Friday, 1 August 2014

Wellingborough Five

The Wellingborough Five is a great event run by our friends at WDAC but their welcome extends beyond race day itself.

Three days prior to the race, the club turns out in force to practce the route and ensure that prepartions are made for the day itself.  Of course, the hosts like to ensure that their is a BBQ and a lot of fun thrown into the pot.

On the Thursday, a small clutch of NRR members went over to the Old Grammarians to run the route.  Mark Kennedy, Ronnie Ambrose, Sarah Jones, Wendy Parker, Eamon Kennedy, Martin Andrews and John Dilworth took part and stayed for a burger at the end.

Wellingborough are a fantastic club who offer the same enthuiasm and welcome similar to NRR and they will also be oving venue later this year.

Back to race day and Tony LETTS continued his fantastic recent form with a 28:22, was 2nd MV40 too.  Dave WHATTON finished in 34:44 and Sarah JONES completed her second running of the course in 36:05 - 6th FV45.

John EALES enjoyed a good run in 38:02 as did Tom SULLIVAN 39:18 and Andy Cottrell 39:14.

Eamon Kennedy is returning to the racing circuit with a 40:50 finish and it was good to see Micky BHOGAL running 44:50.  Carole WHATTON completed the line up in 50:31. 

9 Tony LETTS 28:22 2nd MV40
71 Dave WHATTON 34:44
94 Sarah JONES 36:05 6th FV45
121 John EALES 38:02
142 Tom SULLIVAN 39:18
145 Andy Cottrell 39:14
161 Eamon Kennedy 40:50
200 Micky BHOGAL 44:50
234 Carole WHATTON 50:31


Parkrun 26th July

Northampton Parkrun
7 Ilir BRECA 19:27
8 Mark GARRETT 19:38
11 Mark KENNEDY 20:06
15 Richard WILD 21:06
30 Sarah JONES 22:26
63 Jim ANDERSON 24:09
66 Elaine PALMER 24:33
123 Tony KENNEDY 27:33
156 Helen BLACKBURN 29:37

Lanhydrock Parkrun
21 Ronnie AMBROSE 24:48
51 Wendy PARKER 28:42

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Tenby Marathon

Andy Sharky Cotters did the Wales Marathon in Tenby on Sunday 13th July and managed 4.12.48 on a very hilly course. Well done to Andy who is a running machine at the moment.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Charmout Challenge 5 July (Dorset)

Colin Bricher reported on the Charmout Challenge which he completed on 5th July...

"When one enters a fell race, one expects hills and rough terrain. However optional extras include steps, stiles and sheep-poo. For some years, I have struggled getting over stiles but it is something I can live with. For probably a similar length of time I have been unable run up or down steps: it is a bit of a nuisance going up, but not bad: however it is a great handicap going down as I have to walk instead of run.

It is over three years since I have done a fell race or raced over 7½ miles so I was taking on a bit tackling a 8 mile category B race. Uphill start before descending to the river and making the long climb up Stonebarrow Lane. I was coping for 4½ miles and reaching the summit, Golden Cap at 600' the highest point on the south coast. Striding down, my foot struck a sheep poo and I slid, landed on my side and nearly turned my ankle over. My quads had not tightened very much, but the jarring sped the process up and I was not losing too much ground. Itting the last mile downhill. Aagh steps, too many people came past. I finished really tired, unsure how much was the race and how much the fall."

224 Colin Bricher 1:11:07

Kids' Marathon Challenge

What a fabulous afternoon at the kids marathon challenge, 13 kids on each team (boys v girls) running a 300m lap. Each team completed 68 laps in total. Thanks to Paula Pinney who organised it to raise money for Children in Need!

Paula added, "I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody that made today possible, The Obelisk Centre for letting us use your venue, Sarah and your daughter (sorry I am rubbish with names) for your help, support and donations. 
 
The fab face painting girls Rachel and Sam. Dave for supporting the runners on the final leg of each lap. A huge well done to all of the kids who took part you are all superstars. 
 
The final time for the full marathon was 3 hours 30. It was a close run race between the lads and the girls, with the girls being the final victors by about 10 meters on the final lap. After the race all of the kids enjoyed donuts and the final few had a water fight that went down well. 
 
On the day we raised £174 after I paid for the bouncy castle (the only cost) We still have sponsor money to come so I will post what the final figure is in a couple of weeks when I can announce the winner of the bowling tickets for 6 people. 
 
Once again thank you, it was great to see so many kids enjoying themselves. We are planning to hold the event again next year. If you could not make it but would like to make a donation you can at www.virginmoneygiving.com/paulapinney."

Hatrick In One Weekend

John Eales had a weekend of madness a couple of weeks ago. Friday 11th, in the evening he completed the the Whissendine 6 mile in 48.32 followed by Adderbury half in 2.19.42 and completed with the Bushy 10K on Sunday in a time of 50.51.

Madness to the extreme...

July Parkruns

19th July 2014
Northampton Parkrun
9 Ilir BRECA 19:52
29 Sarah JONES 22:30
56 Elaine PALMER 24:23
95 Tony KENNEDY 26:52
147 Jonathan TICE 31:24

12th July 2014
Northampton Parkrun
21 Ilir BRECA 20:08
22 Mark GARRETT 20:14
43 Sarah JONES 22:09
69 Tom SULLIVAN 23:55
115 Robert BATEMAN 26:04
122 Tony KENNEDY 26:24
137 Paul HOLLEY 27:08
160 Helen BLACKBURN 29:00
219 Lynsey LOU 33:24

Poole parkrun
436 Jonathan TICE 31:11

5th July 2014
Northampton Parkrun
38 Sarah JONES 22:05
40 Mark KENNEDY 22:09 - Pacer
81 Jocelyn GRANGER 25:18

Waterstown parkrun
13 Elaine PALMER 24:32

Abbey 10K

Andy Sharkey Cotters did the Abbey 10K on Sunday 29th June. Situated in Ramsey , Cambridgeshire on a lovely flat course run mainly on farmers tracks and droves. 

