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Bramley Article, July 2017

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Looking at the photograph of the July summer league race at Worksop College, reminded me that we have had a summer. It’s just that at the time of writing this, early August, I forgot that it was ever hot here. A total of 23 SRC runners took part in the race through Clumber Park. Brian Drescher has started running with SRC again and had a good run. There were rare sightings of Peter Hunt and Paul Cregg.

Nicola Blatherwick, Jane Matthews, Paul Grogan, Bruce Danby, Brian Drescher, Loraine Fozzard and Dick Durance all ran the Holme Pierrepont Heritage Series Grand Prix. The series comprises four races run over two weeks of varying distances. Bruce Danby finished 3rd in his age category, Paul Grogan 2nd and Loraine Fozzard 1st.

Michelle Hall celebrated her 17th wedding anniversary with her husband running her fist Fell race at Warslow, where there are plenty of hills. In her own words; much of the race was spent on my hands and feet crawling up the sides of the Manifold valley and trying stay up-right on the descents. That would certainly not suit my wife. They were chaperoned by Jack Race and Nicola Blatherwick.

Peter Cowley is thinking of suing SRC after breaking his metatarsal on a Tuesday night session. I do not think that he stands a chance given that he was sloping home after finishing early. At least he has got a big boot and two crutches for future use.

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Bramley Article, August/September 2017

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Looking back at photographs of the July summer league race at Worksop College, reminded me that we have had a summer.

It’s just that at the time of writing this I forgot that it was ever hot here. Altogether 23 SRC runners took part in the race through Clumber Park. Brian Drescher has started running with the club again and did well. There were rare sitings of Peter Hunt and Paul Cregg also.

Nicola Blatherwick, Jane Matthews, Paul Grogan, Bruce Danby, Brian Drescher, Loraine Fozzard and Dick Durance all ran the Holme Pierrepont Heritage Series Grand Prix. The series comprises of four races run over two weeks of varying distances. Bruce Danby finished 3rd in his age category, Paul Grogan 2nd and Loraine Fozzard 1st.

Michelle Hall celebrated her 17th wedding anniversary with her husband by running her first fell race at Warslow, where there are plenty of hills! In her own words ‘much of the race was spent on my hands and feet crawling up the sides of the Manifold valley and trying to stay upright on the descents’. That would certainly not suit my wife. They were chaperoned by Jack Race and Nicola Blatherwick.

Peter Cowley is thinking of suing SRC after breaking his metatarsal on a Tuesday night session. I do not think that he stands a chance since he was sloping off home after finishing early. At least he has got a big boot and two crutches for future use.


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Bramley Article, October 2016

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Who does not like Clumber Park in the autumn? Golden leaves, deer and misty mornings. Five SRC runners ran the Worksop Halloween half marathon. This race has a special place in my and Richard Peacock’s running hearts as it’s where we ran our half marathon PBs.

Steven Rice had been building up to this race all season. He ran the Lincoln half marathon earlier in October in 1:27, he then went on the complete Worksop in 1:25, well done Steven! Martin Harrigan just beat Steven home, also Joss Howell and Ben Parker came in together at 1:35, given that Ben is 30 years older than Joss that’s quite an achievement. The even older Bruce Danby was only one minute later. Michelle Hall and Jules Eames had good races. However there is nothing like running your first half marathon as did Terri Lynch. May this be the first of many.

In the good old days cross country season conditions were cold wet and muddy, global warming has changed all that. The first race of the season was in Markeaton Park in Derby on a dry, warm and sunny day. Steve Hargrave beat all the other SRC runners home, followed by Paul Orton, Chris Stowe and Paul Brownbill. Chris Cregg was the only lady runner for SRC.

Well done to Wayne Wilmott for completing two marathons in the Saharan Challenge and to Simon Willington for completing his first Southwell triathlon for 15 years.

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Bramley Article, November 2016

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Watch out the Brownlee brothers Molly Campbell is catching you up in the triathlon world. Molly competed for England in Australia in the Cross Triathlon World Championships and came away with gold in her age category 18 – 19. Hopefully Molly will be representing SRC in the Japan Olympics.

Altogether 16 SRC runners ran the Cross Country event at Holme Pierrepont, Paul Butcher led the men home, who were 7th overall. Martin Harrigan, Paul Grogan, Steve Hargrave, Bruce Danby and Paul Cregg continue to put in good performances. Jane Matthews led the ladies with Loraine Fozzard and Nicole Blatherwick close behind.

