DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update

Having barely had any time to digest the final results of the 2017 Grand Prix series, already the first update from the 2018 series is here!

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Towards the end of last month the Stroud Half Marathon saw a host of DRC runners beating their PBs resulting in some impressive age graded performances.

In the men’s league there are some new names in the early podium places, with Peter Chaffer in the top spot. In the women’s league it’s the usual suspects, but with loads of races yet to come it is unlikely to stay this way.

There are many potentially unclaimed points, so if you ran Stroud and your name isn’t in the table then simply fill in the entry form, a link can be found on Grand Prix Details page.

Also on the Grand Prix Details page is a link to record any marathon results. Please don’t forget that this year all marathon results must be recorded this way otherwise they won’t be included.

The next Grand Prix event is the Shakespeare Raceway Series on Saturday 11th November. This presents a unique opportunity for Grand Prix entrants with a full set of points available over 5km, 10km and Half Marathon distances, so multiple runners can score the maximum 15 points for a single Grand Prix event. Choose your race wisely!

Good luck everyone!

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.

https://www.strava.com/segments/13325509

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

Kickstart Athletics Week 4: Golf Course Run

Thursday 28th Sep the Kickstart Athletics group will be running around the Stinchcombe Golf Course. This off-road run will build on the endurance running training.

We will be meeting in the walkers Car Park in the middle of the golf course at 6pm.

Winter running

Sadly we have now seen the last of the daylight for this year’s club running nights. So please could all runners now wear hi-visibility clothing (fluorescent and reflective where possible) and take head torches for evening runs, it is important to us that we keep all our runners safe and this is a practical measure that we can all support to help keep us safe on and alongside the roads of the local area. We have some reflective items that we can provide if needed and plenty of advice regarding what else works well e.g. good value head torches, so please contact us if we can help.

Safe running,

Caroline Jones – Safeguarding Lead

September’s Challenge Extended

September’s challenge – the Flying Mile is on until the end of September.

The trees are proving a bit of a challenge for satellite accuracy, so once you complete the segment I suggest you carefully cross the junction and go another 100m just to make sure it records you as having completed.

Good luck!

Neil