Chatty running for our yr7+ juniors on Wednesday, jumping for our indoor athletes, and more of the Dozen route for the Muddy Runners on Saturday. What a great week, really good efforts from our Juniors.
We also held a stand at the Kingshill House Clubs and Societies Fair which was a great opportunity for us to share our successes with the community and possibly even encourage some new recruits. Last week I said there were two more indoor athletics sessions left, but I miscounted… now there are two left! One circuits based session and one relay session.
The next couple of Muddy Running sessions will be orienteering based; next one at the rugby club then our really fun Easter Egg Hunt on Stinchcomb Golf Course (6th April). We will then break for Easter – we will be busy line painting and planning our next season of programmes.
400m reps for our Wednesday runners. Circuits for our Friday athletes and some definitely muddy and quite windy running for our Saturday runners. Well done all.
A few have asked when our Summer Athletics programme will start. Hopefully we will start straight after the Easter holidays, but we are just waiting for the Rugby Club to confirm our field booking before we send out the registration form.
Just two more Indoor Athletics sessions to go and hopefully soon we will be able to organise some orienteering for our Saturday runners. Thank you to everyone who signed up for the whitening rota.
As it was half term this week most of our programmes were taking a well earned break. However, the Muddy Running session did run on Saturday and we had a fabulous time running on the golf course on a gloriously sunny morning. Just a perfect day for running in the countryside.
The U21 Winter Running Programme was due to finish last week, so we would love to hear feedback. The Wednesday sessions will move into athletics after Easter; so is there still a desire to continue with a road running session?
We will also need to set up a white-lining rota again; this worked really well last year as it means everyone only needs to take one turn over the season. So please let me know if you would be able to do this.
Weather permitting next Saturday will be on Stinchcombe Hill again, so meet in the walker’s car park at 9.30am. We run at a gentle pace and stop fairly regularly so if any parents would like to join us you are more than welcome.
Another exciting week for the DRC Juniors. Wednesday included an ‘Out and Back’ session where our athletes had to maintain the same or faster pacing on the ‘back’ as they had on the ‘out’. Thursday included some of the best all round great training that runners can do; hill reps.
Friday’s indoor athletics was extra exciting as we had our first chance to try out our brand new Reverse Boards. These boards allow our athletes to practice their maximum velocity running (sprints) and they work really well for Relay Races which is what we did. Even the coaches and some of the parents joined in for an exciting final.
Sunday saw some great performances from our DRC Juniors in the final AAA Cross Country race at Pitville Park. Well done!
U11 Girls: Jessica Foran (10:57, 34th), Verity Hoskin (11:58, 44th)
U13 Girls: Lucy Holdsworth (11:21, 7th), Emma Foran (12:52, 16th)
U15 Boys: Freddie Turner (23:46, 19th)
It is half term next week and so there are no Weds/Thur/Fri sessions but we are hoping to do a Muddy Running trail run on Saturday. Parents welcome to join us check out the calendars for more details.
Another busy week. Some longer distance running for the Wednesday runners, but some shorter speed-pacing control running for the Thursday runners. Friday was a jumping focussed indoor athletics. All great stuff; well done athletes.
Saturday was the rescheduled KLB Cross Country. The only result I’ve heard is that Hannah Biddle ran an amazing race to come 3rd overall Junior Girl. Well done Hannah! Any other results out there let me know so that I can give them a mention.
Normal week next week Weds/Thurs/Fri, Sunday is the AAA Cross Country race at Pitville Park in Cheltenham; a great course there with a little stream for our runners to splash in.
A somewhat unusual week with the weather interrupting our programmes. Wednesday’s yr7+ Running session went well. Thursday’s session resulted in 4 coaches but only one U21 runner (who ran faster than most of the coaches), Friday was snowed off as was the KLB Cross Country race.
So in case anyone missed the info the KLB Cross Country Races have been rescheduled to the 9th Feb. We do have cross country training scheduled but if attendance is looking low then we may cancel that one (please let me know if you would like cross country training).
