Bradgate Park XC - Sunday 9th December 2018
For the men, Andy Findlay was first home in 243rd place in a time of 47.45, followed by Alan 274th in 51.46, then Andy K. 301st in 59.54.
For the ladies, I was first home, 68th in 47.20, followed by Jude, 123rd in 53.29, Kim A. 146th in 55.50, then Jo. Raine 190th in 67.25.
Well done to everyone, especially Andy K. on his first come back race, and also to Jo, who stopped to help an injured runner en route.
Leicester Half Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
We had 9 F & K runners finishing, in the following order:
Vince Brown - (1.48:33), Lisa Stone - (1.50:56), John Clampin - (1.52:14), Alan Gibson - (1.55:04), Kirit Patel - (1.55:56), Vicky Beaumont - (1.59:59), Russell Bland - (2.05:25), Andy Emmins - (2.05:25) and Karen Page - (2.14:10).
We had a stellar line-up for this year's Equinox 24, including one solo runner, two large teams (up to 8) and one small team (up to 5). If you are unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is to run as many 10km laps as possible within 24 hours, starting at midday Saturday and finishing at midday Sunday. The competition is open to solo runners, pairs, small teams and large teams.
The star of the show was undoubtedly Jude Hughes who attempted the solo competition this year and chalked up an incredible 10 laps (that's 100km or 62 miles). Jude completed her 10 laps within 18 hours and, having decided that her target had been achieved, promptly went to bed with 6 hours still to go. Nonetheless, she probably looked the freshest F&K runner at the event all weekend despite clocking up more miles than everyone else and more than double the amount that most people ran. She also has the brightest socks. Nice one Jude!
The two large teams were well balanced in terms of abilities, with no obvious "elites" or "donkeys" in either line-up. Matt's "Meet the F&Kers" achieved a credible 23 laps within their 24 hours, with all team members chipping in nicely and there were doubtless some personal achievements within those 23 laps that would deserve a mention if I had more energy with which to type them out. The other large team, "Scrambled Legs", went one better and got round 24 laps overall, with Hannah finishing things off nicely at the end after she had taken a tumble on the flattest section of tarmac on the course during her first lap and come back bloodied and bruised (not to mention the time she wasted getting patched up the the first aiders!). John also deserves a mention for his unwavering leadership and rapid final lap for Scrambled Legs, he went that fast his flat cap almost came off.
Finally, we had the team of 5, "Little F&Kers", the line-up for which had been agreed almost a year ago at the Mini-AGM. What a fateful evening that turned out to be, with us all left questioning why we agreed to this and, indeed, questioning our very sanity during the course of the weekend. Tad went out first with a (suicidal) 38min opening lap and all ran fairly smoothly for the first 12 hours or so, despite heavy rain showers in the afternoon that were none too pleasant for Sally, Mike and Vince. Vince undoubtedly won the award for best chef of the weekend, keeping everyone well fed with sausages, bacon, burgers etc. during the course of Saturday. Unfortunately, at some point, nightfall inevitably came, and things started to go downhill alarmingly during the night. Some early warning signs for Tad when he came back feeling none too fresh (gone out a bit quick on that first lap maybe?), then Sally become the first proper casualty, as her knee gave up the ghost on her fourth lap. She valiantly completed the fourth lap but there was no way she could continue afterwards and no-one questioned her commitment to the team, it was just such a shame for her.
Shame the rest of us would then have to run extra laps too! We decided to keep the same running order minus Sally and the remaining contingent completed our 5th laps, mainly still in darkness. Even after "sunrise", the weather remained cloudy, dull and cold, so spirits were hardly lifted after a hard night with very little sleep and far too many miles run. Still, at least Bernie was still looking as fresh as ever. Tad finished his 5th lap almost crawling across the line, after feeling totally wrecked all the way round, and promptly announced that he would "rather not do a 6th lap". So second casualty then, could we hang on and keep running for the full 24 hours? After we had all finished our 5th laps, a new plan was hastily thrown together. Obviously, the freshest looking person (i.e Bernie) would run again and after that... well we all assumed that would take us past 24 hours and no-one else would run again.
Vince had other ideas. He completed his 5th lap in an insanely fast time and handing over to Bernie at 10.53am. The horror gradually dawned on us that Bernie would likely complete the lap before midday and so someone would have to run again. Surely they wouldn't send the young lad out again to face the music? With Sally out of action, surely one of the more experienced campaigners would take the reigns and save Tad another death march? Mike? Vince? No? So rather than sit around and let the team finish on 25 laps when there was the possibility of us completing another lap, Tad reluctantly took over at around 11.55am to jog round the final 10km of the weekend. He got lucky... 5mins earlier, the sun came out for the first time all weekend and there were glorious views along the course that previously had not revealed themselves due to the miserable weather. After "a nice steady one" Tad crossed the line at around 12.40pm and the Little F&Kers finished on an admirable 26 laps after what had undoubtedly been an uncomfortable and challenging weekend for all. The team finished 19th out of 135 small teams. Not bad for a couple of villages that no-one's ever heard of and probably the smallest club in the local leagues. Bernie was un-exhaustable as ever and floated over the wet, muddy ground with her usual grace throughout the 60km she covered.
Thanks to all who ran, and also to all the "roadies" who made sure we were all fed, watered, and, most importantly, entertained throughout the whole weekend. There were some amazing homemade cakes on offer in our club "kitchen", along with some even more amazing conversations taking place round the campfire, which kept us all warm through the long, cold night (thanks Jude!). Thanks mainly for all your wonderful company, and I'm sure that once the fatigue has worn off I will consider it a weekend to remember.
Great North Run - Sunday 9th September 2018
It was another warm day for the Great North Run again this year, we had good representation with Stacey, Claire, Alan, Kirit and Aileen running. Stacey Voss led the way in 1:36:00 followed by Alan Gibson (2:01:38), Claire Beach (2:05:08), Kirit Patel (2:12:15) and Aileen Collins (2:39:07).
