Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Richmond Park Marathon

Sharky and John Eales completed the Richmond Park Marathon on 17th May in a time of 4:31:17.  A friendly event with around 240 entrants.

226 Andy Cottrell 4:31:16
227 John Eales 4:31:17

Sunday, 17 May 2015

NRR Parkrun Day

Well done to NRR for hosting the Parkrun at Northampton on 16th May. Some great runs and PBs but most importantly, there was a huge amount of support on the course from everyone wearing club colours. A proud day.

8 Ilir BRECA 18:31
15 Stuart DRUMMOND 19:23
17 Mark KENNEDY 19:28 - PB - 100th Parkrun
31 Mark JOHNSON 20:32 - PB
43 Peter MOOR 21:03
46 Jon CORNWELL 21:10 - PB
55 Seb PERRY 21:43
70 Charlotte YARKER 22:12
107 Martin ANDREWS 24:11
132 Eamon KENNEDY 25:02
140 Mark GARRETT 25:17
141 John EALES 25:18
204 Ronnie AMBROSE 28:10 - Pacer
208 Andy COTTRELL 28:17
221 Helen GARDNER 28:52 - PB
279 Sally GARRETT 32:19 - New PB

Rugby 6

Part two of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series left the county to Warwickshire for the Rugby 6, an undulating countryside route with a tough climb from 4-5miles.  

NRR turned out in force with 19 members running.  There were great performances at the front, David Green was 5th overall with a fantastic finish time of 32:13 and Tony Letts was 1st M45 in 34:41. Stu Drummond was next to finish in 38:32 just ahead of Dan Gosling who recorded a brilliant 39:57.  

Adrian Tuck crossed the line in 40:39 with Dave Whatton finishing in 42:15 and Pete Moor in 42:34.  Darren Byfield sneaked in the top 200, placed 199th in 44:50.
Jon Dilworth was next in 46:52 ahead of John Eales in 47:51 and Gavin Harris continuing his series debut (48:43)

Jocelyn Granger was the first lady home for the club in 49:26 followed by
Mary Sullivan (52:41) with Mark Lewis between in 50:30. Tom Sullivan finished in 52:43 and Jo Letts in 55:33 followed by Avrav Kour (57:25). 

A huge well done to Helen Gardner who tok part in her first ever competitive race in 59:58...just breaking that hour milestone. Carole Whatton completed a fantastic line up in 61:16.

Finally well done to the men's team who came 5th overall on the evening.
5 David Green 32:13 
15 Tony Letts 34:41 1st M45
78 Stu Drummond 38:32 
104 Dan Gosling 39:57 
121 Adrian Tuck 40:39 
147 Dave Whatton 42:15 
158 Pete Moor 42:34 

199 Darren Byfield 44:50 
230 Jon Dilworth 46:52 
243 John Eales 47:51 
252 Gavin Harris 48:43 
262 Jocelyn Granger 49:26 
274 Mark Lewis 50:30 
300 Mary Sullivan 52:41 
301 Tom Sullivan 52:43 
324 Jo Letts 55:33 
342 Avrav Kour 57:25 
352 Helen Gardner 59:58 
355 Carole Whatton 61:16

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Rosanna Wins At Bosworth

Rosanna Andrews raced to victory at the Bosworth Half Marathon beating a number of her close rivals, competing the course in an excellent time of 1:26:04. Penny Andrews having just travelled back from Mexico finished in a great time of 1:42:59 and collected second V50 place. Jon Dilworth battled around in 1:48:06.

Sarah Jones was set for a good time but was thwarted by injury late on in the race but did well to complete in 1:53:03. Paul Braddock completed the NRR line up and finished well in 1:54:26.  Richard Wild also ran and finished in 1:36:44

Rosanna Andrews 1:26:04 1st Lady
Richard Wild 1:36:44
 Penny Andrews 01:42:59 2nd FV50
Jon Dilworth 1:48:06
Sarah Jones 1:53:03
Paul Braddock 1:54:26

Parkrun 9th May

1 David GREEN 16:37
7 Ilir BRECA 18:50
14 Richard WILD 19:34
38 Pete MOOR 21:06
67 Charlotte YARKER 22:32
66 Sarah JONES 22:32
130 Tom SULLIVAN 25:48
141 Mary SULLIVAN 26:02
243 Lynsey LOU 31:15

Market Harborough parkrun
88 Helen BLACKBURN 30:14

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Silverstone 10K

Despite driving rain (get it) at Silverstone on 6th May, 17 NRR members turned out for the opening event of the East Midlands Grand Prix series.

