Monday, 31 January 2011

The Week Ahead 31 Jan 2011

Mark begins his spell as Coach of the Month with some hill work to get us in good nick for February’s and March’s Club Champs – the Parc Bryn Bach LCL cross-country on Sunday 20 Feb, and the Hogweed Hilly Half on 20 March.

This Tuesday  ’tis two sets of five surges up dear old School Hill.

On Thursday you have a choice. The ‘Club 10’ is a hilly romp through St Arvans, Devauden, Itton and Howick  on fast, busy roads for which bright reflective clothing and lights/torches are recommended. The 4 Acre Grove run is shorter and not so tough and takes in farm tracks for which a torch is a must, as well as the obligatory reflective gear. Basically a five-miler it can easily be extended to seven by adding a loop round the town when you get back to racecourse roundabout.

Mark has also offered to continue the Thursday alternative speed sessions on the S Bridge that Lou started so successfully in January. But if anyone would like to suggest a different speed alternative we’d be pleased to hear your ideas in a Comment to this Blog.

The final hard training session this week for those who have the stamina is the dancing at the Ceilidh Dinner/Prize Presentation on Saturday night. I hear that Club Championship points can be won by those energetic enough to do all the dances!

You’ll find the Athletic Club at

I know the picture looks like a private house, but just knock loudly on the door and say you’ve come for the Chepstow Harriers Ceilidh.   


  1. what is the 4 Acre Grove route please? Never heard of that one before ...

  2. Glad you asked that one Jackie. We're getting a map soon.

    Running along the Itton Road, after passing Fryth Wood and Cophill Farm you turn right through a gateway and follow the farm track to 4 Acre Grove which we all know from the 3 Woods run (it's actually the 4th wood on that route).

    The track continues to Rogerstone Grange and St Arvans - also on the 3 Woods course. Then back along the path to the LC, including a loop up past the hospital and down Mounton Rd to Welsh St.

  3. Aha. I see. Thank you kindly.

  4. Link to the Route for the 'Club 10' is now on the training page.

  5. This is the link to the Four Acre run.It'll also shortly be on the training page.

  6. Thursday Speed sessions

    In response to Dick's query, now that we have done some consistent 400 m speed sessions on a Thursday how about a series of tempo runs. A tempo session of 20 min out and back starting at the top of the link road for the next few weeks will benifit both those training for the half marathon in March and other marathons in April.

    Anyone interested?