13 club members took on the challenge of the John Fraser 10 mile road race, the last in the season. In much warmer conditions than last year, we produced some fantastic efforts, with all completing the course. First home was Hannah (77 mins 30 secs.), followed by Alex ( 78 mins), Bernie (79 mins 30 secs), followed closely by Jim, Vince, Vicky, Tom, Andy Lorna, Alan, Tor, Michelle and Jo. Well done to all.
Carl Rutt Memorial 10k - Hermitage - Sunday 12th August 2018
Cooler conditions prevailed today compared to what we have been used to in recent weeks and that was a relief for the runners in this hilly 10km at Whitwick.
Joy Cann 5 - Wednesday 1st August 2018
Well done to everyone who ran the Joy Cann 5 on Wednesday, temperatures were a bit lower than of late but it was still a warm evening! We had 10 F&K runners taking part; Alex was first for the club in about 36 mins. Bernie finished first for ladies in 37.49 mins. Everyone did brilliantly particularly Andy K who took a minute off last years time.
Windmill Fell Race - Wednesday 11th July 2018
This is a popular but small race which sets off from the Curzon Arms in Woodhouse Eaves for 950ft of climbing over 5 country miles. Tad was our only representative and he finished 2nd overall, well done Tad!
Bosworth Half Marathon - Sunday 13th May 2018
Seven of us headed over to Market Bosworth on what turned out to be a warm and sunny day. The event was well organised, plenty of enthusiastic marshals and welcome water stations with sponges and energy drinks at mile 10. It was a scenic but undulating route, with a couple of long hills towards the end which nearly finished me off! Luckily the last mile was all flat or downhill.
First home for the club, and first in her category, was Bernie in 1 hr 40 mins 25 secs. Next was Lisa in 1hr 48 mins followed by Vicky 1hr 55mins, Alan finished in 2hrs 6 mins, Matt 2 hrs 10 and Jim and Tor finished together in approx. 2hrs 25 mins.
Aidey also ran the Keep The Beat mile around the water park and looked well pleased with his bag of goodies at the end!
Shropshire Weekend - 27th to 29th April 2018
It was great to have a handful of club members joining us on this year's F&K weekend away in the Shropshire hills, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. On Friday, everyone made the relatively short (compared to last year) trip down the M6 and M54 into Shropshire, with various activities taking place en route. Martin and Matt decided to start as they meant to go on, by sampling one of the local pubs in Church Stretton, and they were the clear winners of the "first pint of the weekend" award. They did also take a stroll up onto the Long Mynd before heading to the campsite. Meanwhile, Andy, Sally, Tad, Mike and Jude pulled off the M54 at junction 7 and were treated to the delights of the Wrekin! The tone was set for the weekend when Tad pointed out the path that they were due to ascend:
Mike - "Haha very funny Tad"
Tad - "No, really, that's where we're going"
Mike - "I thought you were joking!"
...anyway, we eventually made it to the top of the ridge and the trig point/viewfinder at the summit. We would have been treated to spectacular views, but of course it was chucking down with rain and visibility was restricted to a few hundred metres. Then followed a hair-raising steep descent through thickly wooded slopes which I'm sure was enjoyed by all. We trotted back along a gently undulating path to the cars but of course Tad hadn't had enough so he carried on for another couple of hilly miles and managed to come back with a nicely mangled knee as per usual.
By late afternoon we had all made our way to the campsite at Marshbrook which John had kindly booked for us at a very reasonable price. The showers were hot which was a good thing as the temperatures were well under 10 degrees! The camping area was rather sodden but at least it had stopped raining so we were able to pitch the tents without getting completely soaked. Mike certainly left his own mark on the place when he unwisely took his car onto the grass and spun the wheels... another contender for comment of the weekend:
Mike: "how's that looking Andy?"
Andy: "yeah, I don't think anyone will notice that, Mike"
We had booked a table at the Green Dragon up the road in Little Stretton on Friday evening and the food there was excellent, particularly Mike's dessert which everyone else wished they'd chosen. John attempted to break Razzle's leg by treading on him at one point but fortunately that dog is made of sterner stuff and he was fine. Matt and Martin continued their drinking both during and after dinner, staying up until nearly midnight at the Station Inn which was (conviniently positioned) next door to our campsite.
On Saturday morning, one or two unnamed individuals may have been somewhat bleary-eyed, which of course was purely due to the sheep and lambs bleating loudly at 4am and stopping anyone getting any sleep, nothing to do with a hangover. After much faffing, we eventually got ourselves organised in Church Stretton at 10.30am (despite Andy's last minute attempt to derail everything by wearing the wrong shoes). A group of us headed up the Carding Mill Valley (passing Fred, Lorna and Jessica along the way, who were out for their own stroll) and along the top of the Long Mynd, where we were mistaken for participants of a new 80k race who were apparently setting a world record pace. We informed the organiser that we were in fact not record breaking athletes and he gave us some tips for future routes/races in the area. Then followed a beautiful descent alongside a stream with the sun shining down on us. We headed back to Church Stretton via one or two more nasty hills and of course, when we got back to the car, Tad still hadn't had enough so decided to tackle another ascent up Ragleth Hill and back - you know, just to stretch his legs a bit. Needless to say, Matt managed to get three pints down in the ale house in Church Stretton, because it would have been rude not to. Meanwhile, Martin, John and the others took a more leisurely stroll over Ragleth Hill and had lunch back at the Green Dragon in Little Stretton before walking back.
Later on we all retreated to the campsite (Matt seemed to stagger out of the car) and with some time still to kill before dinner, Mike, Jude, Tad and Martin took a brief stroll over the surrounding fields under the one condition that we were in no circumstances to get muddy, particularly as Martin was wearing his "going out" clothes. Unfortunately, at one point there was a loud squelch, followed by a collective "OHHH JUDE, WHY DID YOU BRING US THIS WAY?!" and it was bye-bye to Martin's idea of smartening himself up before dinner. We ate in the Station Inn that night which gave us the added convinience of not having to use the cars. Again, the food was well received, although some of us may have been guilty of neglecting our salad! Once more, Matt and Martin were the last ones to retreat to bed after a few more pints, although Tad did try his best to stick it out, but gave up around 10.15pm (lack of stamina?).
