11/12/2022 - Our trotting turkeys.

Race results

So I’m back in the hot seat for another year following Friday nights AGM; it’s Emily here, resident report writer keeping hold of the pen for the next 12 months. In case we’ve not met, allow me to introduce myself. I joined Ivanhoe when me and my partner moved to Ibstock in 2015. I’d been a member of Newark Striders previously, and started running in 2014, intending to run Derby 10K as a bucket list thing, and well, here we are, still! What I love most about Ivanhoe is the people, I almost lost my voice from spending all night on Saturday at our annual celebration do trying to catch up with as many of our wonderful members as possible. Everyone is so supportive, encouraging, and down right lovely, we’re a big family, and that counts for a lot.


There’s a few ’22 run reports to bring you before we move onto your ’23 antics, and we start by capturing the fabulous festivities at the Turkey Trot half marathon. Ramzi Sidani led the charge, a splendid eighth place for our speedster and a superb personal best to end the year on, more than a minute slashed off his 2019 Bosworth Half time, stopping the clock in 1:20:04.


Two more high scores followed, Matt Pleass knocking more than two minute off his 2017 Uttoxeter run, a finish time of 1:24:13 setting an amazing platform for his next endeavours. And if you thought two minutes was good, check out James Cox. A ginormous seven minutes (and more) was the expectational amount he improved his 2016 Robin Hood time by. It’s been a great year for our cross-country cap, and we hope you are very proud James!


Ian Bolton and Matt Brocklehurst (making a welcome return to the racing scene) crossed the line within a minute of each other, a PB for Matt too, taking 47 seconds off his Bosworth ’18 previous best. James Ogilvie broke the 1:50 barrier and it was another PB for Geoff Brown, 1:53:18 was his time, more than two minutes off his last best in November last year.


The blue team were joined by some of our second claim members too, John Finn and Becky Moult finishing within a second of each other going sub 1:41, great runs from you both.


Pleass was on quite the rampage in the latter stages of the year, trying his hand at a few different distances. The Hatfield 5 saw him finish 54th in a great time of 30:59. The following week, he had a go at the Salcey Forest 10K, and was having a great run, holding on to second place but sadly went the wrong way and ended up running an extra half a mile. He finished in a very respectable 8th place in a time of 43:13.  



Written by Emily Partridge - last updated on 09/01/2023