7 Jan 2017 – County XC Championships

A small group of Stilton Striders travelled to Burbage Common near Hinckley for the 91st Leicestershire and Rutland Cross Country Championships.

On a mild misty day with rain having fallen on the course overnight, the course was soft underfoot with some very muddy sections.  Third race of the day was the under 20, senior and masters (over 35) women’s race and Natalie Teece had a fantastic run covering the advertised 6k (more like 4.3 miles) in 30 min 19 secs to claim a bronze medal in the masters category and 11th place overall.  Natalie went on to celebrate by running an extra 10 mile training run after the race…

Final race of the day was the men’s under 20, senior and masters race over 10k (6.5 miles).  First back for the Striders was Darren Glover (44 min 15 secs, 72nd overall, 26th in masters category), followed by Paul Geeson (after a parkrun in the morning, 46.32, 99th overall, 37th in category) and Nick Brown (46.50, 104th overall, 41st in category).

Great enjoyable event.  [Darren]

31 Dec 2016 – Huncote Hash 

A nice muddy run for the few Striders that joined 341 runners at Huncote ending the year. This is a friendly approx 10 k covering footpaths, a climb up Croft Hill and a stream crossing. 

Rob Beers led the way in 52.01, Paul Geeson 53.31, Vicki Lowe 61.00, Matt Chalmers 61.51, Rebecca forester 74.13 , Sarah Lawrence 74.14, Jacqui Riley and Dan Howley 74.16. [Vicki]

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. 

[Darren]

13 Nov 2016 – Derby Runner XC, Markfield

Overshadowed by Seagrave but a day with far better weather our small but happy band of Stilton’s headed to race 2 of the Derby XC league at Markfield.

So having done near 17 miles of Seagrave challenge the day before the quads weren’t great, luckily for me I was joined by a great team of XC newbie Matt Gayton, the Stilton debut of Mark Ashmore (and his Junior runners!), in form Natalie Teece and Striders legend Nick Brown. Matt asked a pretty good question before hand “These are the same people who run the league runs?” yes totally, same people from the same clubs no Dathan Rietznhein clones, same people as you beat in the league runs!

Today is one of the races where they split Male and female runners by 10 min staggered start, I’ll be honest the worst bit in these races are the starts when 400+ plus blokes go all out sprint for the first corner. I`m pretty much taking my time and enjoying it, not far in I’m forced to anyway as my laces somehow come undone three separate times! Once the pack starts to thin out they do get a lot more friendlier and enjoyable. Because this series is now so popular or even oversubscribed, very much like a fell race your stuck often in lines and have to take your passing chances when you can get them, let’s be honest they are all a good bit of fun so don’t no use getting upset over your garmin time. This is my first race in spikes and very happy given its now getting quite muddy underfoot, the others grumbled about the uphill’s but today I felt I did some of my best work on the ups and downs. So with the lace problems of earlier most of the race for me was a negative split and playing catch up which actually made it very enjoyable.

Matt and Mark had a pretty good race, Nick did far better than he`ll let on! Natalie had a stormer (told her she would!) being 2nd lady most of the way and eventually 4th, pretty sure she can go on from this and score even higher. Naturally no PB`s or sterling efforts from myself but enjoyed massively see you at Bagworth Heath!  [Rob]

30 Oct 2016 – Holly Hayes XC

Holly Hayes – Race 1 of the 2016/17 Derby Runner XC series

A great turn out for the first run this year of the excellent Derby Runner Cross Country series, on Sarah Lawrence’s birthday. The debut of the shiny new club tent was successful and we have a photo to prove it!

It was a two lap course, about 5.7 miles long and only a bit undulating. After a leisurely start, we embarked on a lovely autumnal run through the woods, with only a bit of mud and five river crossings, including the Mann trap on the home straight.