Sunday arrived with bright sunshine, although it was still very cold and there was a heavy dew on the campsite. Matt, Martin, John and Tad enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Station Inn and everyone else got so sick of waiting for them that they decided to head off early to the starting point of the day's routes. Eventually, we all met up at the Stiperstones Nature Reserve car park, from where we did what Tad described as "just a steady one" onto the top of the Stiperstones and along the ridge before returning to the cars along a slightly different path. The path was very rocky in places and we had a brief flurry of hail, but mainly it was dry and there were excellent views over to the Long Mynd where we had been the previous day. For once, Tad didn't do any extra miles!
We then headed to the Stiperstones Inn for an excellent Sunday Roast (Matt had one last beer), before heading home. The retirees are staying on at the campsite until Thursday so there may be a few of us that are quite jealous when heading into work tomorrow thinking of them. Overall, we were very lucky with the weather, as we had reports of much rain in Leicester whilst it was mainly dry from Friday afternoon onwards in Shropshire.
Thanks to everyone who came along, I felt that it was a great trip and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun! Personally, I really enjoyed myself and was more than satisfied with what I was able to explore in the Shropshire hills. I look forward to getting back there in the not-too-distant future.
Madrid Half Marathon – 22 April 2018
Alex finished in 1 hr 37 minutes and Michelle Hodgson, running her first marathon finished 2 hrs 20 mins. Very well done both.
London Marathon - Sunday 22nd April 2018
On the hottest London Marathon to date, 40,000 runners took to the street of London to compete in this fantastic event. For the first time, a wave start was introduced, to help ease congestion, and seemed to work. Fleckney and Kibworth runners finished as follows :
Rob Archer (3 hrs. 44 mins. 14 secs.)
Bernadette Owen (3 hrs. 53 mins. 24 secs.)
Hannah Carter (4 hrs. 12 mins. 54 secs.)
Kirit Patel (5 hrs. 42 mins. 55 secs.)
Very well done everyone
LRRL Stilton 7 - Sunday 25th February 2018
Well done to Alan, Anna-Maria, Andy Kemp and Clive for running the Stilton 7 this morning! All looked excellent coming across the line, and extra well done for Andy who averaged well under 9min pace for the whole run!
Report from Tom
Bowline Charnwood Hills Race - Sunday 4th February 2018
Charnwood Hills race. 14 miles over Old John, Broombrigs and Beacon Hill......hardly a walk in the park!
Chilly at the start but the sunshine was lovely. It wasn't long before runners hit the glupeiest of mud.
Cutting a long story short, the first club member home was Tad, in 12th place in a time of 1hr 41min, in West End colours, part of the winning team. Well done Tad. Next home was Mike Turner, ahead of Lorna, (2hours 10 mins.) John finished in 2 hours 35 mins. Jude, competing for the first time in the event finished in about 2 hours 45 mins. An excellent first run on this testing course. She amazingly ran every hill. Sorry if these results are not quite accurate. But well done to you all. Hope you are all enjoying a well deserved rest.
Derby Runner Cross Country League - Allestree - Sunday 21st January 2018
We arrived in a blizzard which continued throughout the race, but a great course. In 62nd place, first home for F & K was myself in approx. 60 minutes, next was Alan in 225th, 65 mins, followed by Sally 103rd lady in 66 minutes, followed shortly afterwards by Andy K in approx. 67 mins. 245th. We had fun and games getting out of the snow covered car park, but thankfully managed to make our exit.
Report from Bernie
Huncote Hash - Sunday 31st December 2017
The recent rain and melted snow added some extra sloshes and splashes to this year's event, but that's all part of the fun! There were plenty of costumes and hats on show as most people outside of the business end of the field took this at a more leisurely pace than regular cross-countries. After a lap around the field behind the pavilion leisure centre, most of us took a leisurely stroll through the first mile or so as there were plenty of bottle necks through the woods and narrow paths near the start. Once out into the fields though things soon started opening up. We were glad of the slow start when we got to the first of 2 hills, so steep it had steps cut into the side of it! Great views were to be had at the top though, over into the quarry to one side and then over the county from the other. No time to enjoy the view from the highest point though because as soon as we got to the top of Croft Hill we were heading back down again into the fields and back towards the finish.
The extra bonus of a 20 metre wade through the stream meant that shoes were heavy and legs were cold for the last mile or so across yet more muddy fields to the finish for a well-earned cup of soup.
A fabulous fourth overall was Tad, followed by Clive, Bernie, Jim, Matt, Alan, Jamie with Sally and Andy crossing the line at the same time.
Well done everyone!
Derby Runner XC - Holly Hayes Wood - Sunday 26th November 2017
We had 5 men and 3 ladies racing today on a varied and sometimes technical course. Great support as usual from the marshals and also Andy and Razzle braving the chill and drizzle. In the mens' race Jim Hawley was followed home by John Redfearn, Mike Turner, Matt and Andy Kemp. In the Ladies' race, Lorna led Bernie and Sally. Mince pies and cakes were well deserved at the end! Well done everyone!
University of Leicester Relays - Saturday 25th November 2017
Ennerdale Trail Run 50k - Saturday 21st October 2017
Report from Tad. I really enjoyed the 50km yesterday, stunning scenery, such a beautiful place. Very well organised event, the most enjoyable ultra I've done!
I finished 6th overall out of around 60 finishers in around 4 hrs 45 mins.
Ennerdale Trail Run 25k - Sunday 22nd October 2017
Report from Tad. Bernie was 1st FV60 at the Ennerdale Trail 25km today, time 2 hrs 35 mins. Another trophy for her mantelpiece!
