Squeaking the Bone

By Andy Inchley

Some of you may have noticed an event in the calendar called The Squeaky Bone Relay. This is a cross-country relay that has been organised by Olney Runners since 2010 and has grown from 15 teams in the first year to over 100 in 2015.

It’s not one that we have ever done as a club, but when some friends from MKAC started to get teams together I thought I’d sign up with them and check it out on our behalf, just in case we fancied it in 2016.

It takes place in the village / hamlet of Clifton Reynes near Emberton and Olney and utilises the farmland around there by permission of a friendly farmer. We are not talking about point to point relays like Greensand or Round MK but a simple four-person team where everyone does the same 3.5 mile route which is taped and marshalled like any other cross-country, so there is no reconnoitring required, you can just rock up! read more

Bucks 10,000m Champs

By Elliot Hind

After what seemed like an eternity out injured with a nasty ankle ligament tear (forcing my football retirement) I spent the summer targeting my 5k time.  Specifically working hard on leg speed and weight loss I made real progress; going from 19.04 on the flat Aylesbury parkrun on 23 May to breaking 17 minutes four times at the end of summer (fastest 16.37 at Leicester Braunstone parkrun on 5 September).

I had a really good week at the Tour of MK finishing 4th and was feeling good.  I wanted to have one final running aim before getting married on 26 September and spotted the Bucks 10k track championships in Aylesbury on 23 September.  I changed my training slightly to do slightly longer reps and felt about as ready as I could be. read more

It’s Good But It’s Not Quite Right

By Andy Inchley

So I haven’t done a half marathon all year, I can’t run the winter half due to an inconsiderate wedding and Bedford is the day after the December Chiltern League so when a friend from MKAC mentioned he was going to Leicester to try and get a London marathon qualifying time I thought I’d tag along, play chauffeur and at least get a time to my name this year.

The weather forecast was just about perfect and we arrived at a chilly but dry Victoria Park with an hour or so before the start. It all looked pretty efficient and bigger than I expected so had no problems collecting my number and doing all the usual pre-race gubbins before joining a few thousand others on the start line. read more

Lots of Records at the Stag

The first Stag trophy race of the 2015/16 season saw numerous records set for the event.

  • There were 33 people running: It has been very rare to ever get more than 25, which is what the scoring system is based on so to see so many people out sprinting round the course is brilliant
  • We had 9 people who had never run the Stag before
  • There was a sixty-one year age gap between the oldest and youngest participants
  • There were 21 people who completed the course ahead of their handicap time!

So well done everyone that came along and lets try to keep the numbers high and have a closely fought competition.

On the night, as is often the way, it was the newbies that came home first having managed to convince Dave that they would struggle to even complete the course! Sean Westrope put up the most convincing argument to come home 30 seconds ahead of Stuart Dimmock and the returning Alex Ridout.

In addition to the nine new participants there were also six PB’s on the night from Scott Towell, Chris Norman, Pete Mackrell, Sam Dear, Dominic Grimshaw and Mandy Clay. Chris in particular did this in spectacular fashion by taking 39 seconds off his previous best from 2013. read more

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