Monday, 7 July 2014

July and August 2014 Newsletter

Hello all,
As promised back in June, here is the July newsletter. I always keep my promises. As usual, there's lots going on, so grab a foam roller, and an iPhone, it's time to get uncomfortable.

This weekend - Saturday 12th July:
Southern Womens League: A big weekend for our Women competing at Guildford.  Due to a clash with another event, we seek as many of our club ladies to take part,even those who've not competed before. We're particularly looking for athletes to run 1500m and 3000m.  Transport can be provided also.  Please contact Charlotte our women's track & field captain for info:  nicholls.charlotte |at| gmail dot com.

Southern Mens League: Will take place in Tooting, South London. Please contact club Men's athletic captain Tony MacDowall for more information t_macdowall |at| hotmail dot com. 

Our Juniors Compete in the English Schools Championships: Don't forget our fabulous juniors coached by a small army of fantastic coaches and helpers down at Mile End.  11 have been selected to compete in the English Schools Champs and will travel to this prestigious event in Birmingham.  We wish you all well. I understand Vinco Sport will be offering live updates.

Brecon Fell Races in Wales: A small group from London's finest fell racing club (that's us, by the way) will visit dragon country hoping to repeat some of the success (and fun!) from the Isle of Wight in recent years.  Still some places available, departing this Friday. See noticeboard.

23rd July - 3rd August Commonwealth Games - Glasgow - Tickets available
Club members have been offered tickets at face value. I understand they are available for most sessions. They strictly cannot be advertised or re-sold but members may purchase and pass to friends/family.  For more details, please contact club coach Terry Adams who operates Claridon Sports Tours, an official re-seller.  Claridon can help with accommodation and travel advice as well.

Saturday 2nd August - Forest 5 Miles - Epping Forest, Chingford - 10am
Many club members ran in June and July so don't miss the last chance to run this delightful 5 mile trail race, easily accessible at Chingford with the added bonus of half-decent coffee at the station on the way back! Check out the Orion Harriers Website for more details.

Sunday 3rd August - British Heart Foundation 10k race - Victoria Park - AM
The club is assisting BHF with their fundraiser in the park in August.  We seek marshals (need around 10) to assist on the course.  For club members we also have a chance to run for free in return for a donation (suggested £5 min).  To run, collect a form from the bar on Thursday or, alternatively contact Women's captain Laura (laura.morgan2 |at| nhs dot net). Contact Laura or I if you can help with the marshalling, too.

Monday 4th August - Battersea Park 1 mile relays - 7pm
We competed in these last year, was lots of fun and our wonderful women were even the first team home.  We're planning to enter again. Teams of 3, 1 mile leg per athlete and just £4 to run.  More details here.  Please contact Rob Pitkethly or I if you'd like to run - we need to know beforehand.

Thursday 7th August - Assembly Race #5 - Victoria Park - 7:30pm
A reminder about the Assembly League, we host it again in August.  We're doing very well in the league as runners, we also need to put on a good show as hosts once again. So, we seek help:
- Before the race: Rob has asked if he can have 2-3 volunteers around about 6pm to help with sandwiches for hungry finishers - that will allow you to run as well.
- During the race: I need, 7-8 volunteers from 7pm to help as marshals on the course.  Please do let me know via email, in person or on the noticeboard.  
- After the race: If a few folks can commit to help out on the bar that would be useful also.

It would be great to some new faces volunteering also, remember the club needs people to help once in a while as everything is done by folk who kindly give their time.

Saturday 9th August - British Athletics League - Bournemouth
The final fixture of the season of this prestigious league.  We need as many men out as possible to compete - please make sure you keep this date available.  As usual, travel will be provided to the fixture. Please contact club Men's athletic captain Tony MacDowall for more information t_macdowall |at| hotmail dot com. 

Saturday 9th August - PRIDE 10km - Victoria Park
There's still time to enter the race - more details on the Pride 10k website.  

Saturday 30th August - Club Summer BBQ - Club HQ - Evening
A reminder about the annual summer BBQ and party (with pre-event race!),  held in the rather well tended clubhouse garden, and retiring to the bar area later in the evening. Salads, breads and desserts will be provided, for a bargain price of £5 (will include a glass of Pimms too). Bring things to throw on the barbie. Arrive from 7. Guests of club members are welcome too (with a ticket). Rob P, who works tirelessly to keep our fantastic bar running has asked for some assistance to help with prep beforehand, on the night, or the next day.  This would be a great way for new members or those who've not helped out before to get involved with the club.

That's it for now.  As always, please keep an eye on the information outlets below as these change everyday and are a great way to find out more about what it is one of the best Road, Cross Country and Athletic clubs in the capital.

Men's Road and Cross Country Captain

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