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
Bramley Article, March 2018
Sport continues to inspire the world. The Winter Olympics has had something for everyone. From the ice skaters to the cross country ski races. What about the one where the skiers have to stop and do some shooting? I may suggest that for our own cross country races.
Mud, mud glorious mud was the theme for January. The ladies love the mud. For the first time in 20 years SRC had a Ladies team in all the North Midlands races. Jane Matthews won a gold medal and Chris Cregg silver without having to go to South Korea bringing our medal tally up to seven. Well done to Nicola Blatherwick and Loraine Fozzard as well.
Chris and Paul Cregg were so fed up with the mud they ran the Singapore Park Run. It was 32oC at 7:30 am and humid.
SRC is offering its members some professional coaching. We have some runners who are aspiring to join the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. I may be ready to run then and join them.
The Lazy Runner
Bramley Article, February 2018
It’s the season of awards, the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the SRC Grand Prix presentations. Most attendees wore a bowler hat; a gesture to support Garry Oldman in his bid for an Oscar.
Steve Hargrave won the men's Grand Prix for the 3rd time; Terri Howell, a relatively new runner won the ladies prize. Special mentions to Peter Lambert who despite his advancing years was the only man to run all five races and came 2nd overall, Gill Tivey who had another comeback and also came second, Michelle Hall who continues to improve coming 3rd and Simon Willington who had a great ten mile run taking many minutes off his PB.
Jane Matthews, Loraine Fozzard and Nicola Blatherwick completed the Edwinstowe 10K. Julie Stafford ran the Nottingham half marathon. Well done to Chris Cregg for competing in the Shipley Park cross country event.
I have been surprised by the number of people who know my identity and have urged me never to say I will never run again. Who knows what the future holds? I did run for a bus the other day, does that count?
If there are any real runners willing to write this article please get in touch with the SRC committee.
The Lazy Runner.
Bramley Article, January 2018
Hope you are sitting down, here is some breaking news; the Lazy Runner is giving up running. Running was one of the factors which contributed to a disastrous Christmas as a pre-Christmas Eve run of only three miles set off a migraine, which combined with a virus with flu like symptoms resulted in the migraine lasting ten days, practically wiping out Christmas, never again.
No such problems for the SRC cross country runners at the East Midlands XC where the Men’s Vet A team put in a superb performance finishing in 2nd place out of 12 teams. The Men’s Vet B team came an admirable 5th out of 8, whilst the Men Seniors finished 6th out of 12 teams. The Lady Vets had a good event finishing 7thout of 10, with the Lady Seniors putting on a spirited show coming 11th out of 12.
The roll call of our brave cross country runner are Paul Butcher, Dan Wheat, Jim Semmelroth, Paul Grogan, Paul Woolhouse, Martin Harrigan, Steve Hargrave, Ben Parker, Bruce Danby, Ian Haig, Penny Durance, Loraine Fozzard, Michelle Hall and Chris Cregg.
Here are a few notable races I have missed in the last few months. Brian Drescher and Joanne Harcombe ran the Thoresby 10K. Ben Parker continued his running renaissance by beating his running rival Bruce Danby in the Worksop Half Marathon, Heidi Harris also had a brilliant run. Penny Durance was first in her class in the Bournemouth Half.
If there are any runners willing to step into my shoes, please get in touch with the SRC committee.
The Lazy Runner
Bramley Article, December 2017
Mud and sweat sums up the cross country season.
SRC was well represented in the ECCA National Cross Country Relays, the East Midlands XC at Holme Pierrepont and the North Midlands XC at Corby.
At the East Midlands race a superb performance by the men’s vet A team saw them finish in second place out of 12 teams. The men’s vet B team came fifth out of eight, whilst the men seniors finished sixth out of 12 teams. The lady vets had a good event finishing seventh out of ten, with the lady seniors putting on a spirited show coming eleventh out of 12.
Southwell was represented by two teams at the North Midlands league race, the ladies came in 12th on the day with the men’s team finishing in seventh place.
More to my liking would be the Valencia marathon, we were there last year and I had some lovely runs in the former river bed which is now a park with some beautiful futuristic buildings. Dick and Penny Durance took part in the marathon, there were issues with ‘sea food stomach’ which may have spoilt the event a little. However both finished and had a good time.
After a few more months of not running I picked up my running shoes again and ran three miles without stopping and felt all the better for it. So let’s not forget to fit in a bit of running in this very busy time.
The Lazy Runner
Bramley Article, November 2017
The Robin Hood half marathon did not entice as many runners this year as usual. Chris Stowe, Mel Glass, Heidi Harris and William Lee all had good runs.
The three mile race is the penultimate race in the SRC series. Katy Simpson was first lady back as usual. A similar story with the men, will Paul Butcher ever be beaten? Steve Hargrave and Gill Tivey have a good chance of winning the overall prizes depending on the 10 mile race.
Ben Parker is getting around, he ran the Hatters half in Stockport. Ben and his son Guy then ran the Rutlandhalf. Did you know that Rutland is the smallest county with the largest reservoir?
Seven SRC runners spent a day not running. Brendan Parkinson, Barbara Garrett, Helen Jones, Ben and Renee Parker, Richard and Penny Durance. Their quest was to conquer the three peaks; Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in twelve hours without running. They completed the task.
A total of 20 SRC runners took part in the annual Bramley challenge. It’s good to see Helen Jones back. Peter Lambarth is a bit like the Duracell Bunny, he just keeps on going.
The Ponton Plod is unusual in that it is a 17 mile race, six SRC runners had a plod. There was a rare sighting of Angela Edmondson-Jones.
The clocks have gone back, we are all feeling a bit glum, get running to lift your spirit.
The Lazy Runner