Monday, 2 March 2015

March March Begins

As February ended and March began, NRR ran various events across the country.

Belvoir Challenge
Saturday began with the Belvoir Challenge, Andy Sharky Cotters did his 11th marathon in 11 months, slogging it around in the mud in around six hours. Jocelyn Granger did the 15 miler in 3 hours.

Eleven members did the Parkrun at the same time (which wasn't quite as muddy.)

Coventry Half
Penny Andrews did the Coventry Half in 1:42 finishing a few minutes ahead of Jon Dilworth in 1:46

Berkhamsted Half
Another popular event in the NRR calender is the beautiful Berko Half (as it is fondly known locally).  Seven runners were treated to lovely sunshine around the hilly, countryside route.  Richard Wild and Wendy Parker grabbed massive PBs on a course not normally likened to a PB route.

91 Richard Wild 1:32:41
184 Ronnie Ambrose 1:38:24
190 Mark Kennedy 1:38:53
255 Sarah Jones 1:41:47 

317 Wendy Parker 1:44:28
471 Tom Sullivan 1:49:41
792 Mary Sullivan 2:04:40

The iconic Grizzly is too much of a pull for our club and this year was no exception. A handful of crazed thrill seekers made the trip to Devon to tackle the mud and hills in The 

Grizzly 2015 - Dash To Delirium
159 Matt Brand 3:11:17
220 Stuart Drummond 3:17:48
450 Pete Moor 3:39:26
722 Darren Baldwin 3:57:52 

1116 Paul Braddock 4:32:09
1237 Suzanne Baldwin 4:50:46

Rome Marathon
Finally Dave and Helen Blackburn left the country to complete the wonderful Rome Marathon and thoroughly enjoyed the race and the trip.

February Parkruns

28th February
4 Daniel COOK 18:16
10 David GREEN 19:02
9 Ilir BRECA 19:02
17 Richard WILD 19:37
31 Mark KENNEDY 20:30 - Bangkok to Heathrow arriving at 6:45am
55 Sarah JONES 21:55
77 Gavin HARRIS 22:57
149 Mick BHOGAL 26:12
164 Paul GRAY 26:45
188 Miles BILINGHAM 27:40
271 Lynsey LOU 33:14

21st February
2 David GREEN 16:32
11 Ilir BRECA 19:11
39 Pete MOOR 21:02
55 Sarah JONES 21:47
56 Richard WILD 21:48
71 Seb PERRY 22:29
93 Jon DILWORTH 23:12
243 Sue SUMMERS 29:06

Gunnersbury parkrun
70 Mark GARRETT 22:56

14th February

1 David GREEN 16:27
12 Richard WILD 19:36
32 Pete MOOR 21:14
45 Sarah JONES 22:00
48 Mark GARRETT 22:11
95 Jocelyn GRANGER 24:26
158 Mick BHOGAL 27:22
202 Pauline HORNE 29:01
209 Sue SUMMERS 29:17

8th February
20 Richard WILD 20:29
25 Mark KENNEDY 20:42
34 Pete MOOR 21:12
50 Sarah JONES 21:52
57 Seb PERRY 22:19
67 Jon DILWORTH 23:27
83 Tom SULLIVAN 24:08
116 Paul GRAY 25:31
165 Mick BHOGAL 27:49

Strathaven and Richmond Half Marathons

On Sunday 22nd February, Eamon Kennedy ran the Strathaven Half Marathon in wonderful sleet and snowy conditions. His time, 1:51

On the same day, Mark and Sally Garrett did the Richmond Half and boasted that it was sunny and fine.

Mark G 1:35
Sally G 2:40

Stamford 30K

Five NRR members took part in the Valentine's Day 30K, a challenging 30K route at Stamford.  Well done to all.

114 Matt Brand 2:16:23
201 Stuart Drummond 2:26:21
242 Beckie Hollowell 2:30:55
354 Charlotte Yarker 2:43:21
428 John Eales 2:53:21

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

February 1st Action.

NRR attended various events on 1st February.

Sarah Jones and John Dilworth took a short trip to Hertfordshire to do the Watford Half.

Sarah Jones 1:43:46
Jon Dilworth 1:53:20

Closer to home, Jo and Tony Letts did the Irchester 10K and 15K respectively. Tony came second overall but Jo beat him to the finish for the first time.