Andy managed a sub 50, completed in 49:24 and would definitely recommend this race, it was well marshalled and there was a nice medal for all finishers.

Adderbury Running Festival

The Adderbury Running Festival on 12th July is a popular event for NRR members, a short hop to Oxfordshire for this multi-terrain course through beautiful countryside.

The beauty of the event is the friendliness of the marshals and the unpredictable course that unfolds...it has changed each year for the past four years.

The longer distance is the halfish, which this year measured at just over a half, an extra lap around the field was free of charge.  Also in the mix is the weather, this year was blindingly hot whereas two years ago the course was flooded...ah British summertime eh?

On the field, Mark Kennedy, running his fourth Adderbury, was first home for the club in 1:50:15.  Steve Prior was next but was distraught at the lac of cake this time...he finished in 1:53:56.  Darren Baldwin finished in 2:00:51 and John Eales in 2:19:42.  Suzanne Baldwin completed the line up in 2:20:30.

In the 10K was Paul Braddock and daughter Emily, completing her first 10K in 1:21:16.

Halfish
29 Mark Kennedy 1:50:15
38 Steve Prior 1:53:56
51 Darren Baldwin 2:00:51
78 John Eales 2:19:42
79 Suzanne Baldwin 2:20:30


10Kish
76 Paul Braddock 1:21:15
77 Emily Braddock 1:21:16

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Milton Keynes 10K

The East Midlands Grand Prix Series reached a climax at Milton Keynes on 1st July. This usually flat, fast course can usually throw up a challenge with the hot weather but this year was pleasantly cooler with a welcoming breeze making the race a little easier.

Tony Letts enjoyed a great series finishing 2nd M45 on the evening in 35:56 and 3rd M45 overall plus it was a PB too. Daniel Cook also grabbed a PB of 37:04 as did Stuart Drummond in 39:52 .

Mark Kennedy recorded his second quickest 10K in 41:31. The first lady to finish was Sarah Jones 45:25 just ahead of Beckie Hollowell in 46:14 who was two seconds ahead of Steve Prior 46:16

Wendy Parker completed her series with a fantastic 48:14 and Andy Cottrell was just behind in 48:37 and Paul Braddock closely followed in 49:12.

Tom Sullivan 50:23, Jon Dilworth 50:55 and Jo Letts 52:52  completed the line up.

22 Tony Letts 35:56 - 2nd M45 PB
39 Daniel Cook 37:04 PB
97 Stuart Drummond 39:52 PB
124 Mark Kennedy 41:31
230 Sarah Jones 45:25
252 Beckie Hollowell 46:14
256 Steve Prior 46:16
302 Wendy Parker 48:14
310 Andy Cottrell 48:37
318 Paul Braddock 49:12
333 Tom Sullivan 50:23
345 Jon Dilworth 50:55
366 Jo Letts 52:52

Well done to those who completed the series (five races out of eight minimum).

Senior Women
10 Charlotte Yarker

F40
4 Rebecca Hollowell
10 Joanna Letts 

F45

6 Sarah Jones

F50
5 Wendy Parker 1098 Northampton Road Runners 5 6 5 8 6 5 9 7 27 5 27

Senior Men No.
13 Daniel Cook 

16 Simeon Howson
55 Matt Brand


M45
3 Tony Letts
28 Paul Braddock


M50
17 Steve Prior
28 Andy Cottrell

M55 No. Best Five Races Sil Rug Blis Cor Ban Har Wee MK Races Total 5 Total
13 Jon Dilworth


 

Parkrun 28th June

20 Matt BRAND 20:12
22 Mark KENNEDY 20:32
86 John EALES 24:29
122 Tony KENNEDY 26:04
143 Paul HOLLEY 27:12 PB
165 Richard ROSE 28:26
192 Jonathan TICE 30:00 PB
244 Sarah JONES 36:42

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Weedon 10K

The last but one East Midlands Grand Prix series took us to Weedon for a beautiful and (yet another) challenging course.


Daniel Cook enjoyed another good run with a top 30 finish in 37:47 and Simeon Howson finished in 38:49.

Matt Brand was close to the forty minute barrier 40:10 and Sarah Jones kept up her series run with a 47:08.  Close behind was Steve Prior 47:39 and Beckie Hollowell 48:36, followed by John Eales 49:45.


Wendy Parker completed her fourth race in five days (wow) in 51:02.  Jon Dilworth has had a good series too with 51:28.  Paul Braddock 52:10, Tom Sullivan 52:42 and Colin Bricher 59:15 completed the line up.


30 Daniel Cook 37:47
41 Simeon Howson 38:49
59 Matt Brand 40:10
162 Sarah Jones 47:08
169 Steve Prior 47:39
187 Beckie Hollowell 48:36
203 John Eales 49:45
214 Wendy Parker 51:02
218 Jon Dilworth 51:28
225 Paul Braddock 52:10
228 Tom Sullivan 52:42
270 Colin Bricher 59:15

Colworth Challenge Weekend - 20/21/22 June (Too Hot To Trot)

This is the biggest write up of the year due to the massive turn-out we had at this weekend. If I miss you out, sorry.

