HRC Newsletter – 1st June 2019

Dear Clubmates

Now marathon season has concluded (and I have my life back!) I thought it would be an ideal time to catch up on everyone’s fantastic achievements.


The juniors took part in an event called Quadkids on 10th May with the second one taking place Friday 14th June. The event comprises a sprint, a 1 lap race, a jump and a throw to earn points. The athletes of the day were Elizabeth Booth and Caelan Saunders who both got a trophy. Well done to both and all who took part.
The Toucan run continues to be really positive event, open to all club members. In addition there are new milestone rewards for those taking part. The juniors are also throwing out a challenge to the seniors at the Nuneaton opens events. See details below in the events for your diary for both events. Senior club member and All Sort support always greatly welcomed.


Since the last newsletter we have had a number of Leicestershire Road Running league races including Kibworth 6, Desford 5, Bosworth Half and West End 8. 
We’ve had brilliant performances at the races and larger turnouts than last year. At these races we had the following runners of the day Chris Rawson, Jess Daly, Mike Welch, Aly Wren, Alan Morris and Penny Masser. We’ve also seen the return of the controversial red shorts, is it a major clash or a must have in your race kit? Get yourselves booked on the upcoming races, these are really enjoyable local races with car shares available to get you there.

  Results for the races can be found at:

Ashby 20

Another big HRC turnout of 21 runners at Ashby 20 this year on 24th March. In the mens race Matt Johnson was our star performer arriving back in 2:07:53. Other stand out performances include Ed Nixon who had a brilliant race setting a new PB. Vince Iliffe also set a new PB taking 21 minutes off his previous 20 mile time.
For the ladies there were stand out performances with the notable Penny Masser achieving another diamond time and Lucy Masser completing the course in a superb 2:49:29.

Marathons and Half Marathons

HRC members were running marathons all over again. In Manchester we had Derek Gordon, Alex Papadopoulos and Vince Iliffe take part and have great races. This was Derek’s first marathon and he completed the 26.2 miles in a super 3:36. Vince took 27 minutes out of his marathon time setting a brilliant new PB.

At Boston we saw Leanne Byard complete the marathon with a new PB, taking 9 minutes of her previous time. At the same event Alexis Wiggins took part in his first half marathon and did really well.

In the big VLM event HRC runners were again a plenty. We had runners supporting charities raising large donations with Richard Pearson, Charlotte Sinclair, Mark Hubbard and Chris Rawson raising significant funds for charity. In the race everyone did extremely well with many of us tracking the runners and cheering them on.

Paris saw Ali Higgins complete yet another marathon with his daughter also running the race. James Brown had his first marathon in Worcester and had a fantastic race, thoroughly deserved from how hard he trained. Elaine Barrett also took on the exceedingly tough Tissington trail Marathon having a superb run.

Then in Liverpool Joe Langham, Richard Hayne and myself took on the full marathon. Richard, from a beginner in All Sorts last year, did really well and completed his first marathon. Of great significance were the number of club members running their first half marathon with a big well done for Louise Rawson, Sarah Dixon, Marc Stringer and Kate Jackson. Excellent runs had by all with the saint like preparations during the weekend no doubt helpful ?

New Club Record

Marathons aren’t the be all and end all. With that in mind a mention for former Captain Nick Moore who has been in impressive form this year in both league races and cross country where he is usually found near the head of the field in all events. He also set an amazing new club record on the track at Pingles for 1500 metres clocking an incredible 4 mins 51.36.

All Sorts

Graduations of both beginners and intermediates have been completed with a great number now progressing through to big club. The beginners graduated at the Leicester 5k series on 30th May and the intermediates graduating at the Chase the Sun event in Prestwold on 9th May. A massive well done to everyone. All new groups starting on 5th June at Hinckley Leisure Centre with Beginners at 6:30 pm and Intermediates at 7:30 pm.

Upcoming events for the diary

Swithland 6 Sunday 2nd June June 2019
Toucan Run Saturday 8th June 2019
Quadkids Friday 14th June 2019
Open Events at Pingles – Wednesday 12th June 2019
Prestwold 10k Sunday 23rd June 2019
Joy Cann 31st July 2019 – opening soon  

Happy running all!

Si Wiggins

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