Wednesday, 19 October 2011

October Newsletter

Hello all, chilly October greetings as the nights draw in and the leaves fall, welcome to the latest newsletter

AGM - This Thursday 20th October, 8:30pm - Club House, Cadogan Terrace
We look forward to welcoming you all at the forthcoming AGM, this Thursday in the Clubhouse, startng at 8:30PM.  The agenda, minutes and accounts are available here and the Directors' annual report is available to read on line. Limited hard copies will be available on the night if need.  Please let me know in advance if you specifically want a hard copy or large print copy and I will make sure one is produced.
October 2.9 mile Monthly Handicap – Thursday October 27th, 2011. 7pm
Next Thursday the monthly handicap will take place as usual.Previous results are available here.
Virgin London Marathon 2012 – Club Allocated Places – Ballot Thursday 27th October 2011 8:45pm
Once again the club has been allocated 4 places at next year’s race.  The ballot for the places will be held in the club bar after the handicap on Thursday 27th October (around 8:45pm).  Please let me or any of the other director’s know by Wednesday 26th if you would like to be entered for the ballot.  Remember, you will need to be eligible for entry in to the ballot, check the eligibility criteria here and remember you will need your rejection letter as proof:

North London Cross Country Associaton, Kingsbury, Saturday 29th October 2011 (2pm, 2:45pm)
The above XC race is taking place please let me kow ASAP if you would like me to enter you for this race.  Send me your name and DOB by email to
Club House Autumn Working Party - Sunday 6th November
It's Autumn, the leaves are falling thick and fast so we are planning a leaf-based working party on the above date.  If you are part of the club and benefit from the use of the club house, the bar, the coaching sessions, the races etc. now is your chance to give a little bit back if you have yet to do so this year.  We may well stuck like a stuck record (remember those?) but the place really does rely on everyone doing a little bit.  If you've not got involved yet this year come along and do your bit, even for a few hours.

That's it for now.  Hope to see some of you at the AGM or the winter races.
Men's Road & XC Captain

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Dear Members
This is to invite you all to the club AGM, which will be held immediately after the Thursday night training session on 20 October 8:30 pm in the main hall of the Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC Club House, St Augustine's Hall, Cadogan Terrace, London. E9
Please note only fully paid-up members are entitled to vote at the AGM.
Please find links to:
Nominations are invited for these vacant positions on the Board of Directors: 

1      Chair           
2      Director of Women’s Road and Cross Country     
3      Director of Men’s Track and Field     
4      Director of Facilities
5      Director of Coaching and Officials
If you would like to stand for elections to any of the vacant positions, or nominate someone, or wish to propose a motion at the AGM, please let  the Club Secretary, Brenda Puech, know as soon as possible on If you would like to know more about any of the vacant positions, please have a chat with any one of the existing Directors (who can be conducted at  All requests will be treated as confidential
The latest date for receipt of motions for the AGM is 14 October 2011
Nominations may also be submitted for the following:
President - This is a ceremonial figurehead position within the club. Peter McHugh was Club President during last year.
Life Member - Quoting our club rule:  "Life membership may be awarded to any member upon completion of 21 years continuous membership, or for outstanding service to the club. An eligible candidate must be recommended by the committee and be approved at an Annual General Meeting by a three-fourth's majority decision of all those present." Peter McHugh was the last elected Life Member..
Vice President - A ceremonial award for outstanding service to the club. Kelvin Richards was elected as Vice President last year.
Life Vice President - This is the highest honour that can be bestowed by any club across the country and is not to be taken lightly. In the 105-years of combined history of VPH and THAC, there have only been 14 Life Vice Presidents. The last member to be so honoured was Terry Adams in 2007.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Best wishes
Men's Captain Road & XC Running

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Quick October Update - Neswletter coming soon

Chingford League Race #1 - Hog Hill Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 4th October 2011
Unfortunately the mini-bus option has fallen through for tomorrow night due to lack of available drivers.  However, the race is still going ahead. For those who've not run it before it is the first 'Cross Country' race of the season and part of the Chingford League, though being on a tarmac cycle circuit it is actually a road race.  The venue and facility is very good, though the course is not illuminated we rely somewhat on the London glow and the moon. It's a good race to start the season, since we are doing it twice.

Please bring your road shoes (NOT your spikes).

Venue: Redbridge Cycling Centre ('Hog Hill'). 
Times: Senior Race 8:05PM, Juniors U15/U17: 7:45PM, Juniors U13: 7:30PM
Travel: Nearest tube stations are Fairlop and Hainult on the Central Line [map]
For the bus, alight at Hainult and take the 247 bus towards Romford and get out at 'Romford Road / Forest Road' outside the centre.

If anyone is travelling by car, please can they post it on the club noticeboard thread in order to share lifts - that will be very much appreciated. I suggest if you are driving, please don't leave the club any later than 7pm to get there in time for the senior race start.

Reminder: There is no led session at the club house Tuesday night (4th October) in order that as many runners as possible can support the race.
Winter Fixtures:
The fixture list is nearly complete and will be circulated and posted very shortly, in the meanwhile here are a few of the major events coming up to get in your diary early:
Chingford League XC:
Oct 4th - Hog Hill 8pm
Oct 15th - Trent Park 2.30pm
Nov 1st Hog Hill 8pm
Nov 26th Alexandra Palace 2.30pm
Jan 21st Chingford (Orion) 2.30pm
Feb 18th Victoria Park 2.30pm
Mar 17th Relays Highams Park 1pm

Metropolitan League XC:
Oct 8th - Claybury
Nov 12th - Stevenage
Dec 17th - Ruislip
Jan 14th - Trent Park
Feb 11th - Horsenden Hill

A few others:
Oct 29th - Kingsbury - North London XC Champs
Dec 10th - Ware Cup  2.30 Loughton
Jan 28th Southern Championships XC Brighton
Feb 25th National XC Championships Parliament Hill
Mar 24th Orion 15
Mar 28th Physical Shield 8pm

There are also the remainder of the Club Championships race to fit in to the Calendar, including the 3.5mile, 5 mile XC, 10 mile and 20 mile and Mike Penman 10k.

That's it for now,

Here comes the Autumn, believe it or not. 

(VPH & TH AC - Men's Road and XC Captain)