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August Newsletter

Hello again and welcome to another edition of our club newsletter. It feels like an absolute age since we last had a club run or a race together, but hopefully it won’t be too much longer. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying these updates. As always we start with some club news...


Membership Deadline – 31st August

The deadline for renewing your club membership is coming up fast on 31st August. If you haven’t already done so, please contact Membership Secretary Paul Barker to renew.

We are working very hard on a special offer for anyone who has renewed as an affiliated member for this year, as a thank you and token of appreciation for supporting the club during this pandemic.

A reminder that anyone who does not renew by this deadline will be removed from the Facebook page and other social media channels.


Club Run Leader Sessions

As a committee, we are keeping a close eye on the ever-changing government guidelines and updates from England Athletics. We understand how hard it’s been to stay motivated and continue training during lockdown, so we are keen to get club run sessions back on as soon as possible, but only when we feel it is safe and practical to do so.

Hopefully you all saw our post on the Facebook group last week, updating you all on the current situation. We have been trialing a new booking platform for our sessions, called ClubPal, which will allow members to book onto sessions in advance and help us manage numbers during the current restrictions. We are hopeful that sessions will be back up and running in some form very soon. More details will be posted on the club Facebook page when available.

In the meantime, please continue to adhere to government guidelines, stay safe and if anyone has any questions about what is and isn’t permitted, please contact any members of the committee.


DRR 10K Race

As you may have already seen on Facebook, Race Director Ian Smedley, along with the Club Committee have taken the decision to cancel this year’s 10K race. We delayed making a final decision for as long as possible, but with so many unknown factors, safety concerns and the possibility of no t-shirts or medals, we felt it was best to not go ahead this year. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to offer their views about the race on Facebook. It is disappointing not to be hosting the race after the huge success in previous years, but we can now focus all of our efforts on making 2021 even better.

The committee are currently discussing the possibility of organising a virtual event for club members later this year, so keep your eyes peeled!


NRRL Summer Virtual 5K Race Series

As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, following the success of the first Northants Road Running League Virtual 5K series, several of our members were crazy enough to sign up once more for the Summer series. This time however, there were 6 races instead of 4, with the best 5 results counting towards your final score. The series finished at the beginning of August, but we have been delaying the newsletter awaiting the final results.

Team Standings

After finishing 4th, 3rd, and 3rd again in races 1 to 3, the Daventry Road Runners female team managed to secure 2nd place in race 4, and then 1st place in the final two races, which moved them level on points with Kettering Town Harriers in the battle for 2nd out of 9 teams, behind 1st place Wootton Road Runners. However, DRR were awarded the silver medal outright by having the better total individual scores. Great effort ladies!

The men’s team were unbeaten, coming 1st out of 11 in all 6 races, securing the gold, and finishing a comfortable 7 points ahead of Kettering Town Harriers in 2nd.

In the combined team competition, DRR finished 2nd in race 1 behind Kettering, but proceeding to come 1st in races 2 to 6 finishing in top spot, 6 points ahead of Kettering, and 9 points ahead of Wootton, out of a total of 12 clubs that took part.

Well done to everyone who took part, particularly to those that placed in the top 4 male places, and 3 female places in each week, to contribute to the teams scores; Kate (6 times), Daniel C (6), Damian (6), Stuart (6), Laura (5), Sam Weaving (5), Annette (3), Nichola (3), Rebecca (1), Dominic (1).

Individual Standings

Kate Bond finished 4th female overall with 984 points – putting in consistent low 21 minute 5ks throughout the series, recording a best time of 21:03. Kate also came 1st out of 9 in the F55 category, where she in fact won all 6 races scoring a maximum 300 points, or 250 for her “best 5”.

Laura Sullivan finished 12th female with 941 points – she finished joint on points with 13th place, however her best time of 22:45 was superior and secured her the higher place. Laura also finished 5th out of 18 in the F45 category, where 3 of her 5 races were good enough for 3rd place within the category.

Nichola Smith was 18th female on 913.5 points, breaking sub 24 mins with her best time of the series 23:57. Nichola finished 4th out of 14 in her age category, with her best placed race coming in race 6 where she was 3rd out of the F35s.

Rebecca Wheaver finished 22nd on 885 points, by putting in 4 sub 27minute 5k times, and with a best of 26:22. Nadine Gray followed closely behind in 24th, going sub 27 minutes twice and with a best time of 26:45, she finished with 869 points. Nadine finished 5th of 14 in the F35 category – only 2 points separated 5th – 7th, in fact all three were level going into the final race of the series.

Annette Clarke finished 39th on 579 points having completed just 3 races, but playing a big part in the ladies team results, her best time was 21:14. Annette also came 15th out of 18th n the F45 cat, but came 2nd in the category in both races 5 and 6.

Jill Jelley came 41st female with 526 points – she completed 3 races and had a best time of 26:45. Jill also finished 9th out of 14 in the F35 cat, with a best place of 6th in race 2 of the series in this category. Samantha Watkins finished in 45th overall with 38 points, posting a time for 2 races, with 27:56 being her best. She also finished 18th in the F45 cat. Denise Hackett finished 50th female with 171 points, posting 27:55 in her one race, which ranked her 8th in the category for that week. There were 51 females that took part overall.

In the male competition, Daniel Clarke finished 2nd overall with 994 points – with five sub 18 minute 5ks, his best time was 17:12.

Sam Weaving finished 8th male with 960.5 points – going sub 19 twice, Sam’s best time of the series was 18:44.

Damian Baker secured 12th place with 944 points – he had 5 sub 20 minute performances and a best of 19:44. Damian also finished 5th out of 32 in the M40 cat – his 4th places in both races 5 and 6 left him only 0.5 points behind 4th in the category for the series.

Stuart Clarke finished 13th overall male on 935 points – going sub 20 three times, having never previously achieved this. Only 5 points covered places 13th to 16th, but Stuart’s PB of 19:36 in race 6 gave him the higher placed finish.

Dominic Tranter came 24th in the male standings with 879.5 points – he went sub 21 three times, and his best of 20:42 moved him up the leaderboard in race 6. Dominic also came 8th out of 32 in the M40 cat, overtaking 2 people in the final race, finishing comfortably 3 points above them both in the category standings.

Daniel Henderson finished 29th male with 857 points – with four sub 22 minutes 5ks, his 21:08 in race 6 meant he took 29th despite being joint on points, his best time was 5 seconds superior. Daniel also came 13th out of 32 in the M40 cat, finishing 11th, 11th, and 12th in the last 3 races kept him 1 point above 14th in the category.

Jon Sach finished 46th Male on 758 points – he posted 3 times of sub 30, with a best of 28:46. Jon also finish 14th out of 21 in the M50 cat, with a best single week result in race 6 of 13th. Alex Tilley ended the competition in 60th on 322 points – of his 2 races, his best time was 21:41. James Goodwin gained 312 points to finish in 62nd overall – both of his times from 2 races were sub 24 mins with his best being 23:40. Paul Barker completed one race in 23:42, leaving him 70th overall on 164 points. Paul also came 31st out of 32 in the M40 cat, although his one race was 15th place in the category for the week. There were a total of 76 males in the overall standings.

Well done to everyone who got out and ran, another fantastic achievement for the club!


Have your say...

As always, I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this month’s newsletter!

We do our best to update you on all club activity, but with so many members running well at the moment, it’s hard to keep track of everyone’s achievements, so if you know of anyone from the club who deserves a shoutout in next month’s newsletter or if you have any suggestions for things to see included, please feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at

Thank you

Stuart Clarke


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