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January's Member of the Month award is presented to Keirran Lakeland.
Completely by his own initiative, he started running Saturday morning speed sessions, with an individual focus and tailored sessions and goals for each runner. These sessions have been really well received by the members, thanks in a large part to Keirran's support and coaching input.
February's Member of the Month award is presented to Paul Marchant.
Paul has produced many PBs since joining the club and is a very popular member thanks to his continuous positive and supportive approach with everyone. He stepped up to help out and regularly led the Monday Maidens when the previous group leader was unavailable, without which the group may have fallen by the way side, and as a result the group not only still supported but is going from strength to strength.
Thank you Kierran and Paul for all you have done in leading sessions and supporting our members.
Following the Stubbington 10k, 6 of this season's 12 HRRL races are now complete. All the season's results are here:
Now feels a good opportunity to summarise HERC's results this season to date. In terms of our teams, our current league standings are as follows:
Women's A Team - 7th (A Div 1)
Women's B Team - 7th (B Div 1)
Women's C Team - 14th (B Div1)
Men's A Team - 8th (A Div1)
Men's B Team - 9th (B Div 1)
Men's C Team - 12th (B Div 1)
Our top performing individuals are as follows (max score is 100, which would mean winning every race!)
Joanne Labram - 95.0
Becky Stark - 92.3
Kirsty Shannon - 91.7
Samuel Skinner - 93.3
Alun Hanford - 91.5
Peter O'Donnell - 90.9
An incredible 119 Hedgies have run 1 or more of the races this season. Those with the most appearances are as follows:
6 - Andy Taphouse
6 - Christopher Chester
6 - Jeremy Hollinshead
6 - Lisa Small
6 - Michelle Surtees
6 - Mike Bridgeman
6 - Mike Furlong
6 - Tracy Puttock
5 - Aaron Rogers
5 - Alana Williams
5 - Becky Stark
5 - Claire Cannon
5 - Joe Amber
5 - Maria Sparks
5 - Paul Vine
5 - Robert Jones
5 - Will Miller
4 - Alan Cowan
4 - Alice Fenlon
4 - Danielle Ward
4 - David Kinloch
4 - James Lathwell
4 - Jerome Bordry
4 - Kevin Rowe
4 - Marcin Kaszubowski
4 - Paula Balch
4 - Richard Moseley
4 - Robson Trendell
4 - Sarah Marszall
4 - Tracey Shepperd
4 - William Baggs
3 - Aaron Cleeve
3 - Bradley Lewis
3 - Dawn Bowen
3 - Jonathan Farrington
3 - Jordan Winbourne
3 - Keith Sheppard
3 - Michelle Jacobs
3 - Nigel Lee
3 - Paul Marchant
3 - Sarah Butler
3 - Stuart Wigginton
If you've any queries, please ask either myself or Tracy Puttock as HERC's HRRL reps. Remember all Hedgies welcome at all races!
Mike Bridgeman & Tracy Puttock.
Many congratulations to the 38 Hedgies who completed the Ryde 10 HRRL race this morning. Happy to be corrected but that has to be a record HERC turnout for our annual 'overseas' trip.
And many thanks to the numerous supporters who made the trip too - always helps lift the spirits, particularly on tough courses like Ryde.
Conditions were good once again, albeit a little gusty in places. Here are the provisional results:
Not known as a PB race, but do let us know if you got one! I'm certainly aware of some excellent course PBs.
And many thanks to Tracy for organising all the travel arrangements once again, made it so easy for the rest of us.
September’s Member of the Month award is presented to Alan Cowan.
Alan has been an active member of the club for many years, regularly representing the club in HRRL, Lakeside 5k, CC6 and RR10 races.
However, more recently Alan has contributed a great deal of his time to leading sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evening, including regularly standing stepping up on days when there have been a shortage of run leaders. He then decided to go one step further, and in September completed his Coach in Run Fitness qualification, and can be seen applying all his newly acquired knowledge and skills at the Tuesday Intervals Ageas Sessions. If that wasn’t enough, he also volunteered to become a member of the Running Steering Group Leadership Team, giving up even more free time to further the development of the club.
Many thanks Alan for all of the time and energy to have dedicated to the club over the years.
August's Member of the Month Award is presented to Kevin Blann
Kevin has achieved some via impressive running feats this year, including running 2 sub 3:30 marathons in 7 days in April, completing Race to the King in 10 hours 5 minutes and coming 2nd overall on day 2 of Race to the Stones.
In August in particular he completed the Round The Rock 48 mile ultra marathon on Jersey (including over 1500m of climbing) in 8 hours 57 minutes to claim the 1st vet place, then followed this up with coming 1st in his age category in the Southdowns Midnight marathon.
Many congratulations on all your achievements this year Kevin!
July’s Member of the Month Award is presented to Bridget Gregory.
Until enrolling in the Beginner’s Group 3 years ago, Bridget had done no running at all. Since then, she has been committed, attended training and accomplished amazing things.
She has run Endure24 as part of a team the last 3 years, and for the past 18 months has run a half marathon, mostly on trail courses, virtually every month, including the Resolution Run, Batty Bimble, Winter Festive Frolic and Larmer 20.
She also comes along to cheer other members on when they’re racing or running even when she’s not, and she often
stays to the end of a race to support the slower runners, something that is highly appreciated!
Congratulations on your amazing achievement Bridget!
June’s Member of the Month Award is presented to Helen Borrett.
Helen has absolutely smashed her PBs in all distances from 5k up to marathon over the last 6 to 7 months. Recently, her focus and determination has seen her knock over 4 minutes off her half marathon PB at the Southampton Half Marathon and 3 minutes off her 10k PB at Eastleigh 10k. She has represented the club over the winter at the x-country races and has also achieved her furthest distance running by completing her first ultra-marathon at the Pony Express in September last year.
She is also an active member of the club and regularly takes on the role of run leader on a Thursday night where she is great at encouraging members to step out of their comfort zone and push themselves to see what they can achieve.
Many congratulations Helen, and thank you for your enthusiasm and encouragement to other members.
May’s Member of the Month Award is presented to Nigel Lee.
Nigel is a very supportive member of the club. He regularly encourages and cheers on other members of the club, and is very good at noticing when someone is struggling and quietly encourages and runs alongside them without being pushy. At Alton 10 in May, he sacrificed his own time to run alongside another Hedgie and keep them going when they felt like giving up.
He has also been exceptionally supportive of other members of the club in their preparations for races, going out of his way to deliver specialist running fuel that he thought would be useful to another member.
Nigel also recently completed a marathon distance at On the Whistle 'Revenge of the fifth' without planning to complete that distance
Congratulations Nigel, and thank you for embodying so many of the values that are a part of HERC.
April’s Member of the Month Award is presented to James Kinley
James has regularly supported HERC in league races for many years, but juggled running training with cycling and swimming training in order to complete Ironman Triathlons.
He has always given 100% in training; to quote the person who nominated him “I have never been in the gym without James being there, and I’ve been a member for 12 years.”
Last year he decided to focus more on running, and has seen significant improvements in his performances; in particular running a sub-3 hour marathon at Berlin in September last year. His hard work and dedication continued over the winter, and resulted in him running 2:52:08 at the Manchester Marathon in April, the second fastest marathon by a Hedgie.
Many congratulations James.