The Ashbourne Half-Marathon attracted two members of Notfast.

Steve Hodson-Mackey was very pleased with his time of 1 hour 50mins 12 secs as this gave him a PB  at the distance.  He was followed in by Wyn Thomas with 1.58.48.  Wyn commented on the quality of this race, set in lovely surroundings around Dovedale.


The Cransley Hospice Half-Marathon is set near Kettering.  Billed as an ‘undulating course, that we all know means ‘bloomin hilly ‘.  Some 185 competitors finished, and in that context Chris McDonnell clocked a super 1.36.15 that put him in 38th place with a 10th in category.  Lyn McDonnell crossed the line in 143rd position with a 2.05.01 in her 49th ‘Half’, she was placed 5th in age group


Kira Green did the Rother Valley Womens Sprint Triathlon.   A Sprint Tri is a flat-out lung wrenching affair with very critical Transitions…a slip up here can lose lots of time.  The course is a 200 metre Swim, followed by 10 k on the Bike and then a 4 kilometre run .  Getting off a bike and then running hard is really taxing as all your leg muscles feel as if they have been put in the wrong way round.  Kira’s time ….

64 minutes !


Mike Bullock was on Ilkley Moor to do a spot of Fell Running in the lyrically named Rombolds Romp 7 Miler, named after the Fell of the same name. Up Ilkley way runners like it tough and this was not designed to disappoint.  Mike describes a course that was in parts un-runnable,..wet,..brackeny,..muddy,.. and with four wooden bridges over streams (one of which they were told at briefing was rotten).

Mike came finished in 10th place out of some 300 runners with a time of 57 minutes.


Pan the camera over to Market Harborough and the lone figure of Jill McIntyre can be seen at the improbably named “Wrongs Farm” at half past six in the evening for the  Twilight Adventure 10k Run. The word ‘Run’ is patently inappropriate for this event as participants must endure obstacles that include scrambling under cargo nets, mud, scrambling over cargo nets, climbing nets, mud, balance beams, mud, rivers, mud, hills, fields, woods, neck deep muddy water, haybale hills, trailers and a feeding trough.

Quote ..”It was a cracking race, loved it. Really chuffed with my time of 1hour 13 mins….Did I mention the mud ?”

Darren Wilkinson was one of some 50,000 runners pounding the streets of Newcastle for the Great North Run.


Darren finished with a PB time for the course ,..namely..1.52.57


The Ponton Plod.

Many Notfast members were helping with this event organised by Stuart and Kath. Some members however managed to help and compete.

Gill Beaumont helped at registration, walked the 17 mile then helped in the kitchen. Gill’s time for 17 miles was 5hrs 16mins.

Cheryl Kempster completed the 27 miles in 8hrs 39mins

Nigel Dalby was on ‘the late entry’ desk then walked the 17 mile route as sweeper.

Dick Brumby assisted with car parking then acted as sweeper on the 27 mile route.

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