It is that time of the year where membership is due for renewal.
This year we have created an on-line membership form to make it easier to renew. The link is below. Payment can either be by BACS, cheque or cash. Bank account details for BACS payments can be found on the application form.
Taking the A447 from Coalvile to Hinckley take a right turn to Sutton Cheney
Taking the A447 from Hinckley to Market Bosworth take a left turn to Sutton Cheney
Parking: CAR SHARING ESSENTIAL – There will be strict parking rules and would therefore ask that all runners please allow time to get themselves and their Children if running to the event. We have been granted a designated Car Park and are not allowed into any other areas. Parking will be £2.50 per car and will allow you to stay all day at the center should you wish to.
Course: The course will be run around the car park area and surrounding woodland and fields.
Junior race approx. 10.30am, one or two laps of field and wood depending on age – 1 & 2 Miles
Main race: start 11am (This will be a split start race so please be aware of this);
Approx 6.5 miles; There will be a small loop out and back around the fields first followed by a long winding lap to include one worn in gravel track followed by muddy trails, woods with wet areas then fields. Note the route has 2 small tarmac sections back up by the car park.
Some of you will have ran this course before as it was the very last race that Malcolm Bassett set out.
Footwear: Spikes, or ‘off-road’ shoes would be suitable (Trainers will be a struggle)
Toilets: These are available within the Center but please be courteous to other visitors.
After Race Venue and results with room for approx 50-70 people at:
Plough – 24 Leicester Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1LS – 8 miles from race event.
Contact: Steve Hatcher, Race Co-Ordinator, 07725 233188
All runners enter at their own risk. The organisers will in no way be held responsible for any loss or damage to property or for any injury incurred
Thank you to all of those that joined in the fun at the HRC Christmas Party……….. and of course those taking part in this years The Great Hinckley Running Club Bake off.
With last years master cake maker, Ben Masser, off enjoying himself on the ski slopes it left the door open for a another to be crown Hinckley Running Clubs master ‘Cake Maker’
Last years ‘wooden spoon’ winners Jon Strong and Gordon Lansburgh once again entered the fray but bolstered their team with the inclusion of Mike Daniels, so last years ‘Disastrous Duo’ became ‘The Three Stooges’. Entering the competition with ‘Robin Artois’ there was high hopes that this year they could once again walk away with the wooden spoon.
It became a family affair as The Three Stooges threw the gauntlet down to their better halves. Not ones to shy away from the challenge the ultra competitive and so very serious Sally Henderson, Sarah Garford and Gemma Daniels entered with ‘OTT’, certain in the knowledge that they win given event organise Sarah Garford had decided to remove some of the instructions prior to posting out to all competitors so it would make it more challenging, especially for The Three Stooges!
Hoping to maintain the winning streak for the younger members of the running club, Bethan Padbury’s ‘Tall Holly’ cake was sure to challenge for top spot. There were a few worried faces when Bethan was seen entering with her cake and it is rumoured that one member of The Three Stooges commented surely she could not be as good a cake baker as she is a runner.
New member to the running club, Rebecca Gould, did not know what she had let herself in for when she entered with ‘Sunken Snowstorm’. Nobody had warned her how ultra competitive this would be but also how critical our judges Ros Clayton and Dave Burton could be.
The last entry, ‘Tinned Surprise’ came from Chris Limmer. Having posted pictures of himself in his Man Bib preparing his cake he was trying to psych out his competition with reverse psychology by declaring ‘he didn’t fancy his chances’ as he is a ‘baking chuckle brother’.
This years challenge was a ‘Boiled Tea Fruit Cake’ that was to be decorated with Holly and Berries…………………..
It was now down to our judges to savour the delights in front of them. Marks were to be awarded for decoration and taste with Dave quite happy to consider bonus points based upon the number of drinks each competitor bought him. After much laughter, screwed up faces, raised eyebrows, looks of surprise, scribbling of notes, pointing, agreement and disagreement their decision had been made.
It was now that Rebecca was to come to realise how critical and cutting our judges could be with comments like ‘Dense’ and ‘Like the Sahara… a bit dry’ …….. but to her relief she got away light (judges were warned to go easy as she was a new member and was quite a good runner…………)
This year we saw plenty of controversy as the results were announced with The Three Stooges devastated and claiming underhand tactics and some bribery as the ‘Wooden Spoon’ was awarded to Chris Limmer for his ‘Tinned Surprise’.
So who was to take the 2015 title and have the bragging rights of being Hinckley Running Clubs Master Baker.
With accolades of ‘brilliant decoration’, ‘Crumbly and Moist’ and even ‘Perfect’ (I did ask several times for verification of this last comment) this years winning cake was …………………. ‘Robin Artois’.
So the ‘Disastrous Duo’ with the inclusion of Mike Daniels became ‘The Three Stooges’ and went from losers to winners with Mike claiming full responsibility for their success…………..
As part of their winning speech, Mike thanked “Google” and threw the challenge down to last years winner, Ben Masser, to come along next year and see if he is good enough to take on The Three Stooges.
Barrow 6 – 25th January at 10.30am.
Venue, Humphrey Perkins School, Cotes Road LE12 8JU.