We set up camp to find we were by far the largest gang camping, joined by family, young kids, youths and pets and all seemed to have a great time.

Some came just for one race, others to attempt the three. Some came to do one and ended up running all three.

34 of us ran 69 races between us totalling 720 miles + under a burning sun.

All the kids ran in the junior races and were showing off their medals to all.

30 of us took part in the Fri 5, some new faces and some old ones also. Hardened Colworth veterans and newbies wondering what they were in for.

A nice gentle 5 miler on a beautiful evening followed by food, beer, football. Nothing to it.

Saturday is a different story however. The campers were joined by those softies preferring their home comforts for the dreaded 8.1 mile trail race.

Although dry and hard this year was particularly tough due to the long grass and deep, rock-hard ruts and there were many tales of falls, grazes and bruises at the finish line. Twenty ran, walked, swore, and hobbled their way round with the thought of cake and more beer to help them along. The 12 o’clock start and very hot day ensured that there were some very red faces on the finishers.

The campers waved off the home lovers and settled down to talking rubbish, a few drinks, and judging the bake off. I wonder if Mo could compete on burgers and beer. Steve got his table of torture out and rubbed up sore calf muscles with the old burger fat.

Sunday morning started at 4.30am with the sun turning my tent into an oven. Another hot one was on the way.

It is by now easy to tell who has been camping by their semi-comatose condition. Still only a mere 13.1 miles to do.

19 of us completed the half, and of those 19 an amazing 16 had completed the whole 3 race marathon challenge. All were frazzled and shattered at the finish however all knew they had completed what is a very special event. First time Challenge finishers always deserve a mention and they were Keren, Jo Letts, John Eales, Steve and Beckie.

This events popularity with us is all due to Mick Clarke. He started running it over 10 years ago. Every year he nagged a few more to join him. Numbers from NRR grew and grew and here we are now.

Mick's last Challenge, 2013 saw him collect his 10 year award. As a tribute to Mick Colworth Striders presented a special commemorative Mick Clarke Award to the oldest finisher of the Challenge.

After the awards were dished out with trophies for Tony and Wendy it was time to relax, and try and chill out.

So another Colworth over. Same weekend next year however the weather can never be as good again can it.

Congratulations to everybody whether running, supporting, marshalling, entertaining or whatever. A damn fine weekend that took my mind off the footy.

The kids were good fun, the dogs behaved, the support was very welcome and the running was pretty good also.

Colworth striders once again put on a fantastic event and we are very grateful for their efforts.

See you next year hopefully. Number 9 for me.

Mark Garrett

Colworth Friday 5 mile
7 Tony Letts 29:09 - 1st mv40
47 Stu Drummond 34:27
65 Mark Garrett 35:33
79 Dave Whatton 36:24
91 Darren Baldwin 37:03
100 Ronnie Ambrose 37:37
111 Jo Windrum 38:12
112 Beckie Hollowell 38:13
115 Steve Prior 38:16
149 John Eales 40:10
151 Wendy Parker 40:17
162 Jasmine Banks 40:49
163 Jim Anderson 40:51
171 Elaine Palmer 41:26
193 Sharky Cottrell 42:39
198 Becky Eldridge 43:12
199 Richard Wild 43:13
228 Alan Palmer 45:02
236 Eamon Kennedy 45:29
251 Andy Pate 46:09
261 Suzanne Baldwin 47:10
262 Jo Letts 47:14
299 Paula Pinney 51:08
310 Carole Whatton 52:50
311 Rachael Smith 52:58
312 Jo Smith 52:59
321 Carrick Baldwin 54:12
322 Coral Baldwin 54:12
328 Keren Irving 55:40
332 Sally Garrett 57:22

Sat 8.1 mile Trail Race
7 Tony Letts 52:34 - 1st mv40
50 Mark Garrett 1:06:32
68 Ronnie Ambrose 1:08:58
75 Steve Prior 1:09:29
76 Darren Baldwin 1:10:01
83 Beckie Hollowell 1:10:38
98 John Eales 1:12:49
99 Martin Rowe 1:12:55
105 Jim Anderson 1:13:53
111 Sharky Cottrell 1:14:44
124 Elaine Palmer 1:16:30
126 Jo Smith 1:16:46
128 Suzanne Baldwin 1:17:21
144 Eamon Kennedy 1:20:00
145 Wendy Parker 1:20:05
154 Caroline Powell 1:22:09
156 Jo Letts 1:23:45
205 Keren Irving 1:45:40
206 Spike Breydin 1:47:45
207 Sally Garrett 1:50:44

Sunday 13.1 mile half
8 Tony Letts 1:24:56 - 1st MV40
19 Andy Blaize 1:33:14
39 Stu Drummond 1:41:05
45 Mark Garrett 1:42:59
53 Richard Wild 1:44:21
69 Ronnie Ambrose 1:48:20
91 Steve Prior 1:53:07
93 Beckie Hollowell 1:53:39
97 Darren Baldwin 1:54:45
108 Wendy Parker 1:59:10 - 1st FV50
117 Sharky Cottrell 2:01:45
120 Jim Anderson 2:02:11
136 Elaine Palmer 2:06:33
143 Jo Smiff 2:07:37
154 Eamon Kennedy 2:10:14
158 John Eales 2:11:08
175 Suzanne Baldwin 2:15:13
179 Jo Letts 2:16:20
216 Keren Irving 2:54:53

