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ACTION HEART TUFFUN

20th November 2022

Pos
Name
Category
Cat Pos
Gen Pos
Time
17
John Scott
50 – 59
4
17
00:43:52
52
Nitesh Thakrar
60+
1
50
00:51:30
61
Antonio Treglia
40-49
17
58
00:52:27
115
Sally  Haycock
40-49
5
18
00:59:33
142
Tracy Haycock
50 – 59
11
34
01:03:18

Ranton 10km

20th November 2022

Pos
First name
Last name
Gender Pos
Cat pos
Category
Time
7
Mark
Duddy
6
1 / 5
Ages 55 – 59
00:45:49
71
Liz
Austin
26
3 / 8
Ages 35 – 39
01:06:11
97
Charlotte
Ward
47
9 / 13
Ages 40 – 44
01:13:43

Meerbrook 15K

19th November 2022

Race Report by John Finney
A MAGICAL MYSTICAL RACE

Saturday 19 November and the penultimate race in the NSRRA 2022 race calendar. The infamous Meerbrook 15K, is a marmite challenge for many. But a bonus for me; another opportunity to enjoy one of my favourite landscapes of all time. Since teenage weekends spent cycling from Sneyd Green to explore the White Peak I’ve returned time and time again to this beautiful area. In recent years family indulgences have been about walking around Tittesworth reservoir, trekking over the Roaches and on to the Ship Inn at Wincle via Roche End, and enjoying birthday lunches at the Lazy Trout.

So, what of running the area? Well, for me there was a Christmas Cracker along the top of the Roaches, in part inspired by the exploits of non-other than local lad Roy Fowler, the ‘Red Fox’, this gritstone escarpment being one of his favourite training grounds. Then there were a few Leek Half Marathons before enduring my first ‘Meerbrook’ in September 2006. I say ‘enduring’ for good reason. Put it this way. I learnt a few new choice swear words as the field staggered back up Gun Hill on the return journey.

On the journey from Stafford up to this year’s race, we were greeted by a few wisps of innocuous fog as we approached Leek. But soon there was bright sunlight on top of
Blackshaw Moor. However, the drop-down to Meerbrook revealed an almost magical mystical landscape, courtesy of streaks of mist swirling and hanging in the valley with the peaks of the Roaches popping up above and appearing to be keeping watch over all before them.

Then for a mini hike off to the start and time on the line to reflect on how I might perform compared to my 2021 effort which itself took me twenty minutes more to finish than fifteen years earlier. Yikes. That’s an average slowing of someone and a half minutes a year. The joys of ageing.

Soon we were staggering up Gun Hill were those but a hundred metres ahead gradually disappeared into heavy fog. A different kind of atmosphere. Going up and ‘over the top’, so to speak Jodrell Bank was somewhere over to the left. But no views across the Cheshire Plain today. But my enjoyment of the long drop down to the bottom of the course was interrupted by having to retie an undone shoelace. By then though, the fog had dissipated and I soon had a longing to deliberately take a wrong turn down to Danebridge, a favourite boyhood spot for sailing toy boats. Happy days.

Starting back up the main drag the mist returned but a lot less dense. And through the murk, I thought I caught a glimpse of one of those pesky Brocklehurst wallabies. But that might have been a mirage brought on by the strain of running up a vertical hill. Then the joy of finishing a superbly organised race negotiated nine seconds slower than 2021. Still, there was an excuse; stopping to retie that blooming’ lace. Will I never learn?