The flat and fast course will not have been helped by the weather but there were some great runs all the same.  

Tony Letts finished 31st overall in 36:50 and Tom Smith in 40:53 with Dan Gosling (41:15) and Richard Wild (41:27) enjoying a close battle.

Adrian Tuck was next in 43:21 ahead of Pete Moor, just returning from his European adventure at the weekend in 44:39.  Dave Whatton had a good run in 44:48 and Sarah Jones, first lady home for the club, was next in 45:52.
Darren Byfield showed good recovery from London with a 47:05 finish and Jon Dilworth finished his second 10K in three days in 47:58.  Andy (Sharky) Cottrell treated this as a recovery run from Prague (surely) in 48:55 and next was Caroline Powell in 51:21.

Eamon Kennedy finished in 51:26 followed by Mark Lewis in 52:44 and Mary Sullivan in 54:34.  Jo Letts (58:02) and Carole Whatton (64:33) completed a brave line up whilst the rest of us were running round Harlestone Firs.

31 Tony Letts 36:50 
125 Tom Smith 40:53 
140 Dan Gosling 41:15
143 Richard Wild 41:27

203 Adrian Tuck 43:21 
270 Pete Moor 44:39 
276 Dave Whatton 44:48 
333 Sarah Jones 45:52 
384 Darren Byfield 47:05 
418 Jon Dilworth 47:58 
479 Andy Cottrell 48:55 
605 Caroline Powell 51:21 
613 Eamon Kennedy 51:26 
662 Mark Lewis 52:44 
734 Mary Sullivan 54:34 
872 Jo Letts 58:02 
983 Carole Whatton 64:33

Titchmarsh 10K

On Sunday 3rd May, Jon Dilworth and Rosanna Andrews completed the Titchmarsh 10K.  Rosanna was first lady in 39:19 and Jon finished in 48:30.

Jon Dilworth 39:19 
Rosanna Andrews 48:30.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Geneva Half

Just in from Geneva, Pete Moor completed the Geneva Half in 1:42:56 on a wet and windy day.  There was great support all the way round despite the weather including an alpine horn and choir.

Pete Moor 1:42:56

Neolithic Marathon

Walk it or run it!  Even run and walk it, they all work.  The Neolithic Marathon sounds tough and a route around Stonehenge must be.  

Darren and Suzaane Baldwin completed the route with Darren getting round in 4:48 which he says is a PB, despite the hills and sticky mud. Paula Pinney took the walking option and rumours have it that Dave Solly took the driving option.  This has yet to be confirmed.

Milton Keynes Marathon & Half

The Milton Keynes Bank Holiday Marathon Festival is short distance for Northampton Road Runners and five of our members made the trip. 

The event is well supported and takes in a boring but flat half of the course for those seeking a potential PB but a few sharp twists and turns can soon throw your pace off balance.

Starting at some stadium in Milton Keynes, the route heads towards the centre along dual carriageways and around many of the infamous roundabouts and offers plenty of room for runners as the field starts to spread out.  After a few squares around the centre with a great atmosphere, the route heads back on itself before splitting at 10 miles for the marathoners to take in a more scenic route heading to the country.  

The half teases runners by going past the finish, then the prettiest part of the course around a lake and then back into the stadium for a grandstand finish for a great reception.

The route is lined with enthusiastic locals ready to cheer everyone on in the May Day sun.  Two miles from the end was a lively group offering runners a cup of beer should they need one.

There were some great performances from our members.  Eamon Kennedy decided to celebrate a well earned week off and then lacing up again to complete his second marathon in just over a week in 4:12:47.

John Eales was almost bang on five hours with a time of 5:00:13.  Star of the day was Keren Irving, winner of the club place.  She smiled her way around the course to complete her first marathon in 5:21:33 and looked like she loved every minute of it.