Derby Runner Cross Country - Bagworth Heath - Sunday 22nd October 2017
Eight of us made our way to Bagworth Heath to start the cross country season. We had a couple of first time XC'ers and I think they enjoyed it! There was a slight issue during the week getting access to some land for part of the route, so the course was shortened from the original 6.5 miles. I think there was also a slight directing mishap where the leaders were sent around the small loop a second or third time instead of going on the longer loop, so we ended up doing about 5.25 miles. I think that was sufficient! The wind eased off a bit for the run, but there was still plenty of mud and hills to contend with. Finishing order the ladies' team - Vicky, Sally, Jude and Jo, while for the men it was Clive, Mike, Matt and Andy. Well done everyone!
Leicester Marathon and Half Marathon - Sunday 15th October 2017
Sally ran well on her debut marathon and was smiling most of the way round, she certainly kept that quiet! Well done for finishing in 4:35:54.
Meanwhile, over the Half Marathon course we had a pb from Suzy and debuts for Russ and Alex.
Lisa Stone 1:44:09, Lorna Muskett 1:43:37, Hannah Carter 1:50:15, Alexander Smyth 1:50:26, Vicky Beaumont 1:52:03, Anna-Maria Walsh 1:57:28, Zoe Collard 1:57:29, Suzanne Clampin 1:57:43, Amber Mackay 2:12:34, Russell Bland 2:12:47, Andrew Emmins 2:12:47, Kirit Patel 2:14:20, Sarah Allen 2:35:27
Equinox 24, Belvoir Castle – 23rd / 24th September 2017
We were very lucky again with the weather at Equinox 24 in the grounds of Belvoir Castle. There was some rain on Friday mind you, and we were grateful to the early birds getting there Friday to set up camp and get involved in the Friday evening festivities such as the beer run. The rest of the weekend was warm and sunny during the day and mild over night, so the course was relatively dry apart from a few puddles and the odd slippery section.
The main attraction of this event for me is that everyone is there to take part and push themselves to go beyond what they previously thought was possible – it’s not easy to list the weekend’s achievements as there were so many. With inspiration all around us from the solo runners all the way down to the walk/runners, from complete strangers to club mates and friends competing in other teams or solo, it is hard not to try and push that little bit harder.
We had 2 teams out, the best turnout I think in our 3 years attending! Representing the Kibworth 8 were: Jill, John, Adelle, Jamie, Jo, Andy, Julie and Karen. Out for Fleckney & Kibworth (I know, we need to work on our team names!) were: Sally, Bernie, Matt, Mike, Jude, Martin and Vince. We are still waiting for the official results to be tidied up (I think there was a problem overnight with the chip timing mats) but I think K8 completed 21 laps and F&K completed 25 laps, although both of those could be out by a lap.
Well done all! I think it’s safe to say that the event is tough but fun and most of us ended up going further and faster than we thought was possible at the start!
Report by Matt and Bernie
LRRL Joy Cann 5 - Wednesday 2nd August 2017
F&K had several runners competing at this race, held over 5 miles at Huncote. The Joy Cann 5 is one of the flatter courses in the league, although still containing some noticeable undulations to keep the runners on their toes. First home for the club was Jamie Strange in 22nd position overall, with an impressive time of 29.32. Next was Rob Archer in 31.03, followed by Andy Emmins in 34.51. Beth Ronchetti was our first female across the line in 34.58 and next came Lorna Muskett in 36.09. Tom Foyster finished in 37.16, followed by Jim Hawley in 37.48 and Lisa Stone in 38.11. Sally Swift finished next in 38.33, with Andy Findlay coming home in 39.27 and Hannah Carter in 39.48. Alan Gibson finished in 40.39 and Jamie Owen in 40.55, followed by Andy Kemp in 42.33. Next was Kirit Patel in 44.42 and Jo Thacker in 47.14. Dan Pedley completed his first league race for the club in 47.23, followed by Victoria Hawley in 49.55 and Karen Foyster in 51.20.
Ashby 20 - Sunday 19th March 2017
Anna, Andy E, Bethany and Clive all ran the Ashby 20 today, I hope the wind didn't slow them down too much, judging by the times I've seen on Strava it didn't! Well done all!
Charnwood Marathon - Saturday 18th March 2017
Three of us ran the Charnwood Marathon today. Vicky had an excellent run to finish the 16 mile route in 2:4, she was very pleased. Mike Turner and I did the 27 mile route. I was 3rd in 3:58 with Mike Turner finishing in 5:08. Really friendly event and stunning route, a great day out!
Report by Tad
LRRL - Markfield 10k - Sunday 12th March 2017
We had a good showing of 11 runners at today's race, who were Andy K, Andy F, Karen F, Tom F, Sally, Anna, Jim, Alan, Vicky, Hannah and myself. Conditions were good - a bit damp but mild with a decent temperature for running. The course was unchanged from previous years, with a long downhill start followed by some sharp hills near Thornton which came as something of a shock. There was thankfully then a flat section alongside Thornton reservoir and over the motorway towards Markfield, where I felt able to recover somewhat after the previous hills. Runners then turned left through Markfield village which was another uphill drag, followed by the final flat-ish section which included one final sting in the tail at 9km. From the post-race comments it sounds like there were some excellent performances across the board, with Anna Walsh running well despite a 20 mile outing yesterday, Bernie showing a continuation of her excellent form and Tom Foyster who was hot on Bernie's heels which is no mean feat. Andy Kemp showed that he is really getting that consistency back now as he also finished strongly. There was a good atmosphere amongst our team today and it would be great to have more of the same at Desford in 2 weeks. Results from Markfield have not yet been released but well done everyone on a great effort and you are reaping the rewards for some excellent work in training recently which has not gone unnoticed !
Report by Tad
Derby Runner XC - Bosworth – Sunday 5th March 2017
We had 5 runners taking on more mud in this event. Well done to John, Sally, Tad, Alan and Andy who all finished. Congratulations to Tad for achieving 4th place overall in the Derby X-country series.
