A hectic start

PUBLISHED: 10:59 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

North Herts Road Runners were busy at several events over the festive period in which the weather played a big part. The men s team challenged for the team prizes and were shaded out of the medal positions in the popular Buntingford Year End 10 Mile Road

North Herts Road Runners were busy at several events over the festive period in which the weather played a big part.

The men's team challenged for the team prizes and were shaded out of the medal positions in the popular Buntingford Year End 10 Mile Road Race despite good runs from Gary Cook (59:58), Paul Pearce (59:59), Steve McKeown (60:50) and Pete Sibbett (62:13).

There was an individual success for Chris Priestley, who came third in the vet 50 category with a time of 67:33.

It was pouring rain that was the feature of the final Last Friday of the Month Serpentine 5K at London's Hyde Park on the following Friday.

The Squirrels featured well in several categories with Pearce (17:36) coming first in the vet 40 race, while Stewart Bryant (19:15) won the vet 50 race with club colleague Priestley (19:22) second.

Success too for the ladies as Karen Dodsworth was the first vet 45 (23:00), Jo Summers second vet 40 (22:10) and Lysa Ralph third vet 35 (22:09). Also running were Mark Young (19:11), Keiron McGill (19:40), Paul Bowal (22:47) and Dave Ross (23:08).

Priestley was in action yet again on New Year's Eve at the Ely 10K. But it was his wife, Anna, that stole the plaudits by setting a new club record for a female vet 50 of 47:58 to finish second in her category, crossing the line with the same time as her husband. Suzy Crowe set a new personal best of 42:41 to finish as fifth senior lady and Mike Mello ran well to finish with a time of 41:23 over a blustery course.

Mello began 2006 with his second 10k race in consecutive days at London's Regents Park. He felt the effects of the previous day's efforts but still finished in a creditable time of 46:24. Veteran John Russell ran extremely well to finish with an excellent time of 39:04.

The Road Runners hosted their second Mulligatawny Mud Challenge over an eight-mile cross-country course between Lilley and Pegsdon on Monday. The invitation event attracted a top-class field from neighbouring clubs and saw team victories for Welwyn GC Runners (men) and Bedford Harriers (women).

Angela Tyrrell from the Road Runners won the women's race with a new female course record of 53:59.

The Letchworth club are looking for budding marathon runners to join them in their training sessions. If you are interested, please contact Dave Ross via their website www.nhrr.web.com

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