Pos
Name
Gender Pos
AG
AG POS
NSRRA
Chip
132
John Finney
84th
M75
2nd
756
1:36:47

 

ALton Towers half

13th November 2022

Pos
Name
Time
255
Robert Mitchell
1:46:10
276
Charlotte Mitchell
1:47:18
664
Steve McHugh
2:02:51

 

Trentham Gardens Park Run

Part of Harriers Challenge 2022
12th November 2022


 

Position
Name
Time
7
John SCOTT
19:09
11
Liam DUGGAN
19:41
12
Justin GREEN
19:44
16
Christopher SEALE
20:24
19
Pete CHELL
20:33
36
Antonio TREGLIA
22:01
37
Ian HODKINSON
22:04
38
Nitesh THAKRAR
22:11
49
Sarah DiCESARE
23:18
51
Nicola PESTEL
23:27
60
Vanessa WELHAM
23:58
61
Alan JONES
23:59
85
Mark OLIVER
24:49
93
Tom DAVALL
25:06
95
Sally HAYCOCK
25:14
98
Spencer HOLLAND
25:19
114
Ben GREEN
26:09
142
Sue JONES
27:25
143
Mark BURROWS
27:26
151
Ruth EDWARDS
27:51
152
Jo OLIVER
27:52
153
Debbie McDERMOTT
27:53
212
Bryan HYNES
29:56
274
Wendy SEARS
32:32
300
Julie NOKES
33:48
314
Tracy BURROWS
34:33
346
Sarah GRAY
36:49

flying fox 10

6th November 2022

Pos
Bib
Name
M/F
AG
AG Pos
NSRRA
Chip
27
141
John Scott
25th
M50
4th
 
1:06:50
30
51
Liam Duggan
27th
M40
8th
 
1:07:52
62
83
Ian Hodkinson
53rd
M50
11th
E
1:14:28
72
168
Antonio Treglia
62nd
M40
13th
C
1:16:23
74
126
Jake Oliver
63rd
M Sen
19th
 
1:17:07
78
162
Nitesh Thakrar
67th
M60
5th
E
1:17:51
100
189
Alan Jones
83rd
M55
8th
 
1:23:13
105
147
Chris Skellern
20th
F60
2nd
L
1:24:37
125
78
Sally Haycock
27th
F45
5th
 
1:31:16
145
79
Tracy Haycock
37th
F50
5th
 
1:38:25
151
58
John Finney
113th
M75
3rd
F
1:40:07

 

Halloween Half Marathon

30th October 2022
Race report Wendy Sears

This Worksop half marathon is dubbed the Halloween Half Marathon and provides a good opportunity for individuals to run in Halloween costumes. It has a cutoff time of 3 hours 15 minutes and is run on closed roads and paths. It has an overall elevation of over 725 feet and is an undulating course, although it is promoted as a potential PB course.

There is accessible pay and display parking within a 10-minute walk of the start. The course has apparently altered from its original route, but the current route starts and finishes at the Outward Academy Portland and goes through the scenic Clumber Park. The first mile up Sparken Hill is a steady incline and then there are a couple of miles of undulation, with a lovely long straight downhill stretch around mile 2 that allows you to see hundreds of runners ahead of you… unless you are at the front of course. After that, there are less dramatic downhill sections and longer stretches of inclines and flat sections of the course. Prepare for what feels like longer inclines towards the latter part of the course but with a final around a half a mile downhill stretch towards the finish.

There are three water stations provided along the route and amusing signage displayed in Clumber Park which is well worth a read.

This is a very well-organised event, with excellent marshalling and good local support. Food trucks provide some food at the end and there is access to toilets in the school grounds for a quick post-run freshen-up.

A medal and t-shirt are provided to all finishers, as well as water, fruit, crisps and other sundry items to aid recovery.

Overall, a good but challenging course.

Wendy Sears, 2:33:21


 

Park Hall

NSCCL Race 3

29th October 2022

Female Team

Pos
Name
AG
Time
82
Vanessa Welham
FSen
29:57
84
Chris Skellern
F60
30:15
99
Melonie Deakin
F50
31:36
111
Lisa Sanzeri
F40
32:47
113
Ruth Edwards
F60
33:23
120
Joanne Oliver
F50
33:57
151
Julie Nokes
F60
40:07
154
Sarah Gray
F60
41:58