Full Marathon Challenge
Tony Letts 2:46:39 - 7th overall
Mark Garrett 3:25:04 – 8th challenge completed
Ronnie Ambrose 3:34:55 - 6th challenge completed
Steve Prior 3:40:52 - 1st full challenge
Darren Baldwin 3:41:49
Beckie Hollowell 3:42:30 - 1st full challenge
Jim Anderson 3:56:55
Sharky Cottrell 3:59:08
Wendy Parker 3:59:27
John Eales 4:04:07 - 1st full challenge
Elaine Palmer 4:04:29
Eamon Kennedy 4:15:39
Jo Smiff 4:17:22 - 7th challenge
Suzanne Baldwin 4:19:44
Jo Letts 4:27:19 - 1st timer only came over to eat cake.
Keren Irving 5:36 13 - 1st timer, ran injured, only intended 2 runs but carried away in excitement, fantastic effort.

I apologise if I missed you out of results.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Parkrun 21st June

13 Ilir BRECA 19:4496 Robert BATEMAN 25:14
114 
Tony KENNEDY 25:57
167 
Helen BLACKBURN 29:22
172 
Jane HOLLEY 29:32
171 
Paul HOLLEY 29:32
233 
Richard ROSE 51:14 Pacer

Harborough Five

The Harborough Five is another part of the EMGP famed for its hills, namely the climb from three to four miles but when you've conquered it, it is really that bad.

NRR was proud to have four finishers in top 40 (or 32 as Simeon would say).

David Green had another storming run with a 27:09 finish.  Tony Letts recorded a PB in 28:44 and Daniel Cook finished 31st in 29:46, one place ahead of Simeon Howson 29:54.
 
Matt Brand finished in 31:42 and Mark Kennedy was pleased with a 33:49 finish.  Pete Moor was next in 35:16.


Sarah Jones was first NRR lady in 35:53 and Steve Prior was next for the men in 36:51.  More ladies, Charlotte Yarker 37:00, Beckie Hollowell 37:18 and Wendy Parker 39:04.

 
Two Jon/Johns and two different spellings were to follow, John Eales 39:28 and Jon Dilworth 39:50.


Elaine Palmer finished in 40:30 ahead of Tom Sullivan 41:20  and Jo Letts 43:44


7 David Green 27:09 
17 Tony Letts 28:44 
31 Daniel Cook 29:46 
32 Simeon Howson 29:54 
61 Matt Brand 31:42 
97 Mark Kennedy 33:49 
132 Peter Moor 35:16
148 Sarah Jones 35:53
174 Steve Prior 36:51 
179 Charlotte Yarker 37:00 
187 Beckie Hollowell 37:18 
218 Wendy Parker 39:04 
224 John Eales 39:28 
233 Jon Dilworth 39:50 
248 Elaine Palmer 40:30 
257 Tom Sullivan 41:20
291 Jo Letts 43:44

 

 

Parkrun 14th June


4 Simeon HOWSON 18:2123 Mark KENNEDY 20:34
27 Ilir BRECA
20:4282 Jim ANDERSON 24:40
91 Elaine PALMER
25:16
100 Eamon KENNEDY
25:43
104 Robert BATEMAN
25:58
109 Jo LETTS
26:43
118 Tony KENNEDY
26:57
145 Kelly ROBINS
29:03
164 Helen BLACKBURN
30:22

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Banbury Five

Round five of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series is the Banbury Five, an undulating country route with some excellent fast downhill stretches.

A record twenty NRR members took on the challenge and, not wishing the sun away, thankfully the clouds appeared for the time around the race making conditions cooler.

There were some fantastic performances again, Tony Letts was 3rd M45 in 29:02, only ten days after his ultra adventure.  Simon Howson was just over the half hour in 30:09 and Andy Blaize ran 31:06.

Matt Brand, another ultra guy, finished in 31:12 and Mark Kennedy finished in 33:57. 
Peter Moor, also fresh from his ultra, finished in 35:19.

Sarah Jones continues to go from strength to strength, finishing in 35:47 and was 3rd F45 overall.

Next to cross the line was Steve Prior (36:15) followed by Charlotte Yarker (36:31), Beckie Hollowell 37:36 and John Eales weren't far behind in 37:58.  Four more runners all finished just under the 40 minute barrier too, Andy Cottrell (39:09), Jon Dilworth 39:14, Wendy Parker (39:21) and Paul Braddock (39:53).

Elaine Palmer was next home in 40:42 followed by Jo Smith 41:54, Jo Letts 43:38 and Colin Bricher 46:09.  Finally was Eamon Kennedy (46:21), rumour has it that he was seen running in the opposite direction on the course.


23 Tony Letts 29:02 3rd M45
46 Simon Howson 30:09
60 Andy Blaize 31:06
62 Matt Brand 31:12
139 Mark Kennedy 33:57
180 Peter Moor 35:19
192 Sarah Jones 35:47 3rd F45
203 Steve Prior 36:15
214 Charlotte Yarker 36:31
240 Rebecca Hollowell 37:36
243 John Eales 37:58
265 Andy Cottrell 39:09
266 Jon Dilworth 39:14
269 Wendy Parker 39:21
277 Paul Braddock 39:53
291 Elaine Palmer 40:42
314 Jo Smith 41:54
344 Jo Letts 43:38
368 Colin Bricher 46:09
369 Eamon Kennedy 46:21

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Race For Life

Well done to everyone who took part in and supporting Race For Life on Sunday 8th June.  Around 4,000 ladies took part in the 5K and 10K distances raising thousands of pounds for charity and the chaps were there to cheer them on

Well done also to Sarah Jones who came second overall in the 10K and to Charlotte Yarker for a top ten finish.