Peatling Challenge 10.30 am Sunday 5th March 2017
A number of club runners took on the very muddy Peatling Challenge. In the 13 mile event, Lorna Muskett finished 3r lady in a time of 1 hour 57 mins, just ahead of Kat, followed by Mike Turner, Claire Beach and Stacey Voss. Fraser Danvers completed the 7 mile race. Well done to everyone.
LRRL - Stilton 7 - Sunday 26th February 2017
6 runners took on the Stilton 7 today, Tad (37th in 43:29), Bernie (211th in 53:27), Tom Foyster (235th in 55:30), Anna-Maria (264th in 57:05), Vicky Beaumont (296th in 58:49) and Andy Kemp (416th in 01:09). Well done everyone! Good to see Andy K back racing regularly.
Derby Runner XC - Allestree Park, Derby – Sunday 19th February 2017
A few of us made the long trip to Allestree Park near Derby for the penultimate Cross Country race of the current season and it was worth the long journey for the very rewarding course that we were presented with. There was a glorious downhill section along woodland paths during the second half of each of the two laps, followed by a flat section around a beautiful lake. The first half of each lap required most of the endurance as it was mainly uphill and very muddy in places, plus there was a sting in the tail as the final field involved a testing climb which didn't look like much until you had ran six muddy miles and obtained extremely tired legs!
Derby Runner XC League, Race 2, Markfield - Sunday 13th November 2016
Report from Tad and Andy
Seagrave Wolds Challenge Saturday 12th November 2016
Report from John
Equinox 24 - Belvoir Castle - 17th and 18th September 2016
It was a fantastic weekend at Belvoir Castle again as we took 2 teams to compete in the Equinox 24 endurance race. Some amazing efforts from everyone and great support. Jill was there, despite her recent ankle injury, to support her team with some great efforts from Jude, Jo, John, Alan, Karen, Andy K and Julie. Unfortunately Andy and Julie both succumbed to ankle injuries putting them out of the race on lap 1, but the rest of the team put in a great effort to keep the laps rolling on. Tad, Bernie, Sally, Andy F, Andy E, Tony, Mike and myself were on the other team, old niggles and recent injuries took their toll again, but we kept it going through to the end, hopefully with a finish in or near the top 20. Great support from Jill, Jane, Steve, Adelle, Natalie, Aiden and Daniel. I can highly recommend this event, it doesn't matter how quick you are or how many laps you can do, just being there, taking part and supporting the teams is the main aim. This was the first time some people had been camping for years, let alone running hilly cross country laps in the dark with very little sleep! Well done everyone!
We had 2 teams out this year, "Fleckney and Kibworth A" and "Kibworth 8" (although it ended up being 7!). Tad (FKA) and Jude (K8) led the teams off midday Saturday, Tad and Jo brought them 'home' again midday Sunday. Great efforts from everyone. I think the main thing that stands out for me is how everyone hit their target lap times, and the number of people who wanted to get out there for another lap despite niggles and injuries. What teamwork! Final results aren't back yet, but really that's not the main aim, its all about team work and individual goals. Well done everyone, get some rest now!
Reports by Matt Rix
John Fraser 10 - Sunday 4th September 2016
The club had a decent number of runners by our own modest standards as we headed to Countesthorpe for the "grand finale" of this year's Leicestershire Road Running League. I was looking forward to racing a longer distance, being sick of those speedsters who blast through the shorter races. I attempted to give some advice at the start to clubmates who had not run this course before and of course I was met with sighs and rolling eyes when I did so! In the end, I warned everyone not to start too quickly in the first couple of miles which contain a fair amount of downhill... and then I proceeded to start too quickly myself. After 3 miles I knew I needed to hold back a bit but fortunately I seemed to recover as I slowed my pace during the middle miles and I was able to finish strongly. I narrowly avoided being beaten by any ladies so that was, of course, a very nice bonus! John, Matt and Sally apparently had quite a tussle amongst themselves and when Matt overtook John, John was "not having that" and promptly got back ahead. I was pleased for Sally to finish a longer race with no problems, even if she did say she was "not racing it". I think I have heard that one before. Bernie led the ladies home, with Lorna, Lisa and Vicky all running well too and seeming quite pleased at the finish. New club member James also finished and was very happy to finish in 80mins in his first ever league race. Special thanks go to our faithful supporters including Karen F, Martin and Andy K who was marshalling at halfway. Personally I have had a very enjoyable league season, I really love the challenging, varied courses and the fantastic atmosphere amongst the runners - whilst the competitive element is certainly there if that is what you are looking for, some of the time it seems just like a very large bunch of mates out doing what they love to do. Quite right too!
Report by Tad
Tad - 61.35 (35th Place)
Badgers Atherstone 10k - Sunday 28th August 2016
Jude and I ran a warm and challenging Atherstone Badgers 10k this morning. I finished in 51m 57s finishing in 143rd place and 4th in my age category. Jude finished in 56m13s in 226 place and was 13th in her age category. It was a well organised, picturesque race including a private estate and was well worth it with a medal, t-shirt and goodie bag at the finish.
Race report from Sally
Prestwold 10km - Sunday 26th June 2016
I had a nice enjoyable run round the Prestwold 10km this morning. The first half of this race is a little bit dull as you run round the Prestwold race circuit (although as I was busy talking to other runners it seemed to pass quite quickly), the second half of the race is then on nice quiet country lanes. Given the number of hilly courses in Leicestershire it was nice to have a chance to run a flat race. And best of all everyone was given a bottle of Charnwood Brewery’s ‘Prestwold Passion’ tawny ale at the end! There was also a nice race village at the start/finish and a fun run for kids. Given recent illnesses (and a pulled muscle from coughing so much) I was really pleased to get round in about 46:45 – I’d forgotten how much fun racing is - and how friendly other runners are!
