking place on the last Tuesday and Thursday of June and the first Tuesday and Thursday of July. It is quite an organisational challenge as the host club has to work with four different organisations to complete the series and there seems to be added challenges each year, last year just before the race series a film crew descended on Wollaton Park to film Batman causing one of the races to be switched to another venue at the last minute. This year the deluge of rain caused the last race to have its course completely redesigned days before the race due to flooding of certain parts of the course at Colwick Park.

The series starts at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont with a 10K race, part of the course is out on the roads around the centre but includes a loop of the rowing course which was into a stiff breeze this year then a finish in front of the club house. It was Richard Angrave’s first 10K race last year and his time was 1:27:18 and this was improved this year to 01:04:36 (5 seconds outside his PB) whilst Wayne Hacket ran 46:11 in his first Grand Prix. The second race was a 5k at Wollaton Park with Richard running a PB 29 minutes dead whilst Wayne ran 21:21. In the 4 mile race at Rushcliffe Country Park Richard did another PB of 41:43 whilst Wayne ran 29:06. The final 5 mile race at Colwick Park saw Richard take 3 seconds off his PB with a time of 51:48 whilst Wayne clocked 38:07.

251 runners completed the whole series with Richard finishing 240th with 03:07:07 for the four races and Wayne finishing in 100th place with a combined time of 2:14:45. The races attracted the following number of runners; HP 10K-427, WP-5K 296, RCP-4 mile 396, CP-5 mile 378. The celebrations in the bar at Colwick Park after the last race were long and loud with the massive Long Eaton Running Club picking up a lot of the awards – with a membership of 350 they are a big but friendly club who support races well in the area. [Rich A]

04/07/12 – HUNGARTON 7

A warm, humid evening in Hungarton saw the latest round of this year’s LRRL Summer League. Eight Stilton Striders were among the 457 runners that toed the start line of this hilly, but scenic, seven mile road race.

The course headed uphill out of the village, and continued to rise up until around the half way mark. A very steep downhill section then followed, before the route went upwards again. Those with any strength left after the hills were rewarded with a very fast final mile as the race headed back into Hungarton, finishing at the bottom of the steep, twisting main road in the village.

Pat McNeight led the Striders home, finishing 68th in 46.58, followed a minute later by Andy Robinson. Richard Gray was next home in 50.52, just in front of first time league-racer Jim Hatherley who had unfortunately picked up an injury on the way round. Andy Nicholls in 54.31 was next finisher in front of Louise Houghton in 55.52, who won a closely fought contest against husband John by 15 seconds. Tam Nicol completed the Striders team in 59.50.

24/06/12 – STATHERN 10K

A great turnout of Striders for the annual 10k at Stathern. Barrie Moss was first Strider, and 5th place overall, in 39.17, closely followed by Andy Robinson in 39.29 for 9th place. Gary Postle came home in 41.58 for 19th place, narrowly beaten by his 15 year old nephew Joe in 18th, with good runs also for Rob Szabo (46.31), John Houghton (46.50) and Gary Christmas (48.48).

Melton Times report (Stathern 10k)

23/06/12 – GLOOSTON 10K

Saturday 23rd June 2012 saw the annual Glooston 10K race organised by Roadhoggs Leicester AC take place in its scenic location north of Market Harborough and east of Tur Langton. The Roadhoggs web site shows race results back to 2007 and the field is usually around 130 runners in what is a beautiful two lap course with a steep uphill section followed by long descent making it quite a testing course.

The great shame about this race is that the Glooston village pub “Old Barn Inn” has hit on hard times and was forced to shut. Only one Stilton Strider entered this year’s race, Richard Angrave (running in his first claim colours of Wymeswold), and he completed the course in a new PB of 64:31. [Rich A]

19/06/12 – CALTON FELL RACE

The largest Stilton Striders fell running squad ever assembled headed for Calton in the Peak District, to compete in the Calton 5 mile Fell Race.

