“The Plank” April 2021 Handicap – Results and Photos

“The Plank” April 2021 Handicap – Results and Photos

“The Plank” Handicap
April 2021 – 24/4/2021


Beautiful day in the park so a great day for our first race back since lock-down end, a boy where people ready to race!

Some great results across the field with Dougal Burrowes first home in an incredible 17:05! (He obviously had his Weetabix this morning.)

The fastest lady was Kat Alpe in 20:20, which on any other day would have put her in the top 3, but today with the sub 20 boys out in force and a few speedy juniors, put her 10th home, with 9 athletes doing a sub 20.

Complete results can be found


The handicap tables will be updated shortly and can be found at


Massive thank to David and Linda Grindall for arranging all the marshals and to out marshals out on the course. Without who these races would not be possible. We are always looking for volunteers so please consider helping out at future events.

Entries for the May event, on Saturday 29th May are now open.



Chingford League Relays – 17/4/2021 – Results and Photos

Chingford League Relays – 17/4/2021 – Results and Photos

Chingford League Relays
Saturday 17th April 2021


On Saturday afternoon we headed over to a new venue in Dagenham for the Chingford League relays which is the end of season fixture. After such a turbulent 12 months, it’s been amazing to have the Chingford League races to look forward to and they are organised in a brilliant and Covid secure way by Adrian and the team.

Many members will know of our success in the relay competition over the past 10 years or so, with the Men’s team winning the fixture 6 years on the bounce from the 2011/12 season through to 2016/17. The Women’s team also lifted the Relay winner’s trophy in the 2017/18 season.

On the day we had 5 Women entered, with Kat, Fiona, Anja and Jessica making up the A team and Christine Hawker on an additional team. I must say a special thanks to Fiona for stepping up last minute to run after we lost a runner due to injury, and to Anja for pulling the team together. After a really strong run by Kat, and then Anja, we were right in the mix and within contention. A brilliant run from Fiona handed over to Jessica in 3rd place, and with a fantastic run she hunted down the ladies in front to storm home to victory by over 50 meters in the end!

Over to the Men’s race, where we had a scoring competition for the A team, Vets team and B Team. I must mention the Junior section of the club here, as 3 of our 4 runners in the Men’s A team had all been products of the Juniors, with young Cameron Bocchetti followed by returning members Dan Carpenter and Joe Young. With the addition of Dougal Burrowes, this was a stellar team made with birth years in the 1900’s and one in the 2000’s (sorry if that makes you feel old reading this!). Our B Team was very strong as well, comprising Will Douglas (another product of the juniors), Jim Arrowsmith, Ben Allen and the evergreen Scott Aiken.

After a storming first leg, Dan Carpenter gave us a 50-meter lead and handed over to Cameron who ran a brilliant leg and outsprinted London City to maintain the lead, Joe Young sped off to put us well in command and handed over to Dougal about 70 meters in front. A controlled last leg and Dougal bought the win home for the team, an outstanding effort and great to have that famous trophy back in its rightful place in Trent Park hands after a 3-year hiatus. Scott Aiken famously once said (during the week) that you can’t win anything with kids…. How wrong he was! ūüėĄ

On the other side, the B team looked in control from the outset and some strong legs and brilliant running gave that team a comfortable victory and another win for TP, as well as winning Division 1 for the season.

We can’t quite work out if there was a C team competition or not, but let’s assume there was and our team on the day of Mike Prior, Paul Brennan, Del Boy and Stuart Manktelow all individually ran great times in a really tricky race where they were effectively doing time trails against themselves due to the wave of starts for social distancing purposes. Our 4 Vet’s on the day taken from the above teams (Jim, Scott, Paul and Mike) were easy winners and rounded off a clean sweep for Trent Park across the board, as well as our Men’s Vets team winning the Chingford League Division 1 for the season. Well done also to the rest of the team who ran superbly on the day; Luke Bowie, Jason Hornett, Jeremy, Eamon, Ian Ellis and Chas. The relays are always a good bit of fun to round off the season and everybody came away with beaming smiles on their faces after the run, after a few minutes of waiting for the lactic acid to clear from their legs!!

That ended the shortened Chingford League season, and it’s been brilliant for this league to put some fixtures on for us recently. We ended the season with the below team results:

Men’s A Team – 3rd (Division 1)
Women’s A Team – 2nd (Division 1)
Men’s Vets – 1st (Division 1)
Women’s Vets – 5th (Division 1)
Men’s B Team – 1st (Division 1)


“The Plank” Senior Handicap Table

“The Plank” Senior Handicap Table

Senior “The Plank” Handicap Table

Seniors “The Plank” handicap table. Full results can be found at¬†https://www.webscorer.com/trentparkrc


Looking Back – Memories from the past

Looking Back – Memories from the past

Looking Back
Memories from the past

Pre-1999 Club Arrangements

Long ago in the distant past, our Club had an arrangement with the Cockfosters Cricket Club to use their clubhouse on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. In those days there was an ancient wooden building on the site of the present hockey centre which had served as a sports changing facility for Trent Park Teacher Training College.

