No watch race – 30th August 2017

For the last few years the No Watch Race has been one of the highlights of the Summer. This year it took us to the beautiful canal basin in Hickling.

The idea being to predict your finish time for an estimated 5 miles. Whoever runs closest to this time is the winner!

No Watch Race – Hickling – 30/08/2017
Name Estimate Actual Difference Position
Ray Walker 00:40:50 00:41:29 00:00:39 1
Simon Bottrill 00:37:22 00:36:41 00:00:41 2
Liz Parkinson 00:49:00 00:48:14 00:00:46 3
Liz Heaton 00:48:30 00:47:43 00:00:47 4=
John Houghton 00:40:00 00:39:13 00:00:47 4=
Ian Drage 00:35:10 00:34:22 00:00:48 6
Chris Southam 00:34:30 00:33:40 00:00:50 7
Mick Atton 00:36:00 00:35:08 00:00:52 8
Phil Worth 00:43:20 00:42:26 00:00:54 9
Neil Jaggard 00:39:12 00:40:07 00:00:55 10
Sarah Lawrence 00:44:01 00:42:47 00:01:14 11
Luke Eggleston 00:32:59 00:31:38 00:01:21 12
Celia Bown 00:47:30 00:45:48 00:01:42 13
Alan Thompson 00:36:15 00:34:16 00:01:59 14
Vanessa Walker 00:47:56 00:45:48 00:02:08 15
Ian Mason 00:48:00 00:45:51 00:02:09 16
David Hall 00:43:20 00:41:09 00:02:11 17
Brian Walkling 00:45:00 00:42:45 00:02:15 18
Julie Bass 00:40:00 00:37:41 00:02:19 19
Matt White 00:42:15 00:39:43 00:02:32 20
Paul Geeson 00:37:46 00:35:09 00:02:37 21
Katie Hateley 00:40:00 00:37:21 00:02:39 22
Dan Giblett 00:42:10 00:39:28 00:02:42 23
Sharon Eshelby 00:43:00 00:40:11 00:02:49 24
Nick Pryke 00:47:30 00:44:20 00:03:10 25
Alison Wilson 00:49:00 00:45:48 00:03:12 26
Tracey Rochelle 00:49:01 00:45:48 00:03:13 27
Jenny Kent 00:56:00 00:52:32 00:03:28 28
Vicki Lowe 00:42:20 00:38:30 00:03:50 29
Lou Houghton 00:45:00 00:41:00 00:04:00 30
Dan Howley 00:43:30 00:39:26 00:04:04 31
Tam Nicol 00:43:03 00:37:51 00:05:12 32
Matt Taylor 00:40:37 00:35:22 00:05:15 33
Emma Hope 00:51:00 00:44:12 00:06:48 34
Steph Barlow 00:54:17 00:46:17 00:08:00 35

Quadrathon – Ireland 2017

The Quadrathon is a series of four full or half marathons around the Malin Head peninsula in Donegal, Ireland. This year it was held from 17-20 August 2017. Although the weather was predictably Irish (everything in one day) we managed to avoid the worst of the summer storms.

Beautiful Ireland
Beautiful Ireland

Shane Sharkey, Ben and Laura Pickard and Clive and Jenny Kent had a mini-holiday, staying in a lovely house in Culdaff only a few minutes from the beach and right in the middle of the loop that the marathon runners were going the draw around the peninsula. Each day there was a different start/finish, with the half marathon starting at the 13.1 mile point and running the latter half of that day’s marathon.

 

Malin Head is the northernmost point in Ireland, and it feels like the Extreme North, exposed and wild. The scenery was breathtaking, especially when running along the coast road or reaching the top of yet another hill and seeing the purple moors, golden beaches or deep blue-grey Atlantic ocean spread out before us like a patchwork quilt.  The real strength of this race series was the people though, the support and camaraderie that lifted us up and carried us along to the end of each day feeling stronger than ever – some great characters and lovely people that we look forward to seeing again (it seems to be a small world). We all had off-days, where the size of the challenge became overwhelming, but came through that and finished strongly. While it wasn’t about the times for most of us but about covering 104 miles over four days (or 52 miles, for Laura and me), Clive came 21st out of 92 finishers in the Warrior challenge and raised £700 for the MS Society in the process.