2nd Tony Letts 57:42
Jo Letts 56:38   

Jocelyn Granger and Paul Braddock did the ever popular Charnwood Hills. A beautiful, challenging course in Leicestershire provides a tough, muddy challenge.

Jocelyn Granger 2:40:03
Paul Braddock 2:49:56

Monday, 26 January 2015

Box End Winter Tri Series Winners

A huge well done to Elaine and Mike Palmer who came first in their catagories in the Box End Winter Tri Series Winners in November, December and January.

Eric Humphries Cross Country

Well done to those who managed to skive off work and complete the Police's Annual Cross Coutry at Delapre.

Elaine Palmer was 1st FV45, Penny Andrews 1st FV50 and Tom Sulivan 3rd MV60.  Tony Letts, Andy Blaize, Dave Whatton and Pete Moor also completed the three lap course.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Dirty Weekend in Essex

Sounds too good to miss, so Wendy, Ronnie, Sally and Mark set off to meet the stars of Towie in the sin city of Southend.

Too late for a Parkrun we walked to the end of the pier and back which is nearly the same distance.

Sundays Benfleet 15 was better than dirty, it was filthy. A brilliant, tough, hilly, muddy slog of a race with great views, lovely marshals, and the hardest last 3 miles I have ever come across.

I can now cross Canvey Island off the bucket list of places to see, but could well be back next year as this is a fab event and Sat night in Southend is not to be missed.

Mark Garrett 2:12:14
Ronnie Ambrose 2:17:45
Wendy Parker 2:25:30

Irchester Dirt Run Round One

A trio of NRR made their way to the Irchester Muti-Terrain Dirt Run on Sunday 18th January.
Tony Letts was 6th overall in the 15K and Jo and Mark Lewis had great runs at the 10K distance.  Jo is going to beat Tony next time though.

6 Tony Letts 56:21
69 Mark Lewis 48:47
129 Jo Letts 56:54

Folksworth 15

The Folksworth 15 miler is an ever popular challenge for those upping their marathon distance for the spring.  Five NRR made the hour or so journey to the event on Suday 18th January and there were some great runs to report below;

48 Stu Drummond 1:42:35
54 Matt Brand 1:43:25
180 Pete Moor 1:58:59
191 Beckie Hollowell 2:00:17
214 Eamon Kennedy 2:04:24

Parkrun 17th January

20 Mark KENNEDY 20:43 
45 Peter MOOR 21:53 
56 John EALES 22:43 
74 Sarah JONES 23:35 
189 Sue SUMMERS 28:47 
226 Richard ROSE 30:16
245 Keren IRVING 31:10

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Dunstable Cross Country

Onto the final cross country of the season and the phrase save the best to last may be changed to, save the toughest for the last.

The organisers kindly added an extra quarter of a mile of hill for us to climb this year making the longest ascent of around a mile in distance.

NRR ended the season on a high for a number of reasons. Firstly it was our best ever finish, the ladies finishing 9th, gents 10th and 8th overall (don't ask how that works).

Secondly, and most importantly, we have seen record numbers of members turn out for these events this year. We had 43 members who took part in at least one event with eight members completing all five events.  Well done to Ilir Brecani, Lynsey Brecani, Mark Garrett, Beckie Hollowell, Keren Irving, Elaine Palmer, Jo Smith, John Eales and Tom Sullivan for being ever present.

Onto the event! A fantastic run from the ladies with Beckie making the top scorer spot again and Lynsey completed her first full season after coming right through the ranks of our beginner group to cross country ever present.

Keren was also ever present, finishing with a trademark smile at the end, Elaine completed five out of five along with Jo.

153 Beckie Hollowell 
206 Wendy Parker 
225 Elaine Palmer 
240 Sarah Jones 
243 Jocelyn Granger 
246 Suzanne Baldwin 
253 Jo Smith 
283 Jo Letts 
284 Mary Sullivan 
314 Keren Irving 
315 Lynsey Brecani 
323 Sally Garrett

Over to the men and David finished in second place overall with Chris and Tony also making the top 25.

Mark Lewis got his second taste of the cross country with Mark G, Tom and Illr completing the whole season five out of five.

There was the usual big cheer and encouragement from the finishers as we will everyone on until Sally finished at the end before heading off for a well earned cake.

Well done everyone for another great year in the mud and on the hills...thanks to Mark G for his usual faultless organisation and recruiting a great team.  Special mention to Alan for continuing the fun bus and getting us there on time.

