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.

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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.

DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – Changes to Race List

As previously mentioned, unfortunately the Aztec West Fast 5k series had to be cancelled this year, and it looks like there will not be a direct replacement this year. Therefore we have now chosen to replace this with an additional month of parkrun’s.

So Wotton parkrun will now be part of the 2018 grand prix race series. However, in order to allow for more favourable race conditions at Wotton where the race is 100% off road, we will swap Chipping Sodbury parkrun in June for Wotton parkrun, and move Chipping Sodbury parkrun to February 2018.

Therefore your fastest time from any Chipping Sodbury parkrun in February 2018 and any Wotton parkrun in June will count towards the grand prix series. Chipping Sodbury parkrun will be classed as a road race, Wotton parkrun will be classed as a trail race, both will tick the 5km box.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Website to be updated ASAP.

Mike & Tony

DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – Shakespeare Raceway Series

The 2nd event in the 2018 Grand Prix Series took place on Saturday 11th November. Despite there being a feast of points on offer over the 4 different races,  just a few dedicated DRC runners made the journey to Long Marston to take on what will be the final Shakespeare Raceway Series as the airfield will be a housing estate next year!

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There’s no change in the men’s league as we had no DRC representatives in the 5km, 10km or half marathon. Those that ran the marathon (or any other marathon since October 1st) will need to enter results using the form on the Grand Prix Details page. This year all marathon results must be recorded this way otherwise they won’t be included.

In the women’s league Eileen Hieron jumps into the top spot with Annette Heylings just behind pushing last years champion Alice down into 3rd place.

It’s still not too late to fill in the entry form, a link for this can also be found on Grand Prix Details page.

There are no Grand Prix events in December so the next Grand Prix event is the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships at Old Down Estate on 6th January. It would be great for the club to have a large DRC representation at this event, and I think it was Dave Durden who once said “you won’t get better value for money” too!

Following that it’s the Doynton Hard Half Marathon on the 21st January. This has now sold out so if you’re not already entered you’ll need to keep your ear on the ground for entry transfers.

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

November Challenge 2 – “Ever Decreasing Circles”

🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️ EVER DECREASING CIRCLES 🏃🏼🏃🏼🏃🏼

Good news for those who don’t live in Dursley…you can do this one anywhere. All you need is a 400m loop (+ or – 25m). Obviously a running track would be perfect, or you can use a street loop like the Crapen in Dursley, or find somewhere near where you live or work.

This one is all about pacing and progression and judgement. All you have to do is run as many consecutive laps of your chosen 400m loop as you can. BUT BUT BUT…each lap must be quicker than the one before it. If you run a slower lap it immediately wipes out your whole score; none of your laps count; you have to start again. So be very careful!

At the end of each lap you need to ask your legs and your lungs if they can go again and go quicker. If you gamble and don’t make it then you lose! If you manage it, then you’ve added another lap to your score and you have another decion to make. It’s all about judgement and knowing what you’ve got left to give.

There will be one winner, the person who achieves the most ‘ever decreasing circles’ – and a booby prize for whoever runs the most laps but then manages to disqualify themselves by running a slower one. Good luck everyone.

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.

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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!