Five Striders were among the 112 runners, which included an unknown husband-and-wife team, a man with a pony tail and a broken ankle (who finished 4th!), a 70 year old with an incontinent mongrel and an 18 year old England International in a two-tone Trilby, who won the race in an incredible 33:00minutes dead. Thus achieving the ‘Piece of Cake’ standard. NB He didn’t run in the Trilby!

The race began at the Villlage Hall and took in a circuit of the village, before heading across Calton Moor and on towards the major climb on the course, at around 800ft. A long, winding snake of runners, may of whom were soon walking (and on the steep section at the top, grabbing at tussocks and bushes – ooh! Matron), to reach the ridge before more uphill took us to the Trig Point. Then it was time to hurtle back down the hill for the last 2 undulating miles to the finish.

A terrific run by fell-running debutant, Jim Hatherley, who took 11th place in 40:36. Also running his first and, after mockingly throwing his trainers into the Churchyard, his last fell race was Ian Johnson, who ran very well to finish 19th, in 41:39. Next in was Neil Jaggard, carrying more injuries than a Victorian Coal Mine Accident Book, finishing 53rd in 46:53.

The third first-timer was Mike Brighty, who was running well before he ran out of steam half way up the hill, where he came to a complete standstill and chose the moment to admire the view! He hasn’t discounted future races, so must have been pleased with his 68th place in 48:40. Making up the Team, which took 4th place overall, was the ever-relaible Ian Mason, who ‘rock-‘n’-rolled’ his way to 88th, in a creditable 52:47.

A real social event afterwards, with tea and homemade cakes at the Village Hall and a rare opportunity to get your lips around some Leatherbritches, at only £2 a pint – (I thought I had died and gone to heaven!). So, no standards (either metallic or edible) for the Striders but a good evenings entertainment.

Look out for news of the next fell race – there may be room in the car after Ian Johnson’s (premature?) retirement – I think he enjoyed it really!! [Neil]

Melton Times report (Calton Fell Race)

12/06/12 – ROTHLEY 10K

This year Rothley 10K race organised by the Rothley and Soar Valley Lions attracted 488 runners including Kate and Gerry McCann and seven Stilton Striders . The conditions were good for running and although the race is a 2 lap race run mainly around a housing estate the atmosphere created by so many locals turning out to spectate was very special.

Alison Wilson finished in 1:03:13, for the second race running achieving the club’s Pewter Standard, and Richard Angrave achieved another PB with a run of 1:06:52 whilst Sally Renwick also ran a PB of 1:12:30. Other Striders running were John Houghton 0:47:05, Louise Houghton 0:47:42, Martin Miles 0:48:31 and Julie Duley 1:00:58.

Some of us enjoyed the delicacies served up at Rothley Fisheries before the homeward journey with our amazing goody bag comprising T Shirt, pen, reflective arm band, magazine and CD made by the man in the chip shop. A great night – put it in your diary for next year. [Richard A]

Melton Times report (Rothley 10k)

10/06/12 – MIDLAND MASTERS TRACK & FIELD

Congratulations to Barrie Moss for a couple of great runs, winning the M55 800m and 1500m titles (in 2.27 and 5.14, respectively)!

10/06/12 – HICKLING CORN DOLLY CHALLENGE

The course for this race has been amended a few times over the years, but has now settled down into a flat, seven (and a bit) mile course – primarily out and back along the Grantham Canal, with a couple of short road sections and one field to cross.

On a warm, sunny day, it was clearly a course to the Striders liking, as we had 6 entrants, 3 of which finished in the top 10. Jonathan Oxborough was first home in 46.55 for 5th place, closely followed by Jim Hatherley in 48.18 for 6th place and Andy Robinson in 49.20 for 10th.