2 David Green 
11 Chris Lamb 
23 Tony Letts 
47 Ilir Brecani 
108 Mark Kennedy 
118 Mark Garrett 
119 Darren Baldwin 
125 Dave Blackburn 
146 Ronnie Ambrose 
169 John Eales 
178 Mark Lewis
212 Tom Sullivan

Parkrun 10th January

20 Mark KENNEDY 21:15
40 Pete MOOR 22:11
99 Sarah JONES 24:48
197 Mick BHOGAL 28:48
245 Richard ROSE 30:51
264 Paula PINNEY 32:29

Monday, 5 January 2015

Cofton Park Cross Country

Colin Bricher got his first cross country scalp on Saturday 3rd January in the county champs at Cofton Park on a tough course and biting wind.

First Parkrun of 2015

4 Ilir BRECA 19:03
9 Richard WILD 19:51

24 Mark KENNEDY 20:46
37 Sarah JONES 21:44
39 Pete MOOR 21:49
50 Beckie HOLLOWELL 22:25
51 John EALES 22:28
141 Mick BHOGAL 27:16
173 Helen BLACKBURN 29:04
204 Sue SUMMERS 30:13
213 Richard ROSE 30:52

New Year Fun

Two Parkruns in a day...
Whilst the club were preparing for the run around Pitsford, Mark K decided to begin the year with two morning Parkruns in the North East.  

Sedgefield was a beautiful multi-terrain style affair around a country park starting at 9:00am and Darlington South, a lovely park, started at 10:30am.

Sedgefield 26th 22:36
Darlington South Park 25th 21:08

There was a fantastic turnout from the club at Pitsford for the traditional New Years Day run.  Well done to all that were there and those that decided on two laps to shake off the Xmas hangovers.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas Fun Part Two - Parkruns

Two Parkruns in two days is enough to challenge those fast legs but the 9am Christmas Day run got everyone in the mood for their turkey (or vegetarian option).  Plenty of Christmas hats, dogs and festive fun were in attendance at the Racecourse as part of the 300+ runners and fantastic volunteers gt the festivities off to a start.

27th December 2014
Northampton parkrun
9 Ilir BRECA 18:31
31 Mark KENNEDY 20:47
52 Sarah JONES 21:55
55 Pete MOOR 22:04
68 Beckie HOLLOWELL 22:54
94 Jon DILWORTH 24:17
96 Eamon KENNEDY 24:25
187 Richard ROSE 29:57

Wolverhampton parkrun
7 Tony LETTS 18:16

Corby parkrun
55 John EALES 38:44

Christmas Parkrun
5 Ilir BRECA 18:24 

12 Richard WILD 19:35
21 Mark KENNEDY 

35 Martin ANDREWS 21:37
38 Pete MOOR 21:40 
39 Sarah JONES 21:41 
51 Wendy PARKER 22:34 
52 Ronnie AMBROSE 22:34
67 Mark GARRETT 23:08
78 Roger TAYLOR 23:25
98 Eamon KENNEDY 24:08 

112 Mark LEWIS 24:35
117 Jon DILWORTH 24:48
125 Mike PALMER 25:07 

138 Elaine PALMER 25:42
200 Andy COTTRELL 28:39
212 Richard ROSE 29:54
252 Lynsey LOU 32:06 

274 Sally GARRETT 34:29
287 Rachel PALMER 36:22

Saints & Sinners Mystery Run

The Friday mystery run proved a great success with gangs of headless chickens running in circles around Kingsthorpe and in all directions of the compass shining lights in people’s eyes.

The format was to visit as many Churches or pubs within one hour gaining 4 pts for a church and 2 for a pub.

Only one team made a plan, (Eamon, John and Suzanne) or were they confident enough to give the others a head start.

Local knowledge and looking where you have been going when out were definite advantages and being able to write whilst running is a skill not many seem to have.

With 58 points winners on the night were the team of Wendy, Beckie and Steve. Good local knowledge and Beckie’s race face were an unstoppable combination.

At 52 points there was then a tie between two teams who followed very different routes.

Team Eamon + Suzanne and John tied with Team Martin + Ronnie, Darren and Dave.

The other teams involved all got beat by the clock and had to suffer disqualification under the severe rules. There is no appeals process either.

48 pts in 2 hrs Mary, Avtar, Rachel, Karen, Colin, Jags.

