Lots of results this week!

Tuesday evening was the annual Bramley Challenge, organised by Southwell RC as an inter-club run along with Holme Pierrepont and Newark Striders. The 5 mile course is a nice flat out-and-back along the road by the river Trent from Caythorpe Cricket Club. It was much warmer than most of us would like for running, but Adam Holland won easily in 27:09, and NOTFAST had the highest turnout with 51 of our runners taking part. It was rather disappointing to discover that there were NO CHIPS afterwards! However, the organisers put on a good spread of sandwiches, and we are promised that chips will be provided next year.

bramley-challenge-2016 – Results

On Saturday David Watt and Liz Walton took on the Vitruvian Half Iron-Man Triathlon at Rutland Water. The weather was atrocious making it feel like a swim from start to finish! David finished in 5h49, and Liz wasn’t far behind in 6h08, although Liz was faster than David on the bike.

Meanwhile, in a very rural setting high up in the Derbyshire hills, Bog Commander proved to be an extreme obstacle course with streams, severe bogs waist deep and very steep hills. Never-the-less, working as a team Stuart Chase, Andy Rowlands, and Lisa Leach enjoyed the course, taking their time and completing the 6k in 2 hours 02 mins. Maybe not the fastest but certainly the muddiest event of the weekend!


The North Muskham 5k & 10k event has been organised for many years by club member John Geeson and his wife Linda. When they moved away from North Muskham the organisation was taken on by another group in the village and John (56:09) finally got the chance to enjoy running the course. The two courses are both fairly flat on a mixture of road, paths and trails including a picturesque stretch along the river, with start and (very welcome!) finish at the pub. There were a couple of problems with the route markers, meaning that Adam Holland did a bit more than 10k, but still won in 42:03, and Kate (50:58), Simon (50:45), and Stuart Chase (53:00) took an accidental short-cut, then tried to make up the distance at the end, but did slightly less than 10k! Other NOTFAST runners were Richard Borrill (48:39 10k PB), Diana Wakefield, Andy Rowlands (51:20), Jim Lovett (52:38), Angela Brown (59:08), Colin Green (66:02), and doing the 5k were Britta Barnett (36:14), Breeze Rowlands (39:50 with daughter Jess), and Faye Hemingway (1h, walking with dog Olive).

Rachel Sheldrake did the Bawtry Forest Trail run in 1h13. It is a 7 mile route on tracks and muddy, grassy paths through the beautiful Bawtry Forest. Rachel enjoyed the very well-marked course, enthusiastic marshals and huge goody bag!

John Miller was in Farnham for the Pilgrim Half Marathon, a rural scenic run which has been in the Runner’s World top 10 since it started. John agrees it is one of the best half marathons he has ever done, and completed the hilly but very pretty course in 2h32.

Kira Green ran the Race for Life Half Marathon in Clumber Park which turned out to be nearly 14 miles long. Kira admitted that she was struggling, and was disappointed with her time of 3h19, but the effort made the post-race ice cream taste even better!

After warming up at his local Parkrun in Poland on Saturday, Piotr Dura ran the Wroclaw Marathon on Sunday in 3h55.

Several of our runners ventured to Newcastle for the Great North Run half marathon. It was dry and sunny, and the atmosphere and crowd support made this a really special event. Enjoying the glorious conditions, although it was a little too hot, were Ady Dix (1h28 hm PB), Adam Jackson (2h04 after helping a fellow runner get to the paramedics), Steve Needham (2h01), Sue Needham (2h28), and Julie Mumby who ran an emotional race for Asthma UK in memory of her dad (3h02).

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