Bramley Article June 2021
Sunday Morning Alarm
You know you’re a runner when your Sunday morning alarm is earlier than your Monday morning alarm! Getting up early on a Sunday to race varying distances in mass participation events is a common occurrence in the life of a committed runner. However, last year’s lockdown brought an abrupt end to these events and many runners have missed that feeling of adrenaline pumping through their veins while they queue for the loo for the 10th time!
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take part in the Caythorpe Dash Half Marathon; my first real race for over a year. The multi-terrain event takes runners through the beautiful countryside trail paths of Lincolnshire but I’m not quite sure why it’s called a dash as the final 5 miles are basically uphill!
Southwell Running Club recently restarted its own racing calendar with the 10k Grand Prix in which 23 members participated. Steven Rice led the field home to record a third win in a time of 38:12 and Katy Simpson led the women in a time of 41:39. Other notable times were Pam Dutton 46:34, Jake Brandley 40:36 and Ben Parker 41:17.
Many members of SRC are starting their training plans in preparation for forthcoming events which include the London and Manchester Marathons, The Atlantic Coast Challenge and the Nottingham Ironman. If you have inadvertently signed up for your first race, or were lucky enough to gain a London Marathon place, and don’t know where to start with your training, come along and join us. We have many experienced runners who can give advice and our training sessions are a great addition to individual training plans, providing you the opportunity to push and challenge yourself in preparation for race day.
Bramley Article May 2021
Over the hills and far away
Nothing can beat going for a country run on a spring evening. Now the dreaded virus has abated somewhat and the rules have relaxed a little, the figurative little ducks are coming back to Mother Southwell Running Club duck. And, boy, is she glad to see them.
Not to imply that any of our members waddle; we are finely tuned athletes.
If you like the idea of running with other people but have been putting off joining a club until you are a little fitter or a little faster, then you are not alone. I was hesitant about joining a club for many years, thinking it would be too serious or too challenging. When I finally took the plunge, I found my fears were totally unfounded. We have runners of all abilities and all ages at SRC and we train together at our own pace.
No matter your ability I can guarantee that there will be at least one person faster and one person slower than you, so it impossible not to fit in. Instead of waiting until you are fitter to come along, come along first and get fitter with us. It is more fun that way round.
As Supt. Hastings may have said during a particularly fierce SRC committee meeting recently, "There is one thing I am interested in, and one thing only, and that is the joy of running, training and perhaps even competing together in and around the glorious environs of Southwell, over the hills and far away." Come and join us!
The Scarlet Pimperrunner
P.S. Heartfelt thanks to The Obsessive Runner who penned our articles for this esteemed paper for so many years. I hope you like my nom de plume.
Bramley Article April 2021
SRC is back
It was with great joy that Southwell Running Club could return to group training as of 30th March.
Like so many other sporting groups/clubs, we have certainly missed the sport we love to take part in, but I know as much as anything, we have missed the great social aspect that being part of this running club brings.
Whilst I have been running around the streets and fields of Southwell over the past few months, I have seen a higher number of runners doing the same thing. I hope that some of these people have caught the running bug and decide to join us at the club, whether to be competitive or to enjoy running with a great group of like-minded people; either way I know it will not disappoint.
We are celebrating our 35th year as a club and as well as our infamous grand prix events, cross-country and other races, we will be lining up other in-house events to celebrate.
So if you want to know more about joining us then please visit www.southwellrunningclub.org or join us at 6.45pm on a Tuesday or Thursday night by the Southwell Leisure Centre where our one hour training sessions commence.
The Obsessive Runner
Bramley Article January 2021
Festivities at Southwell Running Club
Southwell Running Club provided their members with some of their annual festive fun, which was much more needed this year. First up was the return of the infamous Halam Hat Chase, but this year there was no hat involved. For those of you who do not know about this event, here is a brief overview. Runners are set off at staggered times, the more moderate runners set off first with the faster runners following. The first person to set off usually wears a santa hat and the aim of the other runners is to catch the person with the hat before completing the course. The first person back is the winner of this club event. The course certainly isn’t flat and usually muddy and this year certainly did not disappoint. 14 members took part, but it was an old stalwart, Paul Grogan who took the honours this time round. Question marks have been raised about the handicap time he was given, but nothing can be taken away from Paul’s feat, particularly after a challenging year for Paul. Second up was the annual festive run, which replaces the usual Tuesday night training session before Christmas. This sees runners working in small socially distanced teams, following clues and answering questions set in and around Southwell. 15 members took part and the Christmas pudding team took first prize. Unfortunately these are the last of the events SRC will be able to put on for a while and our club training is also suspended until further notice.
Bramley Article December 2020
Plenty To Look Forward To At SRC
When I first took over writing this article for Southwell Running Club I never envisaged that we would have months in a year where practically no running events would have taken place, that is except for virtual events and ‘virtual’ might be one of the most over used words of the year certainly within running during 2020! However not long after I write this article we will soon be back amongst friends being able to train and run together on a Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturday mornings. We will also be able to carry on with some of our in-house club events, starting with the infamous Halam Hat Chase in December. In the New Year we will continue with the club Grand Prix Series, starting with a 5K event and wrap up the series with a 10 mile race. These events will bring an end to the series, which currently sees Ben Parker taking the lead in the men’s category and a joint lead in the ladies held by Sam Hatton and Pam Dutton. However, there is still plenty to play for and it will be very interesting to see who comes out on top. I can’t wait to be able to share more details and information from upcoming events and members achievements, but please visit our website www.southwellrunningclub.org for any further details on our amazing club.
The Obsessive Runner
Bramley Article November 2020
It is with great regret that I share with you the extremely sad news that Mick Turley, Southwell Running Club's oldest member at 82 years of age, passed away on 18th October.
I do not think my words or this article can fully describe or justify what a great man Mick was, but I want to share with you a little bit about him and his irreplacable role at SRC. Mick first joined the running club in 1997 and became an active and very important member and remained this way until very recently. Mick had an impressive race history, often finishing first in his age category. He was twice awarded the Chairman's Shield and was the inaugural recipient of the Mary Cochran Award.
In 2015 Mick was made an honorary life member of SRC for his lonstanding contributions to the club. As previously mentioned, Mick was very active within the club and was still running with the Saturday morning group this year. Not only did Mick run but he was often out supporting events and SRC runners with his wife Ann. I can recall many occasions receiving their support. Similarly, Mick was well known and loved for having a great sense of humour and I remember lots of his jokes that always brought a smile. The club would like to pass on our condolences and very best to Ann and I know that Mick will be sorely missed by all members of the club.
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