12 Nov 2016 – Seagrave Wolds

Best Stilton turnout I’ve yet witnessed in the 25 years of this ever popular multi terrain event, would like to think there were more of our shirts today than any other club. Last year I had a great run coming 17th and the only sub 2hr Strider, new course this year and even the two Striders ahead of me never cracked 2 hours although this was slightly longer.

Absolutely chucking it down from before the off, despite this event has its biggest ever turnout, it certainly looks colder than it actually is, happy to get set off as we head towards Radcliffe on Trent. Thankfully only one golf course and it’s over pretty early, and we hit Cossington and the Barrow canal. The Route did feel like a Barrow Runners summer outrun somewhat, without being too rude the rain made the whole course a damn lot better as would’ve been awful in the dry. A highlight was climbing up from the Butter market to the top of the memorial at Mountsorrel, unfortunately I’m stuck behind someone in racing flats from Stamford Striders who has forgotten his trail shoes so it’s a walk up. Far too much tarmac through Swithland although the reservoir always looks stunning, we hit Rabbit bridge and then the always mud entrenched Buddon Wood which is an absolute gas if you love the filthy stuff. Coming out in Quorn if you’re wearing heavy duty fell shoes the next few miles were awful , I’m going along chatting to the Stamford Strider who is a lot happier to be on tarmac for a few miles. Barrow for me was the worst part, having to run down the high street had more obstacles than every offroad part of the course combined , very overjoyed to get finally offroad again.

The last three miles thankfully were all entrenched with mud, I seemed not to get overtaken by anyone during the race but pushing past people even in the last mile and could’ve happily done a Marathon if the chance would’ve been there. Still I got in at a decent time as third Strider, even though another year of faffing about trying to scan my barcode on my wrist lost me a good 30 seconds, Grrr.

The pie and custard was as good as ever and was good to get changed and warm and watch the expressions of my fellow Striders as they came in-A good run from Michael Atton, an ecstatic Sarah Procter, a very glam looking Sarah Lawrence and Bex Forrester, a cheering Brian Walkling and a strangely fresh looking Dan Howley.

Well done to our whole horde who ran, sounds like it’s a return to the original Charnwood course next year so make sure you have a stud on!  [Rob]

Luke Eggleston – 2.02
Sean Elkington – 2.08
Rob Beers – 2.11
Alan Thompson – 2.14
Dan Valencia – 2.21
Rich Gray – 2.24
Sarah Procter – 2.33
Paul Geeson – 2.33
Clive Kent – 2.44
John Houghton – 2.44
Noel Blake – 2.48
Nick Pryke – 2.49
Dan Howley – 2.50
Brian Walkling – 2.52
Vicki Lowe – 2.54
Michelle Farlow – 2.54
Rebecca Forrester – 3.07
Sarah Lawrence – 3.07
Kaye Mead – 3.29
Helen Metcalfe – 3.37
Jenny Kent – 4.11
Celia Bown – 4.11

13 Nov 2016 – Leics Orienteering, Bradgate Park

As an alternative to the cross country race, five Striders made the trip to Bradgate Park on a beautiful autumn morning for an orienteering event organised by Stilton Strider and Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LOC) member Liz Harvey. Greg Pettingill cycled over to meet us and we registered – me for the light green and Clive Kent, Nick Pryke and Matt White for the blue course. The ground was firm and largely runnable as most of the bracken had been rolled. 

While there were a few navigational mishaps, everyone completed the course and the numerous paths, walls, streams and copses meant it was difficult to go too far wrong and pretty easy to relocate yourself and have another go! If any one is interested future events are shown on www.leioc.org.uk.