The Otmoor Challenge

Northampton (off) Road Runners have had the Otmoor Challenge on the calendar for the past few years. The half marathon(ish) route takes a trip around the Oxforshire countryside offering a mix of country roads, fields and trails with the start/finish time, unusually at 2pm, is part of the village's annual fate.

Seven NRR off roaders made the sort trip this year with the lure of cake and a beer tent at the finish, they set off in the hot but muddy conditions.

It was good to see seasoned cross countryman Mark Garrett back in his trail shoes and he finished in a very respectable 1:40:36. Ronnie Ambrose finished in 1:53:34 seconds ahead of Beckie Hollowell 1:53:38. Mark Kennedy completed his third Otmoor in a row in 1:58:53 (enjoying the jelly baby stop at mile 10). 

John Eales made his off road running debut with a fantastic 2:00:20 finish and Jim Anderson was close to follow him home in 2:02:57. Wendy Parker was next in 2:05:35 and Suzanne Baldwin completed a great line up 2:12:46.

71 Mark Garrett 1:40:36
140 Ronnie Ambrose 1:53:34
144 Beckie Hollowell 1:53:38
177 Mark Kennedy 1:58:53
189 John Eales 2:00:20
204 Jim Anderson 2:02:57
214 Wendy Parker 2:05:35

250 Suzanne Baldwin 2:12:46

Northampton Parkrun 7th June

6 Simeon HOWSON 18:21
18 Andy BLAIZE 19:41
36 Sarah JONES 21:31 - New PB
85 Jon DILWORTH 24:39
113 Tony KENNEDY 26:13
147 Paul HOLLEY 27:54 - First Timer
169 Elaine PALMER 29:18
202 Jonathan TICE 32:37

Corby Five

The East Midlands Grand Prix series reached the halfway point at East Carlton Country Park on the Northants Leics border.

An undulating route starts ends with an uphill climb back into the grounds of the park to offer competitors a challenge.

This year was damp to start and thankfully everyone avoided the torrential downpour that followed in the evening.

A clutch of NRR members put in some great performances on the night, David Green was 4th overall in a fantastic time of 27:00.  Daniel Cook finished 26th on the night in 29:26.

Simeon Howson was back on track with a 31:26 finish and Stu Drummond enjoyed a good run in 32:33. Mark Kennedy was next to finish bang on 35 minutes with Adrian Tuck close behind in 35:26. 

Sarah Jones was the First Lady to finish in 36:34 with Beckie Hollowell (37:04) and Charlotte Yarker (37:41) close behind. 

John Eales finished in 38:03 followed by Wendy Parker 39:26, Jon Dilworth 39:36, Paul Braddock 40:21 and Elaine Palmer 40:47.  Jo Letts grabbed a new PB in 43:47.


4 David Green 27:00
26 Daniel Cook 29:26
57 Simeon Howson 31:26
77 Stu Drummond 32:33
127 Mark Kennedy 35:00
135 Adrian Tuck 35:26
160 Sarah Jones 36:34
171 Beckie Hollowell 37:04
181 Charlotte Yarker 37:41
187 John Eales 38:03
205 Wendy Parker 39:26
206 Jon Dilworth 39:36
220 Paul Braddock 40:21
227 Elaine Palmer 40:47
264 Jo Letts 43:47 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ultra Madness

On 1st June, seven brave souls pushed themselves to the limit with the 35 mile Northants Ultra starting out from the lovely Lamport Hall.  Sometimes people say Northants is a flat county but if you talk to any of these people, they will tell you otherwise.
 
Tony Letts finished 7th overall in the event timed at 5:00:55, pretty impressive eh?  Matt Brand took part last year and finished in 5:26:38, 14th overall.

Jon Panter had a storming run and looked pretty fresh at the end after 6:24:10 on his feet.  Richard Cormack, also a veteran from last year and smashed 90 minutes off his time too - 7:12:57.

Pete Moor hit legendary status by smashing the Edinburgh Marathon one week, deciding to enter this ultra on a whim and then smashing it in 7:17:51.

Jocelyn Granger loves a challenge and was back for more for her second appearance and again put together a good team - 7:23:59
Andy Cottrell 7:50:42 completed a fabulous line up that was well supported by a cheering crowd of NRR at the finish line.
 
Everybody stayed until the end to cheer all on until Andy crossed the finish line (including Tony and Matt who had finished earlier), that is what makes this club so proud.  Well done all.
 
7 Tony Letts 5:00:55
14 Matt Brand 5:26:38
47 Jon Panter 6:24:10
102 Richard Cormack 7:12:57
110 Pete Moor 7:17:51
112 Jocelyn Granger 7:23:59
138 Andy Cottrell 7:50:42

A Lovely New Half

John Eales travelled down to Histon in Cambs to take part in the inaugural Flaming June Half Marathon. A multi terrain course, thoroughly enjoyable. Completed in a time of 1:58:43 and well recommended for future reference.

Parkrun Results 31st May

28 Mark KENNEDY 20:29
50 Jon DILWORTH 23:09
57 Jo LEE 24:06
71 Elaine PALMER 24:34

76 James ANDERSON 24:49
87 Suzanne BALDWIN 25:24 -plus Casey the dog
100 Tony KENNEDY 26:04
192 Jonathan TICE 31:39

Edinburgh Marathon

Pete Moor completed the Edinburgh Marathon on May 26th in a fantastic time of 3:53:50.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Blisworth Five

Welcome to round three of the East Midlands Grand Prix and back to the well established Blisworth Friday Five which became art of the series last year. 