Before 1999, the Club met formally on a Tuesday and Thursday evening and a Saturday morning. Some of us also ran on the track at Donkey Lane on a Wednesday evening.

On the Saturdays after training, we would wash in the toilets near the caf√©. They were cold, damp and the floor was invariably wet and you washed up using the sinks. Then, we would have a drink in the caf√© ‚Äď to warm up!

Before training on a Saturday, we would set off together down the Pineapple, round the obelisk at the end of the drive (with a pineapple on top, hence our nickname) and jog back to the area near Go Ape. There, one of the older members, such as Hugh McCaffrey, would conduct a stretching session. Then, announcements were made, and groups detailed. We would then set off for the session we had chosen.

After training on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, however, we had the luxury of changing inside the cricket clubhouse. Females had the left changing room and males the right one, with the bar area and kitchen separating them.

There was only one set of showers with three nozzles on each side. Sadly, the adjustment didn’t work, so you had to settle for the temperature set.

One week the women showered first and the following week the men. As the 30-minute allotted time was nearing its end, the group waiting behind the dividing curtain began warning the incumbents that their time was fast coming to an end. The last evacuee, having dried themself quickly, called out that it was clear for the other group to enter.

One female member was more forthright and, after her longer run on a Thursday evening, would step into the showers regardless of which group was in there….

One year when we were hosting the Sunday Cross-country League mob match (where both divisions competed on the same course), a male runner from another club ignored the warnings coming from the females that time was up, with the rest of us having already vacated, and remained in the showers. The women poured in and we waited on the other side of our curtain to see what would happen. Soon, he appeared, slightly blushing. On being asked what had prompted his removal he answered, ‚ÄúA part of me started to show interest‚Ķ.‚ÄĚ.

We would meet in the bar and order drinks from the cricket club barman. His name was Mike, and he was pretty miserable. The beer used to go out of date and sometimes there were mice running about the floor. 

Then, one day, we were asked if we would consider sharing this new clubhouse that had been built with the help of National Lottery money. To receive half the loan (£600k of the £1.4m total), Southgate Hockey Club had to show that they were sharing the facilities with another club.

There was more to the offer. Our subscription would need to be much more than previously. Our annual subscription had been £12 and had just been raised to £20; the proposal necessitated us moving to a £90 annual sub immediately.

We were invited to go over and inspect the new premises, which were bare walls at that stage. A large group of us met there (early 1999) and wandered through what were the bare breeze blocks of the future building.

The move would lead to a big increase in our subs and for some it proved too much. Moreover, it took two Special General Meetings to finalise our agreement to move.

We had enjoyed our time with the cricket club, even playing a match against them. We also catered an annual barbeque, where everyone accepted a job to help run the occasion.

In those days, our AGM was a tense affair: one year the motion was to change the name from Trent Park Trotters and the next it was to adopt new colours. And this was repeated over following years with impassioned speeches from the proposer and seconder and serious discussion coming freely and with passion from the floor.

It was a small friendly club like a family but had a social reputation about it unlike Barnet, who were mean, lean runners – how things have changed!

Contributed by Peter and Jack

With our Saturday base being at the caf√©, the Handicap started on the Pineapple roughly where the current ‚Äėu‚Äô turn is made. We ran anti clockwise to the bottom of Cottage Hill and then turned right up through the woods to finish at the back of the caf√©.

With the transfer to SHC the Handicap route that we now run, (under normal circumstances), was introduced with the start and finish initially being opposite the tennis courts, which was closer to our HQ and equipment.

The Triffic Trail began life in 1984 and, until 1989, men & women had separate races one hour apart. The programme for the 10th anniversary 10k in 1994, reports that running two separate races was a ‚Äėlogistical nightmare‚Äô, and therefore from 1990 until 1994, the race was held for women only. Since then it has been ‚Äėfully inclusive‚Äô. The start was originally on the Pineapple, but in 1999 it was moved onto the field in order to accommodate the growing number of entrants for this very popular event and the support teams & equipment.

The club, (or more particularly Tony Lear) also arranged a number of November trips in the late 90‚Äôs to the ‚ÄėLanzarote International Challenge‚Äô based at Club La Santa. The Challenge consisted of a 6 mile road race on the first day, an 7/8 mile ‚Äėhill‚Äô race on the volcanic landscape on the second, a 3 mile beach run in soft sand on the third day, and an across island 14 miles on the 4th day, when you were transported to the other side of the island and ran back to Club La Santa. Yes, and that was 7 miles up and 7 miles down!

It was as close as you would get to being a professional athlete, because all that you did other than race was chat, rest, eat and drink ‚Äď and did we party in the evenings‚Ķ.!

Contributed by David Arnold

Nov 2020

Junior Virtual Relays Success – 18/11/2020

Junior Virtual Relays Success – 18/11/2020

Juniors Virtual Relay Success
18th November 2020


We are pleased to report success for our juniors at the most recent Middlesex AA virtual relays event. We took 1st place in the U17 girl’s and 2nd place in the U17 boy’s events over 3000 m. Due to limited time/space availability due to Covid regulations we were only able to enter teams in that age group. Congratulations to Poppy, Abbi and Natasha and to Alessio, Liam and Ethan.

Paul Hart