Monday, 30 March 2015

Oakley 20

Part two of the undulating coutryside spring marathon prep and another NRR crew made the short trip to Oakley.
A great run from Dave Blackburn in 2:41 exactly to comehomefirst for the club.  Darren Baldwin recovered from his "accidental" marathon last week to finish in 2:47:04 and Charlotte Yarker continued her great from finishing in a PB time of 2:52:56.
John Eales was close behind in 2:55:21 with Eamon Kennedy breaking three hours in 2:57:33. Jon Dilworth finished in 3:06:30 and well done to Gavin Harris in 3:10:54. Darren Byfield crossed the line 3:12:03 and Suzanne Baldwin completed a fabulous line up in 3:29:54. 

225 David Blackburn  2:41:00 
283 Darren Baldwin 2:47:04 
342 Charlotte Yarker 2:52:56 
381 John Eales 2:55:21 
419 Eamon Kennedy 2:57:33 
517 Jon Dilworth 3:06:30 
560 Gavin Harris 3:10:54 
573 Darren Byfield 3:12:03 
708 Suzanne Baldwin  3:29:54 

We Have A Winner...

Dave Green won the Colchester Half Marathon on Sunday 29th March in a stunning time of 1:12:04.  Well done Dave, totally on fire at the moment.

1st  Dave Green  1-12-04
how fantastic is that!

Parkrun 28th March

4 Ilir BRECA 19:03
9 Stuart DRUMMOND 19:24
14 Richard WILD 19:54
21 Mark KENNEDY 20:22
55 Sarah JONES 22:13
79 Mark GARRETT 23:18
122 Paul GRAY 25:30
134 Jo SMITH 25:52
231 Elaine PALMER 30:52
230 Rachel PALMER 30:52
312 Claire SPOKES 40:42

Jurassic Coast Challenge

Penny Andrews did The Jurassic Coast Challenge over weekend 20/21/22 March.This consisted of three marathons in three days.
She did fantastically well with day three especially being a superb performance.
Day 1    25th   6:06:14
Day 2    36th   7:10:30
Day 3    10th   6:25:14
18th place overall in 19:41:58, congratulations on such a magnificent and crazy achievement.  What comes next?

Ashby 20

The Ashby 20 is a traditional undulating countryside route which offers great preparation for spring marathon training.

NRR had the super seven running it with some great PBs at the 20 miles distance.

David Green put in another star performance finishing 5th overall in a superb time of 1:56:48. Stuart Drummond was a couple of seconds ahead of Matt Brand in 2:22:24.

Ronnie Ambrose recorded his best ever time at this distance with 2:41:20 as did Wendy Parker in 2:44:08.  John Eales was close behind with 2:44:43 and Pete Moor finished in a great time of 2:46:49.

5 David Green
116 Stuart Drummond 2:22:24
117 Matt Brand
334 Ronnie Ambrose 2:41:20
370 Wendy Parker
382 John Eales
410 Pete Moor

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Obelisk 'Obble II

NRR have been famed for hosting the Moulton 10K in recent years but in our 2014 move to Kingsthorpe, we lost a great race.  The Obelisk 'Obble was formed in September 2014 and opened as a trial for NRR members and the club decided to advance proceedings with a second version on Saturday 14th March.

Being a club with Road Runners in its name, it was fitting to fit into our eccentric nature and run most of the course off road.  There were two options available, an eight mile route and a 14.

Being regulars in these parts of the county, our members were amazed by the beauty of the route, some of the course that we haven't covered before giving NRR a real impetuous to make it a permanent for thought maybe.  

Well done to all members and friends who completed the route, the results are below (not that we were being that competitive surely).  There was no chip timing so the times may not be exact (of course).

Short - 8 miles
1:39:46 - John Dilworth, Jo Letts, Sue Summers, Seb Perry, Rachael Smith
2:17:08 - Micky Bogal, Ryan S

Long - 14 miles
1:53:10 -
Illr Brecani, Tony Letts,
1:53:24 - Stu Drummond
1:57:55 - Andy Blaize
1:57:57 - Penny Andrews
1:59:05 - Mark Kennedy
2:05:25 - Darren Baldwin + mate
2:11:00 - Sarah Jones, Richard Wild
2:11:20 - Ronnie Ambrose, Wendy Parker
2:20:00 - Roger Taylor, Jocelyn Granger, Dave Blackburn
2:31:35 - Darren Byfield, Jo Smith, Elaine Palmer, Paul Braddock
2:06:54 - Mark Garrett - socialising runner
2:42:25 - Mark Lewis, Sheena
2:43:54 - Caroline - part of Mark Lewis group
2:57:05 - Avatar
2:57:15 - Mary Davies
2:57:35 - Mary Sullivan, Tom Sullivan
3:08:52 - Sally Garrett and Lynsey Brecani
3:18:55 - Helen Balckburn, Keren Irving, Katie, Nicki Hollowell

Warwick Half

Jo and Tony Letts did the Warwick Half on Sunday 22nd March.

A huge well done to Jo for a PB of 2:01:22.  Tony recorded a brilliant finish of 1.20:41 on a good course and great support plus over 2000 runners.

Charnwood Marathon

It'sthe weekend so there is a fair chance that Sharky will be ding a marathon.  Yep, him, Eamon Kennedy and Darren Baldwin all ran the Charnwood Marathon.  Darren's was an accident by the way.

Suzanne Baldwin decided on the more sensible option of the half distance.  

Both routes were escribed as beautiful, off road challenges.  One for the NRR crew in the future for sure.

