Weekly News

Charity Club Hash. Neil has provided lots of details in a separate post, but I will say is it’s a lot of fun. Just remember to wear your club colours and bring some cake (you can always cheat and buy something at the CoOp).

Club Kit Sale. Don’t forget the kit sale before and after the Hash on Monday. Vests and hoodies will be available to purchase and the new super smart winter jackets can be tried on for size. These can then be ordered direct from PSF. I will even be modelling the WH running cap!

Club Championship Event: The Crook Peak Cake Race. Yes, it is this Wednesday!!!! I’ve mentioned it so many times now I’m expecting a huge turnout.  Takes place from the White Hart, Cross, Axbridge, BS26 2EE. Entry is on the night, costs £7. Registration from 6:15 to 6:45pm

Cleeve Road Relays. Teams have been selected for the road relays on Sunday and e-mails have been e-mailed with details. Contact points for the men are Mike Mewse and the women, Eithne Noonan.

Thursday Effort’s. You’re all in for a special treat on Thursday. Our interval session will consist of 1 x 6 minute (2 mins recover) then 4 x 90 seconds (45 secs recovery) and then a final 1 x 6 mins. Then, if you’re feeling really keen there’s an optional 4 x 45 seconds sprint session. I’m looking forward to it already!

Race the Train. This is one of those events I really fancy doing, just because it’s a little bit quirky. In the main event, runners compete to beat a steam train on the preserved Talyllyn Railway over a distance of 14 miles of off road running. Additionally, there are shorter races, including the Quarry Challenge 10K, the Dolgoch Challenge 9k and the Tynllwynwynhen Challenge 5k which Chris Lowe took part in. Well done Chris for taking part in this unique event, with a finishing time of 21:29.

A little closer to home we had the Two Tunnels races taking place in Bath. There were plenty of options for runners of all abilities from 10k, all they way up to a marathon. Dawn Stygall, who is relatively new to the club and getting back to running, took part in the 10k option. And she is already showing impressive results finishing in 61st place in a time of 44:06.

Lucy Richens selected the the half marathon and once again I’m pleased to report an awesome finishing time of 1:32:32 and 15th place. Particularly impressive when you consider both the 10k and half are mixed terrain events. 

Fry’s Turkish Delight, Careless Wispa’s, the Chocolate Passage, what are you on about Ian!!! Well, I’m talking about Chris Palmer’s impressive result at the Sommerdale Paviilion parkrun. Surely anyone you can run that route in 19:14 without falling over in a dizzy spin deserves some sort of recommendation. Perhaps a nomination for club member of the month is deserving?

Tip of the Week, contributed by Jeni Stevenson: Hydrate. A challenge for many people; keeping fully hydrated is even more important for runners. In addition to fatigue, nausea and headaches, fluid losses through sweating will result in impaired performances in training and racing due to reduced blood volume and dehydrated muscles. Drink frequently throughout the day, focusing on natural, non-caffeinated drinks such as fruit juices and water and you will flush toxins out, perform and feel better.

The Water Tower Runners. Photo Credit: Mark Andrews

Diary Dates 
Monday 19th August. Club Charity Hash Run

Saturday 24th August. Summer Green Man Ultra 45, or 30 mile.Green Man Ultra

Sunday 25th August. Avon Road Relays. Cleeve Cricket Club

Sunday 25th August Severn Bridge Half Marathon (& 10k) 

Monday 16th September. Kit Sale Coombe Dingle, before and after training.

Friday 4th October 18:45-22:00 Run Fest The Series. Theme is Awesome Challenges: Overcoming Adversity. Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road. Eventbrite Link

Sunday 6th October Keynsham 10k https://keynsham10k.fullonsport.com/event/keynsham-10k-2019/profile

5th – 11th October Running Week in Nice

Championship Events
Wednesday 21st August Crook Peak Cake Race. This race is held every year on the  Crook Peak Link. Entry is on the day.

Sunday 1st September Ross on Wye 5K. http://www.ross10k.co.uk/register.asp

Sunday 15th September The Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon.

Saturday 28th September Portishead Coast Path 10K. https://fullonsport.com/event/portishead-coast-path-10km–2019/profile

Saturday 12th October Gwent League, Cardiff. Team managers will provide details nearer the time.

Sunday 27th October. Nightingale Nightmare

Saturday 9th November (or possibly Sunday 10th November). Gwent Cross Country, Pembrey Country Park. Team managers will provide details nearer the time.

Sunday 17th November Keynsham Dandy (TACH). More details on the TACH website  https://tach.fullonsport.com/event/keynsham-dandy/profile

Saturday 7th December. Gwent League Event: Blaise Castle, Bristol.  As a club we host this event and it’s on familiar territory, so you have no excuse for not attending.  

Thursday 19th December. Western Prom. A 5 mile race, up and down the promenade front. Affiliated only £6. Usually, a post race Christmas meal is organised as well, check for details nearer the time.