There were some storming runs from NRR on the night with David Green finishing 3rd overall in 26:46 and Tony Letts was 1st M45 in 28:51.

Daniel Cook also broke 30 minutes in 29:25 and Ilir Brecani finished in 32:26 ahead of Stu Drummond 32:49 and Jon Panter 34:31.

It is good to see Steve Prior back racing with a respectable 35:59 finish.
 
Next home was a trio of ladies, Sarah Jones 36:11, Charlotte Yarker 36:43 and Beckie Hollowell 37:19

Martin Andrews finished in 37:48 racing to the line ahead of John Eales 37:51 and
Caroline Powell.

Paul Braddock enjoyed a good run in 40:36 with Eamon Kennedy and Andy Cottrell neck and neck in 41:35 (was it a photo finish?)

 
Colin Bricher was next to finish in 45:48 ahead of Jo Letts 46:07. 

3 David Green 26:46
26 Tony Letts 28:51 1st M45
32 Daniel Cook 29:25
97 Ilir Brecani 32:26
105 Stu Drummond 32:49
149 Jon Panter 34:31
176 Steve Prior 35:59
183 Sarah Jones 36:11
192 Charlotte Yarker 36:43
203 Beckie Hollowell 37:19
217 Martin Andrews 37:48
219 John
Eales 37:51 
Caroline Powell 37:55
272 Paul Braddock 40:36
298 Eamon Kennedy 41:35
299 Andy Cottrell 41:35
357 Colin Bricher 45:48

360 Jo Letts 46:07
408 David Brooks 56:00

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Parkrun Saturday 24th May

NRR had Parkrunners all over the nation on Saturday.

Well done to Jonathan Tice who completed his first Parkrun graduating from the beginners' group

Edinburgh Parkrun
106 Jon DILWORTH 23:21

Northampton Parkrun
27 3 Sarah JONES 22:44
111 81 Jonathan TICE 31:32

Darlington South Park Parkrun
18 Mark KENNEDY 20:03

Corby Parkrun
26 John EALES 25:00

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Parkrun Results 17th May

11 Ilir BRECA 19:21
35 Sarah JONES 22:12
41 Jon DILWORTH 22:44 - New PB!
70
Elaine PALMER 24:27
71 Eamon KENNEDY 24:31
74 Jo LEE 24:38
80 Jim ANDERSON 25:04
162 Helen BLACKBURN 30:01
173 Elizabeth PARKER 31:01 - New PB!
174
Ronnie AMBROSE 31:02 - Pacer

Cobra Classic

Tony and Jo Letts completed the Cobra Classic 10K in Halesowen on Sunday 18th May.  The course is described as, "bloody tough" by Tony, the last three miles are up hill.  
Tony was first MV40 in 38:00 and Jo finished in 1:00:40.

4 Tony Letts 38:00
73 Jo Letts 1:00:40

Friday, 16 May 2014

Rugby 6

Nineteen NRR runners ran the second event of the East Midlands Grand Prix on Wednesday 14th May.  A beautiful sunny evening saw a big field in attendance for the undulating challenging route.

Tony Letts was first home in 35:26 and was 2nd M45.  Simon Howson had a storming run in 37:00 exactly and Matt Brand was close on his heels in 37:32.
 
Pete Moor was next home in 42:43 followed by Adrian Tuck making his return in 43:16.
 
Beckie Hollowell was the first lady for the club 44:25 with Charlotte Yarker hot on her heels in 44:39.  Sarah Jones continued to go from strength to strength with 46:13 finish.  Martin Andrews came home in 46:22 followed by Caroline Powell 46:27 and John Eales 46:30

Wendy Parker 46:48 and Darren Byfield 47:18 were in the next clutch of runners followed by Jon Dilworth 47:29 and Elaine Palmer 48:47.
 
Jo Smith, another regular on the EMGP circuit, finished in 49:50 followed by Andy Cottrell 50:53 and Eamon Kennedy 51:13.  Jo Letts completed the line up with a fantastic 56:23 finish.

23 Tony Letts 35:26  - 2nd M45
48 Simon Howson 37:00
52 Matt Brand 37:32
147 Pete Moor 42:43
163 Adrian Tuck 43:16
182 Beckie Hollowell 44:25
187 Charlotte Yarker 44:39

223 Sarah Jones 46:13
225 Martin Andrews 46:22
228 Caroline Powell 46:27
229 John Eales 46:30
235 Wendy Parker 46:48
238 Darren Byfield 47:18

242 Jon Dilworth 47:29
267 Elaine Palmer 48:47

283 Joanna Smith 49:50
295 Andy Cottrell 50:53
300 Eamon Kennedy 51:13
338 Jo Letts 56:23

Moulton Fun Run

NRR dominated the Moulton Fun Run on Sunday 11th May..

Carrick Baldwin was overall winner with Mark Kennedy second + winner of King Of The Hill.
For the ladies, Charlotte Yarker was First Lady and Suzanne Baldwin was second lady. Talk about NRR dominance...the glitz and glory of the fun run.
...
Stu Drummond paced his good lady wife around and Micky Bhogal also took part.
Great support from the locals including Elaine, Miles (organising) and others.

