November Challenge – The Ash Path ONE HUNDRED Club

Here is a challenge that everybody can do – fast or slow – run, jog or walk.

The Hill Rep Challenge will run from 1st-12th November and to join the ONE HUNDRED CLUB you need to run on at least TEN different days between 1st-12th November and you have to complete 100 hill reps in all. (One rep is up AND back down the hill).

Sound easy? Well 10 reps = 5km so you will be running 50km in total, but there is no prize for speed so you can do it at your own pace; and because it is well lit, and on a dry, smooth, surface you can do it anytime night or day (but please take sensible precautions whenever you do it.) Everybody who runs on at least 10 days out of 12 and completes 100 reps will join the club. Burn some calories before December.

There will be another challenge along for the second half of November.

October Challenge

I thought it was time I updated the website with the October challenge (it is half way through the month after all!)

It’s very simple – two laps of the Golf Course, anti-clockwise, starting and finishing by the clubhouse.  Look carefully at the route on the map, I’m not going to give too many directions, it will be up to you to work out your navigation. As long as it is on Strava it counts so feel free to look for as many shortcuts as Strava will let you get away with! (But don’t whinge to me if you try it and it doesn’t count!)

Evenings are drawing in and you’ve got 6 miles to cover so if you want to do it in daylight (recommended) then quicker runners will need to start before 6pm and slower runners will want to be underway by 5.30pm. At the end of the month you will need to go even earlier. You can run it at night with a head-torch if you wish but this is only recommended for experienced and confident runners.

It’s uneven and possibly slippery and some of it is a bit out of the way, so wear appropriate shoes and take appropriate precautions (eg. let someone know when you are going and when you expect to be back, consider carrying a phone, run with a buddy). That’s about it. Have fun and let the doubling commence!

Grand Prix Update

Congratulations once again to our inaugural DRC Grand Prix winners; Tony Woodridge and Alice Lewis.

Dave Durden completed The Forest of Dean Half (just about by the sounds of it) completing the necessary 8 races to secure his 2nd place! This means Jonathan Tudor had to settle for a well-earned 3rd place having raced in 11 of the possible 15 races in the 2017 series.

In an exciting finish in the women’s league, an excellent performance by Margaret Johnson with not only a half marathon PB but she also secured the maximum 15 Grand Prix points. With Alice Lewis also racing well it meant that Eileen Hieron had to settle for 3rd place and 10 points, crucially denying her the 2 points required to stay ahead of Mags. So in the end Mags gets 2nd place with Eileen in 3rd.

Finally a special mention to Shona Darley and Julie Froggatt who were the only other 2 club members who would have qualified for the prizes finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Well done!

Thanks to everyone who entered the 2017 event and we hope it has had a positive effect in some way to your running.

So, on to 2018 starting at the Stroud Half Marathon. As well as a new selection of races there are a few minor tweaks to the rules to look out for too.

Enter the 2018 Grand Prix here.

Good Luck!

Tony & Mike