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It was brilliant to get together yesterday evening at our annual presentation evening and celebrate everyone’s fantastic achievements!Huge congratulations to all our club members on your achievements during 2022!!

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Huge congratulations to our fabulous club chairwoman Charlotte Sinclair who was awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance awards this week!! Charlotte was nominated by our club secretary Liz Aspden-Mansfield who described the amazing work Charlotte has done for our club. Thank you so much Charlotte from everyone at HRC – we are very lucky and very proud to have you leading our team

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Martinshaw XC

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Start of Juniors Race
Brothers in unison

Yesterday saw a Derby Runner League Cross Country race at Martinshaw Woods, organised by West End Runners. Pictures by Harry Robinson.

Remembering Geoff

A small selection of photos and words from members of the club.

Rest in peace Geoff. Such a lovely man. He welcomed and talked to me for ages at my first race for the club, I nearly missed the start! Not many people leave such a lasting impression on so many as Geoff did 

Geoff was one of the most inspirational, kind, knowledgeable and encouraging men I have ever known. 

Will always remember his simple but very true “one foot in front of the other” motto.

He’s left quite the legacy and inspired many while remaining humble. Something for us all to aspire to.

Its goodbye to the great Geoff Oliver running legend and mate, thankyou for the inspiration over the years and the miles.

It’s been a privilege to know such a gentleman and I’m sure your spirit will live on at Hinckley Running Club

Some words that were written in 2017 by Nick Marshall on the UltraList mailing list regarding the 24-hour running world record:

One man stands far above his peers.  In 2009, Englishman Geoff Oliver’s 20:23:49 when he was 76 made him the leader by more than an hour in the over-75 category. Among the exclusive over-80 group, the gap he has over everyone else is enormous. In a track run on Sept. 20, 2014 when he was 81, Oliver narrowly missed breaking the one-day barrier.  At the 24-hour mark Geoff was a mere 208 yards short of reaching 100 miles!  He finished it in 24:01:17.  So no one has ever run 100 miles in less than a full day after age 80, but Oliver fell short by only 77 seconds.  Nonetheless, he remains the oldest person in history to run a sub-24 for the distance, having done a 22:39:44 when he was 79 years and 46 days old.

I will leave the final word to Geoff in the card he sent to the club this year:

It’s XC season again

Hinckley runners back in cross country action last weekend in the first XC league race of the season, at Holly Hayes Wood in Whitwick. Thanks to Hermitage Harriers for organising the race. Plus HRC members turn out at the Derby 10 road race.

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Enjoying the Hinckley Christmas lights during our hill speed session this evening

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The month that was October…It started off with the London Marathon and ended with the Leicester Half and 10k – with lots of other races, PBs, parkrun milestones and training in between It also gave us plenty of opportunities to show off our fabulous new kit October – done Well done everyone!!

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Fab to see our Parkrun takeover on the back page of this week’s Hinckley Times 🗞

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Hinckley Running Club celebrated its new home at Hastings High School yesterday – with a Parkrun takeover 😎The club and school have recently joined together with the school providing a place for club members to meet and train during the week as well as an area for a large container to store club kit and equipment.The container has been decorated in the club’s colours.A Parkrun – a weekly 5k community event – has been held at the school since March this year and Saturday saw the club take over the event for the day. This included organising the event as well as members volunteering in roles on the day of the event such as marshals, timekeepers and run director.A total of 138 people took part in the Parkrun with around 30 people volunteering.Club chairwoman Charlotte Sinclair said: “It has been very exciting for the club to have a new home at Hastings High School. A Parkrun takeover was the perfect way to celebrate this by doing something we all love and giving something back to our community.“As well as a new home, we have also recently launched a new club kit so the event was the perfect excuse to also put this to the test!“It was great to see so many people take part in the event and volunteer. Thank you to everyone who made this happen.“Thank you also to Hastings High School. We look forward, as a club, to continuing working together with the school in our local community.”

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⭐️It was hot, it was sweaty but WOW! Juniors you made us all so proud of you last night! Every single one of you reinforced why it is an absolute pleasure for us coaches – new, old and those of us who are just beginning – to spend time with you guys. YOU WERE AMAZING!!!!!⭐️

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Swithland 6 Race

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A Monday evening shout out to our runners who raced at yesterday’s Swithland 6 race More than 30 of our members took part in the six-mile Leicestershire Road Running League event which was organised by Birstall Running Club.A big congratulations to our two members who took second-place titles at the race🥈Simon Birch took the title of second male in a time of 30 minutes and 54 seconds while Chloe Sparrow claimed the second female place with a time of 37 minutes and 5 seconds.Chloe’s second place followed her taking the women’s winning position in last Sunday’s LRRL West End 8 race. Congratulations also to our members who spent the weekend racing at other events including the Lake District Ultra 100km challenge as well as the Two Castles Run – a 10k race from Warwick Castle to Kenilworth Castle! And, as always, a big thank you from us to everyone involved in organising and supporting these events for us all to enjoy! Team HRC

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