I hope everyone got a chance to get out and enjoy the snow. The weather looks warmer for next week so hopefully back to normal.
2019 has started with energy and enthusiasm! Hills training on Wednesday, U21 tempo session on Thursday, Bleep Test session on Friday and Cross Country training on Saturday. It has been great to see so many of our younger club members take part in our programmes. And a huge thank you to all those people who help to make these sessions work.
Looking for new sports kit? Just a reminder Dursley Running Club members, that includes our Juniors, get a 10% discount at Gloucester Sports.
The DRC Juniors section development plan was created last year so that we can plan our section improvements over the coming months and years. The first spend against this plan was the purchase of new indoor athletics equipment that we are hoping will arrive in time for this year’s programme. I am always open to discussion and further ideas for our development plan; please let me know if you’d like to contribute.
-Yr7+ Running Skills Development, for 11-18yr olds, Wednesdays 6.15pm from Rugby Club
-U21 Winter Running, for 14-20yr olds, Thursdays 6.30pm from Rugby Club
-Indoor Athletics, for 7-18yr olds, Fridays 5pm at Rednock Sports Hall
-Muddy Running (currently cross country training), for 7-18yr olds, Saturdays 9.30am at Rugby Club
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas, perhaps a few new pairs of running shoes were unwrapped, or some sporty shorts and maybe someone was lucky enough to receive a smart watch. Well the new sports season is about to begin, so just a few reminders of the current DRC Juniors offerings:
- Wednesday evenings 6.15-7.15pm Yr7+ Run Based Training from the Rugby Club.
- Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30pm U21 Winter Running Programme from the Rugby Club.
- Friday evenings 5.00-6.00pm Indoor Athletics at Rednock Sportshall – please register here as numbers are limited.
- Saturday mornings 9.30-10.30am Muddy Running from the Rugby Club at present – still a little more cross country training to go, but we will aim to organise some trail running and orienteering events before Easter.
All sessions commence from 9th Jan onwards. Please remember to dress for the weather, hats and gloves recommended for those colder sessions. Please check out our website for more information: www.dursleyrunningclub.org.uk/drc-juniors/
Another great sporting week despite the cold, wet windy weather. Running on Wednesday and Thursday with some new faces giving running a go. Saturday saw some really nasty weather, but that didn’t put off our cross country runners who showed us some great determination when running over obstacles.
Sunday was the Indoor Athletics Sportshall League, hosted by us at Rednock. Just four athletes took part from Dursley, but they did great; bringing the DRC Juniors into the competition for the first year ever. Well done to Bill Smith, George Pitts, Olive Jones and Charlie Jones. Our cake and coffee sale made £40 too which we can add to our development funds.
On the topic of development funds, we have a committee meeting on Monday where amongst other things we will be reviewing our development plan. If anyone is interested in joining us, or would like to input then you are welcome to. Contact me for details.
We finish for the Christmas break after the Thursday 20th session, back on the 9th January. But if you want to join the Boxing Day DRC family friendly run please do, everyone welcome. Whatever your plans for the Christmas break I wish you a fabulous time, and look forward to training again in the New Year.
Ever decreasing circles on Wednesday made for some great pacing control training, some tough 400m loops. On Saturday cross country training included some more progressive Kenyan Hill with Obstacles training. Great stuff.
Olive Jones represented DRC at the Sportshall League. One more Sportshall League event to go this year (date to be confirmed either 9th/16th Dec, to be at Cheltenham Sports Centre).
A good number already signed up for the Indoor Athletics due to start in January, link here >> to register if interested in this.
The U21 Winter Running Programme starts next week too, aimed at developing young adult endurance running ability. Follow this RunTogether link to find out more and register for this programme: link >>
Next Saturday is the KLB School Cross Country racing, so no cross country training, but some warm up drills and haring for our older juniors from 9.30am.