The race starts at 10.30am but please get there early as it’s a popular race. It would be great to get as many member as possible running this Sunday:)
For those new to the club the LRRL (Leicester Road Running League) is a series of races(11) throughout the year open to all club runner. The league is split into 2 sections(i) winter league and (ii) the summer league.
The winter league is a closed league meaning you must be a member of an affiliated club to participate. You arrive on the day and pay £4 (50p increase from last year to cover additional cost) to your club representative (that’s me this year) and off you go:) After your 1st race you keep the same race number for the duration of winter league, so keep hold of your number:) Please note a club vest must be worn during these races which if you do not have can be purchased from Penny Masser.
The summer league is a little different as it is an open league so anyone can enter (no need to be part of a club) These races can be entered online in advance. You get a different number for each race and race costs do vary.
A variety of awards are given out by the league. Individual awards are determined for the winter league based on performance in 4 out of 5 races and the summer league based on 4 out of 6 race performances. All runners that successfully complete all 11 league races will get 100% award (a very nice looking trophy:) Team prizes exist for teams who finish near the top of their division after all the years races. teams for the league require 4 ladies for a ladies team and 8 men for a men’s team.
Last year we had a fantastic turnout with almost enough ladies to make 3 teams at each race and this showed in the team results. So regardless of where you feel you are in your running the league races are a fantastic opportunity to test yourself, improve, be part of a great team and have a great experience (especially more so when there is cake at the end:)
Thank you to all those that joined in the fun at the HRC Christmas Party…and of course, special thanks to our toffee cake bakers!
The evening was a great success with ( despite all being provided with the same recipe and ingredients list!) a wide range of cakes ( in appearance and taste) from which our ‘Bake off’ judges had to select their winner.
Our very own Mary Berry ( Ros Clayton) and Paul Hollywood ( Dave Burton) having no idea whose cake was whose, carefully tasted and analysed each cake’s texture, taste and ‘bake’.
The ‘wooden spoon’ was awarded to a cake which needed rather longer in the oven and which was creatively iced with Santa’s ‘sleigh crash’…baked by Jon Strong and Gordon Landsburgh.
The winning cake was baked by the youngest baker in the competition …proving he can not only run quite fast but can bake a ‘mean’ toffee cake……….Ben Masser! Ben was presented by our judges with a golden rolling pin!
Cakes were then sold off by the slice with all proceeds being donated to ‘Rainbows’.
Next year’s event has already been booked for Saturday December 19th so get baking!
As always, thanks and well done everyone who took part or supported. A slightly smaller turn out than the first one. Even if you are not in the first few back to count for a team, you will be pushing down the numbers of other club’s runners who do score in their team. Also, you might be in the top few for Hinckley! I was (just) and didn’t expect to be.
So we ended up with 14 men and 12(.8?) ladies finishing.
As a team we came 4th in League 1 again and remain in 4th place. Currently 3rd place is a way ahead of us. Although, 5th and 6th are close behind us.
This time Men came 5th in League 1, with Beaumont coming ahead of us as well as the same 3 from last time. We are still 4th place and like the teams, further away from 3rd place but with 5th and 6th on our tail.
Ladies improved and came 2nd in League 2. This pushes them up to 2nd place. I feel a promotion coming on this season.
An old venue but a new course this year. Slightly longer, and I think a bit more up and down, but good fun!
So close to call on ROD again, but Ed and I have finally managed to make a decision and will announce on Thursday.
Details of Desford Striders cross country winter race – December 7th Sunday
Meeting point is at the Bagworth Heath Woods country park.
Parking is very restricted and we request that runners share cars where ever possible to ease the congestion on the day. It would be also very helpful if runners can get to the venue before 10:30 so that the management of the parking can be dealt with by our marshals in an effective manner. Please follow the marshal’s requests at all times thank you.
Children’s races start at 10:30 sharp and consist of section 1, approximately 1 mile, for the younger children and two laps of section 1, approximately 2 miles, for the older children – see details below for section 1.
The main race of approximately 6.2 miles will include all three sections and will start at 11:00 sharp see details below for section 1, 2 and 3.
Prior to the race we will be selling tea, coffee and cakes at the start area.
Post race results will be announced at SID in Desford (LE9 9JU for SatNav directions) between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM
SID (Sport in Desford) has showers, bar, function room and car parking and we will be selling tea, coffee, cakes etc and SID will man the bar.
To determine what the route is for each race just use the letters below in conjunction with the attached map
Well done to all who took part in the Markfield Cross Country. Having so many runners has made the selection of Runners of the Day for Andrea and me very difficult.
Many of those for whom it was their first time, I hope you enjoyed it, keep coming and tell everyone else; the more the merrier
For the men Kevin Higham gets runner of the day with another strong performance, well done keep it up (work permitting!).
There were many other impressive performances with George Birt 8th, Ben Harding 9th and Matthew Johnson 30th.
For the ladies, making her senior debut, Bethan Padbury is runner of the day. Beth was first lady back for Hinckley. She had a great race with a very good place, 15th, and time
Katy Grainger, 31st, continues to improve and was 2nd lady for Hinckley. Kate Perkins continues to do really well too; the bump isn’t holding her back yet, looking good for her post baby personal bests.
Once again well done to Kevin Higham and Beth Padbury and thank you all who took part.
Next Derby Runner Cross Country League Race is
Bagworth Heath December 7th 11am
Heath Road, Bagworth, LE67 1DL