27 Aug 2016 – Zoot Triathlon Relays

2 Striders (Matt Taylor and Andy Nicholls) and their other halves (Amy and Kristy) – together the “Melton Misfits” took part in this popular event which mimicked the triathlon relays from the Commonwealth Games a couple of years ago.  Each person does a short triathlon (250m swim, 5K cycle, 1.5K run) then passes the baton (a rubber band!) to the next team member and so on.  Many teams come from all over the country for this.
Our preparation was patchy at best, with Kristy fearful of cycling following a crash, Amy spraining her ankle running and Andy cricking his neck swimming.  Luckily Matt was on top form and ensured we didn’t come last!  [Andy]

14 Aug 2016 – Hermitage Carl Rutt Memorial 10k

Stilton Strider’s Jason Barton was in top form as he raced to a new personal best and a top 6 finish in a 550- strong field at Whitwick last week.

Barton joined his club mates at this year’s Carl Rutt Memorial 10K, the latest round of the Leicestershire road running league.

The race, hosted by the Hermitage Harriers, is held annually on a ruthless hilly course, but he clocked a super PB of 34min 57 Secs to cross the line in sixth place.

Next to cross the line for the Striders was Luke Eggleston with another strong run with a time of 39:05, while Stuart Shaw (39:53) also broke the 40 minute barrier.
Mark Stoneley clocked 41:10, just ahead of Nick Brown (41:25), making his welcome Striders return.

Darren Glover was next back in a time of (41:38), Natalie Teece was first Strider lady home in a 104th place overall in a time of 42:40, followed by Katie Hateley (47:03), Louise Houghton (50:11), Sarah Procter (51:06), David Hall (51:47), John Houghton (52:07).

Just six seconds separated Vanessa Walker (57:35) and Laura Pickard who crossed the finish line very strong and recorded a new PB with a time of (57:41).

7 Aug 2016 – The Jenny Kent Inaugural Jubilee Way Run

All the best ideas are the result of idle conversation in the pub after a run. I happened to mention that I’d always wanted to run a long distance footpath from beginning to end. Why don’t we then? The Jubilee Way from Burrough Hill to Belvoir Castle…it’s local, plenty of pubs to stop at en route. A couple of conversations in the café after parkrun garnered interest, so Matt put an advert on Facebook and much to my surprise people signed up! So we got baking and sorted out all the logistics, and on 7th August 15 intrepid striders and Mischief the dog assembled at Burrough Hill on a sunny Sunday morning, ready to take on the 21 mile route plus ~2 miles to the pub…

The trig point on Burrough Hill

The first 6 miles were along familiar footpaths to those who’ve done the Somerby outrun, but with significantly less mud – No lost shoes today! Through the woods to Little Dalby and then across the fields to Burton Lazars. Again familiar territory following a nettle-filled path across Lag Lane and into Melton Mowbray, crossing the railway line by the bridge, up the industrial estate and through the country park to Matt’s house – our first pit stop at 6 miles.

Arriving into Melton Mowbray 

Anyone fancy jelly, guacamole, chocolate cake, bananas, crisps or jelly babies? There was quite a spread, and I was already hungry!! We drank plenty of water, juice and tea, topped up water bottles and headed back into the country park and along the old railway line before picking up another footpath across uneven fields full of scratchy crops and nettles. Only a minor diversion where nettles and a thorny hedge blocked the path, but we soon picked it up again. We survived the cows and soon arrived into Scalford and our second stop at Tom and Nicky’s at 9 miles.

Croissants, crisps, malt loaf, chocolate fingers and loads more cold drinks were very refreshing on such a warm afternoon. We were soon on our way again, out past the church and along a lane into the fields. Arriving into Goadby Marwood there was a group posing session outside the village hall.

Arriving into Goadby Marwood

Harvesting is in full flow with tractors and combine harvesters everywhere as we head up to Eaton and our final pit stop in the village hall car park. Fortified by Chocolate brownies, lemon drizzle cake and only a bit harassed after sitting on an ants nest, we headed out of the village and into the woods along Tofts lane.

Some undulating miles, I found it hard going for a while, but eventually we got to the top. The path followed the ridge through the woods, you could see for miles across the Vale of Belvoir! We gradually dropped down to the road and then crossed into more woodland that wound down towards Belvoir. We heard lots of shouting and rounded a corner into a human tunnel of pats on the back, which cheered us all up no end. We emerged onto the road past Belvoir castle and morale was high – we were almost there! Admittedly, we were almost there a few more times before we actually were!!!

We turned onto a path through the fields towards Woolsthorpe and could see the castle floating atop the hill above us like something out of a Disney movie. The village unfortunately preceded a steep hill behind the cricket pitch (interrupting a game as we ran past), but we reached the top and then ran up the road singing “Don’t stop me now” to the layby that marked the junction between the end of the Jubilee Way and the Viking Way.

