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The first event of the 2016/17 season is on 27 November at Temple Newsam. This does however clash with the Barnsley 10k - a Grand Prix event. There is nothing we can do about this so its down to individual choice. Other dates are 18 December, 22 January, 19 February and 5th March.
Names are now being taken for our BIG NIGHT OUT at Burntwood when we recognise our running achievements during 2017. Membership has once again grown substantially over the last 12 months and many new friendships made. Hopefully we will have a record turnout of members old and new. Non member partners etc also welcome. Tickets £20 members, £25 non members. See Lesley Needham or Vicky Wathey.
Interest is very high this year - should be a fantastic night out.
After much discussion and deliberation the 2018 races have now been decided. We have kept the same number of races, groups and minimum and maximum numbers to count in each group. There are however 9 new races to reflect suggestions made by members and the difficulties of a crowded race calendar. Remember, you don't have to run them all - only 10 count - but all should prove enjoyable and provide opportnities for gaining your Grading Award for running a 10k/10m and half marathon.
The new events are: Wombell 5, Fountains 10k (TR), Toss 'O Coin (MT) 6m at Birdsedge, Ripon 10m, Helvelyn (TR) 15k, Humber Bridge Half and two 'Grim up North half marathons - Roche Abbey (Maltby, South Yorkshire and the Hubble Bubble Halloween half along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
The 4 parkruns will be:
1. Sherwood Pines
2. Sheffield Concord
4. Normanby Hall
We have also changed the scoring to make it more equitable to reflect that some races have a high turnout, others a low turnout (a similar system is used by Peco for indivuduals scores).
More information of the 2018 GP page.
95 runners (including 2 guests) for this years run, 79 completing the 10 mile route. It was a cold day for our marshalls to who were excellent as usual. Thanks also to Mark Stafford for manning the water station and who may be the author if the motivational messages.
The results have taken a bit of working out but are now available to view via the Winter Handicap page.
The overall winner was John Knowles who has done brilliantly to recover from knee issues. He cetainly put in his best performance for some time. Our first lady was one of our newest recruits, Emma Bird who has got her Ackie running off to a flying start!
The 5.3 m overall was Linda Selby who is progressing really well and earned an entry for next year's 10m run. The first male was Peter Grimoldby who will no doubt rate this alongside many of the club records and race victories achieved in his younger days.
The growth in membership has necessitated a review of the Open Leagues structure and it has been decided to introduce a Premier League. This was meant a review of the time splits. League placement has beem made on an analysis of race results over the year and relative performance to arrive at a 'standard' 10k pace for each member. This is not necessarily your year best 10k time as courses vary as does form over the year. The biggest area of difficulty is always around the cut off point for each division - but those tough decisions have been made! The cut off points for the leagues, (based on minutes per mile) are as follows:
Premier League: 7:15 min
League 1: 8:00,
League 2: 8:45
League 3: 9:30
League 4: 10:30
League 5: over 10:30.
We will still have a Ladies League and Male and Female Vets Leagues.
Check out the 2018 Grand Prix page to check which League you are in.
Get 2018 off to a great start with a cross country run and lets see if we can move up the league tables - remember everyone counts in one way or another. Also a chance to register your first GP points of the year. Car parking should be relatively easy but why not car share - look out for facebook posts
We have booked 50 places for this very scenic out and back course along a disused railway line with 3 tunnels. A fast course with excellent pb potential. Contact Lesley Needham or Vicky Wathey to book your place - we will aso be putting on a coach at a mere cost of £5 for both out and back!
Please not that this is the day before the Wakefield 10k - you can do both or make a choice)
To spice up the Winter nights we are organising a series of 3 handicap type runs at our regular Tuesday night training sessions. Dates are 23 Jan (4 miles), 27 Feb (5 miles) and 20 Mar (6 miles). The format is currently being worked on but everyone who enters will have a chance of a trophy/prize. We are making a small charge of £2 per run with all proceeds going to Liane Warren's 10 Marathons in 10 days fundraising effort.
More details to follow.
Check out the Awards List - have you booked your place for Awards Night?
Please make a diary note for this year's AGM. It will be held at the Rustics pub in Low Ackworth on Tuesday 20 February after training. All are welcome and after the formal meeting there is an opportunity for members to raise any questions or ideas concerning how the club operates , our events, training etc.. As an added incentive to turn out - chip butties will be provided!
Formal notice of the meeting will be circulated shortly by our Secretary, Stephen Berry.