Mile Time Trial results (3rd August 2015)

Adam Pope 5.41
Peter Currington 5.41
Dan Gosling 5.45
Rob Corless 5.55
Steve Heighway 6.01
Jim Conroy 6.06
Mark Savage 6.21
Charlotte Yarker 6.28
Kevin Lamb 6.41
Adam Ferguson 6.50
Martin Gooding 6.53
Ronie Varnsverry 6.58
Jon Anderson 7.12
Paul Braddock 7.14
Ash Alexander 7.21
Julie Rabbitt 7.27
Charlie Conroy 7.45
Nick Pettitt 7.57
Luke Johal 8.14
Christie Dines 8.15
Linda Jones 8.16
Evan Dines 8.32
Raymond Varnsverry8.41
Julie Walter 8.48
Mark Johnson 8.53
Emily Braddock 8.59
Sharon Ives 9.06
Amanda Kose 9.08
Gary Shaw 9.40
Charlie Walter 9.50
Katlin Yarker 10.00
Erin Yarker 10.53
Hannah Yarker 10.55
Lee Ives 13.15

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July Member of the Month

Member of the Month for July is Julie Rabbitt.

Julie has shown massive improvements throughout the month really pushing on in all of our sessions both on a Monday and a Thursday. This has resulted in her setting two big PB’s in the Desborough and Pitsford 10k’s and breaking two PJR records in the process.

She also managed to win the Vet ladies category at the Desborough 10k and has represented us in London at the project GOAT launch last weekend.

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Muddy Duck Virtual Race

When it was announced that social media’s biggest obstacle course racing community group ‘OCR.UK’ was to hold a virtual obstacle course race it didn’t take the Parklands Tough Running members long to get signed up in large numbers.

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The idea of the race is that participants can complete their run at any time in a 2 month time period anywhere they wish then send in their results in exchange for a medal. All the money raised by the entry fee would go the the ‘Always with a smile’ charity.

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The rules of the race were that you must cover a 5 mile distance (1 mile for children) measured of a GPS watch and your route must involve a water crossing and a climb.

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As a group we decided to put a course together for all our member who had signed up to run at the same time and make it as close to a proper obstacle course race as we could with using the limited facilities we had to offer.

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We found a rare date in the calendar (Sunday 12th July) during the set time period when none of us were racing elsewhere and set up a 1 mile lapped course in a local park in Northampton that we used for some of our training sessions. Like all of our training we tried to make it achievable for all our members whatever their ability level yet still very challenging.

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Each lap involved two crossings of the thigh deep water of a boating lake, several hills, a cargo net crawl, two tyre carries, a sandbag carry up and down a hill slalom, two five foot fence jumps, a climb over a succession of huge fallen tree trunks, two stream wades, a section of extremely boggy mud and a step climb.

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28 runners took on the course in total and many more were there to support, marshal and take photos.

Everyone found the course demanding in places but all enjoyed it. There was a great atmosphere with many running together, helping each other and a nice family affair with several children also going round. Our group mascot Tarquin the tyre also made it round the entire 5 miles with people taking it in turns to do a lap each carrying him.

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A great morning all round. Thanks to everyone involved.

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World War Run (28-06-15)

On Sunday the PJR tour bus made it’s way on the 200 mile round trip to Dorking in Surrey for World War Run obstacle course race held at the notorious Nuts Challenge course (voted toughest OCR of 2014).

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6 of our 7 strong team were taking part in the 5 mile race while Toli had opted for the 10 miler. This event had sold out with fun runners and the more competitive racer as it acted as a UK championship qualifying race.

Our group leader Chris was aiming for qualification meaning he needed a top 10 placing with Steve Heighway pushing for as high a placing as possible within his veteran age group and Jessica Dixey, Alex Schofiled, Damian Croft and Mark Pittam all running together.

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Both races set off together with the 10 mile racers taking on 2 laps of the 5 mile course. Chris took up a for familiar position within the leading group breaking away about half way round to take the win by a comfortable margin in a time of 48 minutes.

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Next in was Steve in 43rd position and 6th veteran male (just one place outside the UK Champs qualification) in a time of 1 hour 28 mins.

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Then came our foresome who after running side by side the entire race decided to have a sprint finish with Mark coming in first in followed by Alex, followed by Damian all within 3 seconds of each other just over the 2 hour mark.

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Closely behind them was Jessica who was 118th overall but an impressive 37th female over the line.

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The came ‘the tank’, our 10 mile runner Toli finishing in 71st overall and 13th veteran in just under 2 hours 46 minutes.

