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Reepham Runners Achievements - December 2013

posted 11 Nov 2014, 07:18 by Jon Beverley
Hare and Hounds - Thursday 26 December (Report by Phil Cooper)

Hosted by Neil Featherby, a crazy but superb 8 mile race through the woods, mud & dykes around Felthorpe.

Team "Reepham can do it Tutu" comprised Nick Bowden, Nick Caley, Leigh Nobes, Sam Kingston & Phil Cooper.

It was a staggered start for the 16 teams with Reepham starting 14th at + 32 minutes after first team. 

What fun was had by all, with Reepham claiming 2 trophies: 1st to finish & quickest team.

A truly great charitable fund raising event to end the year!

Nick, Phil and Sam prior to the Hare & Hounds


Nick Bowden pulling Nick Caley out of a bit of mud!

 

Waveney Valley Turkey Trot

Trine Middleton ventured down to the Waveney Valley on 15 December to do the 10 mile Turkey Trot.  She came in 1:53:04.  She was the 86th woman.  Well done!

 

Mytholmroyd Fell Race - 8 December 2013

A pre-Christmas trip was taken by a harden group of Reepham Runners up to the fells in West Yorkshire for a weekend at Hebden Bridge and a tough fell race at Mytholmroyd, supported by Jenni.

We had the veteran of the Club at Fells Race – Nick, our Chair – Phil, Eddie – who wasn’t put off last year – even after having to drink bitter – to try again and James, with his first trip away with the Club, but hopefully not his last.

We arrived on Friday night found a pub – drank lots of lovely beer – James and Eddie arrived later but soon caught up – not quite doing Nick’s jig in the road, but showed their own style, whilst in the search for a Black Russian!  Saturday arrived with entertainment for Jenni and Eddie trying to guess the tune as Phil cooked breakfast singing along to the music in his earphones.  The sore heads were soon blown away with a walk across the moors and less beer but more cake for carbo-loading and preparation for the race.

The day of the race was the best yet – not so cold although the wind was blowing.  The race starts on a really steep leaf strewn path leading to a kissing gate – so a good start was needed to beat the crowd.  Then the run went up and up and up…..  then across the moor and down and down …. Along a track and then the steps which went up and up and up…..  To help at the top was a good head wind to battle against crossing the open moor again, eventually getting to the hill you originally came up and then it was down, down and even more down, until you got to the kissing gate and the leaf strewn steep path which had the finish at the bottom.  With the Race Director shouting at all the runners to slow down before they crushed the spectators!

Everyone managed a PB – Eddie knocking off 3 minutes and coming in under the hour (59.33), James coming in 61.46 (knocking off 1 ½ minutes of Eddie’s time of last year).  But the finish goes to Nick and Phil.  Phil led Nick on the course, but he crept up behind him.  At the kissing gate, Phil was going to be a gentleman and let the faster run behind him go through the gate first, but when he realised it was Nick, he pushed through.  The two of them raced as fast as their legs could take them down the hill – nearly knocking over the poor runner in front of them.  At the bottom the only thing to stop Nick was the Race Director’s arm, as he was shouting “slow down” and some lady runner and only thing that stopped Phil was Nick!  Phil knocking off 7 minutes off his time of last year and Nick knocking 3 minutes of his to coming in 64.30

More photos at Flicker



Fritton Lake Dualathon - 8 December 2013

Nick Caley ran the dualathon at Fritton Lake on 8 December.   It consisted of 3 k run, 10 k bike and 1.5 k run.  He came 9 in a time of 47.33 - excellent!

 

Horsford Cross Country - 1 December 2013

The second of the series of three - even more mud and water, especially for Nick as he did a head long dive into the ditch - as shown in the picture.  A great turn out for the Club again with  Leigh Nobes 37:15, Nick Bowden 38:23, Philip Cooper 39:47, Steve Plackett 41:48 & Karen Grapes 37:48.  Sam Kingston started but had to pull out due to injury.


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