Report by Lorna
Harborough 5 - Tuesday 14th June 2016
Despite the rain at the start I had a really nice run round the Harborough 5 on Tuesday evening. Its nice running such a local race on pretty country lanes. It was a small turnout from the club with just Lisa Stone and I running. The lap of the field at the start was a bit congested and I started a bit far back and lost time. There is then a lovely fast couple of miles down hill from Foxton Locks Lubbenham. Admittedly you do need to then run back up the hill to Foxton Locks, however, the fact you know you’ve only got a short distance to go makes it seem relatively easy. However, the lap of the wet muddy, slippy field at the end was hard work! I was pleased to run about 37:42, while Lisa was pleased to run just over 40 min (If it has been chip timed she would have been under 40 min).
Report by Lorna
Derby Runner XC League - Grace Dieu – Sunday January 31st 2016
14 of us including a few debut runners completed the 2 laps at Thringstone. First over the line was Tad for the men and Lorna for the ladies. This was a challenging 2 lap course with 2 streams to cross and plenty of mud. The members that ran were Tad, Mike Higgins, Matt Rix, Mike Turner, Andrew Findlay, Andy Kemp and Vic Connolly for the men, Lorna Musket, Bernie Owen, Sally Swift, Anna Kirk, Adelle Owen, Jo Raine and Jude Hughes for the ladies. This is by far the best turn out we have had for XC and with the great cooking of lemon drizzle cake from Jill I would say it was a success!
Well done all and see you at the next XC!
Equinox 24 – September 19th / 20th 2015 – Belvoir Castle
John Fraser 10 mile - Sunday 6th September 2015
Lovely sunshine greeted us but it was not too hot! Pretty testing course. Undulating with some long gentle hills with lots of short testing ones. Tad was first in followed by Tom Lister, then Mike Turner and Bernie who is running like a train at the moment (spot on time!) Next was Tony D then me (John), followed by Lorna after taking 3 ladies in the last 10 metres. Matt followed next then Adelle. Anna unfortunately had to pull up with a bad stitch. Unlucky Anna I am sure you will recover and move on well from this.
Carl Rutt Hermitage 10k - Sunday 23rd August 2015
As I said earlier a tough race. The countryside and views were nice in the sunshine. The first 2 or 3 miles are up hill so you are up against it from the off with no chance to warm up! Thereafter the race is "undulating" with the worst of the hills over. It culminates in a gentle , but unwelcome, climb back up to Leisure Centre for the finish on the flat on grass , just great for a sprint finish if you have anything left in the tank! Rob was first home followed by Tad and Mike. I tussled with Pete on the playing field, he overtook me first, wresting a Bolt- like acceleration from the fatigue, I upped my pace to his and managed to find the pace to inch past home before the line in a time of about 50 mins. Not far behind was Lorna followed by Alan and Andy.
LRRL Swithland 6 – Sunday 7th June 2015
22 club runners arrived in Mountsorrel in the sunshine for the first summer LRRL race this morning. It was hot for the race but not so hot as to be a problem. It was great to see so many of us turning out. Even Vince turned out! The race had no severe hills but the course had a number of inclines , shall we say! It wends its way around Swithland reservoir so gets away from busy roads.
Arnesby Cross Country Race - Monday 25th May, 2015
A few F&K runners turned up for this local race over the shortest 5 miles ever (unless you took a wrong turn and increased the distance - no names mentioned) and it was good to see Vic complete his first race for the club. Also well done to Bernie who collected the prize for 1st lady vet at the presentation after the race. Also running were Tad, Tony, Martin and Jo - plus there was some much appreciated support from the sidelines.
Inaugural Harborough Parkrun - 25th April, 2015
The Harborough parkrun was blessed with a bright, warm morning for the first event and a turnout of over 110 runners. The course is very scenic, flat with many twists and turns. Tad was 10th (20.06), Tony Dobson 22nd (22.36), Jamie Owen 31st (23.36), Vince Brown 43rd (24.58), Anna Kirk 54th (26.02) out of 111 finishers.
Leicester Half and Full Marathon - 2012
Despite the near freezing conditions 10 members took part in the Leicester Half Marathon this morning. At the start, the temperatures were barely above zero, however by the end of the race it was a glorious sunny Autumn morning.
Unfortunately, Vince couldn't quite maintain his normally very consistent pace of 8 minute miles for the entire race, however he still did very well finishing in 1:50:20 (1:47:42). Luke was next to finish in 1:52:33 (chip 1:49:55) followed by Alan in 2:01:19 (chip 1:58:31). Not only did Alan break the 2 hour mark, but he also raised over £500 for charity. Dressed in Beautiful fancy dress Lucie and Aileen finished 2:12:22 (2:07:18). Jo finished in an impressive 2:45:45 (2:40:06). I believe this is ~20 minutes quicker than her previous PB - well done Jo. In addition, well done to a former member Terry Challoner who finished in 1:39:53 (1:37:53).
In the full marathon Noel finished 18th (5th Vet 40) in a very impressive 2:59:44 (2:58:10 chip). This is just outside the club record he set in 2009. As someone who was knackered after 13.1 miles, I can't imagine how tough running 26.2 miles was - well done Noel, that really is a great achievement.
I would also like to say a big thanks to Andy Kemp who marshalled in Abbey Park (if it wasn't for volunteers like Andy these events wouldn't take place), as well as John who took photos and put the flag up for us to meet up at at the start and finish. And of course all the supporters round the course.
Report by Lorna Muskett
There is no doubt that the Kibworth 6 is one of the hardest and one of the most enjoyable of the LRRL races. Both Saddington Hill and Gumley Hill are real killers. For non-elite runners like myself it is quicker to walk Gumley Hill than run it. However, these two challenges are more than made up for by the picturesque mile past the reservoir and on to the bottom of Gumley Hill and the long down hill from Gumley back toward Smeeton. Add that to the beautiful weather today and the great support from Lucie, Aileen, Terry, Fraser and others (not to mention Aileen's wonderful cake), and I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning.
