Bramley Article December 2021
Festive greetings from Southwell Running Club
SRC members are gearing up to reflect on the year, nurse our sores, celebrate our achievements and, in all likelihood, undo about two months of training!
Yes, the fabled SRC Christmas dinner will take place early in December, hopefully leaving enough time for bodies and heads to recover in time for many runners’ highlight of the year – the Halam Hat Chase. Held on a beautiful/foul (!) winter’s morning towards the end of the month, just one runner sets off, wearing suitably festive headgear. The rest of the club then set off at intervals determined by an opaque handicap system to catch them and (politely and COVID-compliantly) snatch the said headdress. The runner who crosses the finish line first not only wins the race but has the toastiest pate.
Congratulations to two of our members who have achieved their Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) licence this month. LiRF is a UK Athletics qualification and is the first rung on the ladder to becoming a qualified coach. We look forward to being made to do the latest drills and stretches.
Merry Christmas everyone, and do not forget that every morsel of overindulgence this month is another mile to be enjoyed on the trail next year.
The Scarlet Pimperrunner
Bramley Article November 2021
Completing a Victory Lap
There is an understanding in the running community, that arriving at race day in one piece, and then completing the event is like running your victory lap. Last month, several members of Southwell Running Club finally completed their victory laps following months of endurance training during the summer.
Tracy Polak achieved her aim of completing the Atlantic Coast Challenge. The route for this amazing accomplishment began near Padstow and took runners along a 78.6 mile route over 3 days finishing at Land’s End. The challenge tests both mental and physical prowess against some of the wildest and more remote coastlines in Britain. Tracy who completed the challenge in memory of her dad said that she encountered some of the hardest terrain she had ever run including hundreds of steps amid rocky outcrops, sand dunes and long stretches of beach.
Participating in the far more crowded London Marathon, Adam Smith achieved a PB in a time of 3:18:52. Adam said ‘This is my second marathon and the first time I had run London. The crowds were amazing and the atmosphere just carries you along. I felt really good at mile 18 and just kept pushing. I am overjoyed to gain a new PB and I am already looking forward to my next marathon.
A little further north Carol Hayward ran her 5th marathon in Manchester in a time of 4:45:21. This year’s new, undulating route took runners into the city centre and then out through Sale to Altrincham before returning to Old Trafford. Despite the late start times Carol said it was a great event with fabulous support along much of the course.
Finally, following their PBs achieved on the Robin Hood Half, Anthony Gorman and Steven Rice decided to try their legs on a the Thoresby Leaf kick half marathon. Even though it was a wet, muddy and slippery 13.1miles they managed a joint 3rd place finish in a time of 1:29:21.
If you are currently training for your ‘victory lap’ why not join us one evening.
Bramley Article October 2021
In Memory of Richard Durance
Southwell Running Club was saddened to hear of the untimely death last month of Richard Durance, one of our longest serving members.
Have you ever sat in a pub and suddenly decided to promise the world to undertake a feat of endurance you know nothing about? Have you gone through with it? No. Nor me. Back before running marathons was a thing, Richard was sitting in a pub when he heard news that one was to be held in London the following year. Despite never having run more than a few miles, he announced he would enter. This is exactly the kind of thing I say every few weeks but, unlike me, he actually did it.
This turns out to be somewhat characteristic of Richard. As one member of the club put it, Richard had a ‘certain determination of mind’.
Does running 23 laps around Holme Pierrepont lake for 80 miles sound like fun? How about a 50 mile race in the mountainous terrain of the Copper Canyons in Mexico, home only to drug farmers and the (formerly) forgotten tribe of the Tarahumara ‘running people’? At least the water stations at Holme Pierrepont are not manned by armed guards.
Richard ran an astonishing 141 marathons in his running career, including ultra-marathons in South Africa and Columbia, and the ridiculous Marathon des Sables - 156 miles in six days across the Sahara. Of all these, he counted London as the most emotional. Not the first one in 1981, but the one he ran in 2009 with his wife, Penny, and daughter, Helen, in their Mum, Dad and daughter T-shirts to ‘much acclaim from the crowds’, which I’m sure is an understatement.
Richard is survived by Penny, Helen, son Tom and six grandchildren. A vital and inspirational member of the running club, he will be sorely missed by family, friends and running partners alike.
The Scarlett Pimperrunner
Richard’s family are raising money for a Lymphoma charity in his memory. All donations gratefully received at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/RichardDurance1.
Bramley Article September 2021
Ironwoman of Southwell
During the last few weeks while many have been marvelling at the sporting achievements of Team GB in Tokyo, members of Southwell Running Club have taken on their own challenges.
Most notable was Katherine Hall’s amazing achievement in the Outlaw Triathlon on July 25th. Having competed in a number of smaller distance triathlons Kat had an ultimate dream of completing a long distance triathlon. The Outlaw was a natural choice as it runs through her home area. The Outlaw Triathlon is the equivalent to an ironman event with its 2.4mile swim in the Holme Pierrepont regatta lake, followed by a 112mile bike ride through the beautiful Nottinghamshire Countryside and finishing with a 26.2 mile (marathon distance) run. With friends, family and SRC members cheering her on along the route and perfect weather conditions Kat was able to stick to her race plan and achieve her goal of completing the course in an amazing 13hrs and 8mins. Having experienced several of Kat’s hardcore training sessions it is easy to see why she really is Southwell’s Ironwoman.
Meanwhile Ian Haigh is working his way through the 50 @50 fell running event which encourages runners to participate in up to 50 fell running events throughout the year. The events, which are primarily based around the north of England in locations such as the Lake District, Peak District and Lancashire, vary in distance from 3 to 32 miles in length. Ian says he’s loving the challenge, which feels a bit like the fell running equivalent of the Tour De France.
Finally in August Adam Smith and Penny Durance took park in the Holme Pierrepont 10k event which is held on the roads around Holme Pierrepont lake.
It is great to see our world of running gradually returning to normal and we now look forward to the autumn marathon and half marathon season.
Southwell Running Club.
Bramley Article July 2021
In Memory of Mick
The club held a memorial run for Mick Turley this month which was attended by members of his family and many club members past and present. Mick was a long-standing member of the club and, by the tributes paid to him, clearly touched many people’s lives. Mick is remembered as a kind and caring gentleman who always had time for other runners and always had a smile on his face.
In other news, the countdown to the London Marathon has finally started. It is just a matter of weeks and, in all too depressing likelihood, two to three COVID variants away. Four members of the club are currently lined up to do it this year. Two qualified with good-for-age times (which means they are almost unfeasibly fast), another won the club-allocated entry, and yours truly, who was lucky through the main ballot. (Which is why I am writing about it of course. As one member put it when I told him, ‘Yes, I know. Everyone knows.’)
I say, ‘lucky’, but it did not really feel like that when I opened the email telling me I was ‘successful’. I am sure I am not alone in entering year on year but not really expecting to get in. I am ashamed to report that my first reaction to the news was a sickening wrench rather than a glorious leap in my stomach. Still, I am over the shock now and fully committed to the stringent training plan on my wall telling me, and more importantly my wife, that I must go running for long periods every week.
This is all pretty big fry for me but not, it seems, for most of the rest of the club. Just in the last couple of weeks, and with barely a mention, Ben Parker ran the Milton Keynes Marathon in a time of 3hrs 25 mins (which easily qualifies him for next year’s London Marathon) and Kat Hall ran a brilliant half-marathon time, having already swam for 1.2 miles and cycled for 56 miles at the Outlaw triathlon.
Congratulations to them and good luck to everyone training for their next big event, whether under the radar or making a song and dance of it!
The Scarlett Pimperrunner