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Date Event
05/12/09 Birmingham League Div 2
The XC season kicked off for Northbrook with Race 1 at Senneleys Park with the men's A team finishing in 12th. A repeat performance at Gloucester on 5 December gave Northbrook A team 12th place on the day and 13th overall, whilst the B team finished in 8th place on the day.
Paul Andrew again led Northbrook home, and Mick O'Shea improved on his Senneleys Park result. Good also to see Nathan Holmes back, and Martyn Brunt with a broken arm making the counters. Howard Andersen continued his impressive off road season with another top 6 finish. They get to do it all again at Sphinx on 16 January.

28/11/09 The Midland 7
For anyone new to X-C then this was a good chance to get involved and find out what it's about. Run at Halesowen on 28 November it was full of ups, down, twists, turns, bridge crossing, stream crossing, sand, shale, clay, mud, steps, concrete - the lot.

23/11/09 Richard Hodge Richard Hodge - Super Six
Having been selected from more than 2,400 contenders, Richard Hodge (aka Matchstick Man) is now one of the "Lucozade Sport Super Six" in the Runner's World competition, and will be running the 2010 London Marathon.

Matchstick Man's profile

22/11/09 Places in Top 3 for Northbrook at Sphinx 8
Northbrook ladies Alix Critchley, Cath Fenn and Corinna O'Connor took 1st team prize at Sphinx's inaugural 8-mile multi-terrain race at Coombe Park on 22 November. Alix Critchley was 1st lady and Cath Fenn 1st F35. Paul Andrew finished 3rd male in 46:36.
10/11/09 Warks Road Race League
Northbrook Ladies Lyn McDonald, Angela Hands and Corinna O'Connnor brought Northbrook top honours on the ladies' team table, with Lyn finishing 2nd in the senior ladies' race. Angela taking 4th and Corinna taking 7th in the vet ladies' category gave Northbrook 2nd place in the Vet Ladies' team competition.
Northbrook Men finished the series in 2nd place, with leading Northbrook man Pete Fellows in 7th place overall. In the Vets category, Northbrook men were 2nd placed team with Pete Fellows taking 5th place and Nigel Bassnett 9th.
WRRL results  Individual   Teams: Men    Ladies

07/11/09 Mark Baker On Air
link to BBC Cov and Warks radio Mark Baker was interviewed for the Lorna Bailey show on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio on Saturday 7th November 2009, where local people are invited to show their passion for sport. Mark was invited to talk about ultra-running, and mentioned Northbrook AC during the 5 minute chat.

04/11/09 London Marathon 2010 rejection slip London Marathon Club Draw
The draw for the Club's three Guaranteed Entry places for the 2010 London marathon, drawn by a person not connected with the Club, resulted in places being offered, in order of drawing, to Andy Miles, Paul Stead and Corinna O'Connor, with Steve Mason as reserve.

31/10/09 Northbrook Road Race Champs
It was a nail-biting finish to the 2009 Northbrook RR Champs, with John Hosie and Howard Andersen battling it out for top honours right to the finish, Hosie leading Andersen by just one point. Andersen took the honours though at the top of the Male Vets table.
In the senior ladies' table Rebecca Smith's 5 perfect scores gave her an unassailable lead over 2nd placed Alix Critchley. Smith's Vet category results (she achieved Vet status part way through the year) gave her the double of top place in the Vet ladies table.
Full listings
04/10/09 Northbrook Scores Hat Trick in Kenilworth Half
photo of Paul AndrewNorthbrook's Paul Andrew ran 1:13:56 to win the 2009 Kenilworth Half-Marathon on 4 October. With John Hosie (5th in 1:18:23) and Howard Andersen (14th in 1:22:08), Northbrook took the men's team prize. Northbrook ladies Lyn McDonald, Lisa Bragg and Sarah McNaney completed the hat-trick by taking the ladies' team prize.

Northbrook results     Full results     View it on YouTube

20/09/09 photo of Mark Baker Silver for Mark Baker in the Welsh Masters' Championship
Finishing the Anglesey Marathon on 20 September in 3:15:45, the Club's Welsh international, Mark Baker took the Welsh Masters' Championship silver medal, presented by former Wales Rugby international Robin McBryde.

Results and report

20/09/09 Success for Mackness and Joy for Joyce in Berlin
Haile Gerbrsellasie couldn't manage it but Tony Mackness and James Joyce both comfortably beat their previous best times in the 36th Berlin Marathon. Among the nearly 40,000 others running in the 25°C temperature were clubmates Clive Horton and Paul McGurk.
13/09/09 Northbrook Ladies 1st in 10
Amanda Deavy (33rd), new signing Lucy Porter (41st) and Lyn McDonald (50th) made up a winning trio to take the ladies' team prize at the Nuneaton 10 on Sunday 13th September. In the men's race Howard Andersen bagged the V50 prize, whilst Richard Hodge and Richard Hands sliced minutes of their previous bests for the distance. Another strong team showing should have helped Northbrook's position in the WRRL, this being race 8.
Northbrook results

04/09/09 Warks Road Race League
After 6 races Northbrook Men were lying in 2nd place, with Northbrook Ladies occupying the top spot. Leading Northbrook man Pete Fellows lay 2nd overall. At Race 7, the Coventry Godiva Autumnal 5 on Friday 4th September, the Club fielded a team of 18 men and 5 ladies. On the night, John Hosie (14th) was leading Northbrook man, whilst Amanda Deavy (4th lady) led the Northbrook ladies home.

