24 Jan 2016 – Barrow 6 (LRRL)

After last weekend’s snow caused the cancellation of the Markfield 10k, this Sunday saw the start of this year’s Leicestershire Road Running League (“LRRL”) winter league.  With illness and injury depriving the club of a number of runners, on an unseasonably warm morning there were 13 Stilton Striders toeing the start line.

Jason Barton was first Strider home, covering the 6 mile course in an impressive 34.51 for 16th place overall. Next to finish, taking over 4 minutes off last year’s time, was Luke Eggleston in 38.20.  Matt Gayton (39.21), Darren Glover (40.23) and Clive Kent (42.04) all finished in the top third of the record breaking 730 strong field.

Andy Nicholls, Katie Hateley and Michael Cooke crossed the line in quick succession (44.12, 44.13 and 44.20), followed by Wayne Hackett (45.29) and, making her debut for the club, Harriette Wright (51.42).  Steph Barlow, Tam Nicol and Jenny Kent completed the set, finishing together in 60.27.

The next race in the winter league series is our very own Stilton 7, which takes place from The Stute at Asfordby Hill on Sunday 28th February.  We’ll be publicising full details and put out a volunteer request shortly, so please hold the date in your diary.

Curry run – Weds 27th Jan

Next Wednesday 27th Jan at 7pm is the Striders Curry run from Café Mash in Burton on the Wolds. It is a head torch run… but suitable for everyone. It’s a lovely flat (ish) 5 mile course with some road, woods and fields.  The route is here.

Last year we had a lot of first time head torch runners and they all enjoyed it… so come and give it a go. Just watch out for the mud!

We’ve got an amazing deal again from Café Mash there going to sort us out a great menu with loads of different dishes all for just £12 pp.

So tell all your running friends and get them down there!!
We need to know rough numbers so let us know if you’re coming in advance please.

Also, let us know if you need to borrow a head torch and we can find a spare.

As ever, there will still be the option of a road run in Melton – usual time and place (7pm, KE7 Sports Centre).

LRRL – Barrow 6 – 24 January

Information re Sunday’s race is below – Striders will meet at the Wilton Road car park for car sharing at 9am as usual.

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Barrow Runners are looking forward to welcoming member clubs of the LRRL to the Barrow 6 league race on Sunday 24th January 2016.
Venue: Humphrey Perkins School, Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Leicestershire. LE12 8JU
Start Time 10.30am.

Club Registration will be in the School hall and the dining area just off the main hall. All Clubs will have allocated tables for registration. 

Refreshments will be available.

CAR PARKING:

CAN YOU PLEASE ADVISE YOUR MEMBERS IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THEY CAR SHARE, GIVEN THE LARGE NUMBERS OF RUNNERS EXPECTED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR MEMBERS TO GET TOGETHER TO SHARE CARS.

THE CAR PARK WILL BE OPEN FROM 08.45AM. PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR RUNNERS TO ARRIVE EARLY.

WE WILL BE ONLY ALLOWING CARS WITH 2 ( PREFERABLY 3 OR 4 OR MORE) INDIVIDUALS INTO THE CAR PARKING AREA. CARS WITH ONLY 1 PERSON IN WILL BE ASKED TO PARK IN THE VILLAGE.

THE RACE GOES OUT OF THE VILLAGE FROM THE SCHOOL AND COMES BACK IN THE SAME WAY ALONG COTES ROAD, SO ANY RUNNERS PARKING ON THE ROAD WILL POTENTIALLY BLOCK THE RUNNING PATH AND SHOULD BE DISCOURAGED FROM DOING SO.

IF EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE ABOVE ADVICE WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE ALL CARS AND RUNNERS WITHIN THE FACILITIES WE HAVE AVAILABLE.  

The weather forecast for the Sunday is fine at the moment. Given any adverse Weather conditions, we will use our website and social media to give runners up to date information.

Regards

Nigel Hillier

Secretary

Barrow Runners.

LRRL winter league – 17 Jan Markfield 10k [CANCELLED]

[UPDATE 17TH JANUARY – RACE CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE]

This coming Sunday (17th January) sees the first race of this year’s LRRL winter league – the Markfield 10k.  Attached below are important details for all runners from the organising club, so please take a look if you are planning to race.  Winter league races are just £5 per race – but restricted to members of affiliated clubs, such as ours.

In particular, car sharing is crucial to being able to keep league races open to all members of affiliated clubs.  Race entry limits have increased to 700 for this one, and to make this possible, all runners parking at the venue need to car share – 3 runners per car.  Please see details on the advisory notice below.

More background on the LRRL in general can be found here (LRRL page).

Markfield 10k Advisory notice to Running Clubs

Markfield 10K Race Overview – 2016

Markfield 10k Signage

3 Jan 2016 – Huncote Hash

Certainly the most intense (and most fun in my mind) short XC in Leicestershire, the 6.68 mile measured Huncote Hash is a wet, muddy and somewhat hilly feast during the winter months for fans of cheap sport (A mere £4.00 entry!)The sold out 400 entrants have on hand an impressive Strider turnout (Sue and Greg Pettingill, Rob Beers, Tony Allen, Simon Bottrill, Lou Houghton, Kaye Mead, Andy Nicholls, Matt Chalmers, Steve Dewick, Sarah Lawrence, John Hudson) plus a good contingent from Melton Running Club as well as support from Race photographers Jon and Debs Wilson.