There was a great turn out for the club today. As in previous races this season the real battle of the race was between Jamie Strange and Duncan, with Jamie again being the first F&K member home in a time of 35:37 (21st). Duncan finished one place behind (22nd) in a time of 35:56. Next home was Josh (50th) in 38:27, who finished literally seconds ahead of top Under 20 runner Jack Williams (51st, 38:29). Just over a minute behind, in just his second race for the club was Richard Johnson (66, 39:40). Next home was Mike Turner (96, 41:45) who finished just ahead of a rejuvenated Dave Wheeler, who ran far better than at Markfield two weeks ago (99, 42:01). John Redfearn was the eighth runner home (191, 46:52), followed by Vince Brown (225, 48:38), Luke St Clair (238, 49:16)and Jon Stone (259, 51:04), who I am sure was pleased to beat wife Lisa. Next was new member Mark Evans (261, 51:16). It was good to see Rich Young (343, 60:11) back racing, he ran well to finish just ahead of Andy Bailey (344, 60:25). Roy Myring was the final runner home in 349th (62:05). However not content with running 6 miles Roy went on to run a second 6 miles later that day at the Sport Relief Mile!
In the Women's race I led the way home in 43:31 (14th woman), followed closely by Kate Dormer (15, 44:40). Next home was Bernie is 46th (49:36) and Lisa Stone, who despite her lack of recent training ran a respectable time of 52:46 (61).
Report by Lorna Muskett
LRRL Markfield 10k - 2012
It felt good to be racing in beautiful spring like conditions in today's Markfield 10K a perfect spring day.
Report by Dave Wheeler
LRRL Desford 10k - 2012
(Dave Wheeler) On a busy weekend of racing for Fleckney and Kibworth Athletics Club the third chapter of the Leicester Road Running League, The Ashby 5 Miles, provided the centepiece attraction. This popular race with its fast and mainly downhill finish attracted its usual large turnout and was hotly contested at all levels. As before in the previous race Duncan Campbell and Jamie Strange ran in virtual parallel but with a change in fortunes on this occasion as outstanding Vet 45-49 Campbell recorded his first ever leading finish for the club dipping below 29 minutes in a terrific time of 28:57 for 26th place and hotly pursued by Strange who also recorded his best finish of the season with his 28:59 gaining him 27th place. With a number of leading male athletes training for long distance races there was then a significant gap before Dave Wheeler placed third for the club and 158th on the day crossin the line in 33:47. Further down the field but all battlling hard and true to the tape were John Redfearn who upon his seasonal debut should be pleased with his time of 37:26 to place 252nd followed by Luke St Clair taking a break from his ongoing half marathon expliots to record 324th place in 39:13 and then followed by seasoned campaigners Jon Stone 349th in 40:10 and Andy Bailey 467th in 48:84.
Derby XC Runner League - Ullesthorpe - 2012
(Lorna Muskett) Today 12 members braved the cold and took part in the Desford 10km. There was a change of venue this year with the race starting and finishing in Market Bosworth. Unfortunately this venue was not really designed for the large number of runners, and our club was relegated to meeting in a Shed at the back of the Rugby Club! However, the course was quite enjoyable if a little tough. The first half was very quick being predominantly downhill. The second half was inevitably a lot harder with one long and one short uphill (although I am sure there was more downhill than uphill!).
The highlight of the race was Jamie and Duncan racing each other right to the line, with Jamie just winning, and thereby finishing 30th in a time of 36:34. I am sure Duncan was pleased with his time of 36:35 (31st), which was a massive PB - well done Duncan. Next home was Stacey in 37:54 (59th) followed by Josh in 40:21 (103rd), Mike in 42:10 (151st), Luke in 48:02 (254th), Willem in 49:28 (277th), Jon Stone in 52:07 (297th) and Andy Bailey (who as usual was invaluable by getting to the race early and helping organise everyone) finished in a time of 63:15 (328th).
In the Women's race I was the first home in a time of 44:11 (18th), followed closely by Claire in 46:25 (30th) and Bernie 47:54 (46th). Unfortunately for the second race running we were unable to field a full Women's team.
LRRL Barrow - 2012
(Lorna Muskett) This morning a small group of intrepid F&K members braved the cold weather to take part in the Grace Dieu XC race. As you can imagine the two stream crossings were particularly chilly! This has got to be one of the most challenging short (i.e. less than 10 miles) races that we do - that said it is also one of the most interesting/enjoyable. After a gentle start round some hilly fields you follow a track through the woods that seems to go up and up (approx 100m of climbing) with a number of short steep craggy hills. Then it is flat out down hill back through the woods for a mile or more (the only problem is the tree roots, mud and rocks). The finishing mile round some more hilly fields is tough with the final short climb to the finish being a real killer - it was great fun!
Jack Williams led the way home finishing 42nd (and that was without eating any breakfast!), Dave was 192nd. He would of finished far higher up but unfortunately twisted his ankle over twice (the starter did announce at the start that 'this course is dangerous!'). I was first home for the ladies in 13th place (spurred on up the last hill by Ian telling me there was a woman just behind me - I didn't have time to check whether he was telling the truth or not), while Lucie finished well in 57th.
(Lorna Muskett) Yesterday was the Leicestershire and Rutland Cross Country Championships. Unfortunately there weren't any team medals this year (we didn't have enough runners in any age group to qualify) but there were some strong individual performances. The results are particularly impressive given the number of top quality athletes who take part in this event. The multiple lap course was pretty fast. There was a nice down hill start followed by a muddy stream to splash through, unfortunately after that there was a long uphill, before a mile or so of undulating grassy fields.