44 pts in 1 hr and 1 min Jasmine, Martin and Micky (try coming more often you might know your way round) Bhogal.

38 pts Jocelyn, Mark 1, Mark2, Roger (more church required)

I managed 62 pts after spending time at work planning a route with military precision. Therefore well done to all and I don’t think we have lost anyone.

P.s we (Mark, Suzanne, Darren, Dave) then won the jackpot on the quiz so free beer for the evening also.

Merry Christmas, Mark G

Christmas Fun Part One - Letchworth

Another great turnout for the club with 25 party goers making their way to Letchworth for the Christmas Cross Country.  It was Santa hats at the plenty as the large field braved the early morning wind. 

A new course at Letchworth started with a novel meeting point in a converted barn for the changing rooms, sporting a tractor as the centre piece.

The route was a little longer than others just topping 5.5 miles which was mostly flat across scenic countryside.

There was two great team performances, the ladies finished 8th overall with Beckie, Wendy and Elaine scoring.

The men finished 7th and included a storming 3rd place by David and 13th overall for Tony.  Dave Blackburn sported hat of the day and Mark Lewis made his XC debut.

The NRR team continues to go from strength to strength with consistent numbers and fantastic encouragement from all.  This time we almost outstayed the must have been the lure of mince pies.

161 Beckie Hollowell   
181 Wendy Parker  
224 Elaine Palmer 
245 Jo Smith 
258 Jo Letts
272 Mary Sullivan 
276 Kirsty Turner 
284 Helen Blackburn 
285 Rachel Palmer 
291 Keran Irving 
292 Carol Whatton 
293 Lynsey Brecani 
297 Sally Garrett 

3 David Green 
13 Tony Letts 
41 Ilir Brecani 
82 Mark Garrett 
95 Mark Kennedy 
115 Dave Whatton 
133 Ronnie Ambrose 
154 Dave Blackburn 
172 John Eales 
186 Tom Sullivan 
198 Martin Andrews 
212 Mark Lewis 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Watlington XC 10k

The fearless five took on the Watlington XC 10k on 14th December. The two steep hill climbs don't get any easier but are more than compensated by two glorious downhill sections.

Tony Letts 41.58 (3rd place)
Ronnie Ambrose 55.57
Wendy Parker 1.01
Jocelyn Granger 1.03
Joanne Letts 1.06

Monday, 22 December 2014


Northampton 20th December
9 Ilir BRECA 18:38
22 Mark KENNEDY 19:56

63 Sarah JONES 22:41
80 Jo LEE 23:56
172 Helen BLACKBURN 29:26

Northampton 13th December
8 Stuart DRUMMOND 19:10
14 Richard WILD 19:55
28 Mark KENNEDY 20:45
38 Sarah JONES 21:41
99 Jo LEE 25:51
111 Mick BHOGAL 27:04
172 Richard ROSE 32:02


56 John EALES 33:59

John's Chrstmas PB

John Eales gained a new PB at the Sneyd 10 mile Pudding Run on the 14th December with a time of 1.16.54.

Well done John.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Bedford Half Marathon

The Bedford Half is always a popular event for local runners and this year was no exception for NRR.  A challenging course offers a generally downhill finish which can surprise a few with a PB.

Fantastic run from Ilir with a 1:26:58 finish and Mark Kennedy and Roger Taylor made there half comebacks with 1:35:44 and 1:48:20 times.

Huge PBs for Jon Panter and Sarah Jones who both broke 1:40 for the first time and well done to Lyndsey Brecani for knocking around 25 minutes off her last half.

Great runs by everyone and special mentions go out to Richard Wild and Sharky for pacing Sarah Jones and Sue Summers.

Also, great work from Caroline for arranging a good social afterwards too.

Ilir Brecani - 1:26:58
Mark Kennedy - 1:35:44
Jonathan Panter - 1:38:17
Sarah Jones - 1:39:40

Richard Wild - 1:39:40 - pacer
Penny Andrews - 1:41:50
Charlotte Yarker - 1:44:15
Pete Moor - 1:44:57
Roger Taylor - 1:48:20
Eamon Kennedy - 1:49:51
John Eales - 1:49:51 (were they tied together?)
Caroline Powell - 1:57:57
Jon Dilworth - 2:01:53
Bob Bateman - 2:04:20
Andy Cottrell - 2:13:26 - pacer
Sue Summers - 2:13:28
Lynsey Brecani - 2:34:06

Parkrun 6th December

A quiet Parkrun this week with many recovering from Christmas parties and resting for Bedford.