In the half distance, Mark Kennedy enjoyed a great run with a PB of
1:32:33, finishing 84th overall. Cathy Millar completed her second half marathon challenge in 2:27:51  

779 Eamon Kennedy 4:12:47
1301 John Eales  5:00:13
1418 Keren Irving 5:21:33

84 Mark Kennedy
1474 Cathy Millar 2:27:51

Sharky in Prague - The Next Chapter

Sharky completed 15th marathons in 12 months and the new challenge begins again with number one - a trip to Prague, his time 4:21:39.

A phenomenal achivement and an enjoyable journey for Sharky who has written himself into NRR folklore.  What a way to celebrate, Czech lager ... less than a pound a pint!

Parkrun - Northampton Anniversary

The third year anniversary at Northampton Parkrun was attended by 330 members on Saturday 2nd May. Parkrun has gone from strength to strength locally with the free event really taking off for all ages.

11 Ilir BRECA 18:44
15 Mark HAZLE 18:56
21 Richard WILD 19:21
74 Mark KENNEDY 22:37 - pacer
126 Jocelyn GRANGER 24:50
169 Mary SULLIVAN 26:30
213 Richard ROSE 28:19
221 Helen BLACKBURN 28:49

Market Harborough Parkrun
7 Mark GARRETT Northampton Road Runners 00:20:26

Magic Mile 

The monthly Magic Mile takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Racecourse (10am). Mark Kennedy finished in 6:07:87.
6 Mark Kennedy 6:07:87

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Evesham Ultra

Jon Panter completed the Evesham Ultra, a tough challenge over 45.5 mile and 4,300 feet in climbs. Jon was 20th overall and finished in 8:56:54.

Northants 5K Series

Pete Moor did the first race of the Northants 5K Series at Corby on Sunday 26th April in a time of 20:39, his fastest 5K time of the year.

50 Pete Moor 20.39

Sunday, 26 April 2015

London Marathon

It's the biggie!  The London Marathon captures the hearts of the British public as thousands of runners take to the streets of the nation's capital to take part in the world's most famous marathon. With so many races to enter nowadays, it is still impossible to ignore this showpiece.

On 26th April, a huge crowd of NRR runners, supporters and friends made their way to London to be a part of the masses.  Those at home followed the live updates on the website and a real buzz was created all round.

Performance of the day went to super Dave Green who finished an amazing 208th overall and was only 12 seconds behind legend Paula Radcliffe with an amazing time of 2:37:07.  Dave even made the tv shot of Paula finishing.

Also smashing through the three hour barrier was Tony Letts in 2:56:13 and Daniel Cook in 2:57:09.

Matt Brand chalked up a 3:05:34 finish with ever popular monkey following him around too. Dan Gosling made an impressive marathon debut in 3:19:20 and Dave Blackburn flew around the course with a phenomenal 3:38:31. Beckie Hollowell was the first NRR lady to cross the line in 3:40:18 and Ronnie Ambrose broke four hours at London for his first time in five at 3:48:45.  

Winner of the club place Charlotte Yarker made her London debut in 3:55:51 and Wendy Parker finished in the same time.  Also breaking four hours was Eamon Kennedy in 3:57:20.

Next up was Rob Donovan in 4:07:41 closely followed by our other club pace winner Darren Byfield in 4:08:14.

Two more debutants followed, Fern Farmer 4:10:37 and Gavin Harris 4:16:22 with Suzanne Baldwin next in 4:30:19.

Alan Capell survived an early tumble at eight miles to soldier on and finish in 4:42:57 and

Paige Pinckard finished in 4:46:34.  Katie Pittam also completed her first ever marathon in 4:53:24 with Nicci Hollowell in 5:56:58.  A huge well done to Sue The Cake Thompson who who finished in 6:22:57 after her hip operation last year.

Plus well done to Spike for 6:19:33 and a huge shout out to Chris Mr PJR Lamb for 2:46:12.
Well done everyone and to the supporters who were cheering everyone today.