 
Male Team

Pos.
Name
AG
Time
47
Ashley Jones
MSen
34:42
89
Justin Green
M50
36:44
109
Tony Burbidge
M40
37:59
124
Jake Oliver
M20
38:49
138
Michael Dobson
M55
40:18
155
Antonio Treglia
M40
41:11
156
Ian Hodkinson
M50
41:12
166
Nitesh Thakrar
M60
41:39
173
Rhys McDowell
MSen
42:08
199
Mark Oliver
M50
48:34

 

Lee Valley Velopark 10K

29 October 2022

Race report by Leon Stringer

To Stratford in East London for this event in the shadow of the 2012 Olympics’ velodrome. There was a choice of one mile, 5K, 10K, 10 mile and half marathon distances on a one-mile course. There was chip timing but it was up to you to keep count of your laps. I thought six laps would be boring but knowing what was coming helped me get into a steady pace.

The course was on a hard path. I’d anticipated a flat course but there were two underpasses and two bridges on the route. These weren’t big climbs individually but the elevation added up lap after lap.

It was unseasonably mild and when the sun came out it made running harder work. The energetic support from the friendly marshals was greatly appreciated. Afterwards you could go for coffee upstairs in the velodrome and watch the cyclists training on the track.

51 runners finished the 10K

Harriers:
17th Leon Stringer 00:51:18 (chip time)

 

IPstone 5ish

23rd October 2022

Pos
Name
Gender Pos
AG
AG Pos
NSRRA
Time
18
John Scott
17th
M50-54
4th
 
32:56
53
Jake Oliver
40th
M Sen
12th
 
37:22
54
Antonio Treglia
41st
M40-44
8th
C
37:32
56
Nitesh Thakrar
43rd
M60-64
4th
E
37:47
72
Alan Jones
54th
M55-59
5th
 
41:23
80
Melonie Deakin
21st
F50-54
2nd
M
42:07
84
Sally Haycock
23rd
F45-49
7th
 
42:43
88
Tracy Haycock
24th
F50-54
3rd
 
44:06
103
John Finney
72nd
M75-79
2nd
 
47:30

 

Yorkshire Marathon

16th October 2022

Three Harriers took themselves off to York last Sunday 16th October to compete in the Yorkshire Marathon. John Scott managed yet another PB for the year completing in 3h19m46s!
Tracy Haycock ran her first-ever marathon and successfully completed it in a time of 4h42m57s. She absolutely loved it and now has plans for an Ultra!!!
Sally Haycock pottered around in her own good time of 4h47m58s!!!! (Her own words!!!)

 

NSCCL R2 Stafford Common

15th October 2022
Ladies Results

Pos
Name
AG
Time
88
Chris Skellern
F60
25:49
101
Melonie Deakin
F50
26:56
105
Lisa Sanzeri
F40
27:27
109
Ruth Edwards
F60
27:50
120
Joanne Oliver
F50
28:42
154
Julie Nokes
F60
35:06
157
Sarah Gray
F60
35:45

Mens Results

Pos.
Name
AG
Time
82
Justin Green
M50
30:20
84
Liam Duggan
MSen
30:28
102
Tony Burbidge
M40
31:11
125
Jason Littlewood
MSen
32:44
143
Ian Hodkinson
M50
33:52
151
Michael Dobson
M55
34:08
155
Nitesh Thakrar
M60
34:19
167
Antonio Treglia
M40
35:08
182
Rhys McDowell
MSen
37:52

 

werrington 10k

9th October 2022

Pos
Name
M/F
AG
AG Pos
NSRRA
Chip
103
Melonie Deakin
24th
F50-54
3rd
M
52:09
134
John Finney
98th
M75-79
3rd
F
58:10
156
Graham Williams
110th
M75-59
4th
G
1:05:54