Pretty much perfect conditions, wet` cold `raining` muddy as finally some of the Striders are prised out of Huncote Pavillion leisure centre for the race start. Some of the team are doing it as post New year’s training run and generally only the top 30 are going hard at it, usually it’s a post festive period bit of fun.

A fast start which despite a good 400m + to stream the field out still leads to us taking our time at the first stile due to the amount of runners who have gone out on a positive split. More or less neck and neck with Greg the first mile before his cunning experience pays off greatly, whilst about five runners are slowly climbing the banking in front he just runs up the side of them and off like a darting Hare! Greg is in particularly fine form today and you can sense he`s loving it, when this guy is feeling the love of running he`s damn hard to catch. Its mud, mud, mud all the way with plenty of running in ankle deep water and this is before the climb up Huncote Hill which is many steep steps followed by a very slippy brow of the hill.

This is followed by Croft Hill and I think possibly my last chance of the race to get near Greg, the rain is belting down; the winds are blowing like anything and I’m loving it! Greg`s well in front so try and set my sights on trying to beat Roadhoggs Nick Cobley who puts a good shift in the last mile, dosent quite happen but I’m eight minutes faster than last year.

As the team comes in after Leicestershires hardest short XC race thankfully they are all full of smiles having me talked them into it, “I loved it” is heard by every single one. It was a hell of a day out really enjoyable for all 16 of us plus official race photographers Malc Riley and Jon/Deborah Wilson, really hope we can get even more of us over to this next year.

Results : Greg Pettingill ( 51:36, 24th) Rob Beers (52:11, 29th) Simon Bottrill (61:49, 109th) Andy Nicholls (64:13, 137th) Tony Allen (69:18, 178th) Steve Dewick (70:49, 192nd) Lou Houghton (72:58, 207th) Sarah Lawrence (81:02, 255th) Sue Pettingill (81:58, 266th) Matt Chalmers (85:37, 284th) Kaye Mead (88:05, 291st)

[Rob]

30 Dec 2015 – 401 Challenge

For those of you who don’t know, Ben Smith is running 401 consecutive Marathons to raise funds and awareness for anti-bullying charities. Please do have a look at his website, like the Facebook page, buy the T-shirt/long sleeve, send a donation etc.

http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/

Invited by Barrow Runners, we Stilton Striders (Rob Beers and Kaye Mead, and later Katie Hateley) joined by Sileby Running Club and Poplar Running Club members to join Ben on Marathon day 121, the Loughborough leg.

The course which is certainly not flat and uses the same course as the `Honesty Marathon`(Please do check out the link for `the Honesty Marathon `as a worthy cause and a great training course)

http://www.barrowrunners.co.uk/training/runner-bean.aspx

For someone who doesn’t see themselves as a great runner and must have some fatigue Ben is a truly humble and affable guy, happy to answer any questions, promoting his cause in a positive not pushy way , meets and greets everyone and gives them a token of thanks, and more than happy to have selfies and photos taken with him. He does have a great touring vehicle but no support: so no medics, no physios, no camera crew, it `s pretty much all Ben and the various bits of kindness he gets from local clubs.

Today is very grey overhead, the odd spot of rain in the air and it’s very blustery in fact gale force winds, we start the event at 9:30 with the group running into a massive headwind towards Woodhouse village. Absolutely no onus on pace or anything its one big friendly group, Old Woodhouse leads us to Woodhouse Eaves and the climb up Maplewell Road. The pace was below 10 min mile and a couple had dropped back thinking we`d be closer to 11m/m and I decided to stay with Kaye although we weren’t far behind. I thought the course would have us going towards Swithland but we just kept ascending up Maplewell Road getting higher and higher ascent until we got to Hunts Hill car park.

Team Stilton called it a day at 5 miles, the group were running all kinds of distances but they gave us a good friendly send off and we took photos of them running off towards Newtown Linford. Have to say a massive thank you to Barrow Runners for inviting us and the other clubs to be part of the event, they were very inclusive in making everyone welcome. So 5 miles back going the same way would’ve been boring so went the Rob route, have to say a massive well done to Kaye who ran all the way to the top of Old John in Bradgate Park without stopping, naturally a selfie was took at the summit.

Nice easy run back through Bradgate and Woodhouse Golf course back to the Manor Pub (Which wasn’t open!), very pleased to have represented Striders(in kit!) and made new friends being part of the 401 challenge (Which with today has now topped 2,000 people running with Ben). Special mention to Katie Hateley who joined the Marathon en route and I’m guessing ran the second leg from Barrow?

The Good news for all those who have Marathon training or a plethora of excuses is that Ben is returning to Loughborough in April!(Sadly its Tuesday April 12th) We would love to see more Stilton Striders joining us as it’s totally optional and without pressure how far you run.  [Rob]