Bramley Article February 2024
The Muddy Season.
12 members of Southwell Running Club decided to embrace the mud and hills and take part in the Round Sheffield Run. This event begins and ends at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield taking in the trails around this part of the country including the stunning views and incredible hill climbs. From Endcliffe Park the trails climb through Porter Valley to the peak of the hill and then descend back down through Limb Valley to Eccleshall Woods and to flatter ground. Another climb then takes runners up through Graves Park, down to Lees Hall Golf Course and Meersbrook Park and is followed by a very speedy downhill section to Brincliffe Edge and a final sprint through the park to the finish.
The event is unique in that runners have 11 different stages which they need to complete. Between each stage is a walk section giving a combined running distance of 20km plus 4km of walk/jog sections. The day of the race was mostly dry but the ground underfoot was extremely muddy with many opportunities for slipping and sliding. Runners from SRC all achieved great times given the conditions with Ben Parker coming in first for the club in a time of 1:38:47, Kayne Rukas finished in 1:41:05, Rhodri Price in 1:42:36, Nigel Whitmore in 1:46:40, Adam Smith 1:49:17, Kat Hall and Lee Mulraney in 2:03:05, Stewart Lenton in 2:08:42, Megan Mulraney and Lauren Birkbeck in 2:12:30 and Carol Hayward in 2:18:40. A wonderful event especially if you are partial to mud and hills.
Several members of the club will also be taking on the muddy conditions and hill challenges when they participate in the East Midlands Cross Country series which takes place in the next few weeks.
New members are always welcome at our Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions; more information via the website.
Bramley Article January 2024
Winter running for that Spring challenge.
With Spring marathons looming for many members of Southwell Running Club in the next few months, the Christmas break was no time for a rest. A sizeable group ventured out on Boxing Day and enjoyed a muddy trail run through local fields around Brackenhurst and Norwood Park, while others have continued their training in varying parts of the country.
Earlier in December, a number of club members took part in the festive Turkey Trot, a half marathon starting and finishing in Keyworth following a single circuit, undulating rural scenic route through villages of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds. The day of the race was fairly inclement but SRC runners persisted through the rain and many gained notable times. Katy Simpson came first in her age category in a time of 1:35:47 winning herself a voucher for a turkey. Rhodri Price came home in 1:36:58 followed by Kat Hall in 1:39:13. Nigel Whitmore scored yet another PB in a time of 1:41:24, Mel Duffy just behind in 1:43:00, Andrew Ball ran in 1:48:37, Stephen Holt 1:55:31, Bill Lee came second in his V70 age category in 1:59:57, Lauren Birkbeck finished in 2:00:33 and Ian Beadles in 2:17:12. Well done to all!
If you inadvertently signed up for a running challenge over the Christmas break – be it a 10K, half marathon, marathon or your first ultra, please come along and join us on a Tuesday evening for our training sessions. We are a pretty hardy bunch and can be found running round Southwell in most weather conditions! Alternatively, join us on a Thursday evening or Saturday morning for a more general run of about 6 miles. Find more information on our website. We would love to meet you!
Bramley Article December 2023
Another year of running success!
Members of Southwell Running Club stepped out of their hi-vis and lycra to get together for their annual Christmas celebration and awards evening.
The club’s awards recognise both running success and outstanding contributions to different aspects of club life. This year the winner of the Ladies’ Grand Prix award was Izzy Pass with the men’s Winner as Stephen Tomlinson. The club’s Runner’s Runner Award, voted for by club members, went to Katherine Hall for her outstanding support of the club through training sessions, organisation of social events and her own running successes through the year. The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Nigel Whitmore for his exceptional progress in half marathons and club events since joining the club.
The New Member’s Award was given to Jess Coyle who joined the club in September and has already made her mark at cross country and club events. The Mary Cochran Award, presented to a club member who has overcome adversity to carry on running, went to Brendan Parkinson for his sheer determination and tenacity to complete the London marathon and Camino de Santiago with broken ribs and a broken arm. The Cregg Cup, awarded to a club member who has made an outstanding contribution to cross country running, went to Stephen Tomlinson and finally this year’s Chairman’s Award to Pam Dutton, for her exceptional commitment to the club through participation at cross country events, coaching sessions and her own personal running and triathlon achievements. The annual draw for the club’s London Marathon Place was also held and Katie Botham was successful in gaining the place.
In other news, club members Katie Simpson and Adam Carney took part in the Hyrox London 2023 Mixed Doubles event at the Excel Centre. Hyrox events require extreme strength alongside running prowess. The pair finished 8th in their age group, gaining them a place in the world championships in Nice next Summer.
Southwell Running Club members would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year - come and join us on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or Saturday morning.
Bramley Article November 2023
Pushing the boundaries on the track and at Worksop Half Marathon.
Southwell running club members have recently extended their training programme to include challenging training at the YMCA Athletics Track in Newark. The sessions which are suitable for runners of all abilities, have focussed both on speed and endurance helping runners to train to their lactate threshold and thus making their aerobic system more efficient. The sessions have been well attended and club members have very much enjoyed the new challenges.
Eleven members of the club put their training to the test at the Worksop Half Marathon this weekend. The morning of the event presented perfect running conditions and allowed runners to appreciate the beautiful scenic views as they followed the undulating course through Clumber Park. Club results were as follows: Steven Rice 1:33:21 Nigel Whitmore 1:43:03, Mel Duffy 1:45:30, Steven Tomlinson 1:45:42, Jess Coyle 1:47:08, Stephen Holt 1:50:12, William Lee 1:54:49, Katie Botham 2:00:04, Sarah L Mckie 2:05:11, Lauren Birkbeck 2:15:33, Megan Mulraney2:15:33.
We welcome any new members to join our regular training sessions Tuesday evenings from 6:45pm, meeting in the Leisure Centre car park in Southwell. We also hold more general group runs on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. For more details visit www.southwellrunningclub.org.
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Bramley Article No. 2 October 2023
From Rutland Water to World Major Marathons
Kat Hall and Lauren Birkbeck from Southwell Running Club took part in the Vetruvian triathlon a classic middle distance triathlon held at Rutland water. Beginning with 1.9km swim in the sheltered bay of Whitwell Creek followed by an 89k bike course on flat, fast and exciting roads surrounding Rutland Water taking riders through countryside, pretty Rutland villages and large woodland areas. Finally the 21k run follows the perimeter track of Rutland Water with a turning point at Normanton church and a return to the finish line in Whitwell where competitors received a VIP welcome. Kat gained PB time of 5:36:51 coming 8th in her age category while Lauren was not far behind in 6:27:33.
Ben Parker and Carol Hayward went a bit further afield for their challenge and took on their second Abbotts World Major Marathon in Berlin. It was a perfect day for running on such an iconic course which starts in the Tiergarten near the Reichstag and takes runners past the golden angel Siegessaule monument. With cheering crowds and lively musicians lining the route, runners travel down Unter den Linden Boulevard through many parts of the city, passing Potsdamer Platz and the legendary Fernsehturm before running back towards the finish which is just past the Brandenburg Gate.
Carol said that “Running towards the Brandenburg Gate is the most incredible feeling with the cheering crowds encouraging you onwards, you have tears in your eyes as you pass through the monument and enter the home straight – it really was very emotional!” Ben finished in a time of 3:52:02, and Carol in 4:34:39.
We welcome new members to join our sessions on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday morning.
Southwell Running Club.