02/09/09 Summer Handicap Series
Being one of only two ladies to have scored points in all five previous races this season, Helen Morris braved the wind and rain lashed late summer evening of 2 September to try to preserve her lead over her nearest best of 5 challenger. A race 2nd place for Cath Fenn, and a race 16th place for Helen moved them both the top of the best of 5 column to share the series ladies' title.
In the men’s race, Alan Beeby, with 136 points from 5 races and an unassailable 33 point lead decided to sit this one out. Craig McNaney won race 6, his debut race of the series, but by coming home 5th Tony French moved himself up to 2nd place overall.
Out of the 29 ladies and 77 men who took part in the series as a whole, only 4 ladies and 15 men ran enough races (5) to qualify for a series position.
Series results

31/08/09 Club Peak District Weekend in Dimmingsdale 28 - 31 Aug
photo of cabin at Dimmingsdale The club’s annual training weekend to the Peak District over the August Bank Holiday weekend, was another memorable event. 15 Northbrookers descended on Dimmingsdale, a remote cabin hostel, accessed by a very narrow uphill track from the village of Oakamoor.

photo of lake at Dimmingsdale There were plenty of old and new faces, and during our 4 day stay  we counted 5 runs, 2 walks, lots of beer and a karaoke. The many highlights included fantastic runs in isolated scenery, long walks from Waterhouses and Tissington in marvellous surroundings, lots of very English tea rooms, a village fete we stumbled across,Tom Jordan’s  “moondance”  when stung on the leg by a wasp, the ‘king of the mountains’ head-to-head with Jerry Trill on a steep off-road incline, 'The ’Cricketers’ pub at Oakamoor and a legendary karaoke night that extended until 3am, Craig Hanbury falling asleep at every opportunity (and keeping everyone else awake), finding Shaun Flanagan lost in the woods on the way home from the pub in pitch darkness, not to mention excellent home cooking with everyone helping out at the hostel

Thanks to Jerry Trill for organising a great weekend.  Looking forward to next year already.

22/08/09 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Relay
Despite a 4 minute handicap, late arrival Jerry Trill led his team to victory in the Club's annual 3 x 3.7 mile relay on 22 August. Not far behind was Lyn MacDonald, making sure of second place for her team. Prize for determination went to Alix Critchley who ran 2 consecutive legs.
Times and report
photo of John Hosie
Northbrook victorious at Massey Corporate 5
Fresh from the previous week's Wedgnock 2nd place, Northbrook's John Hosie ran a sub-30 to come home first in Massey Ferguson's 2009 Corporate 5 multi-terrain race at Warwick University on August 18th. Lyn McDonald's 3rd lady finishing place helped secure the team prize for Coventry City Council's ladies' team. Cath Fenn was the ladies V35 prize winner.
Northbrook results   Full results

Bob Simpson wins Warks Champs V55 medal
After a 2 month delay in announcing the Warwicksire results, Bob Simpson is awarded the V55 medal following the Stratford Shakespeare Half-Marathon on 26 April.

15/07/09 Race the Train - 15 July
Centro revenues received a boost when two-dozen fare-paying, plus a few senior travelpass holding, Northbrook runners took the 7.18pm train from Tile Hill to Hampton in Arden. They met up there with ten fellow club members who had run the distance, and then raced back to Tile Hill over a mainly off-road route.
Report and times

12/07/09 Allesley Festival 5k
photo of Vincent O'Sullivan Vincent O'Sullivan of Warwick University was the easy winner of the Northbrook staged Allesley Festival 5k. Coming home in 17m 01s, he was well clear of 2nd placed Godiva Harrier Colin Deasy (18m 21s) and Sphinx first finisher Jamie Cozens (18m 54s).
Fifth placed Trevor Knight (19m 47s), 7th placed Richard French (20m 10s) and Nigel Bassnett (20m 45s) in 11th spot were the three leading Northbrook finishers.
Coventry Godiva's 13th placed Samantha Anderson was first lady home in 21m 04s. Northbrook's Lyn McDonald took 2nd lady spot in 22m 08s.
In the Junior Run, Andy Butcher sprinted round to come home a clear first in 8m 02s.
For full results (including Fun Run) go to our 5k page

26/06/09 Bob Simpson wins Warks Champs V55 medal
After a 2 month delay in announcing the Warwicksire results, Bob Simpson is awarded the V55 medal following the Stratford Shakespeare Half-Marathon on 26 April.
25/06/09 Sphinx Midsummer 5
A 26-strong Northbrook team presence at this popular race was rewarded with PBs for Richard Hands, Richard Hodge and John Wilson.
Results      Watch it on YouTube

31/05/09 photo of Nigel Stirk Coventry Northbrook 10km Race
Coinciding with the warmest day of the year so far our 10km race over a traffic-free rural route saw a field of 385 finishers.
Nigel Stirk of Tipton Harriers took 1st place in 33:16, with Vincent O'Sullivan (Warwick Univ) 2nd, and Gary Payne (George Elliott Striders) taking 3rd place.
Myshola Kirkham (Cov Godiva) was 1st lady in 38:36.

For full results and lots of photos go to our 10k page
Photo courtesy of Brian Smith