Tuesday, 29 April 2014

May 2014 Newsletter

Hello all,

News of road and athletics fixtures starting this very week, + a chance to get involved with the Hackney Half Marathon or a position on the club committee.  Here goes...

This Thursday 1st May - Assembly League Race #2 - Victoria Park - 7:30pm
A reminder, this Thursday's session is the first of two of the magnificent Assembly League races that we host.  All the details are on the noticeboard here.  We really need some helpers on the course or in the bar afterwards.  Please contact me or Laura for more info or if you can help.

Saturday May 3rd - Southern Mens League - Wimbledon
All of the fixtures have been published and we're now seeking as many athletes to get involved. Loads more info here. Contact Simon Basey or Men's Athletics Captain Tony MacDowall.  The club will provide transport for those who can complete.

Saturday May 17th - Southern Womens League - Guildford
The women get their turn a few weeks later. Fixture 2 is Sat June 7th (Guildford), Fixture 3 is Sat July 12th (Guildford again), Fixture 4 is Saturday August 9th (Eton).  For more info, please contact Charlotte Nicholls, the Women's Athletics Captain.

Sunday 22nd June - Hackney Half Marathon - Get involved
A number of club members have already entered this event which looks to be pretty special.  It's expensive to stage a closed road event, so maybe not the cheapest half marathon but with ~8,500 people registered to run (as of last week), you can expect a good atmosphere. More details here.  Those who aren't running but would like to get involved, please get in touch with me, I've been in discussion with the race director about the possibility of the club marshalling a stage along Victoria Park Road and Cadogan Terrace.  In return for us 'hosting' a session there may be an opportunity for discounted or even free entry in next year's event.  Contact me ASAP if you're interested.  It would require a number of hours of your time on race day but would be good fun I think.

Wednesday 25th June - Westminster Bridges Relay - 7:30pm
Lots of club members turned out for this excellent event last year held on a warm summer's evening. See Rob's post on the noticeboard here for more info.  It's possible that teams will be limited this year due to capacity on the South Bank.  There is a small charge to enter.

Open 5 - A big thank you
Once again, the club hosted another successful Open 5 event, our 48th, with some positive (and constructive) feedback with nearly 200 able-bodied and wheelchair athletes finishing.  We couldn't have done it without the help of our sponsors, all those who helped out and the athletes who entered.  More details here.

Vacancy on club committee
David Wilkey is due to step down shortly from his position as Club Secretary (a board member position) due to other pressures.  We'd like to thank David for his time and effort in the position.  We're looking for someone to fill the role, which includes a number of key duties to keep your club running (and throwing, and jumping).  If it sounds interesting you'd like to find out more info or just an informal chat please contact any member of the committee vphthac-directors@googlegroups.com

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
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  • Get news, updates and race results on the club noticeboard
  • Keep an eye out for forthcoming fixtures on the club website