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Featured events this month:
- Coombe 8 Multi-Terrain
- Broadmeadow December Double Marathon
- Tempo Winter Series Race 2
- Colewort Hare & Tortoise Marathon
- Midland 7 Mile and 5 Mile Cross-Country Relays
- Coventry 10k
- Broadway Trail Marathon
- Broadway Trail Half-Marathon
- Dirt Half-Marathon
- Autumn Shakespeare Marathon
- Autumn Shakespeare Half-Marathon
- Autumn Shakespeare 10km
- Autumn Shakespeare 5km
- Buff Enigma Fireworks Marathons
- Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 1
- Midland Ladies Cross-Country League Race 1
- Foxy@42 Marathon
- Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile
- Draycote Water 10 Mile
- Droitwich Half-Marathon
- Spooky Halloween Trail Marathon
- Pumpkin Trail Marathon
- Warwick University Cross-Country Relays
|62||Jo Brown||1:02:29||6th LV35 prize|
|86||Sally Eason||1:05:42||1st LV45 prize|
Day 1 - 29 November
Day 2 - 30 November
Mud and muck galore!
The official race distance is 10.13 Km
A wet day by any standards but it cleared in time for the 238 runners to get round in sloshy conditions - this time clockwise going up Camden Hill and down Larkstoke.
Ladies 5 Mile - Northbrook Ladies 3rd place (4 to count)
|2||Wolverhampton & Bilston||42|
Men 7 Mile - Northbrook Men 14th place (6 to count)
|3||Jill Pittiiard||20:37||PB, 1st lady|
Day 1 - 8 November
Day 2 - 9 November
Men's A Team 2nd, 160 points (13, 17, 21, 22, 36,51)
Men's B Team 2nd, 408 points (55, 58, 62, 66, 81, 86)
Ladies Overall 16th, 233 points (21, 102, 107)
Ladies Masters 3rd, 247 points (24, 102,121)
We had 15 runners out for the ladies, finishing on the day in 16th place and 3rd Masters. Some great performances on a very muddy wet day, everyone played their part and it looks like Northbrook ladies can really make their mark this year -Amanda
This was the fourth time this event has been staged, and was postponed
from March due to flooding. I was delighted to do this as I was struggling
with injury in March, so probably would’ve pulled out (but being the stubborn
cuss I am maybe not). Anyhow it was set on mainly rural roads and the weather
was perfect, cool, mainly dry, with a little light rain to cool the body.
It was supposed to be mainly flat/undulating but from mile 8 it was like
a rollercoaster up and down, but nevertheless a very enjoyable course. There
were 3 water stations and to my absolute delight a “Jelly Baby station “
as well - whoopee.
The field was approximately 400, and the event certainly had a very friendly feel to it, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to do a non-Northbrook event. I was the only Northbrooker as far as I could tell, but there were a few Kenilworth and Stratford T-shirts. It was very well organised with marshals in abundance who were all very encouraging, although there wasn’t much spectator support. As I said it was all low key.
Personally I was pleased to run a race without suffering any of my Achilles and hamstring injuries, and to achieve a respectable, albeit not stunning, finishing time, 1 second faster than my last half-marathon in Bedford last December.
I did my usual idiotic thing of starting off too quickly, and completed the first 6.5 miles in approximately 44 minutes and the last 6.5 in 50 minutes. Sorry John Wilson I just cannot seem to get this pacing right. As for the last 2 miles I was glad to find a fellow runner who tried to overtake me, but I wouldn’t allow that and, yes I know she was a woman, but the competitive spirit got the better of me and I sprinted ahead of her over the line. I heard her say only 400m to go. Why does 400m at the end of the race seem like 400 miles? Anyhow, race completed without too much drama, phew. Definitely put this one on your list for the future It’s well worth doing.
Finally, I would say that the training at Northbrook is excellent. I ran the Great North Run in 2005 in 1 hour 41ish so despite my old fart status, I have got faster. The only reason to my mind is the training available at Northbrook, so thank you all the coaches and members for providing that, and for the friendly and competitive spirit. However, you do need to work hard at these sessions to gain speed and endurance, so my new goal is to knock another 7 minutes or more off my half-marathon time. Good luck to everyone who is improving all the time, it certainly inspires me being part of this Club - Tom
This race started at 4pm and continued through the evening in darkness. It followed the Pumpkin Trail Marathon (see below) which was run on the same course from 9am, earlier in the day. I had intended running both marathons back-to-back, but car trouble prevented me getting to the Pumpkin Marathon start on time. It was also car trouble that prevented me running the Snowdonia Marathon the week before - Tony
The Pumpkin Trail Marathon in Telford comprises 31 (and a bit) laps
around a narrow hilly loop of 0.84 miles. The lap is in a nature reserve,
and has two major hills, so most of the time I was either climbing or descending
along stony paths. There is one short stretch of flat road in the middle of
The organisers provided a laminated lap card, which I wrapped around my wrist. I had to stop for a few seconds each lap so that the card could be punched. Food and drinks were provided, but runners had to pick items up themselves, and consume them at the checkpoint. This ensured that no litter was discarded on the loop.
There were about 40 to 50 runners at the start, and one young runner sprinted away to win by over half an hour! I soon settled into sixth place, but it became difficult to know race positions, as runners often left the course for drinks. I had been drinking every five laps in the first half of the race, and managed to pass some runners who were rehydrating every two laps. One runner suggested that I must be a camel, but I was happy drinking every four miles!.
The last part of the race, after 31 laps, required runners to turn around and run back 300 metres, then turn again to run back to the finish. This is where spectators could see who was about to finish. I noticed that the second place runner was heading towards me, when I had one lap to go. A lap later, when I turned back to face the other runners, I though I was clear. Suddenly at the final turn I could see two other runners heading towards me. I lifted the pace for the final 300 metres to secure third place.
The Pumpkin Marathon started at 9am, but the Spooky Marathon, on the same course, started at 4pm. Some runners were competing in both races, including the winner in my race! The Spooky Marathon required runners to wear head torches, and some Halloween surprises were promised. I was happy to complete one marathon, but Tony Bowe wanted to run both races - see report above - Mark
Mixed A Team - Silver Medal Winners
Mixed B Team - Bronze Medal Winners
Ladies Team - Bronze Medal Winners
Northbrook fielded 4 teams at this fun event - a ladies team, 2 mixed teams and a men’s team. The course is 3.3 km over tarmac, wood chip and fields. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the event even though I wasn’t competing but was Team Captain/Timekeeper/Disher Out of medals/race numbers/etc. for the day.
I haven’t been to this event before and I was amazed at how competitive and yet a fun event it was. All the Northbrookers did us proud and we were winners as well. The Ladies' team finished 3rd in their category, and the mixed teams came 2nd and 3rd in their categories too, so a splendid performance from everyone who took part. I have a number of medals to hand out to people who left before the awards ceremony, so see me on a Wednesday night so we can present them.
Just as a side note I didn’t realise how much work was involved being Team Captain and I wasn’t even racing, so well done to Amanda & John for all the extra work they put into these events, as well as everybody else who helps out behind the scenes - Tom Miller