Tonights club run
There will be a run from the club tonight taking in Aylestone Park. The route is here:
The second race in the Hereford 5k series (entries closed) is taking place at the Leisure Centre, meaning that there will not be a session on the track. However, assuming the grass dries out after last nights rain, there will be a speed session on the football pitches behind the all weather area, commencing at 6.30 as usual.
Cotswold Relay this year is Saturday 30th June.
10 back-to-back races, starting each stage with a mass start at the expected arrival time of the 1st runner from the previous stage.
Running from Chipping Campden in the early morning, through to the arrival at Bath Abbey in the early evening, using the waymarked route of the Cotswold Way as our route, the relay is over 90% off-road, taking in many hills, woodlands, fields and tracks, all offering spectacular views of the countryside around (if ever a runner looked up from the path to take it in!).
There is a meeting for all interested on Wednesday 9th May after club run. Committed runners fee £15. If anyone has a preference we will try to consider but it is a team event and we all will pull together. If you want to stay in Bath after the event you will need to book ASAP. Most of us will stay at the YMCA it's great value and central location. Enquiries to Jan Edwards
Following the recent members survey, the Committee has decided to make some changes to club training nights. With effect from Monday 9th April, we will offer a club run only on Mondays, with no optional speed session organised by the club. The Wednesday track sessions run in conjunction with the Tri-club will continue, unless there is a race, such as the 5ks and cross countries. Every other Monday, commencing 16th April, will be a “run together” night, with preset checkpoints for faster runners to run/jog back and “gather up” the slower runners. We are aiming to make club nights more sociable for existing members and more welcoming for our newer runners. Once a month, on a Monday, we will have an after training social in the Rowing club bar, starting about 7.30. We are looking to reinstate Friday night runs at Haugh Woods, but this is dependent on ensuring that sufficient experienced guides can regularly attend on a Friday. Anyone interested (and qualified) to undertake this role, please let me know.
Club training nights will continue to be Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 6.15, as now, but we will keep this under review. The routes for the coming weeks, which will be mainly off-road once the weather improves, will be published on the website shortly. We also want to make greater use of the excellent facilities that we have at the Rowing Club and will be organising a number of running/social events over the summer, based at the club. The first of these will be a quiz. Look out for details.
We will continue to support other popular ad hoc events such as the Cotswolds Relay and alternative runs, which will begin again later this month, or next.
We appreciate that some of these changes will not be welcomed by all, but we needed to do something to ensure that club nights cater better for the majority of our runners and potential new runners. This is what most of you told us in the survey. For the quicker members and those wanting to improve their running, we will be looking at other ways to support you, supplementing the Wednesday track sessions.
If you want to discuss any of these changes or make any further comments, speak to me or one of the Committee. We are always prepared to listen and consider different viewpoints.
The next Wye Valley Runners promoted race is only just over 2 weeks away. The challenging, mainly off-road course is the same as last year and offers fantastic views of the Wye and surrounding countryside. The race is also one of this years Super 10, so we are expecting lots of Wye Valley Runners to have a go. If you can’t or don’t want to run, this year, you can still earn Super 10 points by offering yourself or a family member/friend, to marshal or help. Remember, we can’t put these races on unless we get lots of volunteers.
Again there will be childrens races, 1k and 2k for under and over 8s, free entry on the day – 10.30 start
Enter Gords 6 https://www.entrycentral.com/Gords
Marshalls/helpers names to Andrew Blackman in person or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week will see the start of this years Super 10 Series, The series is made up of great races hosted by local clubs over varying distances so there should be something in there for everyone. We will also be keeping the age graded performances so everyone is in with a chance to win it.
Full list of races and dates are available on the website.
Now that the clocks have gone forward and the lighter nights are here, we can take to some more enjoyable off-roads routes. First up on Monday 26th March is "Up the river" followed by Belmont woods on Wednesday 28th March. Most people know these routes, but these and the routes for the next three months will appear on the website in due course. If anyone wants to suggest a favourite off -road route that we could use, please let me know, as the more variety the better. We will also be looking for suggestions for "alternative runs" over the summer, starting from a different location (often a pub), with a potential social/drink afterwards. I know that the usual crew will already have some routes in mind, so again, can you let me have them and a proposed date, so that we can get them in the calendar?
There will be a speed session on the King George VI playing fields on Monday and the usual track session on Wednesday. A calendar of speed sessions is currently in preparation.
Finally a reminder about Jan & Bryans Good Friday morning run starting from the Bell at Tillington at 9 a.m.
We have had a very good response to the on-line questionnaire. If you haven't completed, it there is still time - click here
I would like any club members who are interested in discussing the results, to join me in the Rowing Club after training on Wednesday 7th March 2018. Following that the Committee will formulate a set of proposals for taking forward. So this is your chance to influence that process.
To give me an idea of numbers., please let me know if you will be attending
Martin Flowers, Chairman
Congratulations to Jonathan Pugh of Buith & District - this year's overall winner in an extremely fast time of 41.13 and to Jessica Bennett of Lords Hill - first woman in 48.28. Race report to follow - provisional results here
We have a considerable number of members who have not yet paid their subscriptions. The Committee is currently looking at alternative methods of payment, but in the meantime, if you haven't paid, please let us have your £25 in cash or by cheque as soon as possible.