Northampton Parkrun Results 10th May 2014

2 Simeon HOWSON 18:17
14 Mark KENNEDY 20:22
22 Ronnie AMBROSE 21:27
40 Jon DILWORTH 23:15
81 Elaine PALMER 24:23
109 Tony KENNEDY 25:54
125 Jim ANDERSON 26:22
182 Pauline HORNE 29:22 PB
184
Helen BLACKBURN 29:32
204 Keren Ann IRVING 31:27 First Timer
232
Elizabeth PARKER 34:36
233 Wendy PARKER 34:37

Friday, 9 May 2014

Silverstone 10K

The East Midlands Grand Prix Series kicked off with the traditional Silverstone curtain raiser.  The two lap route around the circuit offers great PB potential.  This year's event was cool and windy offering a few challenges on the way. 

The series is eight events in total and a great way of building your summer fitness.  Next Wednesday is the Rugby 6, entries are available on the night.

39 Simeon Howson 36:48
337 Peter Moore 45:24
340 Charlotte Yarker 45:19
363 Beckie Hollowell 45:57
445 Sarah Jones 47:20
471 John Eales 47:55
472 Wendy Parker 47:58
501 Darren Byfield 48:28
520 Jon Dilworth 48:57
564 Paul Braddock  50:02
638 Andy Cottrell 51:24
674 James McGowan 51:59
729 Bob Bateman 53:15

Milton Keynes Marathon and Half

A good NRR crowd made their way to the Milton Keynes Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday for a May Day run.

Five decided on the full marathon, some hadn't had enough after their London experience.

Daniel Cook finished in a brilliant 3:01:56 and Matt Brand grabbed a PB in 3:11:18.  Rob Donovan recorded a very respectable 4:12:42 with Andy Cottrell (who also ran London) in 4:22:42.  NRR draw winner Suzanne Baldwin won her place in the club draw and followed up her London aventure with a 4:23:44 finish.

In the half marathon, Ilir Brecani enjoyed a good run in 1:34:03 and Mark Kennedy completed his third in three weeks with a 1:36:59 finish.  Pete Moor continued his Edinburgh build up finishing in 1:48:33.  Sarah Jones finished her second half with a PB of 1:48:36 alongside Caroline Powell in 1:48:59. 

A race wouldn't be a race without Eamon Kennedy (1:52:02) with Darren Byfield 1:55:22 and
Jim Anderson 2:02:59 completing the line up.

The event was mainly along MK's Dual carriageways and although not the prettiest of routes, there was plenty of vocal support along the way.  Miles 12 took a short detour from the roads to the Redways for a lap around a picturesque lake before a finale round the Stadium MK to the finish line.

If you like medals, there is a great chunky one on offer at the end.

Marathon
Daniel Cook 3:01:56
Matt Brand 3:11:18
Rob Donovan 4:12:42
Andy Cottrell 4:22:42
Suzanne Baldwin 4:23:44

Half Marathon
Ilir Brecani 1:34:03
Mark Kennedy 1:36:59
Pete Moor 1:48:33
Sarah Jones 1:48:36
Caroline Powell 1:48:59
Eamon Kennedy 1:52:02
Darren Byfield 1:55:22
Jim Anderson 2:02:59

Northampton Parkrun 2nd Annivarsary & Magic Mile

Parkrun
38
Ronnie AMBROSE 21:23
46
Charlotte YARKER 21:51
66
Sarah JONES 22:48
73
Mark KENNEDY 23:01 Pacer
82
Tom SULLIVAN 23:32
112
Tony LETTS 24:56
131
Robert BATEMAN 25:46
135
Jim ANDERSON 25:56
160
Richard ROSE 26:55
213
Helen BLACKBURN 29:20 PB
264
Elizabeth PARKER 34:05 PB
265
Wendy PARKER 34:06 Pacer
266
Lynsey LOU 34:30

Magic Mile
8 Mark Kennedy 5:55 PB


Friday, 2 May 2014

Shakespeare Marathon and Half

Star of the week at the Stratford Shakespeare Marathon was Wendy Parker who smashed her PB and broke the four hour barrier with an amazing  3:52:45.

Mark Kennedy completed his second half marathon in two weeks in 1:38:33 and Jim Anderson crossed the line in 2:08:14.Marathon
307 Wendy Parker 3:52:45

Half Marathon
253 Mark Kennedy 1:38:33
1342 Jim Anderson 2:08:14

Northampton Parkrun 26th April

5 Daniel COOK 17:51 New PB
7 Simeon HOWSON 18:04
24 Ilir BRECA 19:36
45 Charlotte YARKER 22:05
50 Sarah JONES 22:25
60 Mark KENNEDY 23:07 Pacer
75 Eamon KENNEDY 23:58
90 Tom SULLIVAN 24:37
108 Tony KENNEDY 25:46
137 James ANDERSON 27:48
170 Helen BLACKBURN 30:06 First Timer
195 Sue SUMMERS 32:33
200 Mary SULLIVAN 33:07
212 Elizabeth PARKER 34:54 First Timer
213 Ronnie AMBROSE 34:55 Pacer
224 Richard ROSE 51:29 Pacer

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Stanwick 10K

A good clutch of NRR members took part in the ever popular Stanwick 10K on Easter Monday.

Well done to the Baldwin family, Darren for a PB, Coral for her first ever 10K and Suzanne for pacing her.

Darren Baldwin 42:37 PB
Martin Andrews 47:49

Elaine Palmer 50:49
Andy Pate 53:00
Eamon Kennedy 54:22
Colin Bricher 60:58
Suzanne + Coral Baldwin (1st 10k) 65:08

Northampton Running Festival

Two Kennedys took part in the Northampton Running Festival on Sunday 20th April and both finished in 26th place in each of their events.