Times were:Blue course – 6.3km 230m climb

Matt White – 54.09 24th

Clive Kent – 68.22 46th

Nick Pryke – 80.54 54th
Light green course – 4.2km 105m climb

Jenny Kent – 77.35 19th

31 Oct 2016 – Zombie Run

A host of skeletons, witches, zombies, devils, pumpkins and vampires descended on the country park for the annual Zombie run in aid of Melton Learning Hub. We collected our race numbers and glowsticks from the café and then assembled on the grass for a warm up and briefing before heading to the start line. It was a chilly but clear night with a hint of fog, just perfect as the witching hour approached. 

We headed through the woods towards the bridge and the first of the zombies made an appearance as we turned left to run along the path towards the dam. The course followed the dam before doubling back on the other side of the lake and into the spooky tunnel and up parkrun hill. 

The crew of zombies that volunteered to lurch, leap and caper into the path at the optimum fright point did a fantastic job, as did the brightly-dressed marshals with torches to light our way – the rest of the course was black as a cloak. From the top of the hill, we followed the parkrun route to the bottom of the hill (looking out for lurkers behind trees) and then turned left across the football fields. 

By this point I was finding signposts rather frightening and we hadn’t even entered the “grotto” which housed a zombie-filled maze. From there, we headed back to the café to complete the 5k loop with relief, we had all banded together and survived! [Jenny]

Christie Jones #79 ​2nd ​21.40

Ben Pickard #64 ​14th ​28.36

Ray Walker #84 ​19th ​30.41

Simon Proctor #255 ​22nd ​30.52

Vanessa Walker #83 ​23rd ​31.04

Sarah Lawrence #77 ​24th ​31.12

Rebecca Forrester #186 32nd ​33.45

Matt White #101 ​35th ​33.49

Matt Chalmers #102 ​36th ​33.50

Clive Kent #82 ​​37th ​33.52

Laura Pickard #63 ​41st ​34.43

Elaine Bottrill #25 ​42nd ​34.43

Jenny Kent #81 ​​43rd ​34.44

Celia Bown #107 ​44th ​34.45

Brian Walkling #41 ​59th ​36.29

Kaye Mead #76 ​​61st ​36.43

Laura Peacock #78 ​62nd ​36.38

Nick Pryke #104 – time to be confirmed.

23 Oct 2016 – Leicester Marathon 

There was a great Strider turnout with 24 Stilton Striders at the Leicester marathon.

Marathon results: Stuart Shaw 3:04:17 PB, Matt Gayton 3:11:44, Luke Eggleston 3:18:12 PB, Richard Gray 3:54:01, Andy Nicholls 3:58:18, Sarah Lawrence 4:26:54.

Half Marathon results: Jason Barton 1:19:04, Darren Glover 1:25:00, Mark Stoneley 1:30:58, Natalie Teece 1:31:29, Shane Sharkey 1:40:11, John Houghton 1:41:13, Vicki Lowe 1:45:30 Greeba Heard 1:45:58, Liz Goodbourn 1:46:04 PB, Louise Houghton 1:52:00, Helen Plant 1:54:56, John Hudson 1:56:35, Colin Miles 1:57:36, Lynda Harris 1:59:44, Vanessa Walker 2:02:05, Ray Walker 2:03:50, Helen Metcalfe 2:04:46, Alexandra Fairhurst 2:35:35.  

30 Oct 2016 – Coalville 10k

At the end of October, having accumulated a grand total of zero Strider table points in the month, I entered the Coalville 10k which takes place over 2 laps on trails and paths around the former Snibston Discovery Park, which is now largely returning to nature following the closure of the visitor facility last year.

The numbers for this event were fairly modest, with a Cross Country League race taking place nearby on the same morning, with not too many club vests in evidence. Despite the local youths having done their best to disrupt the event by dismantling and burning the course signage the previous evening, the organisers did a sterling job of resetting the course on the Sunday morning, and the race was able to start on time. The course itself was varied in terrain, being a mixture of trails and paths, with a couple of sharp climbs up the landscaped waste heap of the former Colliery, which kept the levels of interest up during the run.

