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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.

The Lazy Runner














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.


The Lazy Runner



















Bramley Article, October 2017

Southwell Running Club

It was far from summery at the Teversal Summer League race. Sixteen hardy runners from Southwell slipped, splashed and sloshed their way around the Teversal course on an evening more suited to ducks than runners. Despite the poor conditions, Southwell runners had a successful evening. Both Jane Matthews and Bruce Danby finished second in their age categories. The lady vets finished sixth on the night, the male vets seventh, and the senior ladies 14th.

Then in the middle of August we had a heat wave for the Newark half marathon. Bruce Danby, David Fowler, Lorraine Fozzard and William Lee braved the heat and completed the course. Lisa Morris – Fowler, Joshua, Alfie and Charlie all ran the fun run.

Richard Durance discovered the Heckington ten miler, a race designed to keep the farm hands and Richard out of the beer tent for a few hours. He managed to complete the race and stay sober.

Good news for the most popular mans name in the running club; Peter. I had feared that it was dying out as there does not seem to be any Peters under the age of 40. A running son of a SRC member has named his baby William Peter. Lets hope for another runner, running in his Grandad’s and Dad’s footsteps.

The Lazy Runner



















Bramley Article, November 2017

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The Robin Hood half marathon did not entice as many runners this year as usual. Chris Stowe, Mel Glass, Heidi Harris and William Lee all had good runs.

The three mile race is the penultimate race in the SRC series. Katy Simpson was first lady back as usual. A similar story with the men, will Paul Butcher ever be beaten? Steve Hargrave and Gill Tivey have a good chance of winning the overall prizes depending on the 10 mile race.

Ben Parker is getting around, he ran the Hatters half in Stockport. Ben and his son Guy then ran the Rutland half. Did you know that Rutland is the smallest county with the largest reservoir?

Seven SRC runners spent a day not running. Brendan Parkinson, Barbara Garrett, Helen Jones, Ben and Renee Parker, Richard and Penny Durance. Their quest was to conquer the three peaks; Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in twelve hours without running. They completed the task. 

A total of 20 SRC runners took part in the annual Bramley challenge. It’s good to see Helen Jones back. Peter Lambarth is a bit like the Duracell Bunny, he just keeps on going.

The Ponton Plod is unusual in that it is a 17 mile race, six SRC runners had a plod. There was a rare sighting of Angela Edmondson-Jones.

The clocks have gone back, we are all feeling a bit glum, get running to lift your spirit.


The Lazy Runner




















Bramley Article, December 2017

Southwell Running Club


Mud and sweat sums up the cross country season.

SRC was well represented in the ECCA National Cross Country Relays, the East Midlands XC at Holme Pierrepont and the North Midlands XC at Corby.

At the East Midlands race a superb performance by the men’s vet A team saw them finish in second place out of 12 teams. The men’s vet B team came fifth out of eight, whilst the men seniors finished sixth out of 12 teams.  The lady vets had a good event finishing seventh out of ten, with the lady seniors putting on a spirited show coming eleventh out of 12.

Southwell was represented by two teams at the North Midlands league race, the ladies came in 12th on the day with the men’s team finishing in seventh place.

More to my liking would be the Valencia marathon, we were there last year and I had some lovely runs in the former river bed which is now a park with some beautiful futuristic buildings. Dick and Penny Durance took part in the marathon, there were issues with ‘sea food stomach’ which may have spoilt the event a little. However both finished and had a good time.

After a few more months of not running I picked up my running shoes again and ran three miles without stopping and felt all the better for it. So let’s not forget to fit in a bit of running in this very busy time.

The Lazy Runner






















Bramley Article, January 2018

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Hope you are sitting down, here is some breaking news; the Lazy Runner is giving up running. Running was one of the factors which contributed to a disastrous Christmas as a pre-Christmas Eve run of only three miles set off a migraine, which combined with a virus with flu like symptoms resulted in the migraine lasting ten days, practically wiping out Christmas, never again.

No such problems for the SRC cross country runners at the East Midlands XC  where the Men’s Vet A team put in a superb performance finishing in 2nd place out of 12 teams. The Men’s Vet B team came an admirable 5th out of 8, whilst the Men Seniors finished 6th out of 12 teams. The Lady Vets had a good event finishing 7th out of 10, with the Lady Seniors putting on a spirited show coming 11th out of 12.

 The roll call of our brave cross country runner are Paul Butcher, Dan Wheat, Jim Semmelroth, Paul Grogan, Paul Woolhouse, Martin Harrigan, Steve Hargrave, Ben Parker, Bruce Danby, Ian Haig, Penny Durance, Loraine Fozzard, Michelle Hall and Chris Cregg.
Here are a few notable races I have missed in the last few months.  Brian Drescher and Joanne Harcombe ran the Thoresby 10K. Ben Parker continued his running renaissance by beating his running rival Bruce Danby in the Worksop Half Marathon, Heidi Harris also had a brilliant run. Penny Durance was first in her class in the Bournemouth Half.

If there are any runners willing to step into my shoes, please get in touch with the SRC committee.

 The Lazy Runner























Bramley Article, February 2018

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It’s the season of awards, the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the SRC Grand Prix presentations. Most attendees wore a bowler hat; a gesture to support Garry Oldman in his bid for an Oscar.

Steve Hargrave won the men's Grand Prix for the 3rd time; Terri Howell, a relatively new runner won the ladies prize. Special mentions to Peter Lambert who despite his advancing years was the only man to run all five races and came 2nd overall, Gill Tivey who had another comeback and also came second, Michelle Hall who continues to improve coming 3rd and Simon Willington who had a great ten mile run taking many minutes off his PB.

Jane Matthews, Loraine Fozzard and Nicola Blatherwick completed the Edwinstowe 10K. Julie Stafford ran the Nottingham half marathon. Well done to Chris Cregg for competing in the Shipley Park cross country event.

 I have been surprised by the number of people who know my identity and have urged me never to say I will never run again. Who knows what the future holds? I did run for a bus the other day, does that count?

 If there are any real runners willing to write this article please get in touch with the SRC committee.


The Lazy Runner.


















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.

 

    The Lazy Runner
















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.


The Lazy Runner















Bramley Article, May 2017

Southwell Running Club

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.



The Lazy Runner


















Bramley Article, June 2017

Southwell Running Club

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.

The Lazy Runner



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