After a busy and hard fought season the Wye Valley Men's and Women's team had to be satisfied with the silver medal this year. The men missing out by just one point to a resurgent Maldwyn Harriers and the women battling hard against a very strong team from Croft . Our congratulations to them. Full team awards here
Our disappointment with the team position was softened by some excellent individual performances. Huge congrats to Christian Jones - first vet 45 with a maximum score, Mike Fawcett vet 50 also maximum score, Brian Symonds vet 75 with a max score again and Jan Edwards also with a maximum score in the women's vet 60 category. Award listinghere
Check your own category position here if you ran enough races
Thanks to our pals at the tri club for putting on the annual 3 lap blast around the river paths and also our thanks to Mike B , Nikki T and team for timing and results
Conditions were pretty good all round and a strong Wye Valley turnout paid dividends.
Laura Tootell finishing third women showed her improving form - just half a minute ahead of Clare Sims with Becki Ansfield and Lara Harley taking up third and fourth. Their excellent performance was rewarded with a joint first position on the day. Can they catch Croft Ambrey women's team at the next meeting at much hillier Presteigne in a few weeks?
The men managed to take first slot by some margin - but also steal the lead on Maldwyn Harriers for the seasonal prize. With only 6 points between us and them we have all to play for at the final race in Feb at Presteigne.
Sam Mayglothling charged home as first Wye Valley man with Christian Jones only 19 seconds behind him and a chasing Steven Flowers only 20 seconds later. Jeremy Jehan recorded a strong 4th Wye Valley place to ensure the team award in 41.15
Full results HERE
Full results from 2016 as comparator HERE
Women from Wye Valley:
3 Laura Tootell Wye Valley Runners FV40 46.13
5 Clare Sims Wye Valley Runners FV40 46.42
12 Becki Ansfield Wye Valley Runners FV40 50.35
14 Lara Harley Wye Valley Runners S.F. 51.27
19 Cath Watkins Wye Valley Runners FV35 52.17
30 Ann Pritchard Wye Valley Runners FV50 54.35
34 Jan Edwards Wye Valley Runners FV60 56.09
36 Lynne Compton Wye Valley Runners FV50 56.20
37 Emily Davies Wye Valley Runners FV35 56.57
40 Jo Ellis Wye Valley Runners FV35 57.49
41 Becky Humphreys Wye Valley Runners S.F. 58.20
Men from Wye Valley:
8 Sam Mayglothling Wye Valley Runners S.M. 39.20
10 Christian Jones Wye Valley Runners MV45 39.39
11 Steve Flowers Wye Valley Runners S.M. 39.59
17 Jeremy Jehan Wye Valley Runners MV45 41.15
20 Peter Nugent Wye Valley Runners S.M. 42.17
21 Peter Flynn Wye Valley Runners MV45 42.22
23 Dan Lewis Wye Valley Runners MV40 42.54
38 Ward Linney Wye Valley Runners S.M. 45.17
52 Paddy Nugent Wye Valley Runners MV55 47.24
83 Mike Shaw Wye Valley Runners MV65 53.30
89 Nigel Jones Wye Valley Runners MV55 55.17
92 Christian Mason Wye Valley Runners S.M. 55.54
97 Ralph Lloyd Wye Valley Runners MV55 57.40
98 Bill Griffiths Wye Valley Runners MV65 58.46
102 Jeremy Formby Wye Valley Runners MV45 63.26
103 Peter Smith Wye Valley Runners MV65 70.46
Club members and Race Marshals are invited to join us for a recce run of the 2018 Muddy Woody route. Sunday 28th Jan -meet at 9.00am - please park on Broadmoor Common about 400 metres along from Haugh Woods top car park.
Following a really successful New Years Day 10k, next up is our Blue Riband event, Muddy Woody, on Sunday February 11th. We need even more marshals and helpers for this one. If you aren't running the race, can you please put yourselves forward, or volunteer a friend or member of your family to help. If you don't want to marshal, there are plenty of other jobs that you can do. We want to make this the best Muddy Woody ever and you can help make that happen. Names to Race Director Dave Sherwood, any one of the committee, or leave a comment on the Facebook page.
Martin Flowers, Chairman
I have produced three generic training plans, marathon, half marathon and 10k aimed at races in early April. They are in Outlook Calendar format, so that you can adapt them for your own specific requirements. They incorporate the planned speed sessions that will be taking place on the track and elsewhere. When I find an easy way of including the plans on the website, I will post them. In the meantime, if you are interested, let me know and I will send them to you by e-mail.
The first week of 2018 will see most runners either getting over the New Years Day 10k or the after effects of the festivities. So it will be a case of getting back into some easy running before stepping things up in the next few weeks. However, for the serious athletes, the hard work starts on Wednesday with your favourite session of 400s, having missed the planned pre-Xmas session because of the weather. Wednesdays club run is on the website and subsequent runs, together with all of the speed sessions up to the end of March, will be posted shortly. I will also, as promised, post 3 training plans for the next three months, for those planning a spring marathon, half marathon or 10k.
Happy running in 2018
Head of Coaching