 

Pos Name Day 1: Kinnego Bay Marathon Day 2: Malin Head Marathon Day 3: Mamore Marathon Day 4: Muff Marathon Total
Full
21st Clive Kent 04:25:51 04:30:55 04:45:48 04:17:41 18:00:15
59th Ben Pickard 05:50:36 05:29:28 05:37:19 05:43:04 22:40:27
79th Shane Sharkey 05:50:37 06:21:07 06:55:45 06:50:00 25:57:29
Half
71st Laura Pickard 02:43:14 02:51:15 02:52:53 02:31:54 10:59:16
79th Jenny Kent 02:48:18 02:59:56 03:03:38 02:31:50 11:23:42

Handicap race 2017

The handicap race is a fantastic run to see if people can match their recent form, or beat it. The idea being that everyone finishes at the same time based on a complex array of algorithms and dark matter accelleration (estimation by the independent adjudicator). Slower runners start first, while the faster runners are progressively handicapped by adding on time before they follow the earlier starters.

Name 2017 Estimate 2017 Start time 2017 run 2017 Finish 2017 Position Difference from Estimate
Celina Silver (assisted) 55.30 0.00 49.44 49.44 1 5.46
Alison Wilson 55.30 0.00 49.52 49.52 2 5.38
Helen Metcalf 52.20 3.30 48.04 51.34 3 4.16
Helen Plant 50.30 5.10 46.50 52.00 4 3.40
Vanessa Walker 52.20 3.30 49.06 52.36 5 3.14
Abi Arnott 45.10 11.00 41.54 52.54 6 3.16
Mark Stoneley 35.30 19.40 33.26 53.06 7 1.04
Ian Drage 35.30 19.40 33.28 53.08 8 1.06
Alan Thompson 35.20 19.50 33.21 53.11 9 1.59
Louise Houghton 45.10 11.00 42.34 53.34 10 2.26
Michelle Farlow 42.30 13.40 40.07 53.47 11 2.23
Nicholas Smith 50.30 5.10 48.51 54.01 12 1.39
Andy Nicholls 37.15 18.25 36.41 54.06 13 0.34
Jacqui Riley 46.00 10.10 44.09 54.19 14 1.51
Jason Barton 31.30 24.00 30.26 54.26 15 1.04
Rebecca Forrester 42.30 13.40 40.54 54.34 16 1.36
Sarah Lawrence 46.00 10.10 44.25 54.35 17 1.35
Emma Hope 47.45 8.25 46.16 54.41 18 1.29
Mel Willatt 47.45 8.25 46.16 54.41 18 1.29
Sharon Eshelby 42.30 13.40 41.17 54.57 20 1.13
Charlotte Allen 44.30 11.40 43.25 55.05 21 1.05
Michael Cooke 40.00 16.10 38.58 55.08 22 1.02
Luke Eggleston 33.20 21.50 33.30 55.20 23 0.10
Julie Bass 40.20 15.50 39.31 55.21 24 0.49
Clive Kent 36.20 19.30 36.00 55.30 25 0.20
Ben Pickard 38.50 16.40 38.55 55.35 26 0.05
Dan Howley 40.35 15.35 40.14 55.49 27 0.21
Philip Worth 42.00 14.10 42.24 56.34 28 0.24
Norman Starks 40.35 15.35 41.02 56.37 29 0.27
Darren Glover 33.20 21.50 34.52 56.42 30 1.32
Mike Brighty 42.00 14.10 42.09 56.49 31 0.09
Ian Mason 46.00 10.10 46.47 56.57 32 0.47
Matt Chalmers 42.30 13.40 43.24 57.04 33 0.55
Greeba Heard 42.00 14.10 43.06 57.16 34 1.06
Colin Miles 44.30 11.40 45.45 57.25 35 1.15
Kathy Walsh 46.00 10.10 48.17 58.27 36 2.17
Shaun Staff 54.20 1.10 58.04 59.14 37 3.44
Daniel Gray 42.00 14.10 46.24 60.34 38 4.24
Brian Walkling 42.40 13.30 49.03 62.33 39 6.23
Nick Pryke 41.45 14.25 48.08 62.33 39 6.23

Badgers 10k – 27th August 2017

Starting and finishing in the market town of Atherstone. This undulating route passed through the lovely Merevale Estate. When I say undulating it felt like the first half of the 10k was up hill. The scenery was spectacular. Extremely well organised 10k with lots of atmosphere. Nice medal and teashirt at the end, printed chip time was available also.
Definitely one for next year.
3 Striders did this:
Jon Wilson coming aa great time of 46.26
Debs Wilson also had a good run at 101.06
Kaye Mead had a good run 104.36
by Kaye Mead

National Triathlon Relays

A team of 4 Striders competed in the National Triathlon Relays competition on 26th August – Andy Nicholls, Michael Atton, Sarah Procter and Paul Geeson.- team “We Also Run”.

