The Wilmot Wander – Sunday 29/01/2017 – ‘The Diary of a Broken Man’

As Dean, Spray and Simon had entered this race as part of their training plan for a 100 miler later in the year I decided to show them my support by also entering the Wilmot Wander. Why not, I thought, as I had nothing better to do. Of course I wasn’t prepared to do it on my own so I decided to get Rex and Bren to be part of my dynamic team. To be honest I thought this would be a breeze as it’s just really a jog around 32 miles of scenic countryside in winter so how bad could it possibly be?

It’s a course that takes you from the Scout Hut in Chadd, through Chadd Park, Up Morley Road then across to Locko Park, to Stanley then over to Morley, over to Little Eaton, then to Duffied, Quarndon, Mackworth, Radbourne, Mickleover, Burnaston, Over the A38, Findern, Stenson, Swarkestone, then up the cycle path from there all the way back to the Scout Hut in Chadd.

The starting times are staggered in this race but as ours were only 8 minutes apart the Sinfin massive all decided to set off together. So began our jaunt with the addition of Jason and his dog (Wilson). I do think they knew I would need the support to be honest as I have done a marathon before but was not ready for the 8 extra miles.

The weather was quite kind to us, for the time of year, but the terrain was hilly and rough with a lot of mud – it’s fields! – what did I expect!!! Don’t get me wrong, it was muddy but not as bad as when I got drunk at Glastonbury and fell in the mud face first (now that was muddy). Those 8 extra miles made all the difference and it hurt my legs a lot. I was swearing and moaning for all 8 of those miles and if it wasn’t for my friends around me I would of stopped and beat a cow or sheep up just to make myself feel a little bit better. At one stage I even contemplated jumping in the canal but Jim (who joined us part way round) told me not too as I would go in to hypothetic shock. Jim was the voice of reason as he’s been there and done the Wilmot Wander before – he tells me he knows the pain when cramp sets in! When I finished I got a bowl of soup and a certificate. What I personally would of liked would have been a red carpet into the Scout hut with maybe a trumpet guard of honour.

Despite all of this it was an amazing day with a great bunch of lads who were totally awesome and I am glad I did it with you guys.

Would I recommend it – yes – any day of the week BUT have some good mates with you to get you through it.

Report by Richard Webster (Potter)

As a ‘side note’ there is another report from Rex who ran the race and is as follows —-

On the 29th January I faced one off my biggest but most enjoyable challenges which was to run the Wilmot Wander.

It was an extremely long and tiring event but I had Spray, Dean, Brenden, Simon, Jason and Potter that kept me focused, despite Potter tantrums! and not forgetting Wilson the dog, who led us all the way.

The weather was kind to us on the day but mud and puddles made the run even more difficult. The checkpoints were very welcomed and I lost count of the amount of biscuits I stuffed my face with.

We faced many challenges on the 6hr and 24 minutes run including hills to steep to run up and down and I will never forget the moment we had to cross the A38 – now that was bloody scary!

We did win the trophy for the fastest team but it is a run that I will never forget or attempt again!!

Richard Record (Rex)

Results

Wilmot Wander Results 2017

Pictures

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Sinfin Running Club Dinner/Dance/Presentation Evening Saturday 21/01/2017

Sinfin Running Club Dinner/Dance/Presentation Evening Saturday 21/01/2017

That time of the year again when we celebrate all of our achievements. Time to dress up and get pissed (it’s a club motto!!!)

This year the event was held at The Farmhouse (in the Folly Room) at Mackworth (formerly the Mackworth Hotel). This of course is a little way out for most of us but luckily there is a Premier Inn 300 yards from the venue so plenty took advantage of staying there for a cheap night sleep rather than getting taxis to and from the venue.

It is a very good venue, brilliant food, music and of course alcohol so a big thank you to all the staff there and well worth checking out if you have some kind of do that you have to arrange. :)

After the event finished at around 12pm some club members went onto the Casino. They then took a trip to the obligatory kebab shop, of course one three course meal in an evening is NOT enough. 😛

Awards

Fell Running Champion
1st – Paul Stevenson
2nd – Caroline Scott
3rd – Simon Bray

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Male Cross Country Champion
1st – Brian Warner
2nd – Simon Bray
3rd – Chris Morrison

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Female Cross Country Champion
1st – Helen Ripley
2nd – Mary Goad (I hope i’ve spelt that right Mary !!!)
3rd – Caroline Scott

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Regrettably Mary was not there on the evening :(

Male Road Running Champion
1st – Brian Warner
2nd – Brendan Devlin
3rd – Michael Collins

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Female Road Running Champion
1st – Clare Harrison
2nd – Sharon Collins
3rd – Fiona Finnegan

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Male Performance of the Year
Neil Barnes

Regrettably Neil could not make the evening either :(

Female Performance of the Year
Fiona Finnegan

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Club Person of the Year
Chris Morrison

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Evening drinking photos

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Lamb’s Longer Leg Fell Race 15/01/2017

The first ‘champs’ race of the Sinfin fell running year for 2017 was Lamb’s Longer Leg on Sunday 15th Jan. Twas a pre-entry only race, with 5.4km of distance and 290 meters of climb this is an ‘A Short’ course. Meeting at the Lamb Inn with the start a 800m jog down the road towards Chinley. With an ‘M’ shaped profile, the first climb begins right off the start line with the finish enjoying the opposite action. As far as we know, this is the first time anyone from the club has attended this particular race, although it’s been going since 2003.