Dave Green 2:37:07 
Tony Letts 2:56:13
Daniel Cook 2:57:09. Matt Brand 3:05:34
Dan Gosling 3:19:20 
Dave Blackburn 3:38:31
Beckie Hollowell 3:40:18 
Ronnie Ambrose 3:48:45.  
Charlotte Yarker 3:55:51 
Wendy Parker 3:55
Eamon Kennedy 3:57:20.
Rob Donovan 4:07:41
Darren Byfield 4:08:14.

Fern Farmer 4:10:37
Gavin Harris 4:16:22
Suzanne Baldwin 4:30:19.
Alan Capell 4:42:57
Paige Pinckard 4:46:34

Katie Pittam 4:53:24
Nicci Hollowell 5:56:58
Sue The Cake Thompson 6:22:57

Parkrun 25th April

Five NRR in the top twenty...we're flying.

6 Ilir BRECA 18:53
8 Rosanna ANDREWS 19:03 - 1st lady
13 Mark GARRETT 19:31
15 Mark KENNEDY 19:46
17 Richard WILD 19:58
29 Mark JOHNSON 21:00
51 Seb PERRY 22:04
61 Sarah JONES 22:31
126 Paul GRAY 24:58
140 Elaine PALMER 25:51
160 Mary SULLIVAN 26:43
230 Helen BLACKBURN 29:47
267 Helen GARDNER 32:03

The brand new Market Harborough parkrun
35 Jon DILWORTH 24:00

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Manchester Marathon

Described by many as "the fastest marathon in the country," a trio of NRR members took on the challenge of the Manchester Marathon. 

Three storming runs started with Stu DRUMMOND flying over the line with a stunning time of 3:06:26.  Stephen KENNEDY completed his second marathon with a goal of breaking four hours and he didn't just scrape through the barrier, he smashed it!  Time of 3:40:15.
Mark and Sue LEWIS ran the course together, Mark helping them both to a time of 4:43:51.

The standard has now been set ahead of London next weekend, well done everyone. 

686 Stuart DRUMMOND 3:06:26 
2668 Stephen KENNEDY 3:40:15 
6714 Mark LEWIS 04:43:51

Duston Tri

Two NRR members took part in the popular Duston Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 19th April.

Jo Windrum completed her first tri, finishing with a pretty quick run in 20:40.  Adrian Tuck completed the whole event in a fantastic time of 1:06:35.

50 Adrian Tuck - 7:49 (swim) 1:13 (t) 35:03 (bike) 0:57 (t) 21:31 (run) - 1:06:35
185 Jo Windrum - 7:44 (swim) 1:47 (t) 47:48 (bike) 0:36 (t) 20:40 (run) - 1:18:37

Parkrun 18th April

A huge field of 348 runners took part in the latest Parkrun.  The three year anniversary run is taking place on 2nd May.

5 Ilir BRECA 18:59
6 Rosanna ANDREWS 19:23 - 1st lady
13 Mark KENNEDY 20:05
26 Peter MOOR 21:11
48 Sarah JONES 22:10
162 Mary SULLIVAN 26:54
220 Helen BLACKBURN 29:41

Daventry parkrun
18 Seb PERRY 21:53

Monday, 13 April 2015

A Jaunt Around Brighton

John Eales completed the Brighton Marathon on 12 April 2015 in a great time of 4:11:16, making it a course PB.

John Eales 4:11:16

Belvoir Half Marathon

The Belvoir Half Marathon was another windy one with four NRR runners tackling the countryside route.

Rosanna Andrews battled against the conditions to rack up a great time of 1:27:57.  Richard Wild also continued his amazing form with a 1:32:44 finish.  Penny Andrews and Sarah Jones also had great runs with times of 1:40:50 and 1:41:03. 

36 Rosanna Andrews 1:27:57
76 Richard Wild 1:32:44
165 Penny Andrews 1:40:50
168 Sarah Jones 1:41:03

Worcester Half Marathon

Roger Taylor continued his comeback to form with a brilliant 1:42:42 at the windy Worcester Half Marathon on Sunday 12th April.

154 Roger Taylor 1:42:42

Sandy 10

Eamon Kennedy and Paul Braddock did the well established Sandy 10 (mile) on Sunday 12th April. It's another one of these little gems boasting an out and back route in glorious countryside.  The first few miles are a bit hilly but that offers an amazing fast finish if you have anything in reserve. Eamon did a respectable 1:22:32 and Paul scored a 10 mile PB in 1:26:52.