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On what was a very hot and sticky day it was a very challenging course with a succession of tough obstacles throughout and a huge amount of mud for the time of year. Great effort from everyone.

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We now head into The Ram Run next weekend where we have big numbers competing over but days in the 8k, 12k and 24k as well as the Rampage 900 meter race. Some will be goin flat out for honours, some aiming just to get round and other will be carring 20kg and 30kg sandbags to make the challenge event harder!

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Mile time trial results (29-06-15)

Mark Kennedy 5.50
Mick Conroy 5.51
Rob Corless 6.07
Steve Heighway 6.07
Kieran Condon 6.13
Caylum Young 6.16
Jim Conroy 6.16
Steve Cory 6.28
Adam Ferguson 6.31
Terry Begley 6.36
Mark Savage 6.53
Kevin Lamb 7.07
Ash Alexander 7.13
Stephen Croft 7.18
Jon Anderson 7.22
Vicki Baker 7.25
Charlie Conroy 7.27
Damian Croft 7.34
Nick Pettitt 7.36
Danielle Harrison 7.52
John Hunter 7.55
Jessica Dixey 8.30
Raymond Varnsverry 8.46
Chloe Rollins 8.58
Chris Rollins 8.58
Billie Conroy 9.04
Roxie Pettitt 9.18
Becky Dixey 10.17

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This weeks sessions/ events

Mon 29th June – Sun 5th July

Mon- 6pm- PJR running fitness session- Parklands

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Tues- 5am- Run around Pitsford reservoir (with or without sandbag)

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Wed- 9pm- Night run at Brampton Calley Way/ Merry Tom Lane- meet Windhover car park

Thurs- 5.30am- Run & exercises (with or without sandbag)- Sywell country park

6pm- PJR running fitness session- Racecourse

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Sat- 9am- Northampton parkrun- Racecourse

11am- Ram Run OCR

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Sun- 10.30am- Tough Running- Hunsbury Hill

10.30am- Tough Running Kids- Hunsbury Hill

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11am- Ran Run OCR

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Endure 24 (June 2015)

On the weekend of June 12th- 14th PJR members once again travelled to Aldermaston near Reading for the epic Endure 24 weekend. A 24 hour trail race ran on a 5 mile lap.

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This was our third successive year at the event this time taking 26 runners as well as several supporters and volunteers.

We had two teams of 8, a team of 5, a pair and three soloists and almost everyone ran further than they’ve ever done before.

The vast majority of our very inexperienced mixed 8’s team covered 20 miles each, 3 of whom (Amanda Conroy, Becky and Amy Dixey, all doing the event for the first time) even went out and ran an extra unofficial lap to get their distance in.

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Their team also included new comers Adam Ferguson as well as Kevin Lamb, Sharon Ives & Sarah Shaw who all came back for more after running with us for the first time last year and Elise Downing who was back after a years break having ran the first time we were there in 2013.

After winning last year our women’s 8’s team were amongst the leaders throughout the 24 hours but faced some very tough competition this time round and ended up with a still very respectable 5th place with them all covering at least 20 miles.

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The rules allow for one male to take part in the team. That was Terry Begley who has been every present for us at this event. He was part of our winning men’s team in 2013 and ran in our mixed 8’s team last year. This year he manages to complete 5 laps which is further than he’s done before.

Survivers from last years winners included Lianne Norfolk, Julie Rabbitt, Charlotte Yarker, Becky Shillington and Claire Holland with new additions Vicki Baker and Emily Syron all of whom ran excellently.

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For the first time we had a men’s 5’s team including which included Mick Conroy & Steve Cory who ran 40 miles each, Jim Conroy and Martin Gooding who covered 35 miles and Pete Currington who stepped in at the last minute and helped out with 20 miles. The team finished in 13th place on what was some hugely strong competition.

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Our 3 soloists all went to hell & back but come out stronger with Chris Lamb completing 85 miles, Steve Heighway 80 miles (a lap more than last year for both) and a remarkable 65 miles from Gary Shaw in his first attempt.

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The performances of the weekend came from our pairs team of David Green & Matt Brand who smashed the competition to pieces to win by over 15 miles & secure PJR’s third successive victory at this event. Between them they covered an astounding 155 miles! Dave ran 80 miles & Matt 75. Amazing.

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Another fantastic weekend. We’ll be back again in 2016 even stronger with an even bigger team.

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New running session launched!

Due to the success and popularity of our Monday night running fitness session we are now holding a second weekly session on Thursdays, 6pm at the Racecourse.