Brendon Parkinson has embarked on a journey which has taken him from Spain to Italy which will eventually finish in Jerusalem. He described his latest leg from Rome to Brindisi as “full of hard work, exhaustion, aching muscles and blisters; but also magical events, kindnesses and some peaceful solitude”. There has to be a book in this surely?

Richard Durance said; “We (Richard and Penny) had to pick a holiday, it was down to either Mablethorpe or the USA to run the New York Marathon and then (just Richard) the 54th JF Kennedy memorial 50 miler”. No surprises that the USA was the venue for a real bucket list event. One of the amusing placards on route read; “Run like Trump is groping your *****!”, very inspirational.


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Bramley Article, December 2016

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Christmas and New Year is the time to look back at your successes and ‘could have done better moments’ and to look forward to what you will achieve in the New Year.

SRC looked back at the Christmas party at the Old Theatre Deli where the 2016 awards were presented. The Grand Prix Series is the award to win (in my opinion) as you have to do well in 4 races ranging from 1 to 10 miles. For the first time ever the ladies award was presented to joint winners, Loraine Fozzard and Michelle Hall. The men’s went to Steve Hargrave.

The individual race awards went to Penny Durance for the 1 mile, Andrew Thorne for the 10K, Chris Wales for the 5K and Ant Rosevear for the 10 mile. Ian Haigh won the Chairman’s award, Paul Grogan won the Runners Runner award and Mick Turley had the honour of receiving the Mary Cochran award.

Three of SRC’s ‘old’ turkeys ran the Turkey Trot: Penny and Dick Durance and Brendan Parkinson. Ian Haigh won the Hallam Hat event, a  very muddy cross country race.

So, looking forward, I have just bought a new pair of running shoes and plan to run a 10K  on 2nd January for the first time in years with my daughter in law. Hopefully this will be the start of my running renaissance. Will I be picking up an award next year?

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Bramley Article, January 2017

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It’s all about mud, cold and wet in January. After spending too many Saturday mornings partaking in the excellent SRC runs from different villages, slipping and sliding just like Bambi with his long unsteady legs, I finally bought some cross country running shoes. They may not make me like cross country any more, but hopefully they will keep me on my feet.

There was a good turnout for the East Midlands cross country in Bramcote Park. Jane Matthews is in fine form coming in as our first lady followed by Amanda Porter, Nicola Blatherwick, Michelle Hall and Chris Cregg. Paul Butcher was first man home, followed by Paul Grogan, Martin Harrigan, Steve Hargrave, Paul Orton, Paul Cregg, Ian Haigh and Jack Baker.

Nine SRC runners took part in the County Cross Country Championships at Woolaton Park. Jane Matthews got the silver medal. She was followed home by Loraine Fozzard. Anthony Rosevear was the first man back followed by Andrew Thorne. Chris Stowe and Joss Howell also made up the team. Chris and Paul Cregg our cross country couple were out again, I wonder who gets the first shower when they get home?

I am a bit worried that Wollaton Park may get worn out with all this running around it. There was another cross country there, just for ladies. I am sure you can guess who was first home; Jane Matthews followed by Loraine Fozzard, Nicola Blatherwick and Chris Cregg.

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Bramley Article, February 2017

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There are many theories about the creation of the Devil’s Punchbowl. The one I like best is that the Devil became so irritated by all the churches being built in Sussex he decided to dig a channel from the sea to flood the area. He got as far as the village of Poynings when he was disturbed by a cock crowing. The devil assumed it was dawn and leapt into Surrey creating the Devil's Punch Bowl where he landed. Penny and Dick Durance ran the 30 mile Devil’s Punchbowl event. The spooky thing was that Dick ran the race with his daughter a few years ago in 6:20, running with his wife they finished in the same time. A devilish coincidence?

Southwell men’s veteran team is doing well in the cross country league, they are second at the moment, behind Holme Pierrepont.

Mick Turvey asked for a mention, his two claims to fame are that he is the oldest runner in SRC and he tells the worst jokes.

It’s true, there is not a lot of running news for this edition. Well here is a running related offer. Two SRC runners Mark and Angela Edmondson–Jones have moved to London and will not be needing their two allotments on the Starkey site near the junction of Upper and Lower Kirklington Road. If anyone is interested in taking them on for cross training and the production of food, email starkey@farming.co.uk


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Bramley Article, March 2017

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Here is a novel way to celebrate Mother’s Day, why not run 31 miles around Manchester? – the Manchester Canalathon does just that. Penny and Dick Durance started the day by scraping ice off their car and finishing it in the lovely spring sunshine which we all enjoyed. Penny got an extra Mother’s Day gift, vouchers for winning their age group.

