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Dale Does It!

DaleAt a glittering ceremony Roadhogg Stalwart Dale Jenkins was crowned 'Athlete of the Year' by his fellow runners. He had already won 'Male Road Running Athlete of the Year', a clear indication that Captain Rambo had his finger on the pulse. During the season, Dale set PBs at 6 miles, 10K, 10 miles and Half Marathon. Science says you get slower as you get older; clearly Dale knows something we don't! He also hit Gold Standard at all distances up to 20 miles with the exception of 7 miles (even he couldn't overcome the heat at Hungarton!). A string of age-group prizes were nicely topped off by his first LRRL award; 2nd V55.

Emma Raven was Female Road Runner of the Year and our 'Most Improved Athletes' were Clare and Ben; I'll round up their achievements in the next newsletter.

The cross country awards were won by James and Becca Bostock (now sadly moved to Yorkshire).

Finally, there was a 'Chairman's Award' for Trudy Sharpe in recognition of her solo Equinox (thus confirming her place in the Roadhogg pantheon of ultra runners) and her culinary contribution to the success of our cross country teams.
Thanks to Mandy for the photo.

Under the Radar

It has just come to light that Nathan Adams has been flying the Roadhogg flag down Market Harborough way and banging in some quick parkruns. He's down to an impressive 18.03 and has notched up a first and a couple of second places in recent weeks; well done Nathan.

Award Winners

Congratulations to Emma Raven (3rd V45), Jackie Brown (2nd V50) and Dale Jenkins (2nd V55) in the LRRL Summer League.


Champions of Division 2


Our magnificent hoggettes have bounced back from last year's relegation by storming to both the senior and veteran LRRL Division 2 titles. Well done to captain Jackie and all of your fantastic team! Congratulations also go to Clare, Alison, Fabio, Dale, Dave L, Ben, Ferrante and Chris who were 100% in this year's LRRL.

Rapid Roadhoggs


The Hoggs were out in force at the final race in the Vicky Park 5K series, where no fewer fourteen toed the line; the chance to set a 5K standard proved a real draw. Jackie and Dale bagged Golds and Robin, Richard C and Clare got PB's. Jackie also walked off with the VL50 prize. All in all, a good evening's work.

100 Not Out


Barry notched up his 100th League race at Huncote; not bad for someone who only started in his sixties! Family and teammates were out in force to celebrate his fantastic achievement (and to share in another one of Trudy's amazing cakes). It was great to be part of the huge (and noisy) burgundy guard of honour as he crossed the line. As well as his cake, Barry was also presented with a engraved tankard to commemorate the occasion.

All in all, it was a great day. Thirty five Hoggs completed the race, including debutant Emilio. Robin, Ben and Clare all got big PBs and there were lots of season's bests. Provisional results.

Steve Does the Double

Steve P Clare

Congratulations to Handicap champions Steve Palmer and Clare Mendes. Steve took 8 seconds off last year's time as our winners were the only ones to beat their handicap times. Although the race started in perfect conditions, competitors had to battle through a torrential downpour in the later stages. Notwithstanding this, 11 of the 21 starters finished within a minute of their handicap time. Full results.

Prestwold 10K

Some draft results are now available on the Barrow Runners website. Unfortunately, they failed to record chip times for over 200 runners.

Swithland 6

Swithland team photo

The sun made its traditional appearance for the Swithland 6, but fortunately it didn't get uncomfortably hot. We were delighted to welcome Jeannette, Rebecca, Hannah, Lee and Edd to their first race for the club. According to my calculations, we had a whopping 14 PBs; James D, Will, Edgar, Robin, Fabio, Dave B, Dale, Emma, Ben, Clare, Steve B, Marcus, Valerie and Natasha. If I've missed any, let me know. Draft results.

Well Done Jackie!Jackie

Congratulations to our very own 'Head Hoggette' (ladies captain) Jackie Brown, who came second V50 lady in the 2015 LRRL Winter League. From crutches to silverware in less than 12 months is a tremendous effort; well done Jackie!


West End 8

James Boyd  Kathryn

Another great turnout and some great running. With Mark R battling back after illness, it was left to James Boyd to bring us home, with James D close enough to keep him honest. For the ladies, new member Kathryn just got the better of Emma, who had another strong run. Dale and Clare showed off their powers of recovery by backing up half marathon PBs the day before with excellent runs. We also welcomed Amy, Dave B and Roger for their first races of the season. Provisional results.

Marvellous Marathoners!

What a Spring Marathon season it's been. We started with Paul and Afra setting great new PBs over the ultra-fast Manchester course. In the seminal London event, James D and Will set impressive PBs; trading times the whole way before James edged the contest by just 33 seconds. Michael followed them with an excellent 3.33, then Martin and Ruth finished within a minute of each other. Lucy kept smiling as she smashed her PB and banked lots of money for Bodie. There were a trio of Hoggette PBs in the Shakespeare, with Clare's stonking 40 minute improvement taking pride of place. Well done everyone!

Desford 6

We've been lucky with the weather so far this year, so I guess we were due a wet one. Doing the first couple of miles into a howling gale was a bit of a challenge but it was fun having the wind at our backs on the way back. Another great turnout, even if some did leave it rather late....Results and tables

LRRL Winter League: Kibworth 6

We hope everyone enjoyed their race today; results are now on the Network website.

So Close!

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the club in Sunday's big Derby Runner relegation battle. James Bostock ran superbly for 5th and our ladies packed well to give us the edge on the day. In the end though, we lost out after extra time and penalties, so we'll be competing in Division 2 next year. Results. Kim's report.

Boggy in Bosworth

 Clare  Dale

Twenty three Roadhoggs ran at a rather muddy Bosworth Country Park. In the club battle it was another Bostock double although Becca, suffering from sickness, had to dig deep to deny Vicky and second successive victory. Results. Kim's report.

Markfield 10K

Another beautiful day for running, another event beating its entry record and everybody sharing cars to avert calamity; a pretty average Sunday, really! Among the very healthy Roadhogg entry of 36 there were plenty of people taking advantage of the conditions to record good times on what is a fair, but by no means quick, course. Mark R and Dale bagged Gold Standards again and early reports suggest Ben and Mark Coulson may have broken their PBs. Draft results (Network website).

Roadhoggs Rock Barrow

A record 40 Roadhoggs took to the roads of Barrow for the first race in the 2015 Leicestershire Road Running League. The 670 starters were also a record for the event. We were blessed with excellent weather at it almost felt like spring by the end. Brian, Caroline, Mark Coulson, Michael, Naomi and Steve B all made their debuts, Peter and Nick made very welcome comebacks and Jackie ran her first league race for nearly a year. There seemed to be a real buzz at the end with lots of people happy with their first blast of the year. Results and tables (Network website).

Records Tumble in Beautiful Bradgate

Picture courtesy of SL Images (Stephen Lee)

A big thank you to the Rangers and Trustees for making us welcome and to all of the Roadhoggs and friends who helped. The feedback from runners has been fantastic. A record 405 men and 221 ladies finished the race and there was a bumper crop of youngsters too. As well as staging the race, Roadhoggs had 34 finishers (another record). Here are some pictures of the race; feel free to copy and share. Results. Kim's report.

Roadhoggs on the Ridge

It may be the furthest venue of the series but Sinai Park saw our biggest turnout of the season; 26. Harry Mullen and Fabio ran their first cross country races for us and Harry topped this by being first Hogg home. For the ladies, Becca put in another strong performance and those following included Jackie; making a welcome return to cross country, following her serious injury. Results and Kim's report.