As for the race itself; epic. Bona-fide fell course; full-kit was mandated, tough & varied terrain, difficult weather, clag down. It was a belter. Everyone had a great time and got round safely. Then straight into the Lamb Inn for a pint (or cup of tea). What’s more, Caroline won the ladies v45.

The next champs race will be Hoppit’s Hill on 29th Feb.

Graham has already entered the results into the champs spreadsheet and I’ve extracted them. We won’t share this detail after every race but since it’s a new concept it’s only fair to give people a feel at the start for how this might pan out over the year. So for those interested:

Trev – 47th – 41m02s – 174pts – (2nd)
Caroline – 51st – 42m35s – 164pts – (1st)
Fordy – 57th – 43m53s – 192pts – (4th)
Simon – 66th – 47m29s – 202pts – (5th)
Paul – 68th – 48m21s – 179pts – (3rd)
Mat – 72nd – 54m34s – 243pts – (6th)

Notes regarding the new points system: You can see the age and gender adjustments working well; although I finished ahead of Paul by over 7 minutes, I only ended up with 5pts fewer. I was ahead of Caroline by over a minute and a half but she’s still 10pts better off. Simon was on semi-cruise so his pts are higher than they might have been on another day. This all ‘feels’ about right.

Remember, it’s a long year and race attendance will pay dividends (for various reasons), especially for those who might not be quite as good vs quicker runners who only do a handful of events. However, the bottom line is, just enjoy it.

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Pictures

Before

Lambs Longer Leg 2017

Caroline’s Prize

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After

LLL Pub 2017

Report by T Hibbert

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Sinfin Running Club Xmas Night out 2016

Sinfin Running Club Xmas Night out 2016

The annually anticipated xmas night out was on Wednesday the 21st of December 2016. This is our excuse not to run on our traditional training night but to go out and relax before the Christmas break with a few drinks and sporting our xmas jumpers 😛

Sorry – we are a bit lacking in photos over everyone that was there – think we were just too busy talking and drinking :)

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Running Round Up until the End of December 2016

Sorry – been a bit slack with the reports recently, again!!

The following are the last 3 Club Road Championship races and results

Worksop Half Marathon Sunday 30/10/2016

This is typically quite a good race to get a PB on despite it being an undulating course. You run out to Clumber Park, around Clumber Park and then loop round to the finish.

This year they changed the start of the race so we ran and returned to the Outland Academy Portland which is on Sparken Hill. This confused some of the regular runners, who seemed to think that we would be starting from the normal start at the Town Hall so we started some 15 minutes later. A little annoying as everyone had warmed up ready and then had to warm up again. Anyway – apart from this the venue was a lot better – there was loads of room which the eveny needed as it becomes more and more popular every year.

Results

Results:

Name Time
Dan Wilson 1.29.31
Chris Worthington 1.29.31
Brian Warner 1.35.38
Brendan Devlin 1.36.58
Clare Harrison 1.40.36
Richard Sims 1.44.55
Richard Webster 1.45.57
Richard Humber 2.00.36
Michael Collins 2.06.35
Richard Fildes 2.28.39

A special note of congratulations goes to Michael Collins who ran even though his feet were bandaged following the removal of tow nails – nah – you just don’t want to see the picture!!!

Heanor Pud Run Sunday 20/11/2016

The return of the Pud is always welcomed as this is a great little and well supported race. This year it was the 30th running of the event so at the end everyone got the xmas pud (proper size) and also a technical t-shirt which was bright orange so useful for those winter nights runs.

It was another coldish day, always is at this event due to the time it is ran, and followed quite a bit of rain overnight – luckily the rain held off further during the race. The route has changed from the mainly road starting route so that you go out, past the Walkers factor and then you loop back into the park and round some of the trails so it is a little muddy but not overly muddy despite the rain overnight, although saying that it might have been muddier further back in the field 😛

Results

Results:

Name Time
Jason Ball 40.05
Chris Morrison 42.44
Brendan Devlin 43.41
Brian Warner 44.27
Clare Harrison 46.14
Matthew Orr 52.45
Jemma Woods 52.51
Helen Ripley 53.20
Sharon Collins 55.02
Michael Collins 55.02
Neil Barnes 59.45
Richard Fildes 1.08.21

Keyworth Turkey Trot Sunday 11/11/2016

This is a regular fixture on our calendar but not the easiest of races to get into as it sells out within hours of opening. In addition to this there is also the Bolsover 10K which is held on the same day so some of the club members entered that instead when they failed to get into this race.

The route is quite demanding with a nasty climb between miles 2 and 3 and then the final 3/4 of a mile is uphill into the estate and back to the school. Strangely though this is also quite a good race where PB’s seem possible.