Luke Eggleston came past running really well and finished in 80th place (41.22), then Greg Pettingill (46.14), Matt White (51.16), Clive Kent (55.41) and Ben Pickard (who diverted to rescue a fellow runner and finished in 57.30). Vicki Lowe was the first Stilton lady home in 63rd place (53:23), followed by Sarah Lawrence (66.51), Charlotte Allen (68.58), and finally Jenny Kent and Laura Pickard (73.50 and 73.51). The support from marshals and volunteers was fantastic with great Halloween-themed costumes and enthusiastic cheering! Followed by a lovely pub lunch at the Copt Oak.

Next time we need to remember a table, cake, flasks and mugs for tea, water, loo roll (no toilets!) and the club flag…  [Jenny]

9 Oct 2016 – Great Dalby Dollop

4 miles cross country across farm land, a few hills, some mud, cake, tea, BBQ and s choice of medals (either tractor or cow – tractor seemed to be the favourite!).  Another great turn out from the Striders, with 17 seniors and a couple of their offspring, including the first non- dog powered male and female. Lovely morning at this low key local event.

2 00:28:02 079 Stuart Shaw

5 00:30:03 095 Natalie Teece

6 00:30:50 068 Clive Kent

8 00:31:45 047 Christie Jones

9 00:31:47 084 Richard Gray

11 00:32:28 106 Michael Cooke

12 00:33:34 069 Matt White

18 00:36:02 070 Simon Bottrill

19 00:36:03 078 Jon Wilson

20 00:36:23 099 Ben Pickard

22 00:37:17 045 Luke Nichols

23 00:37:18 044 Andy Nichols

25 00:38:25 051 Tony Allen

32 00:46:00 077 Deborah Wilson

33 00:46:00 071 Celia Bown

52 00:51:03 067 Jenny Kent

53 00:51:04 098 Laura Pickard

57 00:55:13 062 Oliver Howley

58 00:55:13 061 Daniel Howley

1 Oct 2016 – Eaton Stampede

Described as tough at the start, then getting tougher with a tough finish! The Eaton Stampede cross country 10k, as close as you’ll get to a fell race locally without driving to the Peak District, once again a brilliant club turn out on this fantastic race, well done everyone!

Jim Hatherley 10k 42.15    

Stuart Shaw 10k 42.30    

Paul Geeson 10k 46.35    

Dan Valencia 10k 47.45    

Simon Bottrill 10k 48.15    

Katie Hateley 10k 49.30    

John Houghton 10k 49.45    

Christie Jones 10k 51.15    

Mathew White 10k 53.45    

Jon Wilson 10k 53.50    

Nicholas Smith 10k 56.00    

Lou Houghton 10k 56.45    

Daniel Howley 10k 57.30    

Nick Pryke 10k 57.45    

Rebecca Forrester 10k 57.45    

John Hudson 10k 61.30    

Celina Silver 10k 65.30    

Kaye Mead 10k 67.30    

Deborah Wilson 10k 67.30    

Richard Gray 10k 75.00    

Conrad Gray 10k (U12) 75.00    

Janet Hudson 10k 79.30    

Newsletter – 2 October 2016

Latest newsletter is below, including a call for volunteers, details of our Autumn/Winter club run plans, a special run to mark World Mental Health Day, LRRL awards, forthcoming cross country season, Christmas dinner date and more…

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12 Mar 2016 – Queniborough Fun Run

This race is like the Huncote Hash, only shorter and wetter with 6 deep stream crossings on each lap.  On what seemed like the first day of Spring, a select bunch of Striders and their children braved the mud and water.

For the children, Emily Walkling came 33rd in the Year 3/4 race, William Walkling came a superb 14th in the Year 5/6 race, followed by Luke Nicholls 40th and Zoe Nicholls 42nd, James Walkling 24th in the tough Year 7 to Age 17 race.
For the adults, Andy Nicholls came 4th and Brian Walkling 11th after having already done parkrun the same day.

Next in the series is the Frisby Fun Run on Saturday 16th April – hope to see some of you there!  [Andy]