Monday, 4 November 2013

November 2013 Newsletter - Start November with a bang!

I know you are clamouring to get your hands on the latest newsletter. Well, your patience is rewarded, here it is! Lots of races in this newsletter, so pay attention.  

Tuesday 5th November - Chingford League - Redbridge Cycling Circuit - evening
We had good turnouts at the first two events but not enough to keep our current trophy-holding position.  It's really important that all club members make an effort to get to these races.  Race Three, we are back at the cycle circuit at Redbridge - directions and timing details on the noticeboard. Remember - no training session at the clubhouse on Tuesday night.

Saturday 9th November - Metropolitan League Race #2 - Stevnage - afternoon
This Saturday the race moves to Stevenage - all details are on the Met League website.  If anyone is driving and can share lifts, please post on the noticeboard.

Saturday 16th November - London XC Champs - Parliament Hill - afternoon
The entries for this race have now been submitted.  Those who have entered, please keep an eye on your email for further details.  For other club members, please feel free to come along and support. It's a good day out on Hampstead Heath.  No doubt, there will be a trip to a hostelry post-race, too.

Saturday 23rd November - North London XC Champs - Mad Bess Woods - Ruislip - afternoon
Note: note the same as the event on the 16th November! Please see this post on the noticeboard.

Saturday 30th November - Club Championships 5 mile XC - Woodford Golf Course - 10:30AM start
Race #3 in the club's Winter Championships, the annual trip to Woodford Golf Course, a pretty 2* 2.5 mile course.  It's free to enter, just turn up on the day. Club members and their guests may run. Always a great event, for runners and spectators alike. As usual, we really rely on assistance from members to put this event on, specifically:
- timekeeping (during)
- course marking (before and after)
- photography (before, during, after)
Please get in touch. More details nearer the time on the noticeboard and Facebook.

Winter-Spring Fixtures Card (including club champs dates)
I've pulled together many of the dates for the Winter Road & XC Fixtures, including cross-country and Club Champs dates to print out and pin-up at home. Ensure you don't miss any dates in the future. Important: some events have an entry deadline, so keep an eye on this, you will have to let me know in good time if you wish to do these events.  Click here to see the latest card.

Remember, 1st November is the start of our new membership year.  For those who pay annually, your fees are now due via bank transfer.  For those who pay monthly, there is no change to the fees this year so you needn't do anything.  Please check Neil's post on the noticeboard for more details.

Bar Rota - Volunteers needed
Those of you who enjoy post-training eating and drinking in the bar on a Thursday will, no doubt, be aware that this only happens due to the kindness of others who help prepare food beforehand, run the bar during the evening, or clear up at the end.  If you haven't volunteered before, now is your time to do so - please check the Bar Rota on the club website.  You will see there are a lot of blanks in the calendar - get in touch with me or Rob Pitkethly now as without volunteers we have to close the bar on a Thursday.

Look out for a second update very soon with details of:
- Updates to the gym with some additional coached strength & conditioning sessions available
- Club London Marathon places ballot
- Vacancy on the club board of Directors - could you be the next Women's director of road & XC running?

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