Three Stilton Striders were among the 578 runners battling a cold and windy Sleaford Half Marathon, parts of which would be better described as cross-country!
First Strider home was Greg Pettingill, 58th in 1.30.41; followed by Sarah Lawrence, 409th in 2.01.28 and Sue Pettingill, 510th in 2.14.06. [Greg]
We are looking to enter teams in the Livingston Relays on Sunday 3rd May. Run over a 3 mile course, with 4 men or 3 ladies to a team, it would be great to get a few teams of Striders together. We need to enter in advance, so if you would like to run, please let us know via the usual channels.
Sunday 8th March sees the 3rd race in this year’s winter league, the Kibworth 6. Full details are on the Roadhoggs website.
As ever, we’ll be meeting at Wilton Road car park in Melton for car sharing – as it is a fair drive down to Kibworth, we’ll need to leave promptly at 9am.
Lovely sunny Sunday made race conditions perfect for the Stamford Valentine 30k. This was a training run for Vicki Lowe and Natalie Teece on their way to the London Marathon in the Spring. Great support around the course from Stamford (and Stilton!) Striders Celina and Nick.
Natalie finished as 7th lady in 2.10.18 and Vicki 7th in age category 2.35.24. [Vicki]
Fourteen Striders competed in the second winter league race, which was run in almost perfect conditions. With racing experience and the intervening “technical sessions” most Striders ran at a faster pace then at the Barrow 6. Will this trend continue at Kibworth?
First Strider home was Jason Barton in 23rd overall, 36:18; followed by Jim Hatherley 30th, 36:47; Darren Glover 83rd, 39:07; Natalie Teece 124th (7th female) 40:47; Greg Pettingill 128th (4th in category) 40:56; Matt Gayton 164th, 42:11 (pb); Shane Sharkey 188th, 42:52; Luke Eggleston 219th, 44:01; Ben Pickard 258th, 45:17; Neil Jaggard 292nd, 46:16; John Houghton 316th, 47:06; Vicki Lowe 334th (7th in category) 47:57; Louise Houghton 406th, 50:37 and Stuart Gregory 571st,61:56. [Greg]
Andrew Easom Bentley & Mike Bryan took to the snowy hills of the Peak District to take part in the Rab mini mountain marathon. We had a map, compass and 4 hours to get to as many randomly placed check points as possible. Each check point was allocated a number of points between 10 & 40 depending upon how far away they were or how difficult to navigate to. The winner of the day managed 440 points in 3h 57, we were delighted to come in 58th out of nearly 200 runners with 286 points after a 4 point penalty for arriving 4 minutes over the allotted 4hour time limit (not bad at all) . To sum up a fantastic day had by all. [Mike]
Stuart Gregory made the trip up to Chesterfield again for the the second race of this year’s No Walk in the Park 5k race series. On a perfect running day, Stuart made a fantastic start, pacing ahead of his pb for the first three laps. Unfortunately, the pace had taken its toll and a slower final lap saw him finishing the event in 74th place, in 27 mins 4 secs. [Stuart]
On a cold and cloudy morning, six Striders made the trip to Martin High School for the annual Charnwood Hills Race. After 14 miles of hills, bracken, uneven ground, trails and mud, Mike Bryan was first Strider home in 61st place (1.54.18). Darren Glover was next in 105th (2.02.15), shortly followed by Simon Bottrill in 110th (2.03.30) and Rob Beers (representing his first claim club, Barrow – 112th, 2.04.06).
John Houghton, (240th, 2.27.11), Louise Houghton (283rd, 2.45.25) and Stuart Gregory (311th, 3.03.45) completed the Striders contingent.
So, here’s the thing about ultra marathons – just when you think you know what you’re doing, something comes along and reminds you who is boss (clue – it isn’t you…).
The Peddars Way is a 47 mile trail, from the edge of Suffolk, heading up through the whole of Norfolk to finish on the coast at Holme next the Sea. Adding a half mile at each end to get the right start and finish areas, this ultra ends up as 48 miles (if you make it all the way).
The first four hours, heading towards the half(ish) way checkpoint at Castle Acre, were very pleasant – cold, sunny at times, and solid trails helping keep the pace (relatively) good. Heavy snow at this point just added to the picturesque views as runners grabbed hot drinks and food before moving on.
Leaving Castle Acre, the trail follows an old Roman Road – on this occasion directly lined up with the headwind blowing straight down from the arctic. The snow became sleet – just enough to soak you through, whilst hitting you in the face with lumps of ice – and most runners grabbed any shelter they could to put on the extra layers of warm and waterproof clothes that organisers had rightly insisted were carried.
At the next checkpoint, with 12 or 13 miles still to race, the most exposed section still to come, and struggling to get warm even whilst running, sole Strider Rich Gray decided enough was enough. 35 and a bit miles in 6.30-ish made it a decent training run, with bigger goals on the calendar for later in the year.