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Derby Runner Cross Country League Race
Six club members ventured out to the second race of the Winter Cross Country League. Andy Findlay and Jim Hawley were once again very closely matched, with Andy Kemp making a welcome return to competitive running.

In the third race, at Bradgate Country Park, seven members ran the 5.4 mile hilly, and sometimes muddy, race. Andy Findlay lead the men home with Alan Gibson and Andy Kemp completing the men’s trio. Bernadette Owen was first home for the Ladies in her seasonal cross country debut, with Jude Hughes, Kim Allatson and Jo Raine completing the Ladies team of four.

Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon
Andy Emmins took part in the event, finishing in a chip time of 1:54:58 for position 156 out of a 600 strong field. Andy will be continuing to rack up the miles as he prepares for a crack at the 2019 London Marathon in April.

Winter Run to the Castle
Sam Pole took part in a 42 mile ultra, running along the Wales Coast from Aberdovey to Harlech. The course included a bit of everything, including tarmac, grass, mud, hills and even a few miles on the beach! Sam completed the distance in a very impressive 7hrs 31mins for 10th position out of the 39 finishers. Runners enjoyed some magnificent scenery along the way, but also had to cope with some very Welsh winter weather!

New Runners Welcome
Club nights over the last few weeks have seen several new runners joining us, and have enjoyed a variety of road routes, as well as a torchlit cross country. The latter was a popular run, not least because it was followed up with a well-earned pint at the Kings Head in Smeeton. The club are also pleased to announce that from January our regular Thursday night runs will be meeting at the Kibworth Methodist Church, giving us a base for pre-run warm ups and post run tea, coffee and biscuits! Tuesday nights will continue at Beauchamp College in Oadby throughout the winter.

Why not come along and join us, Club Captain Andy Kemp has even hinted at the incentive of homemade cakes on a Thursday!

Please take a look at our website for details, www.fleckneyandkibworthrunners.co.uk, contact Andy Kemp on 07525 465643, or myself on 07960 969810.     



  Alan Gibson
Issue 407
December 2018

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