26 Dec 2016 – Barrow Boxing Day Challenge 

This is my 6th or 7th year doing this event which is now in its 36th year, for those unfamiliar with this handicap challenge it’s an annual Boxing Day event with slower runners starting first with minute intervals with the idea of all runners finishing together.

If you haven’t done this one before it’s a great way to get on out there on Boxing Day rather than watching Goldfinger or polishing off the Quality street. Very happy to report this year got the record Stilton Striders turnout with Boxing Day regular David Hall (debuting in his Stilton top), Kaye Mead, Katie Hateley, Sarah Procter and John and Janet Hudson out for team Melton. Although this is now pretty much the same course as the Barrow 6 LRRL race probably 70% are in fancy dress, another 15% are hung over or taking it steady and the rest are semi-taking it serious.

Half between little confidence, half between fatigue I set myself an easy target this year of 7:30`s and an easy plod round a course I’ve never been fond of, I thought I’d be amongst old running friends in my group but set out with no-one I knew. The plan was to catch up with Katie who set off a minute earlier and run with her, although I was gently reeling her in and she was running a blinder, its David Hall I catch first on that awful undulating road out towards Hoton.Nice and steady as we hit the flat, I pass Katie who waives me on and next catch up with John Hudson where I slow up and run beside him for a bit, pressing on I find an injured and tearful Sarah Procter who despite running with painful injury still managed a sub 50 min time! My run takes me past various Fairies, Roman centurions, men in drag, Santa`s, jockey`s, Leprechaun`s, Schoolgirls and giant Chickens!

Last mile and a half I find Kaye Mead in Super Mario Bros outfit, she`s suffering she reckons, it was hard work but she did it, no doubt! I told her she`d done the worst of it lying through my teeth as that horrid hill back into Barrow loomed.

Heavy traffic round the park and then the long straight road back to Humphrey Perkins School and the finish, 41:32 in a course nearer to 10k than six miles and not even out of breath! That certainly bodes well for 2017.

The entire Stilton contingent had a great day and the praise for the event was unanimous, Barrow Runners put this on tremendously well and it’s a very friendly and supportive event that really is good for all ability of runners all for about £7 entry, see you again next year!  [Rob]

17 Dec 2016 – Gaddesby Gallop

So I travelled up the road to have a dirty run in the annual Gaddesby Gallop, I’d like to do more X country but they tend to be on a Saturday which is a bit awkward for me but I was given the green light for this with strict instructions to meet the other half for lunch before half 12.  I did the run got home had a shower and was in the pub in town by quarter past 12 where 5 mins later my lunch arrived, perfect.

Anyway, the Gallop is a 5.2 mile off road race with a dew pond, a drainage pipe and Stream crossing as well as stiles and gates to contend with. And a christmas hat to wear if you want.  A field of 120 gathered in quite decent conditions on the day and I wasn’t sure how my new bright yellow inov 8 would perform in the mud so I took it steadyish to start and as my confidence grew and started to get a feel for it I worked my way through the field catching people all the way round feeling good. 

I finished in 10th position in 38min 2 secs, other Striders running were Christie Jones one of our new recruits who got round in 51 min 27 in 69th place and just behind was Steve Dewick in 52.10 in 74th. But run of the day must go to another Strider , I didn’t know who he was (or that he was a Stilton Strider) until I saw the results but in 5th place , in 36 min 23 secs was Owen Blair, who is a junior.  Amazing run, I spoke to him and his dad briefly after congratulating him on his run, he was only a little lad, very impressive. 

I really enjoyed it, great event, bring on more mud. 


Turkey Trot half marathon

The Keyworth Turkey Trot Half Marathon started at 10.30am on Sunday 11th December 2016, a dry and surprisingly warm day for the time of year – perfect conditions for a race. It is run on the roads of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds, starting and finishing in the village of Keyworth but passing through some attractive and undulating rural scenery. The course is considered to be both challenging and rewarding and is a good half to do before the Christmas break.


Forename Surname ChipPos ChipTime
Jason Barton 10 01:17:22
Darren Glover 67 01:26:42
Luke Eggleston 120 01:30:27
Clive Kent 151 01:33:02
Richard Gray 233 01:37:17
Wayne Hackett 309 01:40:47
Jon Wilson 368 01:44:07
Daniel Howley 511 01:50:55
Lou Houghton 519 01:51:07
Nick Pryke 589 01:55:20
Matthew Chalmers 583 01:54:57
Sarah Procter 591 01:55:28
Shane Sharkey 608 01:56:42
Sarah Lawrence 605 01:56:33
Jacqui Riley 666 01:59:34
Charlotte Allen 766 02:07:42
Lynda Harris 767 02:07:45
Helen Metcalf 789 02:09:11
Laura Pickard 808 02:10:18
Kaye Mead 813 02:10:59
Susan Pettingill 851 02:15:59
Jennifer Kent 860 02:17:16


7 Dec 2016 – Leicester City 5k

On Wednesday evening a small group of Stilton Striders travelled to Leicester for the 2nd round of the Victoria Park 5k winter series.

A 2 lap course around Victoria Park some parts darker than others ( pitch black actually ) first back in 4th place overall in a fantastic time of 17min 05 secs was Jason Barton, followed by Darren Glover in 18.56 in 12th ( 3rd veteran), then Clive Kent in 20.13 in 16th, first lady back for the club Vicki Lowe in 23.05 (2nd vet 45 ) in 28th place followed by Liz Goodbourn 24.01 in 32nd ( first vet 50 ) then Theresa Coltman in 24.33 in 35th ( 3rd vet 50 ) and with the ladies winning the team prize the club came away with 6 bottles of wine, oh and a handful each of mince pies.
Special thanks must go to the organisers @niceworkrun team who because of traffic problems, M1 blocked etc, endured a 12 hour round trip to put the event on.   [Darren]

2016 awards

Congratulations to all our winners at the 2016 presentation night!

London Marathon places – Michelle Farlow & Rob Beers

Strider Cup winner- Jenny Kent.

Handicap race winner – Darren Glover

Male runner of the year – Luke Eggleston

Female runner of the year – Natalie Teece.

Male veteran of the year – Darren Glover.

Female veteran of the year – Lou Houghton

Improved female – Sarah Procter

Improved male – Matt Chalmers

Club person of the year – Jenny Kent.

LRRL awards:

  • 4th place SM Jason Barton.
  • 100% all year, and also 3rd JM in the winter – Luke Eggleston
  • Runners up in their division was the Stilton ladies team. We get trophies for the four highest scoring ladies, which this year were Lou Houghton, Natalie Teece, Vicki Lowe and Jenny Kent.

Club standards:


  • Mike Williams


  • Sarah Procter
  • Ray Walker
  • Vanessa Walker
  • Jon Wilson
  • Brian Walkling
  • Dan Valencia
  • Wayne Hackett
  • Michael Cooke
  • John Hudson


  • Rob Beers
  • David Hall
  • Greeba Heard
  • Luke Eggleston
  • Alan Thompson
  • Katie Hateley


  • Darren Glover

Well done to all!

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Christmas dinner and presentation evening – Thurs 8th Dec

With over 70 Striders attending on Thursday it should be a great night.  Just to confirm details for those that are booked in, we are aiming to eat at 8pm, feel free to arrive for a drink from 7pm onwards.  The awards will be after the meal and feel free to bring along a raffle prize.

Venue is the Alpine Restaurant at The Grange, Asfordby Hill, LE14 3QU