10 Ilir BRECA 19:39

40 Mark KENNEDY 21:58 - Pacer
 41 Pete MOOR 21:58
156 Helen BLACKBURN 29:18

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Two or Three in One Weekend

Another weekend over and plenty of running. 

Mark Kennedy decided to try two races in a day with the Northampton Park in the morning and the Charity Cup 10K in the afternoon.

If two in a day isnt enough then John Ealeswood did three in two days with the Corby Parkrun on Saturday morning followed by a great run at the Wolverton 5 in the afternoon.

Then after a good night's rest, Sunday morning run at Coombe 8 cross country great course.

Wolverton Five

Eight NRR members did the 50th Wolverton Five on the afternoon of Saturday 29th November.

Some great results, John Eales did Parkrun in the morning and Gavin Harris completed his first road race in NRR colours.

133 Dave Whatton 35:24
162 John Eales 37:03
184 Andy Cottrell 38:04

191 Eamon Kennedy 39:04
197 Jon Dilworth 39:20
205 Caroline Powell 40:44
208 Gavin Harris 40:53
250 Colin Bricher 45:30

Charity Cup Kettering

Two NRR members took on the Charity Cup Challenge at Wicksteed Park on Saturday 29th November.

The men's race was the last of the day meaning the 10K route had been churned up for maximum muddiness.  A small field featured some of the best in the county.

7 Tony Letts 38.33
51 Mark Kennedy 46.44

Parkrun 29th November

5 Ilir BRECA 18:32
10 Richard WILD 19:33 - PB (again)

70 Tom SULLIVAN 23:31
81 Mark KENNEDY 23:54 - pacer
86 Paul GRAY 24:14
138 Mick BHOGAL 27:03
167 Helen BLACKBURN 29:09

Corby parkrun
18 John EALES 24:18

Colworth Hare & The Tortoise Marathon

Sharky decided to have a go at a marathon on Saturday 22nd November.  This weekend's adventure was the Colworth Hare and Tortoise Marathon, a five lap multi terrain event with plenty of mud and puddles. Highly recommended by Sharky .. very small field of 29 but great snacks including flat cola.

Andy managed to come in 13th with a time of 4.20.49 ... Colworth Striders certainly know how to stage a race.

St Neots Half Marathon

Apologies to those who ran, missed this one out. Huge PBs for Sarah Jones and Darren Byfield.

307 Sarah JONES 1:41:51
325 Darren BYFIELD 1:43:03
364 John EALES 1:44:20
415 Eamon KENNEDY 1:46:45
485 Pete MOOR 1:50:03
1053 Caroline POWELL 1:53:50
599 Andy COTTRELL 1:55:30

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Wing And A Prayer

Mud, hills and more mud!  Oh and it rained too!

Wing is a proper cross country and NRR turned out in force again to do the club proud. We never win these events or even come close but one thing for sure, we are always cheering to the bitter end.

29 hardy souls braves the autumn downpours to tackle the hilly course just shot of five miles. Wing offers its famous  stream crossing at the start and end but thankfully no shoes were lost this year.

Well done to all, results are below and see you at the next one - North Herts on 21st December.

13 Chris Lamb
19 Tony Letts
56 Ilir Brecani
68 Stuart Drummond
99 Richard Wild
117 Mark Garrett
127 Mark Kennedy
162 Dave Whatton
164 Jon Panter 

192 Joe McManus
193 Darren Baldwin 

205 Ronnie Ambrose  
215 John Eales  
230 Tom Sullivan
251 Jon Dilworth 

292 Paul Braddock  

185 Sarah Jones 
203 Beckie Hollowell  
223 Wendy Parker 
254 Elaine Palmer
278 Jo Smith
280 Jocelyn Granger

311 Jo Letts
315 Suzanne Baldwin
328 Mary Sullivan
336 Kirsty Turner
344 Keran Irving
353 Lynsey Brecani
354 Sally Garrett


Parkrun 22nd November

13 Richard WILD 19:39 - PB
14 Ilir BRECA 19:41
33 Mark KENNEDY 21:45 - Pacer
53 Pete MOOR 22:57
145 Mick BHOGAL 27:47
155 Tony KENNEDY 28:27

Corby parkrun
95 62 John EALES 36:39

15th November
6 Daniel COOK 18:11
8 Ilir BRECA 18:49
29 Mark KENNEDY 20:50
55 Sarah JONES 22:09
115 Gavin HARRIS 25:09
130 Paul GRAY 25:37
224 Sue SUMMERS 29:39
226 Helen BLACKBURN 29:43

Shakespeare Marathon

Question - How do you know when it's the weekend?

