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

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Some speedy running on Wednesday I understand from our yr7+ Juniors.

Thursday’s Indoor Athletics featured throwing practice; shot put, howler/foam javelin and discus. Just one more indoor athletics session left and back by popular demand another bleep test (can you beat your previous score?).

On Saturday DRC Juniors were able to promote our activities at the Kingshill House clubs and societies event.

And then Sunday, what a great Spring Championship event! 19 Junior Athletes took part and there were some impressive performances all round. Thank you to everyone who supported the event; a great start to the outdoor athletics season.

Next Saturday will be the Stinchcombe Golf Course Easter Egg Hunt; chocolate eggs for grabs!

And last but not least, congratulations to Annette Keevil on qualifying as an Athletics Coach!

Caroline Jones

DRC Juniors Chair

Spring Championship Event 25th March 2018

What a great event, well done Junior Athletes!

It was a beautiful day at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre. We started with a brisk warm up and then moved swiftly on to our distance running; 400m, 600m or 800m; the 800m was a particularly close event with four athletes running the 800m in under 3 minutes.

We followed this with our Javelin/Howler throwing, High Jump and Long Jump. These events give our athletes a chance to improve as they were able to have a couple of attempts at each event. Again some impressive performances; two Howler throws over 22m, Long Jumps over 4m and High Jumps of 135cm.

Then came hurdles and sprints with some really fast performances across all age groups.

See link to the results.

 

Orienteering Event 12th May

DRC Juniors and BOK are arranging an Orienteering Event in Dursley for Junior Athletes between 7-18 years old. Starting at 12 noon in the Redneck School grounds. This free event is for DRC Junior members and non-members. Run or walk, come along and give it a try. Under 11s to be accompanied by an adult. Cakes available after the race.

Register here.

DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – Chipping Sodbury parkrun

Chipping Sodbury parkrun was the focus of the Grand Prix series this February with many DRC runners making the effort to go a bit further from home to record a qualifying time on a Saturday morning whilst also having a go at Neil’s February challenge!

Pete Chaffer still holds the lead in the men’s league, but he now has the familiar face of Tony Wooldridge lurking just behind in 2nd place following an impressive 81.86% age grading.  Mike Crompton now sits in 3rd after recording a 17:35 5km PB for a 74.6% age grading.  It remains very tight at the top with Andy Probert is just 1 point behind Mike, and Matt Read and Dave Durden both a further 2 points behind.

In the women’s league the top 3 remains unchanged after Alice Lewis recorded an excellent 83.17% age grading, however Annette Heylings has now closed to within 2 points of Eileen Hieron. Shona Darley and Margaret Johnson lead the chasing pack.

Click here for the latest league tables >>

Note that I’ve also adjusted some scoring from previous events to account for the most recent entries.

Its still not too late to fill in the entry form, a link for this can be found on the Grand Prix Details page or here >>

The next event in series is theTour of Torpantau Fell Race on 10th March, followed by the Forest of Dean Spring Half the weekend after.

If you’re run a marathon, 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.

Safeguarding and Social Media Reminder

The safety and welfare of our club members is our number one priority when we arrange activities and provide services. This includes how we manage our social media activities such as our Facebook pages.

I want to remind all club members of some key messages from the club’s code of conduct and expand on how we expect our members to continue these behaviours when using the internet. Our code of conduct requires all members to:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete/runner and coaches/run leaders.
  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.
  • Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse.

In addition to the code of conduct principles our safeguarding policy also states “Photos published will show individuals in a state of decency, and not imply any condition that may be damaging to reputation.”

This means that we positively encourage club members to share positive news stories, post race photos and share run achievements. We like to celebrate success. Please consider any Facebook post, What’s App message, Messenger message or any other message before you share. Ask yourself: are you upholding the club values?

We will not tolerate inappropriate usage of social media that may be associated with the club and if any club member feels uncomfortable with any posts/messages we encourage them to let us know so that we can investigate further and take appropriate action.

My mission is to ensure all club members remain happy and healthy. I look forward to continuing to read about all of our running, tri and junior successes.

If any club member does have a safety or welfare concern please contact us, you can email the club email account secretarydursleyrunningclub@gmail.com, or contact one of our Safeguarding trained representatives directly.

Safeguarding Lead: Caroline Jones
Club Chair: Dave Durden
Safeguarding Officer: Annette Keevil
Safeguarding Officer: Nicky Grant
Safeguarding Officer: Chris Sweet

Thank you very much for reading this message.

Caroline Jones
DRC Safeguarding Lead

DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – Cross Country Championships and DHHM

January has seen two 2018 Grand Prix Series events, with the Gloucestershire XC Championships at Old Down Estate earlier in the month and more recently the Doynton Hard Half Marathon.

Pete Chaffer maintains a healthy lead at the top of the men’s league, but is now joined by Andy Probert and Matthew Read in 2nd and 3rd respectively. But with only 7 points separating 2nd down to 8th they’ll need to keep on it if they want to remain there!

In the women’s league normal service is resumed as Alice Lewis jumps back to the top spot with maximum points in both races. Just behind her, Eileen Hieron drops into 2nd place with Annette  Heylings hanging onto 3rd by just a single point from Margaret Johnson.

Click here for the latest league tables >>

Its still very early days in this years competition and it’s not too late to fill in the entry form, a link for this can be found on the Grand Prix Details page.

The next event in series is Chipping Sodbury parkrun throughout February. You can attempt this as many times as you want over the month, with your best time being used to calculate Grand Prix points at the end of the month.

Following this there is a debut in the Grand Prix for Tour of Torpantau Fell Race on 10th March, details of which can be found here >>

This race has been popular with some of our veteran runners for many years and offers something a bit different for those looking to broaden their horizons!

Then on Sunday 18th March its the Forest of Dean Half Marathon.  Entries usually stay open for this up until close to race day so it’s a good chance to compete a Trail and Half Marathon race in one go!

Finally, if you run a marathon and want your time to be included in the Grand Prix, please don’t forget to complete the short form also found on the Grand Prix Details page.

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