Friday, 29 April 2016

ATTENTION - Your Handicap Needs You

A couple of years ago, Kath Matthews broke the women's course record for our Handicap, she lowered the time to 30:18.

I thought it would be nice to see if the men's course record could be broken, at present it stands at 28:07 set on 20th May 2010, and is held by Tom Gibbs.

So, basically this is a call to arms, I know this year we've had lots of runners at the first two Handicap races, but I'd like lots more to turn up to the next one, which is on Thursday 5th May. The course will be run clockwise, as was the existing record race.

The more runners we have, the more people each runner has to chase down, and the more each runner has to try and stay in front of. Which will I hope push the fastest runner to a record breaking  time.

Now I suspect some of the slower runners (which they are not, as they are running as fast as they can) may think, why should I turn up and be part of this, as I'm not fast enough to set the record. That may be true, but not only could you be part of the record breaking race, you could, and hopefully will, clock your own fastest time for the Handicap course.

So who's up for the attempt?

Mike (Handicap organiser)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Week Ahead 25 April 2016

It's the next race in the Club Championship on Tuesday. The Pentyrch Hill Race is just under 7 miles and starts and finishes on the road in Pentyrch, just north of Cardiff. The essence of the race is the double climb up the Garth from opposite directions.

Starts at 7pm, only £5 on the day. There are usually nibbles in the rugby club after the race.

For those unable to do the race, Coach Sue will be putting on a mixed intervals session of 4x400/2x800/4x400;2x200 (please note the amendment from the original posting).

And on Thursday, we have a nice off-road ramble up the Wye Valley Walk.

Offa's 'Orror 2016 Results & Photos

Thanks for coming everyone. Great conditions for running today. Hope you all enjoyed it more than London Marathon! See you all next year.
Results are here 
Photos by Tosh Simpkin here: photos 

Photos by Brenda Avery here: photos

Friday, 22 April 2016

Offa's 'Orror - Sunday 24th April

Pre-entry is now closed for Offa's 'Orror. We have 225 pre-entered.
Please turn up in plenty of time to pick your number up from race HQ.

Note that it will take you at least 15 mins to park, walk to the HQ to collect your number and then make your way to the start. 

There will be entries on the day up to the race limit of 300 - so turn up early if you want one.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Week Ahead 18 April 2016

On Tuesday Sue is asking us to 'speed it up' as the session progresses. Start with 4 laps of the track, rest, then speed up for 3 laps, rest, speed up a bit more for 2 laps, rest, speedier yet for 1 lap, and after the final recovery - whiz round lickety-split for the last half-lap.

Thursday's run is the club's trademark 3 woods, which is so called because we run through Great Barnetts Wood and Cockshoot Woods.

And finally, best of luck to all helping with or running Offa's Orror on Sunday. And of course those running in the marathon in London.  

Friday, 15 April 2016

Handicap Thursday 14th April Result

The result from the Handicap are on the Handicap page, along with runners PB times, and the Series points totals so far. Please let me now of any errors.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Handicap Thursday 14th April

Please share cars if possible, if you bring transport, park as tightly as possible so we can maximise parking space. Thank you.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

The Week Ahead 11 April 2016

On Tuesday take your partner for the track Paarlauf. We meet up on the field for the Spring/Summer season speed sessions. Be there by 6.50 for a warm-up and to sort out a partner of about your ability.

Then on Thursday go straight to Chepstow Park Woods for the second Handicap. This time we go round in the opposite direction. See if you can beat last Tuesday's time. First off at 6.45: get your start time from our website.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Week Ahead 4 April 2016

It's the first of the Club Handicap races on Tuesday at Chepstow Park Woods, the entrance on the left on the St Arvans-Devauden road, just past the right turn to the Cot and Tintern Ponds.

First off at 6.45, get your start time from Mike's posting on Monday night.

Thursday's run takes us over the new Wye Bridge to Sedbury Lane, past the Diving Ctre and Tidenham Church, across the fields to Boughspring and back via the Gloucestershire Way or Offa's Dike according to taste.

And finally, on Saturday at 11 from Abergavenny Leisure Centre, the next in our Fell Series, the Sugar Loaf race (enter on the day £4). A little technical getting on and off the summit, but by no means daunting to Harriers who've run the Wye Valley Walk for instance. A good beginner's fell race.

Handicap Tuesday 5th April

Handicap times will be available on the Handicap page by 17:00 tomorrow.