Thursday, 28 October 2010

LCL Road Series results

Results from the last race (chepstow) and the series now uploaded onto the website.

Apologies for the delay.

And don't forget - the first race of the LCL XC series is coming up. Nov 7th, just over in Piercefield park.  Why not come along and run instead of your normal sunday run - you can always run home afterwards to increase the distance ;-)

Monday, 25 October 2010

The Week Ahead 25 Oct 2010



The final week of Ivan’s month, and we’re on the Severn Bridge for 8 or 10 lots of 400 metres with 200 metres recovery. So 4 or 5 sets of 400 out, then turn and do the same number back.


You might want to drive down to Homebase if the 2+ miles jog there and back are a bit too much. If you do, don’t forget to do a good warm-up while you’re waiting for the rest of the runners.


Thursday it’s the Shirenewton runs, with a turn-round when you reach the main road where the Spar shop used to be. Or turn by the Tredegar Arms, or the full deal is to run round the church. Or bring your headtorch and have a tarmac-free run with the off-roaders.


Word of warning – we have had a problem with one of the dogs at the farm just past the top of Ticken Hill, but we are led to believe that this has been dealt with. If you ever do have a confrontation with dogs on any run (Club night or not) please tell Welfare Officer Chris Rees, or any of the coaches.


The ever-popular Sugar Loaf on Saturday at 2pm is the next race in our fell series. This is the winter version based at the Crown Inn at Pantigelli, a mile or so north of Abergavenny on the old Hereford Road. 5 miles of mostly runnable friendly terrain - enter on the day, only £2.50.


Good luck to those who’ll miss the Sugar Loaf doing the Original Mountain Marathon down in Dartmoor.  

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Week Ahead 18 Oct 2010

Spoilt for choice on Tuesday you lucky people! Either the Severn Avenue speed session up in Tutshill that proved very popular last year OR the well regarded Hospital Hill.


The Severn Ave speed bit is about 480 metres with 280 metres recovery. Choose 8-10 circuits. It’s a fair trot to Tutshill so you might want to consider driving up (not if you’re one of the luvly ladeez living round the corner!)


Likewise 8-10 H Hill ups with a timed climb rather than a set distance. Great for leg strength this one – essential for good running.


Thursday gives you another chance to set a 5k PB or even Club Record! Our new officially measured course starts in the usual place but turns round 24 metres further along the Bridge. Good thinking those of you who’ve been putting in the weekly long runs – that extra endurance will surely pay off…



Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Well Done Tom Gibbs at World Champs

Thanks for the support folks,Back from a long hard race in Spain. We didn't manage to retain our title, but did finish a solid 6th. Race took 114 hrs with not a lot of sleep. I seem to have also lost nearly 3 kg's in weight at the same time !Highlights were the fantastic mountain ranges up to 2500m with big rocky spires and a cracking in-line skate up an 11km, 700m of ascent road climb.Roll on curry night - methinks a deluxe curry should do as a starter......tom

Monday, 11 October 2010

The Week Ahead 11 Oct 2010


Down to Thornwell for Tuesday’s session, and it’s four loops with 90 secs recovery. There’ll be drills and warm-up down the Link Road, but I know some runners find it a long way down to Thornwell and back. So it might be a good idea to arrange a car-share with others of like mind. You could use the Comments box below for that purpose.


On Thursday, the Hayesgate runs offer routes of varying lengths. The full route is right up Ticken Hill at Mounton roundabout, but one short cut is to take the left road. Further on you could miss out Mathern village and return via the A48 with a pavement all the way up Pwllmeyric.


Whichever route you choose – make sure you get back in time for CURRY NIGHT!!! I’m delighted to report that last month’s brilliant wheeze of pre-ordering before the run worked marvellously. By the time I’d paid and got my pint the curry had beaten me to the table!


So take your pick from  and put it on the list in our bar before you go off on your run.


The Mimsy on Sunday. See Vanessa’s blog for meeting time and post-race pub. Have a good race!  

Next championship race: Mimsy Muggle run, Saturday 16th October

The race starts at 9.30am.  Post code GL9 1BB

I suggest meet at LC at 8am to share transport and leave promptly asap after that i.e. leave by 8.05am.  32mins drive per AA website, then 15mins walk from HQ to start, and HQ looks about 10mins walk from car park.