Eamon Kennedy 1:22:32
Paul Braddock 1:26:52

Peter's Debut in Paris

Peter Watson mae his marathon debut in Paris, a beautiful city and lovely route taking in all the sights.  Did he have time to stop and view then in his quest?  Peter finished in 5:10:47.

Peter Watson 5:10:47 

A Seaside Half - Bournemouth Bay Run

A beautiful day for a run along the seafront, Mark Kennedy completed his fifth Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon, a favourite road event of his, completing the route in a time of 1:34:39.

The event starts at Bournemouth Pier and heads along the promenade towards Poole before climbing to the top of the cliff and heading back towards Southbourne before a trip back along the seafront to Bournemouth via Boscombe Pier.  Good support along the way from locals and a rousing finish line reception.

The weather was great for an added bonus.

90 Mark Kennedy 1:34:39

Valley & Views, Waendel Walkers Club

A great run local run on 12th April for a handful of NRR at the Valley & Views hosted by the Waendel Walkers Club.  Darren Baldwin and Sharky Cotters did the marathon distance while Suzanne Baldwin Elaine Palmer and Casey Baldwin did the 16 mile distance, all for a lowly £4 entry fee and a full English breakfast when you finish, can't go wrong.

Parkrun 11th April

6 Ilir BRECA 18:55 
9 Richard WILD 19:31
35 Sarah JONES 21:50 

160 Helen BLACKBURN 29:06
174 Richard ROSE 29:38 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Northampton Running Festival

Set in the beautiful grounds of Delapre Abbey, the annual Northampton Festival of Running provides a great atmosphere for runners over three distances. The 10K starts at 10am with the half and marathon distances going off at five minute intervals later.

Five NRR members took on the half distance challenge which involves six laps of course, starting outside the Abbey and heading clockwise around the lake which got muddier on each loop.  
The ladies put in a storming performance! Rosanna Andrews finished in 5th position overall with an excellent time of 1:34:28 and well done to Penny Andrews who was 1st in her age category (F50) 1:48:15
Mark Kennedy was pleased with a 15th place finish in 1:44:04 and Mark Johnson was close behind in 1:46:50. Pete Moor completed the line up in 1:51:54.

This is a fantastic event with brilliant, enthusiastic marshals around the course, music to rock out to each time you pass the start finish and excellent camaraderie between runners lapping the route.

5 Rosanna Andrews 1:34:28
15 Mark Kennedy 1:44:04
20 Mark Johnson 1:46:50
22 Penny Andrews 1:48:15 - 1st F50
31 Pete Moor 1:51:54

Coventry Massey Ferguson 5 Mile

Tony and Jo Letts took part in the Coventry Massey Ferguson 5 Mile on the weekend of 4th April.  Tony was 1st MV40 in 29:49 and Jo finished in 45:45.
Tony Letts 29:49 - 1st MV40
Jo Letts 45:45.

South Downs Way 50 Miles

Well done to Richard Cormack for completing the South Downs Way 50 mile event in 11 hours and 40 minutes.  A superb endurance achievement.

Parkrun 4th April

6 Ilir BRECA 19:11
9 Stuart DRUMMOND 19:49
11 Richard WILD 20:01
38 Pete MOOR 21:31
50 Sarah JONES 22:05
75 Mark KENNEDY 22:57 - Pacer
76 Jon DILWORTH 23:03
201 Rachel PALMER 28:44
200 Elaine PALMER 28:44
219 Helen BLACKBURN 29:12

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Daffodil Dawdle

The Daffodil Dawdle was around the flat, muddy and windy fields of Newmarket. A 27 miler organised by the long distance walkers association with good food stops made up for complicated directions but ran in great company ... beware anyone else tempted to do lDWA events ...they are very addictive. 

Well it was over marathon distance so have a guess who decided to do this one?  That's right....Sharrrrrrrrrky.  He managed, despite the mud and wind, to complete in a time of 6.03 and add yet another marathon to the ever growing list.

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