At this point Brian decided that he wanted to run a full marathon, so he, Clive, Katie and Jon went on ahead to get an extra lap in, the rest of us adopted a more leisurely pace, taking advantage of the downhill path to the canal and the nice flat towpath that led us all the way to the Mucky Duck pub and the finish line, where we were greeted by the welcome sight of Nicky and Laura on the bridge and a pint in the lovely garden.

Welcoming home the marathon runners a few minutes later

6 Aug 2016 – Tour of Bradwell

The ‘Tour of Bradwell’ is a self-navigating race around the beautiful Dark Peaks. There are two races ‘Half Tour’ 16 miles with 3000ft of ascent and ‘Full Tour’ 33 miles with 6300ft of ascent. I decided to go for the ‘Half Tour of Bradwell’ to start testing my navigational skills.

The drive alone to Bradwell was beautiful so I knew I was in for a treat with stunning scenery and I certainly was not disappointed. The start of the race was in the village park and with a countdown of 3,2,1 and with a honk of a clown comedy horn we were all off. There are 7 Checkpoints to reach throughout the race and most of the runners were together at Checkpoint 1 and equally all took the wrong turn after this point. 

After 1 mile someone realised and this was when I realised I had broken Rule No 1 or Self-navigation, never follow the person in front of you in case they have taken the wrong turning!  The race continued through Castleton, Hope, Aston, Thornhill, Hope Valley and back to Bradwell and with only 1 other episode of getting lost were I ended up on a Quakers private garden, I made it back in one piece and loved every minute of it, even the stinger hills!

The Finish was met with Tea, Flapjack, Soup and an unexpected prize of a bottle of wine. A great race with a very friendly group of people.

The Full Tour will be a must next year. Anyone else??


3 Aug 2016 – Huncote Joy Cann 5 LRRL

So I do realise I have to do a few league runs and support the road runners in my role, actually if I’m honest I do like road `now and again` if in the right mood but a good reason to do this was the Stilton Striders club standards. If you’re not familiar with them they are a great way of getting an award at the Xmas dinner (!) or simply a good initiative to aim towards with road running, pretty sure mine was the former but after looking I had only one race to do well in to get a Silver award this year for my (Young) age category.http://www.stiltonstriders.co.uk/club-standards/

`Snowdon legs` and not resting afterwards gave an old injury time to rear its ugly head and the previous Saturday missed the 5K Silver award time by a mere 3 seconds (which could’ve been avoided by tying my shoes properly pre-race) so it was all about doing the biz at Joy Cann.

This was my first time running Huncote Harriers Joy Cann 5 and the knee had been pretty dodgy the days preceding, so much so I wasn’t even sure I’d make it past the warm up. The biggest disappointment was how fast the race sold out, a mere 4 or 5 days this year something I hope the league will remedy as I’m sure a lot more of our club would’ve liked to have raced. Still we have a good field of runners from Stilton and its real shoulder to shoulder at the start line where I line up besides fellow warriors Shane Sharkey and Mark Stoneley, looking forward we can see Jason Barton on the front line with Luke Eggleston immediately behind. It’s a quick start, not too much dodging and swerving needed, I think sticking to Mark (who actually unlike me uses a watch) is a good idea and we go out following Alex Toll of Barrow Runners. First mile in and someone clocks 6:00, just for the record Luke did 5:35! The winner Stuart Spencer`s average pace being 5:00!

From Huncote into Narborough it’s a mainly flat course, I back off at any uphill knowing my downhill form is good enough to catch up and settle in just behind Mark. Big problems arise at 2 miles when my knee pings, I pull over and thought that was it as I’m on the verge doing a quad stretch, oh to hell with it, I start a hobble to run beside Shane and eventually get going again. Could this be magic? Nope despite making up so much ground, the knee pings again just over 3 miles, another long quad stretch and wait for Shane (who is having similar problems with his hamstring). Get going for the last two miles but it’s with a bit of anxiety, decent pace but didn’t push for the glory just in case yet make it back with a crowd of solid runners. Mark had a great run of 31 minutes and although my result was far quicker than I thought it looks like I’m 10 seconds short of my Silver award, bah! Still a 6:45 average pace for a bloke with a well dodgy knee and two stops I can live with.

Our whole team did superb, although myself and Shane were the walking wounded we both did pretty well, John Houghton had another stormer as did Darren Glover, Jason Barton cemented himself as a major player with 6th place and a 5mile PB. Really good course and `if ` you can get in next year it’s a good race with great potential for PB`s , if not see you at Huncote pavilion in January for the Hash!  [Rob]

Full results: Joy Cann 5 website

3 club challenge on Tuesday

Three Club Challenge will start at 7pm on Tue 9th August at East Leake Golf Course:

Rushcliffe Golf Club, East Leake LE12 5RL

We have been asked to please car share where possible and to also take a clean pair of trainers as the Golf Club is not a fan of smelly, muddy trainers! And they will be smelly with all of our amazing running!! 

All for just £5…

More detail here