Also running for the Striders were Richard Gray (50.16), Theresa Coltman (57.36) and Julie Duley (75.48). The race entry fee also gave free entry to Hickling’s summer fair and a bottle of beer in the goodie bag! [Rich]

02/06/12 – WINCLE TROUT FELL RACE

Gary Christmas travelled to the village of Wincle in the Peak District on Saturday 2nd June to take part in the annual Wincle Trout Fell Race. He had a good run over the course which included a river crossing and 1,000 feet of climbing for a finishing time of 63.22 over a 5.69 mile course – thoroughly earning the race memento (a trout)! [Gary]

27/05/12 – PEAT PITS FELL RACE

Neil Jaggard and Gary Christmas were in Derbyshire at the weekend for the Peat Pits Fell Race. On a hot day, the pair tackled the tough 5+ miles, climbing 875 feet followed by tricky descents over rocks and protruding tree roots. Neil finished 29th in 53:18, while Gary, who missed a checkpoint, finished 39th in 67:03, managing to cover nearly 6 miles! [Neil]

27/05/12 – SWITHLAND 6

On a really hot day six Stilton Striders ventured out on the Swithland 6 Summer League race. The race attracted 495 finishers with the first Strider home being Andy Nicholls in 155th place with a time of 43:47 followed by Mike Brighty 221st place in 46:35, Catherine Voyce 299th in 49:32, Alison Wilson in her first race for Striders achieving the clubs Pewter Standard with 1:03:43 in 475th place. Richard Angrave took nearly 6 minutes off his PB with 01:04:49 in 478th place and Sally Renwick recorded a new PB of 01:10:32 taking more than a minute off her previous best.

What a fantastic scenic race with lots of shade and a large field enjoying a great mornings running.[Richard A]

Melton Times report (Swithland)

20/05/12 – THE CARDIFF ULTRA

Around the 35 mile point of this 50 mile race over the Brecon Beacons, which goes from Brecon to finish outside the Swalec cricket stadium in central Cardiff, I decided that my race report had to mention how much running 50 miles hurts. The other thing that these Ultra marathons do is find a way of making you forget how much it hurts in plenty of time for you to enter the next race….

The course began with around 8 miles of broadly flat roads as the runners made their way to the first check point at Talybont Reservoir. After a quick stop to fill up with food and drink, the route went off-road and followed a trail uphill through the woods. For about 6 miles it was constantly uphill – the effort more than made up for by the impressive views across the valley to the hills beyond.

Once that ‘hill’ was out of the way, the course was almost entirely a gentle downhill for the remaining 30 miles, following the Taff Trail. Despite the difficulties I had around the 35 mile point (I’m told this is because this is the second ‘wall’…), which were compounded by running out of water in the sunshine with 5 miles to the next checkpoint, things gradually picked up from there. My run/walk strategy of 10 mins run / 5 mins walk helped me to recover and even pick up the pace so that my last mile was probably the quickest.

9 hours 32 minutes was good enough for 58th place of 133 starters (125 finished), and leaves me in 6th place in this year’s UK ULTRArace championship with 4 races left. [Rich]

13/05/12 – WYMESWOLD WADDLE (2)

Sunday May 13th saw the annual 5 mile Wymeswold Waddle take place with its out and back course to Six Hills. The outward section is mainly uphill and on a warm day the water at the turn was a welcome sight.

214 runners completed the course with Mike Brighty being the first Stilton Strider home in a new PB of 35:39 in 41st position, closely followed by Wayne Hackett in 36:55 in 54th position. Richard Angrave improved on last years last place 68 minute run with a new PB of 51:51 in 196th place whilst Sally Renwick beat her target time with 54:40 in 212th place.

With Richard celebrating his birthday on race day cake was handed out to all Stilton Striders families present and many Wymeswold Running Club fellow members. Following the main race was a 2k family fun run then starting at 12:30 six duck races alongside a variety of stalls through the village making for a lovely English village day out.

If you have not been to the Wymeswold Waddle before put it in your diary for next year – it is always in the first half of May.

Links to videos of the race:
Video 1
Video 2
[Richard A]

13/05/12 – WYMESWOLD WADDLE (1)

Amongst the 3 running races being held around the county, a quartet of Striders headed to Wymeswold for the annual 5mile Waddle.