Answer - Cos Sharky is doing a marathon!

Andy Sharky Cotters completed the Shakespeare Raceway Marathon on Saturday 15th November.  Another one done...

89 Andy Cottrell 4:11:32

Shillington Shuffle

Four of us, Jocelyn Granger, Wendy Parer, Ronnie Ambrose and Mark Garrett shuffled their way through 12 muddy miles at the Shillington LDWA event.

There were probably great views to be seen if the fog had cleared. A nice low-key leg stretch. 

NRR were the first team to finish and were rewarded with beans on toast.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Wootton XC - Sunday November 9th

Well done to all the 33 members who ran at Wootton XC on Sunday, a fantastic turnout being over one third of the membership.

New faces running for the first time were Rachel, Sue and Gavin who were fine additions to the team.

This was the second running of the Hunsbury venue and provided a flat yet tough, quick course. Multi laps were challenging around the picturesque country park and had the added bonus of plenty of points to pass spectators for a cheer.

Results are now on the XC page on the website.

The next event is at Wing on Sun 23rd Nov. We will be taking Alan’s minibus so if you want to book a seat let Mark G know please.

Ladies Results :

221 Sarah Jones 
227 Beckie Hollowell 

230 Wendy Parker 
291 Elaine Palmer 

307 Jocelyn Granger
308 Suzanne Baldwin
315 Jo Smith
366 Jo Letts
378 Rachel Palmer
389 Kirsty Turner
398 Helen Blackburn
402 Sue Summers
404 Keran Irving
408 Carol Whatton
411 Lynsey Brecani

Mens Results :
58 Ilir Brecani
72 Stuart Drummond
127 Mark Garrett
147 Mark Kennedy
157 Darren Baldwin
161 Dave Blackburn
174 Dave Whatton
186 Ronnie Ambrose
187 Jon Panter
209 Darren Byfield
228 Pete Moor
233 Tom Sullivan
235 Roger Taylor
238 Martin Andrews
262 John Eales
265 Gavin Harris
364 Jon Dilworth

Seagrave Challenge

Seagrave Challenge 16 miles cross country completed by John Eales in 2.32.41. You don't need medals just a bowl of crumble & custard.

November 8: Birmingham League, Leamington

Colin Bricher completed the Birmingham League, Leamington cross country on November 8 in 73.51.

Parkrun - Two NRR Winners

For the first time Northampton Road Runners had first lady and first man in the same Parkrun event.  Well done to Sarah and David.

1 David GREEN 17:15
7 Ilir BRECA 19:01
10 Richard WILD 20:02
23 Mark KENNEDY 21:34
47 Sarah JONES 22:39
72 Eamon KENNEDY 23:40
131 Mick BHOGAL 27:10
164 Helen BLACKBURN 29:34
165 Sue SUMMERS 29:37
175 Keren IRVING 30:33

Friday, 7 November 2014

Histon 10K (Recovery Run)

After the Thames Meander Marathon on Saturday John Eales's next stop was at Histon 10k on Sunday completed in 48.30 for a nice little recovery run.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Draycote Water 10 miles - November 2nd

Two laps of the asphalt track around Draycote Water saw Penny Andrews first run on returning to the club. 

A strong performance ensured 1st place FV50 in a time of 1:14:32. Welcome back.

The race also saw Jon Dilworth run well to achieve 2nd place MV60 in a PB of 1:19:35 breaking through the 80min mark for the first time.

