Bramley Article October 2018
Even after several years of being a long suffering Nottingham Forest fan, I can still say I am really proud to support Forest and I have a great sense of feeling whenever I watch or do anything to do with Forest. However, I never thought I’d have the same feeling about representing Southwell Running Club when I first joined almost three years ago.
I’d never run for a running club before joining SRC and probably believed that it’d just be about personal gain as opposed to being part of a team, achieving goals and events as a group. How wrong could I be! This became really apparent to me when SRC recently hosted the Bramley Challenge. This is a five mile race that is competed by teams from four running clubs: SRC, Holme Pierrepont, Newark Striders and Notfast. Anyone who is a member of these clubs can enter and everyone’s finishing position contributes to the final team results.
Unfortunately we didn’t win on the night as we were pipped to the post by Holme Pierrepont, but we put on a great event which was enjoyed by all, and have high hopes that we’ll win the trophy back next year.
I am not originally from Southwell, but I feel so proud every time I put on my SRC vest. So whether you’re from Southwell or not, but want to be a part of our amazing club, then please join us. We look forward to meeting you.
The Obsessive Runner
Bramley Article August/September 2018
It seems like a while since I last wrote an article having had a summer break, but there certainly hasn’t been much of a break or let up with my training or racing, or, by that of other members of the club for that matter; however, I did only do one run whilst on my holiday, which was greatly appreciated by my wife. The same cannot be said for Jon Newsum-Smith or Richard Andrews who completed great achievements by finishing a 32 and 64 mile ultra race respectively, on the Cornish coastal path, whilst they were on their holidays. Eddie Alder, a newer member of SRC, definitely wasn’t taking it easy during August. He completed various fell races totaling a staggering 2,633m of ascent, or if you prefer, 8,638 feet, an incredible achievement.
I guess the summer must be over now as the Summer league series came to a close; a series in which our very own Paul Grogan won a bronze medal in his age group after completing all 5 races over the summer.
Well it definitely isn’t all doom and gloom, even though it is only going to get colder and darker. The cross country season is upon us, along with various other events, as well as the opportunity to run with friends on dark nights to look forward to. So if you fancy joining us for any of the above, then please find out more information from this web site or email southwellRC@hotmail.com, you won’t be disappointed.
The Obsessive Runner
Bramley Article, July 2018
Before I joined the club I assumed that anyone who ran for SRC, or any other club for that matter, would just take part in races such as 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and full marathons. Never did it occur to me that people did such a variety of events and that a running club would offer so much more and help you train for occasions that are not just running races.
This has been so evident from what people have done and achieved over the past month and I think a few of these examples highlight what people accomplish at our club.
Paul Orton and Ian Haigh took part in the last ever LAMM. This connoisseur’s mountain marathon has taken place since 1994 and is held in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. You need excellent orienteering skills and great teamwork to navigate your way to checkpoints over two tough days on the Scottish hills.
Sam Ward completed the Staffordshire Half Ironman. Half sounds easy you think well think again! This involved a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. Sam completed all of this in just 6 hours and 6 minutes!
There was also the third leg of the Summer League where 18 SRC members tackled a fast
five mile course at Holme Pierrepont.
These achievements are only a fraction of what has happened over the past month, but please come and join us to find out more about what we offer.
The Obsessive Runner
Bramley Article, June 2018
I am honoured and privileged to be taking over this article from the Lazy Runner, they certainly are big running shoes to fill!
I won’t bore you too much with the finer details about me, but I think it is important to know that I joined SRC two and a half years ago, telling my wife that I would just go along to keep fit. Well, if only she knew what an obsession this would become for me; she probably would’ve never let me join! However please do not let this put you off joining our club, I cannot recommend what running, and our club offers.
If you are just looking at getting or keeping fit, training for an event, improving your running or if you want to enjoy a social run, then please join us, you will not be disappointed. We meet at the Southwell Leisure Centre at 6.45pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The Summer League is well under way now and two races have already taken place. SRC organise arguably the best race of the series, which takes place at Hexgreave Hall. Again the race was a massive triumph, despite some unwelcomed rain. The success of this race is down to the helpers and organisers from the club.
There have been too many outstanding individual performances to mention from the month, but hopefully if you come and join us you will hear all about them. We look forward to meeting you!
The Obsessive Runner
Bramley Article, May 2018
This is the last SRC article I will write. A real runner has volunteered to take the job on.
I started to write this article in 2011. I joined the running club when I was 38 years old about 25 years ago. Something made me put on my plimsolls’ and try to run round Crink Lane. On the second occasion another runner, Dave, was running the other way. He stopped to have a chat, told me about SRC and I went the following week.
There started my running career, which I am proud of; two half marathons in under 1½ hours, two marathons in 3:45 and two 10Ks in under 40 minutes. There has been a lot of panting, puffing, injuries and moaning about cross country and the cold and wet; but there have been times when running made me feel like a God. Let’s be honest it’s not often that happens.
The main attraction of SRC has always been the other runners. An hour soon passes by when you are chatting or gossiping.. So thanks to everyone I have run with.
So what will I do now? I will still be a keen gardener. Once after an article in which I gave some gardening advice, the then Chair said to me “Peter remember this is supposed to be a running article, not gardener’s world”. I am taking up tennis again, so STC watch out, here I come. I wonder if they need an article writer? Most importantly I will be spending time with my family and my beautiful grandsons; Michael, William and James. Three future runners, who knows?
The Retired Lazy Runner
Bramley Article, April 2018
I was surprised to see that there were still trotting turkeys in February. In previous years they had trotted in December. Then when they were at the peak of their fitness they ended up as the centre piece to our Christmas dinners. I am referring to the Keyworth Turkey Trot half marathon which is now in February. Well done to our trotters; Chris Stowe, Ben Parker, Brendan Parkinson, Penny Durance and Michelle Hall.
At least the St Valentines was not on the 14th as the runners who took part would have been with their loved ones. So the following weekend Chris Wales, Katy Simpson, Bruce Danby, Jo Harcombe and Tracey Polak ran the 30K race and got heart shaped medals for their effort.
The cross country runners continue to get dirty, wet and cold. Pictures from the Trent Meadows event show runners literally climbing a hill with mud up to their ankles. Well done to everyone who took part. Father and son, Ben and Guy Parker got the opportunity for a bit of bonding, finishing together.
Thank goodness the clocks have gone back and I can get some gardening done after work. For those who run, running in the light has to be better than the dark. Look at the website pages to see how to run with SRC.
The Lazy Runner