Due to the good conditions on the morning and relative lack of congestion around the course, I managed to get home in 7th place overall in a chip time of 41.03, which was my best at the distance this year, so despite being the lone Strider there I was glad I took part in this slightly quirky 10k event.  [Alan]

6 Nov 2016 – Shepshed 7

A small group of Stilton Striders travelled to shepshed for the Shepshed 7 mile road race, a 2 lap course that goes through Garendon Park. 486 runners finished the race on a cold breezy morning, first back for Striders in an excellent 23rd place was Luke Eggleston in 43min 32 secs, followed not far behind in 27th an in form Darren Glover in 43. 57. 

First lady for the club in 175th was Vicki Lowe in an excellent 53. 42 , next was David Hall 234th ( not in the picture ) in 56. 36 , next in 307th was the improving Lynda Harris in 01. 01.02.  [Darren]

29 Oct 2016 – Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

Having waited up on New Year’s Eve to enter this race – the day had finally come for myself and Helen Widdowson to pickup our numbers and Technical T-shirts from Electric Mountain. It had been a long 6 hour journey the but the organisers were really friendly and answered all the questions we had about parking etc.

The next day we arrive nice and early so we could park close to the start/ finish line, the nerves were kicking in and we did feel somewhat intimidated by the number of runners who were sporting 100 Marathon club and Ironman shirts.At the start of the race the weather was misty but not at all cold. As we hit the first hill Helen is looking strong but we regroup on the decent, this happens on the second hill as well. After that it seems a long way till the final assent and I feel very aware of trying to conserve as much energy as possible.

Rob had advised us to try and run up the last hill at 21.5 miles and we both do apart from a few steps walking – but nearly everyone else was walking and as we neared mile 23 I started to feel strong, Helen had a green moment at this point but as we started the very slippery decent to the finish we realised we could do it under our target, this spurred us on and we pushed through to Llanberis and the very welcoming crowds at the finish line.

We had actually done it coming in at 4hrs 23seconds, pretty much as planned, from start to finish the support and the volunteers were amazing & the scenery is beautiful, will I do this again?…. I expect so. (Abi)

2 Nov 2016 – Leicester City 5k race 1

A great winter evening event made even better with all the bottles of wine the Striders team came back with (7). 8 of the 9 Striders running arrived in style in the Ateam van – driven by Theresa. This was a great fun team event.

Jay Barton stormed a pb in 2nd place 16.59, then Luke Egglestone 18.43, Mark Stoneley 19.22, Clive Kent 20.06, Wayne Hackett 20.56. The ladies team nailed it winning the ladies team event – Vicki Lowe 23.09 (and 1st v45), Theresa Coltman 23.29, (and 1st v50) and Liz Goodbourne 24.02.

Next race in this series is 7 December. [Vicki]

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]

21 Oct 2016 – Yorkshire Three Peaks Ultra

It was 8am on a bright and clear day at Hawes (Wensleydale Cheese land) where myself and 17 fellow runners headed out on the first Yorkshire Three Peaks Ultra Marathon organised by Ranger Ultras. The race consists of the Yorkshire Three Peaks sandwiched by two very boggy Fells with a total of 70km and 3200mt of ascent.

The runners took a natural split into two groups and after our first checkpoint I fell into a great pace with a fellow runner who helped me giggle and chat throughout the rest of the race. Each Peak- Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent- all varied in its terrain which added to the challenge of the race. We were blessed with a beautifully clear day which provided us all with stunning views and helped ease any niggles that showed themselves.

The support throughout the day was faultless with food, drinks and giggles a plenty. On the final leg we were presented with a stunning sunset over the Dales. The last boggy fell leading back to the village of Hawes was via head torch, even my shadow was running in a hobbling manner at this point, but the warm welcome and sense of achievement made me realise once again how much I love the world of running.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Ultra has to be my toughest running challenge to date I would highly recommend it for the stunning views and support.  [Katie]