Please can all our runners who are intending to do the next LRRL race at Markfield on 8th Feb read the attached document that has been circulated by the organisers. This has since been supplemented by an email, which has been forwarded to all members on our mailing list – essentially parking is severely limited for this race and so runners will need to car share (Striders will be meeting at Wilton Road car park at 9am).
Advisory notice to Running Clubs
Whilst this may not be ideal, we do ask that our runners support the efforts of the organisers in achieving a safe and successful event on Sunday.
Race details are all on the Beaumont RC website and we’ll be meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton at 9am for car sharing as usual. For those new to the LRRL, please see our LRRL page for info on the race series.
A fresh, bright winter’s morning provided ideal running conditions for a record field of 667 at the first winter league race of 2015, the Barrow 6. A redesigned start didn’t take away the usual challenges of this rolling 6 mile road race.
With 17 Stilton Striders in attendance (the club’s largest turnout in the league for a few years), there were league debuts for Matt Gayton (41.03), Sarah Lawrence (54.53) and Luke Eggleston (42.59).
Joining Sarah to make up the ladies team were Vicki Lowe (46.14, 7th in her category) and Louise Houghton (49.03).
Scoring for the men’s team were Jason Barton (34.38, 16th place), Darren Glover (39.06), Greg Pettingill (40.20, 5th in his category), Richard Gray (40.18), Simon Bottrill (40.59), Shane Sharkey (41.30), together with Matt and Luke. They were ably supported by Ben Pickard (44.06), Iain Howe (44.10), Neil Jaggard (44.51), Dan Valencia (44.52), John Houghton (45.44) and Stuart Gregory (57.03).
The next race in the series is the Markfield 10k on Sunday 8th February. Full results and latest league tables are on the Leicestershire Vision 2020 Athletics Network website.
Steve Dewick, Rob Beers and Greg Pettingill joined over six hundred runners in this hilly, two lap, race over Bradgate Park. With blue skies and the remains of an overnight frost, conditions were perfect.
First Strider home was Greg Pettingill 117th in 39’ 35” (6th MV50), followed by Rob [representing his first claim club, Barrow Runners] 214th in 43’ 14” and Steve Dewick 353rd in 51’ 29”. [Greg]
This year’s LRRL winter league starts on Sunday 25th January at the Barrow 6. £4 a race, chip timed, great team spirit, the winter league series of races is always worth a go.
If you are new to the winter league, see our LRRL page for more details and for all league race dates simply search “LRRL” in the events diary.
It was a bloody cold night in Leicester as the wind stopped the event team from even setting up their usual base at the Leicester City 5k (race 3 of 4), and the finish area was reduced to just the necessities – all weighted down of course. Genuinely concerned about the toll of Christmas indulgence, lack of race fitness and ever-present injuries, three Striders took to the start line.
Jason Barton (somewhat predictably) was the first home in an impressive 4th place – considering he wasn’t racing, just jogging round – in a time of 19:12. Next in was Shane Sharkey in 10th place (21:28), and Ben Pickard, back from injury, completed the set in a cautiously ran 22:24. This was the first race in the series in which the Striders failed to claim first team award – with 3 series debutantes from Beaumont all finishing within the first 10 (1st, 3rd, 8th). [Shane]
In addition to our usual club runs (see diary dates page for all details), our next head torch outrun is a special one. At the slightly earlier time of 6.30pm on Weds 28th January, we’ll be running from Cafe Mash at Burton on the Wolds (around 5 miles, not too muddy, but you will need a head torch). If you would like to join us to run and eat, it will cost in the region of £10/£12 per head for a full meal – please let either Rich or Mike know in advance to book your place so that we can confirm numbers.
After a successful first event this morning, with 262 runners and 20 volunteers braving the elements, parkrun will be taking place in Melton Country Park each Saturday morning at 9am. A huge thank you should go to Shane for all his efforts in making this happen, with many others making significant contributions – thank you to everyone.
For further details please see the parkrun page, including a link through to all the official information.
Also, Melton Sports are generously offering a 20% discount off non-sale items during January if you flash your parkrun barcode.
We are planning to have a group run on Sunday morning (Jan 11th) in the Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park area. Meeting 8am at Wilton Road Car Park (to share lifts) or 8.30am at the Sports Ground Car Park, Watermead Lane, Loughborough.
The plan is to run to Beacon Hill, Beacon Plantation, Windmill Hill, Bradegate Park and then a choice of ways back to vary the distance. There will then be chance to refuel with a late breakfast before heading back.
This should be a really good run – whether as training for the Charnwood Hills, Belvoir Challenge or similar races, or just as an excuse to burn a few calories on an off road run.
Wednesday evening club runs restart for the New Year on Wednesday Jan 7th with a choice of runs – either a road run in Melton (route 1 – see routes page for more detail) suitable for all abilities, or an off road head torch run from the Stilton Cheese in Somerby (head torch and trail shoes a must).
Full schedule of runs for the next few months is on the diary dates page.
In his first race of the new year, Stuart Gregory headed off to a cold North Derbyshire for race 1 in the no walk in the park race series. Finding himself over a minute up on his previous best after the first two laps, he dropped back slightly in laps three and four to finish the first of twelve races in the series, in a personal best time of 26 minutes 43 seconds, 19 seconds quicker than the final race of the series in December 2014. [Stuart]