Review of the Year 2006

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Peter Furness started the New Year with his first race in three months, to run the Hyde Park 10K. He joined nearly 500 others to run off the excesses of Xmas and New Year eve. He was rewarded with a luminous T shirt for his effort to finish in 42:22. Gary Nisbet braves the rain and mud to compete in the Ruislip Cross Country and was quite content with his scone and coffee afterwards. Whilst father Jack battles it out with the big clubs in the Middlesex Cross Country Championships at Wormwood Scrubs. The course lacked hills and mud but was pretty tough going, Jack completed the 7.5K course in 49:37.



Michelle Sampson finished the Chiltern League Cross Country season with a run at Wing, as our only club member she gained us valuable points. Was it the call of the wild that enticed Michelle to run the Bushey Park Trail run? this year she managed to see the elusive Deer. However, the men were taken back to find her using their facilities to answer the call of nature. Having battled against the cold and wind, she managed to set a PB for 2006.



Peter Furness returns to Paris for the sixth time to run the Paris half marathon. With a preferential number he was able to start near the line, followed by 20,000 others taking 20 mins to cross the line. He was pleased with his time of 1:32:29. Jack Nisbet and Peter Furness were joined by some classy runners in this months  Silverstone half marathon, as the event was designated AAA Championship event and sported a field of 5100. Despite the windy conditions both achieved respectable times, Jack 1:25:17 in 118 position and Peter 1:32:37 in 346 position.



White Horse Half Marathon the heat is on as five club members battle it out for Championship points. Peter Furness leads our club runners home, followed by Graham Kent , Sam Shimakage , Brian Skinner,Tom Waugh.

Graham Kent turns up the heat at the Maidenhead 10, to finish in 1:07:04 with Brian Skinner second club member  Tom Waugh,  Michelle Sampson, Margaret Newman  and Tony Newman.

The London Marathon this year sported four club runners, Jack Nisbet finished in his usual style in 3:14:06, Mick Mcguigan acquitted himself well to complete the course in 3:28:18, followed by Gary Fiddes in 3:54:17 and Margaret Newman in her first ever marathon was delighted by her 4:34:20.



HAODS 5.2 M- 1st May, five members run at Henley, no clock, no timings, no finishing positions or results, but an enjoyable event. The first runner home from the HHRR contingent was Peter Furness, finishing strongly in 31:55, Peter was rewarded with an 8th place finish. Next home was Margaret Newman, showing no after effects from her run in the London Marathon, Maggie cruised home in 43:51 leaving husband Tony ( 45:00 ) in her wake. Bill Hart was next home in 49:49 closely followed by Pam Swadling in 51:00.

Dolphin Dash 10K, Jack Nisbet & Michelle Sampson strike Gold and Silver,  Jack led a field of 113 runners round Little Britain lakes and along the Grand Union canal to win the event for the fourth time. Michelle claimed second ladies place. They were supported by seven other club members which proves this to be one of our most popular events.

BA Speedbirds 5K - Wednesday 3rd May. Our girls take 3rd Team prize, In Michelle Sampson, Jill Carney and Jacqui Howell.

Concorde 10k – Sunday 14th May. Thirteen was lucky for Jack Nisbet as he led 13 Road Runners home, finishing in 13th place overall in this year’s Concorde 10k. As a Club, we were on excellent form - both the men's and ladies teams took 2nd prize and a couple of us set PBs. The younger Nisbets look set to follow in their father’s footsteps – both entered the Fun Run, with Gary taking first place. 

Wednesday 24th May. The first Summer Time Trial starts in the pouring rain, and just to make things worse the gate was locked so we all had to walk round the park to get to the start. Peter Ford is back to running and  was the first of the eleven runners to set off, we also have Ian Smith back with us and two new hardy souls joined us Jill Carney & Dean Mc Carthy although probably not the best conditions for the introduction to the Summer Time Trials. 

Gary Nisbet was first home who caught the time keeper off guard as he came flying down the hill as the runners were expected to start coming back after 50 minutes, but Gary blew the field apart  by coming home after 44 minutes, 6 minutes before expected.



Vancouver International Half Marathon. Peter Furness finds he is first Brit home in his category. He was pleased with his time of 1.30 .30 on this course and it placed him 91st overall in a field of approx 7000 and 8th in his vet group. 