Penny Andrews 1:14:32 1st FV50
Jon Dilworth 1:19:35 PB 2nd MV 60

Thames Meander Marathon

A trio of NRR boys completed the Thames Meander Marathon on Saturday 1st November.
We are beginning to lose count of how many marathons Eamon and Sharky have ran now...well done to Darren on his first one too.
220 EAMON KENNEDY 4:30:19  
221 JOHN EALES 4:30:19

Parkrun 1st November

5 Ilir BRECA 18:29 - 50th Parkrun
12 Stuart DRUMMOND 19:13
19 Richard WILD 20:08
36 Mark KENNEDY 21:24 - 75th Parkrun
98 Paul GRAY 24:42
105 Elaine PALMER 24:56
160 Mick BHOGAL 28:01
187 Helen BLACKBURN 29:33
188 Sue SUMMERS 29:34

Druridge Bay parkrun
24 Ronnie AMBROSE 22:12
30 Wendy PARKER 23:06

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mud, Sweat and Cheers - Wellinborough Cross Country Sunday October 26th

Another season and the traditional now jump into the Croyland Park mud bath.

A fine turn-out of 22 included newcomers to the fun of X-country, Lynsey, Sarah and Joe.

This zig-zagging course is always a killer but everyone put in their best efforts and have qualified as club heroes.

John Eales raced back from Snowdon  as he needed a cool down run after his marathon and a mud bath is just the job, he is therefore a super-hero.

The smiles at the finish were even bigger than those at the start once the stinking mud was wiped away.

Good cake eating skills were displayed by all. I will check on boot cleaning at the next event.
Next race is at Wootton on Nov 9th. Details are on our website.

Results, Ladies first
26 Beckie Hollowell
37 Sarah (I’m not wearing my own shoes for this) Jones 
57 Jocelyn Granger
60 Elaine Palmer
64 Jo Smiff
90 Helen Blackburn
96 Carol Whatton
97 Keren Irving
103 Lynsey Breca (has promised to come back for more)

50 Iler Breca
77 Rich Wild   
86 Mark Garrett
97 Dave (elbows) Whatton
108 Dave (shiny shoes) Blackburn
112 Joe McManus (new Dad skills on display)
114 John Panter
133 Tom Sullivan
134 Elmer (where he came from nobody knows)
135 Darren Byfield
145 John (mountain man) Eales
161 Hartley Hancock
163 Martin Andrews

Box End Triathlon 19th October

well done to those completed the Box End Triathlon on 19th October.  The event consisted of Kayak/Off-Road Bike/Off-road Run (is there no end to our talents).

1st Darren Baldwin
4 Mark Garrett
5 Mike Palmer
7 Elaine Palmer 1st lady
9 Suzanne Baldwin

Birmingham Half 19th October

Well done to Becky Eldridge for completing the Birmingham Half in 2:14:33.

Dublin Marathon 27th October

A fantastic effort by Paige in her 1st marathon, well done on being the first U19F too.

Paige Pinckard 4-55-28 1st F U19 definitely deserved a Guinness after that.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Leicester Marathon/Half: 26th October

On a blustery, chilly morning 5 NRRs ventured out to Leicestershire. 

Another storming performance from Tony Letts completing the course in  fractionally over 3hrs...a great PB.
Tony Letts 3:00:38 PB - 5th MV40 
Leicester Half Marathon:
Four good runs from Dan Cook, Jon Dilworth, Terry Begley and Jo Letts who all breezed round this flat course.
Dan Cook 1:22:53 - 14th MS
Jon Dilworth 1:44:37 - 5th MV60
Terry Begley 1:50:57 - 176th MV40
Jo Letts 2:06:24 - 102nd FV40

Snowdonia Marathon

Well done to Eamon Kennedy, Andy Cottrell, John Eales, Matt Brand, Pete Moor and David Green who all took part in the Snowdonia Marathon at the weekend.

Dave Green 2:55:01 18th overall
Matt Brand 3:38:13
Eamon Kennedy
Andy Sharky Cotterill 4:34:13
John Eales 4:34:13
Pete Moor 4:49:54

Northampton Parkrun 25th October

11 Ilir BRECA 19:17
47 Dave BLACKBURN 21:18
72 Sarah JONES 22:40
86 Martin ANDREWS 23:29
217 Helen BLACKBURN 29:27

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Parkrun 18th October

Wimbledon Common
136 Tom SULLIVAN 24:30

Northampton parkrun
4 Ilir BRECA 19:19
32 Sarah JONES 22:36
41 Wendy PARKER 23:02
42 Ronnie AMBROSE 23:02
43 Jon DILWORTH 23:05
51 Andy COTTRELL 23:32
58 Eamon KENNEDY 23:46
177 Helen BLACKBURN 30:14
184 Sue SUMMERS 30:36
247 Claire SPOKES 39:09

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