Again another coldish day, not as cold as it has been in previous years when I have done it, but again it is just simply because of the time of year the race is run.

Results

Results:

Name Time
Ken Tomlinson 1.23.26
Clare Harrison 1.40.37
Brian Warner 1.41.28
Neil Barnes 2.06.53
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Golden Gates Gallop 09/10/2016

Golden Gates Gallop 09/10/2016

The Golden Gates Gallop is an annual event on our list of races. However, this year it was run in October rather than September so it clashed with the Derby City Half Marathon race. Additionally the lack of information / late published information about the race didn’t help it’s cause to attract the number of runners that this normally would of done.

It is a 5 mile race of basically two laps of a course in Elvaston castle – it takes a reverse route of some of the familiar races around Elvaston Castle (our race route and the Tara Kinder route) with a little run down to the A6 from the Golden Gates on the first of the laps. This does help you see how you are doing and who is chasing you down!!

The day was cold in the shade but warm in otherwise and fairly hot whilst racing :)

Results:

Name Position Time
Spray 4th 30.36
Jason 5th 30.40
Brian 12th 34.45
Clare 1st Lady 35.51

Great results for our club at this one. Shelton took the top 3 spots but we then took 4th and 5th with Clare taking the 1st lady prize (get in!!!).

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Air Ambulance Cheque Presentation 05/10/2016

Charity Cheque Presentation

On Wednesday the 5th of October 2016 we presented a cheque for £300 to Louise and Alan Grimadell who where there to collect this on behalf of the Air Ambulance Service. This was our contribution to charity from funds raised at our 2016 Sinfin Classic 10K Race.

Louise gave a talk to our members and explained about the invaluable work that the Air Ambulance service provide. They do not received any government funding and rely on donations to fund their activities.

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The Shelton Striders 10K – Sunday 2nd of October 2016.

Shelton Striders 10K

Sunday 2nd of October 2016.

The annual Shelton Striders race kicked off at 9.45 on the Sunday morning of the 2nd of October.

After a night of rain the weather turned quite gloriously sunny and made perfect running conditions.

Route – The race takes you down the canal path and then you are directed to turn right trough the estate and onto Sinfin Avenue. Before you come to the end of Sinfin Avenue you turn left through the estate to end up on Merril Way which you follow round into Wilmore Road. You follow Wilmore Road until you turn up and past Derby Golf Club but then head out down Shakespeare Street to Sinfin lane which you then follow. Continue over the roundabout and follow the track past the other side of Sinfin Park and keep going until you eventually turn left back onto the canal path and follow this to the finish.

The race was, as always, well organised and marshalled and despite the new road cutting though the course at two points there was no disruption and everything ran smoothly.

Results

Spray – 38.59
Jason – 39.04
Brendan – 42.57
Brian – 44.03
Clare – 45.00
Fordy – 45.05
Richard R – 46.33
Jim – 54.21
Helen – 54.21
Jemma – 55.22
Neil – 57.59

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Long Eaton 5 – Sunday 11th of September 2016.

Long Eaton 5

Sunday 11th of September 2016.

This race starts at West Park Leisure centre and if you are used to the Long Eaton Park Run it runs around part of the course. There is ample parking plus even an overflow field to park in. Ideally you get there early to park as near as you can tho. :)

The race does start on the grass but is a fast and flat course taking a detour out of the park around a few roads and then finally back into the park to the finish on the grass.

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The conditions were good but maybe just a tad too hot for what is basically a 5 mile sprint!!

Results

Chris W – 31.26
Brian – 33.42 PB
Brendan – 35.01
Clare – 36.08
Michael C – 37.28 PB
Sharon – 38.55 PB – 1st FV45
Barry – 45.24
Neil – 46.47

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Wilne 10K – Sunday 4th of September 2016.

Wilne 10K

Sunday 4th of September 2016.

This race is a nice flat course but two laps! The only other downside is the races popularity, places are limited to 1000’s runners and it fills up fast and if you start in the wrong place you will not get away fast (if you are going for a fast time of course 😛 )

Route

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Elevation

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Before the race it did threaten to rain but it held off for this one so this year it made the conditions just about right when normally it is quite a hot one!

For me this was a race after a night out in Notts – I didn’t get in till 1.00 am and then slept badly from 4.00am due to a headache. I did fell it a little when the race started but soon forgot about it and had quite a good second lap. Did feel a groin strain at 8 miles but kept it going. It was a little painful in the evening but other than that it went quite well. (i’m always looking for excuses :P)

Results

Ken – 37.39
Spray – 38.33
Jason – 38.53
Brian – 42.23
Brendan – 44.18
Potter – 44.51
Richard R – 45.53
Chris – 46.15
Fordy – 46.34
Michael C – 46.54
Robert Humber – 52.54
Mat D – 56.07
Neil – 56.43
Barry – 57.06

No Sinfin Ladies whatsoever !!! – Someones missed a trick here s if only one had turned up they would of got full Championship points :)

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Report by Brian Warner

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