Who does not like a challenge? 13 SRC runners had a go at the Belvoir Challenge. Dan Wheat, Joanne Harcombe, Tracy Polak, Michelle Hall, Barbara Garrett, Caroline Loom, Ant Rosevear, Chris Stowe, Brendan Parkinson and Bruce Danby completed the 15 miles of mud, hills and cake. Rob Glass, Nicola Blatherwick and Jane Matthews completed the 26 miles.

When is a bargain a bargain? I thought that I had got one; cross country shoes for 20. They had no support so were fine on mud and grass, not so good running on the road, which is what you tend to do between the cross country bits. Well after a mile on the road my calf went and I hobbled back to Southwell from Hallam cursing those shoes. Four weeks later, physiotherapy, rest and stretching seems to have got me right again. So here I go again.

 

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Bramley Article, April 2017

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Who would have thought it, ALDI now do runs. To clarify; they sponsor the Ashby 20 mile race which is seen as an ideal preparation for the London marathon. Bruce Danby, Jo Harcombe, Tracy Polak, Richard and Penny Durance and Caroline Loom all felt the need to prepare and ran the race. For once Richard beat Penny; I bet it was quiet in their car on the way home.

 David Fowler and Lisa Morris ran in a new race, a 10K at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont; two 5K laps. On the positive side it’s flat, on the negative it’s usually windy and there are lots of geese droppings. The Cambridge half marathon is more like it, taking in all the marvellous sites which must have helped to distract Jo Harcombe and Tracey Polak from any aches and pains.

Of course the jewel in the running crown is the London marathon. If you were not moved by the pictures of Matthew Rees putting his arm around David Wyeth whose "legs just crumbled" at the last bend, you are made of stern stuff. Our heroes were: Helen Durance, Darren Corbett, Bruce Danby, Jonathan Simpson (the vision in orange) Jo Harcombe, Tracy Polak and Caroline Loom.  Jonathan struggled a bit because of an injury which he got picking up a tub of vaseline. It must have been a big tub. Bruce struggled because he is old; however he described it as a great experience.


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Bramley Article, May 2017

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Julian Barnes in The Sense of an Ending said “History is more the memories of the survivors, most of whom are neither victorious or defeated.” This line came to mind after the SRC 10K race after hearing the story of Barbara Garrett and Peter Cowley’s race. Both were struggling early on, it was hot, Barbara had run 30 miles recently (in the Dukeries 30), Peter was not racing fit mentally or physically. Both unbeknown to the other had already identified the same shortcut where they could drop out. When their paths crossed they agreed to complete the race. So neither victorious or defeated, they survived.

A total of 24 SRC runners took part in the Summer League race at Holme Pierrepont. Dan Wheat lead the Southwell men home, followed by Paul Grogan. Katy Simpson was our first lady home, followed by Molly Campbell; also  Steven Rice returned to competitive running after an absence due to illness. There was a rare sighting of Pete Hunt and Paul Cregg competing. Many thanks to Chris Cregg for compiling the results on the night.

How far would you go for a double ostrich burger? Penny and Dick Durance went to South Africa. There they ran the Ocean to Ocean race. You may think that it would be a very long way but if you are clever enough to do it at the bottom of South Africa it could be just a few steps. This race was 56K and hilly. They finished in 6 hrs 26 mins, followed by the burger and beers.



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Bramley Article, June 2017

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The annual SRC 10K race was run by 24 members. A special mention for Dan Wheat, who must have been running it for the first time, who followed the instructions to keep turning left. The trouble was that there is a left turn in Kirklington before the one to Southwell, which is a dead end. Dan took this turn allowing Paul Grogan to pass him and finish first. So it may not be true that to keep to the left is always good advice. Katy Simpson was first lady back. Well done the Terri Lynch, Gill Tivey and Joss Howell for scoring maximum points.

I did not realise that there is a Jurassic escarpment running from. Nottingham to Lyme Regis. Well Brendan Parkinson did and he walked the 300 miles in 16 days.

Being a bit of a druid myself I always fancy doing the Summer Solstice race, maybe next year. Eight runners managed it, including Lisa Morris-Fowler who has added a surname since I last looked. Terri Lynch ran as well, as part of her pre nuptial training.

Liz Rogers ran her first marathon in an amazing time of 3.39. Steve Hargrave came second vet in an 800m race. Michelle Hall ran the Spirit of Ringlinglow race, sounds very Lord of the Rings, in the Peak District. Phil Sturgeon took part in the Dragon’s Back Race in Wales, the world’s toughest mountain race, which follows the 315km of mountainous spine.

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