The Senior/Masters (over 35)/U20 women ran 6km. Lorna led the way home in 16th (8th Sen) in 27:59, followed by Kate who was 23rd in 29:58 (10th Masters), Helen who was 24th (9th sen) in 30:06 and Bernie who was 34th (18th Masters) in 33:15. The Mens Masters/Seniors/U20 race was over a distance of 10km. Alex Prettyman had a great run leading the men home in 49th place (26th senior) in a time of 46:24, closely followed by Josh who was 51st (28th senior) in 46:36. Dave Wheeler was 79th (37th Masters) in 50:58 and Jamie Davies 98th (52nd Masters) in 57:36. We also had some good results in the Junior age groups with Charlotte Mathers finishing 13th in the U13 girls (15:47) and Luke Mathers finishing 15th in the U17 Men in 25:26. I should also like to mention a few former members/2nd claim runners who had really good races: Jack Williams (representing Robert Smyth) was 6th in the U17 men, while Chris Parkes Bowen (representing Wreake) was 11th. While in the Masters/Senior/U20 Mens race Jamie Short (representing Leicester Coritanians) was 24th (4th U20) and Michael Burke (Harborough) was 63rd. A big well done to everyone who raced.
Derby XC Runner League - Allestree - 2011
(Lorna Muskett) The course description might have said that there was one hill on each of the two laps, what they didn't say was that the hill was about one and a half miles long- there were a few flat and downhill bits to give you a breather - but it was hard work! This was a great XC course (about 6 miles long) along muddy tracks through the woods, the second half of each lap was pretty fast being predominatly down hill, however the long gentle hill up to the finish was a real killer! I was the only F&K representative at the race. I was quite pleased with my run and finished 11th. It would be nice to see a few more people at the next XC League race, and of course the County Championships at the beginning of January.
Derby XC Runner League – Foremark - 2011
(Lorna Muskett) Despite the fog and the hills I thought todays Foremark XC race was really enjoyable, and it was the first XC race of the season where there was mud! Its a tough little 2 lap course with 2 big hills, one of which was really slippery (even if you walked it like me) and then a fast section on a bridle path to finish. As usual Karl led the men home finishing tenth, followed by Josh (41st), Jack (47th) Stacey (54th) and Dave (160th). In the Women's race I was 15th followed very closely by Claire (24th), Jody (30th) and Bernie (47th). It was really good to see Jody back racing for us.
Six of the best do county proud and Kibworth girls race to relay glory
Kat Takes The Cream as club consolidates fine start to league season
LRRL Desford 10K 27 February 2010
Rapidly improving Fleckney & Kibworth Athletics club star Kat Lovelock turned in the performance of the day as the club's women and men both consolidated their fine start to the 2011 road season. Lovelock who made her competitive league debut just over twelve months is clearly predisposed to the sport and with her best finish to date of 14th in a time of 42:54 just got the better of recently appointed ladies captain Lorna Waters who was celebrating confirmation of her call up to the Leicestershire & Rutland team for next weekends Inter Counties cross country championships at Birmingham's Cofton Park. Waters was just edged out by Lovelock but nevertheless can be very pleased with 15th spot in 43:07. Third finisher for the club was Vet 40 triathlete Rachael Campbell who admitted to not being at her best with a lingering cold but battled resolutely to 29th place and stopped the clock in 44:57. Outstanding Vet 55 runner Bernadette Owen has recently moved into this age category and her time of 46:18 for 37th place will improve her chances of pulling off a third consecutive age group title. Making up the ladies results were league debutants Julia Fox and Rachel McQuaid who responded positively to the clubs urging for more members to embrace the racing environment and both were highly satisfied with crossing the line virtually together in 68th and 69th places although their finishing times still await confirmation.
In the men's section after three consecutive runner up spots in the club's own race pecking order Karl Beardall broke his duck to lead the club home with a 25th place finish and a fine time of 35:46. The bragging rights for this accolade will be right back on the line at the next league race - due to hosted by the Fleckney & Kibworth club - The Kibworth 6 in three weeks time when previous number one finishers Adam Taylor and up and coming star Jamie Short both return to the line up. Jamie Strange was next home showing good consistency across all the league races to date and his time of 36:36 was good enough to secure 35th spot. In close order Noel Houlihan closed out his best finish of the campaign to date in 38th place stopping the clock on 36:39 despite a 20 mile outing the day before as he appraoches maximum mileage on his build up to April's London Marathon where he will be hoping to improve his own and the club record for the classic distance. Following Houlihan was training partner Steve Hollingsworth in a time of 37:05 to bolt down 47th place and close on his tail the improving Josh Smalley reproduced his previous finishing place of 51st in the recent Markfield 10K on this occasion in a time of 37:11. The club's sixth counter was yet another product of the their youth development policy in the shape of 15 year old Jack Williams and with this being his road race debut and an appearance, like Lorna Waters, in next weekends Inter Counties cross country championship's in the offing a measured race strategy including being paced through the opening kilometres by clubmate Sergio Gisbert before taking wing in the closing stages was rewarded with a highly satisfactory 77th place and the suggestion that there will be far more to come in the next couple of seasons as he adjusts to the longer distances in the road running calendar. The aforementioned Gisbert his guide work done plugged away successfully to dip just inside the first hundred finishers to place 99th in 39:33. Securing the all important eight scoring place was a very selfless run by Michael Burke who had previously mailed in as an injury absentee 48 hours earlier but perming a Lazarus like appearance to be rewarded with 121st place.
With the requisite league points secured there was some strong support from the clubs "senior service" as a band of hardy Vet 40, 50 and 60 age category men battled through the elements to take the tape in the following order:- Dave Wheeler 148th 41:54, Terry Challoner 156th 42:15, Mike Turner 234th, Vince Brown 257th 48:40, Jon Stone 285th 51:54, Rich Young 308th 58:36 and Andy Bailey 315th 59:33.
The club are also reflecting upon more recognition in UK Athletics Inter Counties call up's as in addition to the aforementioned Lorna Waters and Jack Williams both Jamie Short and Chris Parkes Bowen will be wearing the black and gold vests of their home county and with this event due to be televised on Sky Sports club mates will be keeping a beady eye on their TV sets next weekend for glimpses of the intrepid quartet."