Niki has suggested a pub for afterwards, no doubt she can remind/direct us when we get there!

 Any questions, let me know! Pre-entries closed now but you can enter on the day.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

11.30 a.m. New Meeting Time Tomorrow

Please note we will now meet at the slightly later time of 11.30 am at the leisure centre steps for the Gwent League cross country in Bridgend tomorrow.


Friday, 8 October 2010

Cycling Training Time Trial

Saturday 9th, meet at top car park of LC at 8.15am.  First rider off at 8.30am.

Please note this ride will be self-timed so either bring your cycle computer or your watch.

Apologies for the short notice, but this sort of thing is very weather dependent.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Cross Country Championships 2010

Hi All,

Just a follow on from Dick's earlier posting regarding East Wales qualification.

Today , I bumped into the East Wales Athletics officer at a regional school cross-country meeting, and he asked me to convey the following info.

Selection for East Wales qualification will be made from the Gwent league meeting at Bridgend this coming Sunday. Entry is £1 and forms can be obtained from team captains Lou & Mark, or collected on the day from the East Wales tent. East Wales will select teams in the U13 to senior age groups to represent the region in two matches;

Welsh Inter Regional Championships (Builth Wells, 12th December 2010)

UK Inter Counties Championships (Birmingham, 5th March 2011)

Selection will be made using the following criteria:

Welsh Inter Regional Championships;

All age groups = 15 to run. The first 6 from the East Wales Champs will gain automatic selection. All other selections will be made by studying current form in schools and club league matches etc.

UK Inter Counties Championships;

Based on last year, Junior age groups are 12 pre-entries, 8 to run. The first 5 from the Welsh Inter Regional Championships will gain automatic selection. For Senior men and Senior women, 15 pre entries, 9 to run. The first 4 from the Welsh Inter Regional Championships will gain automatic selection.

There are no masters races so masters will be considered for senior selection.

So if you're a Junior, Senior or Master, and fancy representing East Wales, come along to the Gwent League cross-country meeting this Sunday at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend.



Monday, 4 October 2010

The Week Ahead 4 Oct 2010

A new month and a new coach in charge – for October it’s Ivan.


First a reminder that we all need to wear a reflective top so that you can be seen by traffic, and if it helps you, a head torch.


On Tuesday we’re out on the roads, though Ivan’s keeping the route a secret. It’s a fartlek session, so a run round with bursts of speed. Sounds good eh?After the run, John’s bringing in the latest Club kit, so bring in some money and splash out on some new stuff.


Back to the winter routes on Thursday, starting with the Boughspring routes, any one of three depending on how long a run you want  - six. seven or eight miles.


And you can bring all this training to fruition by doing the first cross-country of the season in the Gwent League at Bridgend on Sunday. All the best runners enjoy the benefits of the xc races – good hard races for the training effect and race experience; soft ground which is easier on the body and makes you work hard; uneven ground that works and strengthens your core muscles, tendons and ligaments; no entry fees; the opportunity to score points for Chepstow and yourself in your age category; and the fun of being in the team and sharing tasty cakes! What’s not to like?


Some of the Gwent Leagues are a bit of a drive, but we always meet to share cars, and the Leisure Centre Leagues are much nearer to home. We’ll be posting the leaving time for Sunday later in the week. Have a look at the course and start times on the GL website linked from our Club only Events page.


The Club Captains would like to know if you’re planning to run, so enter your name on the Bulletin Board on


Club Kit Night tomorrow!!

Hi All, just a reminder tomorrow night is club kit night in the LC bar after training - bring lots of money ;-)


Friday, 1 October 2010

East Wales Cross Country Champs Next Sunday!

As usual the first Gwent League XC at Bridgend on Sunday 10 October will be the East Wales championships.


You just come along and run for Chepstow as usual which is free entry, but to count for the EW champs you fill in a short form before the race and pay £1.


Have a look at our cross-country page on the Club only Events tab, and follow the link to the Gwent League website for course information and start times.


The women’s race starts at 1.20 and the men’s at 3.


We’ll be meeting at our Leisure Ctre to share cars. Watch this space for leaving times.


If you do well at Bridgend you will also have a good chance of being selected to represent E Wales in the Inter-Regional Champs at Builth Wells on 12 Dec. We had at least ten Chepstow runners selected for the senior, masters  and junior teams last year.