DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – Frenchay 10k & Stroud Trails Half

The latest DRC Grand Prix series includes results from the Frenchay 10k in April and last weekends Stroud Trail Half Marathon. Also included are a couple of corrections (thanks to those who pointed them out!) and some more marathon results which shuffles the points in this category around a little.

Click here for the latest league tables >>

As a reminder, marathon results must be submitted using this form for this years series. This includes the Stroud Trail Marathon. There’s been so many marathons over the past month that I’m sure there are lots of points waiting to be claimed so please don’t forget!

The Frenchay 10k and Stroud Trail Half Marathon both saw a good turn out from DRC runners in search of Grand Prix points. For those who ran but haven’t entered the series, there’s still time to do this by filling out this short form.

Pete Chaffer still hangs onto 1st place in the men’s league but now has the ominous form of Tony Wooldridge breathing down his neck. Andrew Probert has jumped into 3rd place courtesy of a good performance at Frenchay and entering his Prague Marathon result.

In the women’s league Alice Lewis continues her fantastic age grade performances and maintains a perfect record to remain on top. With only 2 more races needed to qualify for the prizes, and quite a gap already to 2nd place, Alice looks a good bet to defend her title from 2017.  Annette Heylings remains in 2nd place but good runs at Frenchay and Stroud mean Julie Froggatt has now taken the 3rd spot ahead of Eileen Hieron and Caroline Jones.

No one was brave enough to take on the only ultra race in this years series, the Marlborough Downs Challenge, so some potentially easy points have been missed there. Something for runners to consider for next years series maybe…

Next up is Wotton parkrun throughout the month of June, followed by the Thornbury 10k which is full. Entries are however still open for the Westonbirt House Summer 10km in August, though I expect it will sell out before the day so don’t hang about if you need more races to qualify for the prizes!

Finally don’t forget that this years series has been extended to include the Forest of Dean Autumn Trail race due to the cancellation of the original spring race.

As always, please feel free to get in touch with Mike Crompton or Tony Freer if you have any questions on the Grand Prix, either individually or using the email address grandprix@durslingrunningclub.org.uk

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Another good turn out for yr 7+ athletics preparation for competition at Rednock, a great first Thursday Summer Athletics and a slightly hot and bothered last Muddy Running session. Many thanks to all the coaches, parents and supporters who help to make these events happen. It feels like effort paid off when we see these young athletes having fun, doing sport.
 
So Wednesday evening preparation for competition athletics sessions are set to continue at Rednock, and our Thursday programme runs now for 11 more weeks. This programme will finish with our very own DRC Athletics Championship event (provisionally 21st July).
 
Next Saturday (12th May at noon) is our one off Orienteering event; so some running around trying to find flags with electronic ‘dibbers’ in the Rednock School grounds followed by some cake. What’s not to like!
 
12th May is also the Gloucestershire AAA Track and Field Championships in Blackbridge so if you would like to try out your athletics skills in a competition environment this is a chance to do that. Please let Dave know if you’re interested in doing this.
 
We will soon be sending out some more information about our Yate athletics sessions, so watch this space but just so that you can put the dates in the diary they are 2.30pm on; 19/05, 26/05, 02/06, 16/06 and 23/06. (PS All our programme and event dates are on the Juniors page of the DRC website.)
 
Thank you to those who have provided feedback already about Saturdays it would be good to hear from a few more of you. You can email dursleyrunnjngclubjuniors@gmail.com or just message me.
 
Good luck to anyone entering the Brewer Games this weekend. Enjoy the sunny bank holiday and I will look forward to next week’s activities.
 
Caroline

Thursday Sessions

Planning in progress for Thursday evening running sessions; Running Slightly Faster Than Normal (RSFTN)/Race Training

DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – FOD Spring Half Marathon

The latest DRC Grand Prix series tables are now available to view.

Click here for the latest league tables >>

This update includes the first two marathon results submitted for this series. Well done to Steve Barnes and Matt Read who finished at Gran Canaria and Manchester respectively and currently take the top points in this category. Remember, this can all change as more results are submitted up until the end of September!

Also, well done to Tony Woolridge who was the only DRC runner brave enough to take on the Tour of Torpantau fell race picking up maximum points by default!

The re-arranged FOD Spring Half Marathon took place last Saturday. Following the cancellation earlier in the year entrants were offered a place in on the rearranged date or a place in the Autumn Half Marathon on 30th September. Therefore the Autumn Half Marathon will be now be added to this years series which provides another opportunity for runners to complete the 8 races needed to qualify for the series prize giving.

Pete Chaffer and Tony Wooldridge still lead the way in the men’s league, with Matt Read now replacing Mike Crompton in 3rd just one point ahead of Andy Probert.

In the women’s league Alice Lewis remains on top, however Annette Heylings has closed the gap to just 10 points following maximum points at the FOD Spring Half overtaking Eileen Hieron who now sits in 3rd place.

The next event in series is the Frenchay 10k this weekend, followed by the Marlborough Downs Challenge Ultra and the Stroud Trails Half/Marathon. Details and links to entries for each can be found on the main Grand Prix page.

With quite a few of the big city marathons happening over the coming weeks, don’t forget to enter your time using the short form also found on the Grand Prix Details page to make sure its included.

As always, please feel free to get in touch with Mike Crompton or Tony Freer if you have any questions on the Grand Prix.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Some great photos of the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, we waited for some better weather and it paid off. The Juniors were able to test their map reading skills and were rewarded with mini eggs.

We have started planning for the summer now and should be putting our Summer Athletics dates out soon so watch this space; they will be Thursday 6.30-7.30pm sessions at the Rugby Club. We have also agreed to put on our first ever Mini Athletics for 4-7 year olds, so if you know some younger budding athletes then watch this space for that.

And finally a reminder of our Orienteering event 12th May 12 noon at Rednock. We are opening this event up to all 7-18 year olds in the area as a chance for others to find out about us. The plan is to have a bit of a display and have cakes available after the orienteering. So if anyone is able to come along and support us or make cakes for us that would be great.

DRC “Spring Special” Challenge

The “Spring Special” challenge is something muddy and hilly and long-distance as an antidote to Everchops. Apparently not everybody is a middle-distance speed demon! So I give you the “Spring Special”, with a bit of navigation thrown in. It is simply this – whoever accumulates the most mileage on the OFFICIAL ROUTE of the Cotswold Way during April and May will win.

Cotswold Way
photo credit: sczscz

To make it worthwhile I’m going down into my cellar for this one and dusting off some decent stuff and will provide a case of 6 bottles of red, white or mixed as preferred by the winner*. Walk it or run it. Winner takes all.

Tasting Table at Tintara Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia
photo credit: winegod

*non-alcoholic alternative available

You will need to keep a log of your runs (dates and miles) and send it to me every Friday through April and May so that I can validate on Strava. As ever, no ifs, no buts, no excuses, if it ain’t on Strava then it didn’t happen.

This is a great opportunity to get some training in for the Cotswold Way Relay in June. You can run N to S or S to N and if you do an out-and-back then mileage will count in both directions. It does NOT have to be on different parts of CW, you can repeat sections…but to be safe and to prevent someone doing reps along Parsonage Street, I’m going to put a minimum stipulation of 3 miles per run to qualify!

This won’t appeal to everyone, but don’t worry there will still be “normal” monthly challenges suitable for all. It starts on Sunday 1st April and finishes on Thursday 31st May.

If you have any questions please message me on facebook or email me: neil.truelove@gmail.com