Saturday, 31 August 2013

September 2013 Newsletter

A quick newsletter for the start of the month, it's a busy few weeks so a chance to make sure you don't miss some of the things going on - starting tomorrow!

Saturday 31st August - Eton Manor Centenary Relay - Leyton - 2:30pm start
Local club Eton Manor are holding a relay mob match against local clubs as part of their Centenary celebrations. It will be a fun, sociable event, but with some healthy competition! 
- register by 2pm for 2.30pm start
- teams of 4, each running a 2-mile leg
- male, female and mixed teams those without a team can be put with others on the day
- all participants will receive a bottle of the legendary Eton Manor Centenary Ale
- food and refreshments will be available afterwards
- event takes place at Eton Manor clubhouse, The Cottage, Marsh Lane, Leyton, London E10 7BL

Sunday 1st September - Clubhouse Working Party - 10:30am onwards
Come and spare a few hours to keep your clubhouse in shape.  Please spare one or two hours to help to clear out the old table tennis room to clear out some of the junk and also clearing the garden.  Tea and cake will be provided in return for a little hard work. Please bring working clothes and garden gloves if you have them.

Thursday 5th September - Assembly League Race #6 - Beckenham - 7:15pm Race starts 
Don't forget the last race of the Assembly League season.  There is no session and no bar at the clubhouse on Assembly League nights - we want as many of you there as possible.  It's a nice quick course, around 3 miles held in leafy suburbs on very quiet roads with a dastardly uphill finish to keep it interesting.  Don't worry about whether you think you are good enough to compete for the club - every place a VPH & TH runner takes in front of a runner from another club means potentially more points and a better standing in the results.  The facilities are very good with changing, showers and a bar afterwards.  All the travel details will be on the noticeboard and Facebook later in the week.  Plan to be there!

Saturday 7th September - Middlesex 10k, Victoria Park - 10:30am start
A reminder that we are hosting the annual county 10k championships in the park once again, possibly the most competitive 10k held in the park all year. There is still, just about time to enter but do not delay!  More details at the Middlesex AA website.  We still need a few more helpers on the day, from about 9:45 for two hours if possible.  If you can help out, please contact Major or me.  Failing that, come along and enjoy the race and cheer on your club mates.  The 10k course passes some parts 4 times so you can watch the race unfold.


Warming down / Recovery Shake / Running Shorts / Pin Pot / Clipboard / Vestages
A new feature for the newsletter (woo!), please feel free to send me on items to include, be they links, photos, recommendations - just needs to be vaguely related to the club, running or athletics - or just funny. I'm also accepting suggestions for a permanent name, too.

Let's start looking at a couple of club member's blogs:

VICTOR:  A club member who has recently completed his MSc in Strength & Conditioning, so eager is he to share his knowledge he's started writing a blog about running, and it's called....  Victor's Running Blog.

JOHN: Many club members will know Dr John McKeane (who competes for the club as a second claim member). His blog is an alternative look at running, sport, competition and the characters that make it interesting - though I've yet to feature :-(  Check out 'Of The Long Distance Runner' when you get a moment.


OK, look out for another newsletter later in September with news of the AGM and the start of the cross country season - bet you can't wait.

Men's Road & XC Director

Remember, there are many ways to keep in touch with your club:
  • Find out what your clubmates are up to on the Club Facebook page
  • Get the latest news and updates, follow @VPHTHAC on Twitter
  • Get news, updates and race results on the club noticeboard
  • Keep an eye out for forthcoming fixtures on the club website

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