Parkrun 21st March

13 Ilir BRECA 18:55
21 Mark KENNEDY 20:14
22 Richard WILD 20:24
42 Sarah JONES 21:51
69 Jon DILWORTH 23:27
70 Tom SULLIVAN 23:33
139 Mary SULLIVAN 26:49
182 Miles BILINGHAM 28:35

Loughborough Half 15th March

Jon Dilworth was the sole NRR representative at the Loughborough half and on a cold windy day achieved a creditable 3rd place for MV60 with a time of 1:50:00.

Jon Dilworth 1:50:00 MV60 3rd

Monday, 16 March 2015

Silverstone Half

An iconic race at the home of the Grand Prix on a cold Sunday the 15th March.  A clutch (get it) of PBs on the fast circuit were awarded on the podium (not literally) as the chaquered flag was raised.

Well done to Stephen Kennedy, Mark Johnson, Gavin Harris and Peter Watson for huge PBs.

372 Tom Smith 1:31:48
897 Stephen Kennedy 1:39:45 PB
955 Mark Johnson 1:40:33 PB
Gavin Harris 1.45.30 PB
1688 Eamon Kennedy 1:47:10
2341 Peter Watson 1.52.50 PB
5693 John Eales and Kerry Bate 2:27:59

Marathon and a Half

NRR is full of crazy challenges these days as our thrill seeker members always look for that buzz.

John Eales did the Thames Meander Marathon on Saturday 14th March and then did a little recovery run on the Sunday completing the Silverstone Half Marathon.  

He also joined in the club festivities with the one year anniversary at the Obelisk Centre on Saturday evening.  Now for a well earned rest.

192 JOHN EALES 4:18:08 - Marathon
John Eales and Kerry Bate 2:27:59 - Half

Parkrun 14th March

98 Robert BATEMAN 24:35 - PB
122 Paul GRAY 25:35
212 Richard ROSE 30:14

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Backlight Fun

Backlight Run
Gavin Harris took part in the colourful, Backlight Run in Northampton on the evening of Saturday 7th March. A 5K route saw competitors covered in uv paint for a colourful finish. 

Chiltern Kanter

Chiltern Kanter 
Ronnie Ambrose and Wendy Parker run the Chiltern Kanter, an 18mile map-reading cross country event and they managed to find their way back ok. 

MK Festival

MK Festival of Running
Ben Mullaney made good preparations for London with a fantastic 2:37:08 time in the 20 mile event at the Milton Keynes Festival of running. 

Darren and Suzanne Baldwin shook off their Grizzly legs to complete the course in 1:39:41 and 2:10:30 respectively and Pete Moor finished in 1:42:44 at the half distance. 

20 Miles
Ben Mullaney 2:37:08

Half Marathon
281 Darren Baldwin 1:39:41
377 Pete Moor 1:42:44
1378 Suzanne Baldwin 2:10:30

Cambridge Half

Cambridge Half
Joe McManus and John Eales completed the Cambridge Half on Sunday 8th March. Joe finished in 1:45:11 and John in 1:51:05 after a good return from injury. 

Joe McManus 1:45:11
John Eales 1:51:05

The Battle Was Won

Naseby Battlefield Run
A great local event at Naseby, the Battlefield Run incorporated a duathon alongside three distances at running. The route took in some of the country's stunning countryside and offered some killer hill climbs, especially the long haul at Haselbech. Half marathoners had to do it twice.

With eight different events happening at once, it was hard to know who was doing what distance but thee was plenty of spirit on the course between competitors. 

One slight niggle was a few snags to the organisation with some distances being undercut and a few runners taking wrong turnings. Perhaps the hosts took on a little too much. 

A good note for the day was an optional t-shirt for purchase that included the names of all entrants plus a great route with a challenge.  

The NRR crew turned out to try the running distances. 

Congratulations to Rosanna Andrews who won the 5K event in 23:08.

Jo Letts completed the 10K in 40:49. 

At half marathon distance there were some great finishes with two out of three in the top ten. Tony Letts was second in 1:21:26 and Daniel Cook third in 1:23:15. Mark Kennedy finished 11th overall in 1:35:08 and Roger Taylor crossed the line in 1:47:21. 

Well done to Penny Andrews who was 1st MV50 with a time of 1:40:24. 

1st Rosanna Andrews 23:08

48th Jo Letts 57:22

Half Marathon
2nd Tony Letts 1:21:26
3rd Daniel Cook 1:23:15
11th Mark Kennedy 1:35:08
18th Penny Andrews 1:40:24 1st MV50
25th Roger Taylor 1:47:21

Groundhog Day

The Groundhog Marathon
Some people will remember the classic film Groundhog Day where Bill Murray plays a weather man who wakes every morning to experience the same day. 

Perhaps the Groundhog Marathon won't take days to complete but it was an incredible 105.5 laps of a running track in Telford. 

Eamon Kennedy and Andy Sharky Cotters completed the gruelling event on Saturday 7th March. Not only was then an achievement in itself but Sharky also completed his challenge of 12 marathons in 12 months. Sometimes it is not always about speed. 

Well done to Sharky, a full report will follow. 

Sharks 4:12
Eamon 4:06 

Parkrun PB Day

7 Matt BRAND 18:42 PB
12 Richard WILD 19:22 PB
13 Ilir BRECA 19:24
42 Sarah Jones 22:05 1st lady
62 Mark KENNEDY 22:56 Pacer
204 Richard ROSE
237 Lynsey LOU 34:03

Daventry parkrun

17 Seb PERRY 21:46

Friday, 6 March 2015

Ultra Man

On Sunday 1st March Jon Panter did the 45 mile St. Peters Way Ultra in Essex in a fantastic 8:39 and didn't even get a T shirt.

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.