Bracknell Forest 5 - Wednesday 18th June 2006. Michelle Sampson returns from holiday in Greece to find she is the only club member running.

Summer Time Trial Wednesday 14th June - . Quite a contrast to last month, a pleasant evening attracts 14 runners to compete in this months time trial. Gary Fiddes makes a fine return to the Summer TT with an impressive run to claim first place. Nicola Dowling did well to finish second considering it was her first TT since June last year. Clive Bonner finished strongly in 3rd position with a time of  29:08min/sec, followed closely by Keith Morris with a time of 29:20min/sec. Pleased to welcome Clare Lawlor and Gerry Woolford who ran for a qualifying time.

John O'Groats to Land End The Hard Way. 18th June. Jack Nisbet set off in his lone quest to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands. Jack  raised a substantial sum in sponsorship for the Cancer Research.

Dysart Dash - 25 June. Seven members competed for championship points, with some surprising results.  Peter Furness finished first in 40.55. Ryan and Mel in their first race back after injury lined up on the pavement and achieve a quick start from this position which enabled Ryan to achieve a faster time then he had predicted pre race. Martin Keegan was also pleased with his time which saw him achieve a new PB.


Dorney Dash - 1 July. Disappointing turn out for this once popular event. Only three members turned out for this event dispite being a Club Championship event. Even though valuable points were gained. Peter Furness gained first club finisher, followed by Keith Morris and Tom Waugh.

British Airways 5K - 6th July. A well organised event by British Airways  attracted  a field of approx 1000 runners. Our first runner home was Jack Nisbet in a time of 18.35, which placed him 6th, followed by Peter Furness in 10th with 19.15. 

Also competing was Kay Tarrant who ran 34 mins despite being blinded at one stage from a fairy in front of her who was sprinkling magic dust as they ran! 

Wednesday 19th July - Summer Time Trial. Peter ford makes the most of a reduced field to romp home in first place, Bill Hart claims second place, Brian Skinner ran his usual stable pace to finish in third place, Gerry Woolford acquitted himself well in his first trial in fourth place.

Elmbridge 10K - 23rd July. A good contingent from the club turned out and in our current heatwave all were glad that whilst the race was run in very humid conditions the sun was mercifully behind clouds for the duration of the race. Graham Kent manages to lead Peter Furness home with a time of 39:28 and 41:04 respectively, followed by Mick McGuigan, Ryan Jones, Ian Smith, Brian Skinner, Mel Jones and Michelle Sampson.



Wednesday 9th August - Summer Time Trial. Considering the number of members away on holidays we had a good turn out. Nicola Dowling excelled to finish in first place improving on her previous best by almost two minutes, she was followed closely by Tony Newman who is returning to form following injury. Mick McGuigan in his first appearance in this years time trials proved he has not lost his form to finish 3rd in 28:13. Pleased to welcome Lee Dunster and James Anderson who ran for a qualifying time. 

Target Zero - Sunday 13th August

Jacqui Howell takes the prize for nearest predicted time with Pam Swadling a close second.

Wednesday 30th August -  Summer Time Trial.

Despite the early start light was fading fast as 17 members lined up for the final trial of the summer season. Peter Ford did well to hold on to first position as Sam Shimakage was pressing hard in second place. Brian Skinner was close behind with Gerry Woolford following in his wake. It certainly was dark by the time the final runner came in.



Stockley Park 5 September 3 2006

Hayes & Harlington Road Runners staged a 5 mile run in aid of the Harlington Hospice. Whilst the entries  were lower than expected, the event proved to be very successful and look forward to a better event in 2007.

WARR 2006 - World Airline Road Race 5k - Amsterdam - 23rd September 2006

Peter Furness and Kay Tarrant started the WARR series with a race that started  and finished in the 1928 Olympic Stadium. 

Peter ran a PB for 5K of 19.01 which meant he finished 7th in the non airline category and 33rd overall. Kay ran 35.39 which she was pleased with as it was a slow start for her as being in the middle of the pack it took a time to exit the stadium and she did run with her camera to take pics on route.

Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile - 30th September 2006

This was run between 80th and 60th Avenue along Fifth Avenue which runs along Central Park. T

IPeter finished in a time of 5.23 to finish 25th in his age category and 245th in the whole event. It was a well supported event with over 3000 competitors running in all the races. 

Norway Run 1.7 miles - 1st October 2006

As with the 5th Avenue Mile the race was organised by the New York Road Runners, the race was run within Central Park starting on the East Drive and finishing on the west side near the Tavern on the Green which is where the Marathon in Nov will finish. Peter ran a time of 10.17 which resulted in him winning the 45-49 age category and finishing 26th overall.  Kay finished in - 18.17.



Southend 10K Sunday 8th October 2006

Micky Ewins, our running Guru, personal trainer and mentor to some of our members, fails to make it, did it have a an effect on some of our performances? Unfortunately, the occasion was marred by  an medical emergency in the finishing area which caused a back log of runners who could not cross the line, many leaving the area without going through the funnels, or even collecting their T shirts, therefore, making the official race results suspect. Michelle Sampson lead 6 club members home in 52:35.

Cross  Country St Albans - 14th October 2006

Gary Nisbet starts the season off in fine form, finishing in 26:19min/sec, in 29 position of 48.

Jack Nisbet did well to finish in 32.53mins/sec, in 167 position of 309. They really need some support to push the Club team up the League tables.

Cabbage Patch 10 Sunday 15th October 2006

There was a good turn out from the club for this perennial favourite which was run in good conditions for a fast time. This race also attracts a high quality field with both Mens and Womens races being won by Kenyans in 48.37 and  55.58 respectively. Sonia O' Sullivan was the first Vet Lady in 58.39. There were PB's for Mick McGuigan and Martin Keegan.

Everybody else seamed well pleased with their times, Ryan and Michelle both advised that were inside the times they were aiming for and I ran my quickest 10 for five years. 

Maggie was pretty pleased to finish at all as in trying to look back to see Tony she struck a concrete bollard with her arm just missing contact with her head

Great North Run

Peter Ford makes his annual pilgrimage to Newcastle to add another medal to his collection.

Lausanne Half Marathon & 1/4 Marathon Sunday 22nd October 2006

Jacquie Howell joins the Saga Louts for a revisit to Switzerland. Bill Hart and Pam Swadling ran the quarter marathon, Paul Evans, Jacquei Howell, Tony & Maggie Newman ran the half marathon. The route was in constant sight of the lake which made a fantastic backdrop, it was a rolling course, though Jacqui would argue it was hilly, there was no fewer than 10 musical bands and a multitude of supporters along the route, all of which made it a memorable occasion.

Great South Run Sunday 22nd October 2006

The sun certainly did not shine in Portsmouth for this one, the race started at 10.30 and so did the rain which swung between heavy and torrential, there was also the added bonus of a heavy wind in your face as you turned onto the seafront for the last two miles. Having said that this is a good race, the course is flat, it is interesting to run with the seafront, Portsmouth old town and the historic dockyard and is well supported. The crowds were not deterred by the rain and there were a number of bands on route to help you on your way. Given the conditions Peter Furness was pleased with his time of 68.12 which placed him 282nd. Martin Keegan also did well running another PB of 75mins.

Cross  Country Ruislip - 28th October 2006

 We had a record turnout for the Running club at a Met League X Country event, we were represented in 3 categories.



Stevenage Half Marathon Sunday   November 2006

Four members travel1ed to Stevenage in a bid to boost their Club  Championship points. A very well organised half Marathon which finishes at the athletics stadium in Stevenage which is also the race headquarters. The runners were marched from the stadium to the start about half a mile away by a lone piper. Club runners were Peter Furness, Brian Skinner, Grary Fiddes and Sharon Nettleton.

Winter Time Trial

Michelle Sampson starts off the winter series with an impressive win.



Christmas Dinner – Saturday 9th December

Back to the Bridge Hotel, Greenford. The meal was to the usual good standard, enjoyable night dancing to a Disco. Quite a few stayed overnight probably for the full english breakfast in  the morning.

Winter Time Trial December 2006

Nicola Dowling claims her first Time Trial win with an astonishing improvement of  5:35mins/Secs on her previous best.