Reversing the positions of last year’s event, Mike Brighty producing a time of 35mins 39secs and a new personal best, came home in front of compatriot Wayne Hackett(36:35).

The only lady representative Sally Renwick finished in a creditable time of 54:40, with Richard Angrave, representing his first claim club Wymeswold, came home in 51:51 beating his previous best by 4mins. [Wayne]

13/05/12 – LONG CLAWSON 10K

Four new members of Stilton Striders were amongst the 180+ field for the Long Clawson 10K cross country challenge.

An excellent course, with a 2K climb from the start, began from the Village Hall. A tight race at the front saw Strider, Jonathan Oxborough, edged into 2nd place in 44:07. New member, Jim “Puppyboy” Hatherley, in his first ever race, ran well, posting 49:29 for 17th position. Next in was grizzled veteran, Neil Jaggard, 23rd in 50:41, just behind former junior Stilton Strider, Jasmine Southam who finished 2nd lady (22nd overall) in 50:30.

Two new members, husband and wife team, John and Lisa Houghton were next to cross the line, 32nd in 54:30 and 38th in 56:19 respectively. Final Strider to finish was Gary Christmas, 63rd in 61:12.

Amongst the field were also former Striders, Simon Maggs 47:30, Steve Dewick 56:51 and Sue Birley 60:42. [Neil]

Melton Times report and video (Clawson 10k)

13/05/12 – HINCKLEY HALF MARATHON

Five Stilton Striders made the trip to Hinckley, or more accurately Market Bosworth, for the first race in this year’s LRRL summer league. The road course, over the rolling hills around Bosworth Water Trust, provided a decent challenge in what were ideal running conditions on a warm spring day that attracted a field of around 1,300 runners.

Andy Robinson was first Strider home in 1.32.23, followed by Richard Gray (1.36.07), Andy Nicholls (1.40.19), Catherine Voyce (1.55.34) and Harriet Pettingill (2.07.07). [Rich]

Melton Times report (Hinckley & Wymeswold)

22/04/12 – VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON

5 Striders made the annual pilgrimage to London for the marathon

In surprisingly warm sunny conditions, no-one quite hit their target on a day that was better for spectating than running. See the Melton Times report below for a full write up.

Chris was first Strider home in 2.41, followed by Richard (3.19), Gary (3.28), Kirsty (3.59) and Wayne (4.19)

Melton Times VLM report

14/04/12 – CAYTHORPE CANTER

Striders, Neil Jaggard and Gary Christmas, were in Lincolnshire once again on Saturday for another cross country challenge. The Caythorpe Canter is a multi-terrain half marathon for walkers and runners on minor roads, farm tracks and footpaths.

In bright sunshine, but with a deceptively cool breeze, conditions were near perfect and, following last week’s rain, the ground was softer underfoot.

Over 100 competitors began the event, with around 70 runners amongst these. First Strider home was Neil, who finished 9th in 1hr 44mins 20secs, while Gary finished in 36th place with a time of 2hrs 5mins 38secs.

Plenty of homemade cake, sandwiches and apple crumble at the end added to the day and the race is already in the diary for 2013.

Melton Times report

08/04/12 – BELVOIR HALF MARATHON

6 Striders earned the right to double Easter Eggs by racing the Belvoir Half Marathon on Easter Sunday. The 13.1mile loop round the Vale of Belvoir from Hose had a field of around 500 who were treated to perfect racing conditions. First home for Stilton was Chris Southam, also in second place overall and first V40.

Melton Times report here: Belvoir Half report 

01/04/12 – OLYMPIC PARK RUN

Darren Glover got a taste of what is in store for many of the top international athletes this summer as he crossed the finish line in the new Olympic Stadium in London. Despite suffering from injury, Darren put in a sterling performance to finish in 140th out of 5,000 entrants.