Shrewsbury Half

9th October 2022

Pos
Name
Category
Cat Pos
Gender
Gender Pos
Chiptime
75
Antonio Treglia
m
64
01:42:57
138
Jackie Allen
F45
2
f
26
01:48:04

dovedale dash

2nd October 2022

Pos
Name
Time
104
Jake Oliver
39:21
171
Antonio Treglia
42:07

congleton half

2nd October 2022

Pos
Name
AG Pos
Time
325
John Finney
1st
2:10:05

Chester Marathon

2nd October 2022

position
Number
First name
Last name
Gender
gender pos
Category
cat position
Chip time
234
1155
Michael
Williams
Male
214
Senior Male (18-34)
66
03:07:26
328
1295
Mark
Silvester
Male
301
Senior Male (18-34)
91
03:14:46
369
1240
Christopher
Seale
Male
338
MV35
53
03:18:35
453
2098
John
Grigg
Male
410
MV35
69
03:24:37
455
1964
Rosie
Silvester
Female
45
Senior Female (18-34)
8
03:24:40
551
1581
Ian
Hodkinson
Male
484
MV50
41
03:30:53
1085
1958
Nitesh
Thakrar
Male
871
MV60
26
03:58:18
1792
788
Tom
Davall
Male
1346
Senior Male (18-34)
413
04:39:49

London Marathon

2nd October 2022

Race Report by Mel Deakin

Almost three years after Simon Bromley messaged me to say I had been drawn out of the hat for the club London marathon place, it was very surreal to be in London to run in the 2022 event.

In the summer I started marathon training (again), lost the lard, ran the gruelling South Cheshire 20 to give myself the best chance of being fit enough to enjoy the event. The train strike the Saturday before threw a curveball – if I was at all superstitious, I would have bailed but fortunately, I am not, and took it as an opportunity to have an extra day in London. It paid off though as on the Saturday, Mark and I were strolling through Greenwich Park and saw Kipchoge. Pinch myself moment, I really felt I was dreaming.

Sunday morning at the start I was a bundle of emotion. I couldn’t wait to start, determined to enjoy the event as much as I could before it started to hurt which marathons do. The wave starts worked well, and the first few miles were easy and went so quickly, merging with the other starts, past Cutty Sark then boom, I was at Tower Bridge, one of the best parts of the 26.2 miles. What an amazing moment running over the bridge! Onward through London, so many people lining the route cheering everyone on. By this time it was getting warm and none of the forecast rain had appeared. Canary Wharf is where my legs started to scream and it got difficult.  I was determined not to walk, remembered Paula Radcliffe’s advice and kept counting to 100 in my head over and over again and ticked off the kilometres, 10, 9, 8….just a parkrun to go…. Westminster was in sight and sound, the noise of the crowds cheering was phenomenal and carried me all the way along Birdcage walk and around the corner – the finish in sight, what a feeling. Once I crossed the line I couldn’t hold back the tears. What a wait to run the club place but so worth it.

I have said for a while this would be my fifth and last marathon. I had the most amazing experience running, the crowds and atmosphere is so hard to describe, I don’t think I can top it. Good to finish my marathon days on a high and I’m looking forward to focusing on shorter distances. I am even okay with my time – I was 62 seconds off a PB (Manchester 2018), proud of myself that despite being four years older I got so close. And according to Garmin/Strava who are always right, I ran 26.84 miles ie 0.64 miles long so despite what my official time says, to me London 2022 will always be my best and most gutsy marathon performance.

Thank you to my family, friends and colleagues for supporting me, and to Stafford Harriers for this opportunity. I had an amazing weekend I will remember forever.

Pos
Gender Pos
Name
Category
Cat Pos
Half
Finish
1362
1292
Matt Sargent
18-39
666
01:27:11
02:56:16
7128
5742
James Found
18-39
2579
01:44:18
03:37:38
8841
1908
Vanessa Welham
18-39
896
01:49:03
03:45:23
12651
9507
Richard Rea
18-39
4305
01:41:54
03:59:21
18442
5350
Melonie Deakin
50-54
576
02:00:07
04:23:32
20739
6272
Ruth Edwards
 
 
02:11:53
04:32:18
30795
10983
Melanie Gorman
50-54
1213
02:23:34
05:18:20

 

 

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