Eamon Kennedy completed the 10K in 51:45 and Mark Kennedy the half marathon distance in 1:43:32.

The course was multiple laps in the sceneic grounds of Delapre Abbey with excellent friendly marshals supporting all the way round.

10K
26 Eamon Kennedy 51:45

Half Marathon
26 Mark Kennedy 1:43:32

Parkrun 19th April

2 Daniel COOK 18:16
5 Ilir BRECA 19:29
36 Sarah JONES 21:57
41 Mark KENNEDY 22:04 Pacer
56 Wendy PARKER 23:25
57 Ronnie AMBROSE 23:25
81 Elaine PALMER 24:32
87 Eamon KENNEDY 24:45
225 Richard ROSE 43:27

Brighton Marathon

Richard Wild and John Eales completed the Brighton Marathon in 3:47:53 and 4:33:43 respectively.

Richard Wild 3:47:53
John Eales 4:33:43

London Marathon

As the ballot closes for London today, congratulations to everyone who completed the biggie.  There were plenty of stories to tell from seasoned pros to first timers.

A huge well done to David Green for smashing the three hour barrier with 2:48:07.

Beckie Hollowell made her debut with an amazing 3:43:08 as did Caroline Powell in 4:02:20.


Probably the most excited person of the day was Suzanne Baldwin finishing in 4:23:04.


Sharky Cotters made his London debut with a 4:38:25 finish and Paula Pinney completed her first marathon in 4:53:01.

It was great to see Karen Townsend return to London with a finish in 5:37:24 and Dave Soloman disguised as Agnes Brown finished in 5:48:53.

Well done also to Pauline Horne and Helen Blackburn for fantastic runs.

483 David Green 2:48:07
7421Beckie Hollowell 3:43:08
12327 Caroline Powell 4:02:20
17264 Suzanne Baldwin 4:23:04

20852 Andy Sharky Cotterill 4:38:25
00000 Pauline Horne 4:44:20
24153 Paula Pinney 4:53:01
31170 Helen Blackburn 5:37:24
32293 Dave Soloman 5:48:53 

Parkrun 12th April

11 Ilir BRECA 18:54 PB
20 Mark KENNEDY 19:45 PB
42 Sarah JONES 22:08
71 Elaine PALMER 23:40 PB
75 Tom SULLIVAN 23:52

130 Richard ROSE 27:16

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Marathon Masters

"If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right!" A quote form the great Henry Ford...

Well if you think you can run a marathon then chances are you can and you will! 

Huge congratualtion to Charlotte Yarker for not only completing her first ever marathon in Paris at the weekend but she smashed the four hour barrier in 3:54:56.

Unfortunately the club banner has yet to be seen on the Eiffel Tower though...

At Brighton, Richard Wild ran a brilliant 3:47:53 and John Eales did 4:33:43. 

Three terrific achievements all round...more to follow next week...

Paris
Charlotte Yarker 3:54:56

Brighton
Richard Wild 3:47:53
John Eales 4:33:43

Parkrun Results 6th April

14 Ilir BRECA 19:29
35 Mark KENNEDY 20:52

97 Eamon KENNEDY 24:59
105 Jo LEE 25:25
112 Tony KENNEDY 25:50
200 Sue SUMMERS

Monday, 31 March 2014

Coventry Half

Pete Moor ran the Coventry Half on Sunday 23rd March in a fantastic time of 1:34:31 grabbing a new PB.

NRR Parkrun 100 Day

Northampton Road Runners were extremely proud to help host the 100th Northampton Parkrun. Numbers of volunteers, runners and pacers attended the event sporting our famous club colours.

The day saw a record number of 322 participants turn out out to make the most of the spring sunshine.  Michael Aldridge of Wootton RR also broke the course record with a time of 15:33, expertly led by Jim on the lead bike.

75 Mark KENNEDY 22:05 - pacer
137 Tony KENNEDY 25:17
217 Suzanne BALDWIN 29:02 -pacer
224 Paula PINNEY 29:19 - pacer
225 Darren (& Casey) Baldwin 29:21- barkrun
234 Karen EKE 29:43
272 John OLIVER 32:11
290 Sue SUMMERS 34:01
291 Lynsey LOU 34:04

Stanford Hall Half Marathon

Sarah Jones completed her first ever half marathon at Stanford Hall on Sunday 23rd March in a time of 1:49.45  Well done to Sarah who is flying at the moment.

Loughborough Half

A super trio went to the Loughborough Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd March.

Tony Letts had a great run finishing 25th overall in a time of 1:24:51.  Jo Cummings recorded a great time of 2:07:43 ahead of Helen Blackburn in 2:22:18.

25 Tony Letts 1:24:51
594 Joanna Cummings 2:07:43
737 Helen Blackburn 2:22:18 

Oakley 20

An old favourite for marathon training, the Oakley 20 is a short journey to Bedford for a two lap affair through lovely countryside.  The first lap is 12 miles and the second slightly shorter cumulating in a winding finish through a housing estate to a big cheer at the end.

Nine NRR members tried their luck on the day and there were some fantastic performances.

53 Daniel Cook 2:16:51
292 Beckie 
Hollowell 2:46:33
390 Wendy Parker 2:54:00
393 Richard Wild 2:54:05

407 Jon Dilworth 2:55:12
408 Robert Donovan 2:55:11
439 Caroline Powell 2:56:36
442 Eamon Kennedy 2:56:47
547 Suzanne Baldwin 3:09:20
651 Jocelyn Granger 3:21:13