Melton Times report here: Olympic park report 

18/03/12 – ASHBY 20

In the traditional pre-marathon spring warm up, two Striders put in fantastic performances over the undulating 20 mile course in Ashby. Chris Southam was once again first Strider home taking 4th place overall and 1st V40 in 1.56.08. Kirsty Ainscough also put in a great run to finish in 2.44.01

18/03/12 – NICETRI 18

After being too slow to enter the Ashby 20 (it had already sold out…), Gary and Pat travelled to the Nice Tri 18 in Cambridgeshire. Pat finished in 2.07.29 for 6th in category and 17th overall. Gary was close behind over the 2 lap course in 2.13.20, 7th in category and 21st overall.

24/03/12 – CHARNWOOD MARATHON

I have done some tough races in my time but this was way up there. All of the highest hills in and around Charnwood, Broombriggs over 200mts Beacon Hill 278mts Lub Cloud 140mts Mount Saint Bernards Abbey and then the highest point in Leicestershire at 298mts Bardon Hill all this in the first 15miles. Dense fog until about 11 miles made navigation tricky its not way marked so there was a lot of map reading and the occasional wrong turning but some fantastic views once the fog had lifted. Going ok until about 20 miles but then most of the wheels dropped off going to the checkpoint at Old John and the last 6 miles seemed to take for ever. I was more than happy with the run though and finished in 4 hours 36 mins 03 for 22nd place (same as Belvoir). A great event through some stunning scenery with the usual array of home made soups and cakes at the checkpoints and the finish. [Neil]

LRRL WINTER LEAGUE 2012

A total of 21 Striders raced during the winter league, with a number making their debut. Club results have been mixed, but there were some outstanding individual results. Kirsty Ainscough was top Strider overall in the points competition, finishing as 13th lady for the season and securing several new PBs on her come back from ‘maternity leave’ from racing. Martin Booth had a number of good races, as did Andy Robinson whose times show he is quicker this year than ever before. Richard Angrave also contributed some memorable performances, including taking 11 minutes off his 5 mile PB at Ashby.

24/03/12 – CLUMBER PARK DUATHLON

In what we think is a first for the Striders, Rob Szabo competed in the duathlon (Run/Bike/Run) in Clumber Park in March. His results were a 5k run in 23.42 followed by 20k bike in 42.08 and 2.5k run in 11.22. Adding the transition times gave a total finish time of 1.19.28 for the event.

10-11/03/12 – ULTRARACE GRANTHAM

58 miles in a weekend. 29 miles along the Grantham Canal from Cotgrave to Grantham on the Saturday, with the same in reverse on the Sunday. 4.30 was my goal for Saturday and (with a real effort in the last mile) I sneaked in at 4.29.38 for 18th place out of 73 runners. The sunshine on Sunday meant that most people slowed down, and I managed 4.38 for 12th out of 49 and 11th place out of those running both days. Next round of the Ultrarace championships is 50 miles over the Brecon Beacons in May. Any takers? [Rich]

25/02/12 – BELVOIR CHALLENGE

Near perfect conditions on Saturday for the 22nd Belvoir Challenge Marathon, a 26-mile cross country race through the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. Three Stilton Striders were among a field of over 200 marathon runners and, although there wasn’t the ankle-deep mud around the course, there were some decent climbs, hard ground and delicious homemade cake at the checkpoints, all adding to the challenge!

First Strider home, continuing his recent consistent form, was Neil Jaggard in 3hours 58mins for 22nd place. Richard Gray, in preparation for his next ultra race, finished 51st in 4hours 22mins. Gary Christmas was next and, despite changing his shoes, socks and shirt at some stage over the course, beat his 5hour target time by 3 minutes, finishing 119th in 4hours 57mins. Gary’s son, Daniel, took part in the 15 mile challenge, finishing in a very creditable 2hours 46mins for 279th place.

19/02/12 – SLEAFORD HALF MARATHON

A bright, cold, sunny day for the 337 runners in the 22nd Sleaford Half Marathon, starting at RAF Cranwell. On an undulating course, with the infamous 2 mile off-road section, a head wind for the first 6 miles made conditions particularly difficult this year. Neil Jaggard, was the lone runner from the club, finishing 70th in a creditable time of 1:35:08.

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