June has been an absolute scorcher and our NARs running has been on fire to reflect this!
This month has seen the culmination of the HRRL season with the rescheduled Eastleigh 10k and the final race – the Lordshill 10k.
The weather for Eastleigh could not be more different from that of March, when it was supposed to be run! And the weather brought out our biggest turnout all year with 30 NARs plodding the streets of Eastleigh and racking up a host of PBs!
Lordshill 10k was even hotter and this challenging course put our runners to the test! They all put in brilliant runs with admirable sprint finishes in the scorching sun!
These performances left our men’s team second in Division 3 and seeing them being promoted to Division 2 next season! A fantastic achievement! Our ladies team fought hard this season and will be running in division 3 next season. We have fielded competitive teams every race this year – a vast improvement on last year!
This year, we had many runners compete in most of the 12 races which is an achievement in itself but two of our club, Sarah and Chris, completed all 12 and will be awarded their coveted 12 race t-shirt later in the year. We will also have 2 ladies and 5 men appearing on the mugs for the top runners in the HRRL. None of this should be sniffed at as it shows a great deal of commitment from our members.
As well as these league events, we took 19 NARs to Endure 24 for our first experience of ‘Glastonbury for runners’. This was an amazing event which showed our versatility as a club, our friendly and supportive nature and our determination to succeed! There were so many personal challenges met that weekend, in very warm conditions with the challenge of night time running thrown in! Our two teams completed 395 miles over the 24 hour period and amazingly are still speaking to each other after camping and running together for a whole weekend! We already have 30+ entered for next year so watch out! We’re coming back for more, bigger and stronger!
Summer is often a time of ‘fun runs’ which are not necessarily chip timed and viewed by some as ‘not real races’ but not at NAR! Miles are miles no matter what! As such we have had people out at Race for Life (normal and Muddy!) & the Airport Run. These have been well supported by our NARs and have also helped to raise money for charities so a win-win in our book!
Hamble River Games (5k & 10k) saw an influx of NARs take on some of our local routes around Hamble and RVCP – this should not be underestimated as the route included a section on the beach! Tough on the legs! And if you hadn’t realised, Hamble Square is hilly!
We’ve had some Cross Country events going on too……Needles Half and Full (with beautiful views but lots of hills!) and the Summer Cross Country Event this last week. Although not so muddy in the summer, these courses are tough! Well done to those who did them!
NAR finished the month with the Mile of Miles event organised by SAC for charity. We took 2 teams of 10 each and each person runs 4 laps of the track (1 mile) as fast as they can. And run they did! We had so many PBs in scorching conditions and our teams included a variety of runners from across the club. Our supportive and inclusive club ethos was reflected in this event and was so much fun!
Next month our second course of Couch to 5k-ers complete their course and complete their park run…… but some have even been down to Park Run already, such is their confidence! We will also have 2 new run leaders trained up with a 3rd to follow in August. There are also some other crazy running events planned……Cider Frolic and Lulworth Cove Ultra to name a couple! And also the next 2 Handicap GPs are taking place!
While I shall be hibernating from the summer sun, I will be thinking of people running crazy miles! Cheers to NAR!