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This session will involve similar workouts to our Monday sessions with adaptions and added extras with the benefit of more space.

The sessions will run throughout the year offering much more lighting and a verity of routes during the dark winter nights as well as allowing us to mix things up more during the lighter evenings.

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As always all sessions will cater for all ability levels and anyone is welcome to join us. You can just turn up on the night or get in touch via our contacts page.

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PJR Adventure Day

On Sunday 24th May we celebrated our four year anniversary as a group by putting on an adventure day at the near by Salcey forest. The day would not only be a fun filled get together, we were also raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Meeting nice and early in the forest at 8.30am and headed to the unique tree top way, a structure raising from ground level to 20 meters high amongst the tops of the trees offering stunning woodland views. It is designed in such a way that it bounces and shakes as you go along making running very interesting.

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We first held individual time trials where everyone had two attempts to get to the top and back down as quickly as possible. The fastest time on the day came from Stephen Croft in a speedy 1 minute 47 seconds. The fastest lady was Linda Jones in 2 minutes 40 seconds.

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We then made teams of 5 for relays. One member from each team would take it in turns to run up and back down as many times as they could in 40 minutes.

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After this we moved to the Tree Ninja arial assault course. We split into two groups. While half the group got kitted up and went through the safety briefing before taking on the 4 meter, 8 meter, 10 meter and 12 meter high courses the other group went through a coach circuit session using dum bells and bar bells made from the forest’s wood, tyres, sandbags and versions bodyweight exercises.

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After the circuits we did some fun, yet quite competitive races carrying the sandbags then the groups swapped round.

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Several hours later everyone joined back together for a well earned BBQ.

A top quality day had by all raising £262 for the charity.

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Daventry Parkrun – The Return of PJR

Daventry Parkrun launched on 8th November last year and a group from Parklands Jog & Run were there to support the race organisers and try out a different course. A group of fifteen returned this Saturday 30th June, some to try and beat their course PB and others as Daventry virgins.

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Despite it being early summer the weather wasn’t very different from the previous visit with cool and breezy conditions.

The start line was located on a narrow path that was once a railway line. The trees lining the route created a tunnel that stretched into the distance ahead of us. After a short countdown we set off along the straight path up a slight incline for around 400m before turning right onto a dirt path which took us under a subway and then right again through a gate and into a meadow.

Charlie, Damian & Amanda racing it out

Charlie, Damian &
Amanda racing it out

By now we were strung out single file as we crossed the grassland following a dirt track. Another double gate was held open by marshals as we ran through and onto the perimeter path heading in an anti-clockwise direction. A couple of steep drops meant that we had to be careful of our footing but there were no injuries.

The path was shale covered and skirted the reservoir through trees heavy with fresh green leaves. A couple of dog walkers moved to the side as we streamed past but there were few people around apart from the marshals who were on hand to ensure we didn’t take a wrong turn.

Jim Conroy capped off his member of the month winning display

Jim Conroy capped off his member of the month winning display

As we emerged from the trees onto the north side of the water it was possible to look across to the far side and take in the scenery. The cafe at the north-west corner tempted us to stop by allowing the aroma of bacon and coffee to sweep across our paths but we stayed strong and began the final mile which led us south through more woodland.

Jess Dixey enjoying herself

Jess Dixey enjoying herself

A sharp left turn onto a wooden bridge disrupted any rhythm that we had managed to maintain and it was a case of digging in as we dodged tree roots and headed for the finish. A steep drop signalled that we were retracing our steps from the first lap but after a few hundred metres a marshal signalled a sharp right which took us under another subway and out onto a side road from where we could see the finish line.

Becky Dixey clocking up parkrun number 131

Becky Dixey clocking up parkrun number 131

By this time our legs were tired and breathing laboured but we followed the road and, after climbing a small but steep grass mound, sprinted across the line to receive our tokens and have our barcodes scanned.

Adam Ferguson on his way to his 99th parkrun

Adam Ferguson on his way to his 99th parkrun

Incredibly every member of the group who had run the course before managed to equal or beat their previous time resulting in 8 PBs with Amanda Conroy knocking 4 minutes off, Jim Conroy 3 minutes off and Adam Ferguson 2 minutes off showing their incredible improvement over the last 6 months. With four of the top 15 places going to PJR including Adam Pope in 5th and Mick Conroy in 10th it was a great team effort.

Adam Pope (writer of this article) also completed his 99th parkrun

Adam Pope (writer of this article) also completed his 99th parkrun

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