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Bramley Article, July 2018

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Before I joined the club I assumed that anyone who ran for SRC, or any other club for that matter, would just take part in races such as 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and full marathons. Never did it occur to me that people did such a variety of events and that a running club would offer so much more and help you train for occasions that are not just running races.

This has been so evident from what people have done and achieved over the past month and I think a few of these examples highlight what people accomplish at our club.

Paul Orton and Ian Haigh took part in the last ever LAMM. This connoisseur’s mountain marathon has taken place since 1994 and is held in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. You need excellent orienteering skills and great teamwork to navigate your way to checkpoints over two tough days on the Scottish hills.

Sam Ward completed the Staffordshire Half Ironman. Half sounds easy you think well think again! This involved a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. Sam completed all of this in just 6 hours and 6 minutes!

There was also the third leg of the Summer League where 18 SRC members tackled a fast

five mile course at Holme Pierrepont.

These achievements are only a fraction of what has happened over the past month, but please come and join us to find out more about what we offer.

The Obsessive 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

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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

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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 2018

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Sport continues to inspire the world. The Winter Olympics has had something for everyone. From the ice skaters to the cross country ski races. What about the one where the skiers have to stop and do some shooting? I may suggest that for our own cross country races.

Mud, mud glorious mud was the theme for January. The ladies love the mud. For the first time in 20 years SRC had a Ladies team in all the North Midlands races. Jane Matthews won a gold medal and Chris Cregg silver without having to go to South Korea bringing our medal tally up to seven.  Well done to Nicola Blatherwick and Loraine Fozzard as well.

Chris and Paul Cregg were so fed up with the mud they ran the Singapore Park Run. It was 32oC at 7:30 am and humid.

SRC is offering its members some professional coaching. We have some runners who are aspiring to join the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. I may be ready to run then and join them.

Spring is springing, get fit and join SRC.

    The Lazy Runner

Bramley Article, April 2018

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I was surprised to see that there were still trotting turkeys in February. In previous years they had trotted in December. Then when they were at the peak of their fitness they ended up as the centre piece to our Christmas dinners. I am referring to the Keyworth Turkey Trot half marathon which is now in February. Well done to our trotters; Chris Stowe, Ben Parker, Brendan Parkinson, Penny Durance and Michelle Hall.

At least the St Valentines was not on the 14th as the runners who took part would have been with their loved ones. So the following weekend Chris Wales, Katy Simpson, Bruce Danby, Jo Harcombe and Tracey Polak ran the 30K race and got heart shaped medals for their effort.

The cross country runners continue to get dirty, wet and cold. Pictures from the Trent Meadows event show runners literally climbing a hill with mud up to their ankles. Well done to everyone who took part. Father and son, Ben and Guy Parker got the opportunity for a bit of bonding, finishing together.

Thank goodness the clocks have gone back and I can get some gardening done after work. For those who run, running in the light has to be better than the dark. Look at the website pages to see how to run with SRC.

The Lazy Runner

Bramley Article, May 2018

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This is the last SRC article I will write. A real runner has volunteered to take the job on.

I started to write this article in 2011. I joined the running club when I was 38 years old about 25 years ago. Something made me put on my plimsolls’ and try to run round Crink Lane.  On the second occasion another runner, Dave, was running the other way. He stopped to have a chat, told me about SRC and I went the following week.

There started my running career, which I am proud of; two half marathons in under 1 hours, two marathons in 3:45 and two 10Ks in under 40 minutes. There has been a lot of panting, puffing, injuries and moaning about cross country and the cold and wet; but there have been  times when running made me feel like a God. Let’s be honest it’s not often that happens.

The main attraction of SRC has always been the other runners. An hour soon passes by when you are chatting or gossiping.. So thanks to everyone I have run with. 

So what will I do now? I will still be a keen gardener. Once after an article in which I gave some gardening advice, the then Chair said to me “Peter remember this is supposed to be a running article, not gardener’s world”. I am taking up tennis again, so STC watch out, here I come. I wonder if they need an article writer? Most importantly I will be spending time with my family and my beautiful grandsons; Michael, William and James. Three future runners, who knows?

The Retired Lazy Runner

Bramley Article, June 2018

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I am honoured and privileged to be taking over this article from the Lazy Runner, they certainly are big running shoes to fill!


I won’t bore you too much with the finer details about me, but I think it is important to know that I joined SRC two and a half years ago, telling my wife that I would just go along to keep fit. Well, if only she knew what an obsession this would become for me; she probably would’ve never let me join! However please do not let this put you off joining our club, I cannot recommend what running, and our club offers.


If you are just looking at getting or keeping fit, training for an event, improving your running or if you want to enjoy a social run, then please join us, you will not be disappointed. We meet at the Southwell Leisure Centre at 6.45pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights.


The Summer League is well under way now and two races have already taken place. SRC organise arguably the best race of the series, which takes place at Hexgreave Hall. Again the race was a massive triumph, despite some unwelcomed rain. The success of this race is down to the helpers and organisers from the club.


There have been too many outstanding individual performances to mention from the month, but hopefully if you come and join us you will hear all about them. We look forward to meeting you!


The Obsessive Runner


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