The format of this was the 1st person swims a 500m loop in the Holme Pierrepoint rowing lake, then the 2nd person does the same, then the 3rd, then the 4th.

Following on, the 4th swimmer hands over to the 1st person again to cycle 15K (3 laps of the lake), then the 2nd, 3rd and 4th do the same cycle.  Finally the 4th cyclist hands over to the 1st person again to run 5K (1 lap of the lake), then the 2nd, 3rd and 4th do the same run.

Although there are some phenomenal athletes that take part in this event, there is also a real mix of people taking part with a very positive atmosphere and great support from spectators.

With none of the team (except Andy) having done a full triathlon before and missing the pre-race briefing, it didn’t start too well.  But once the race got going, everything went smoothly.  Chris (Mick) had a fantastic cycle (learning point for next year – drafting isn’t allowed!), Sarah was really fast in the swim and all 4 ran well – especially with Sarah hardly having run for months.

Also competing was Matt Taylor for 4LifeTri (who kindly organised our team) and Wayne Hackett for Race Hub.  I won’t mention that we managed to beat both of their teams.  Oops, I just did!

Andy    Mick    Sarah    Paul

Swim  11:23    10:56    9:56    11:12

Cycle  26:25    24:33   26:40    25:55

Run    19:21    21:02    25:02    21:09

How many teams can we get next year?

Three Club Challenge

3 club challenge
3 club challenge

It was a great effort for  Team Striders at the 3 Club Challenge from Anstey Nomad Football Club in August. This is definitely what its all about; big turnouts and enjoyable evenings in lovely country side with our fellow local runners. 40 striders took part with a great effort by all.  It was  a great evening and there is always next year to get that trophy back from Barrow.  Big thank you to Mark Stoneley and Debs Wilson for helping.

Names taking part were:

Mike Brighty, Jay Barton, Helen Benzie, Noel Blake, Simon Botterill, Celia Bown, Matt Chalmers, Michael Cooke, Luke Egglestone, Sharon Eshelby, Paul Geeson, Darren Glover, Dan Giblett, Wayne Hackett, Greeba Heard, Dan Howley, Christie Jones, Marie Kennedy, Clive Kent, Jenny Kent, Sarah Lawrence, Vicki Lowe, Kaye Mead, Mark Lupson, Dan Moult, Andy Nicholls, Helen Plant, Mark Stoneley (marshall), Nick Pryke, Chris Southam, Alan Thompson, Vanessa Walker, Matt White, John Wilson, Debs Wilson (helper), Steve Dewick, Katie Hateley, Alison Wilson, David Hall, Emma Hope.

[Vicki]

Hermitage, Carl Rutt 10 K – 13th August 2017

This 10 K course is well known for being hilly with the first 2.5 mile run up a very steep hill. The humid weather made conditions even tougher, but the scenery made up for it as a great race.  First home for striders was Luke Eggleston 38.49 and finishing in the top 40 places.  Following was Ian Drage 40, 11, Jon Wilson 46.06 and David Hall 52.54.

This was the penultimate race in the Leicestershire Road Running League Summer Season and it was great to see so many Stilton Strider ladies racing to fight for what will be a top position in the league.  First  lady was Julie Bass 46.20 (2nd V category), followed by Michelle Farlow 48.56, Vicki Lowe 49.13, Greeba Heard 50.56, Helen Plant 51.08, Emma Hope 56.55, Vanessa Walker 57.26, Liz Parkinson 58.35, Deb Wilson 58.53.

Vicki

The Long Tour of Bradwell 12th August 2017

I took part in this race last year completed the short tour so this year I decided to take part in the Long Tour. The self-navigating route takes in 32 miles of the beautiful Peak District with ascent of around 7500ft.
I arrived at the start line in Bradwell and the inspirational Nicky Spinks was there taking part. I dint have the courage to ask for a selfie as she looked quite preoccupied so instead I sneaked a photo in and looked like a stalker! I also knew she would be sat at home with her feet up by the time I finished!
The route covers some beautiful parts of The Peaks such as Castleton, Edale, Hope, Ladybower Reservoir, Aston, Bamford, Stanage Edge to name a few. I met some familiar faces on the way round from previous races and also friendly new faces, so it was quite a socialble day.
I completed the race in 7hrs 44mins. The race is a bargain of £13 entry and has great support throughout both short and long routes. A must for exploring The Peaks.
Katie Hateley