January was a fairly quiet month for the Club but this doesn’t mean that members have been taking it easy as club nights continue to be busy, whatever the weather.
Bagworth Heath Cross Country
This was a testing two lap course with woodland and grassland tracks, and a fair old helping of mud. Bernie Owen was our first overall and sole lady representative in a time of 56:58 for 61st position in the females race. Andy Findlay led the men home in 58:56 for 258, John Redfearn 63:02 (285) and Andy Kemp 78:12 (323) made up the quartet.
John Redfearn running in Bagworth Heath
York Brass Monkey Half Marathon
Alan Gibson ventured up to York for this popular early run in the Calendar. Well over 1,500 runners enjoyed a flat course and although there was a cold breeze it wasn’t quite the Brass Monkey weather we have seen more recently. Gibson finished in a time of just under 1:55 for 1,048th position overall.
Tigger Tor Fell Race
Sam Pole was in action over a 10 mile fell race in the Peak District. The event consisted of around 1,500 feet of ascent, and no official route, just 11 checkpoints that needed to be completed in order. Sam achieved a highly creditable time of just under 1:20 for 19th position out of 381 runners.
Couch to 5k Program
A great response to the first few weeks of this popular program to help complete beginners get into running, as well as encouraging runners who might have taken a break from regular activity. Sixteen turned up for Week 1 and the vast majority have returned for the subsequent weeks as they gradually build up the distance. Meeting at our new base in the Kibworth Methodist Church, the enthusiasm has not wavered, and it is hoped that a number of them will go on to become full club members.
‘Parkrun’ organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs, on a Saturday morning, all around the world with several in the Leicester area. They are open to all and are safe and easy to take part in. The emphasis is very much on it being a run, not a race, but runners are timed so you can monitor your own progress. Many of our club members are regular ‘parkrunners’ at Market Harborough, Braunstone and Victoria Park. As well as runners, ‘parkrun’ relies on volunteers to help organise the event on the day. For younger runners, aged between 4 and 14 there is the option of 2km Junior ‘parkruns’ held on a Sunday at Market Harborough and Aylestone.
If you are interested please visit www.parkrun.org.uk, and to find out more about us go to our website