Friday, 17 October 2014

No Ordinary October or How I Learned To Love Mud...

Dare I say it, the 'winter' season is now under way. 6 months of glorious races await road athletes and fans of mud in equal measure. First up, two important announcements:

Thu 6th November – Club Annual General Meeting – Club headquarters - 8:30PM
Members should have received a separate invite earlier in the week for the AGM. Details are also on the noticeboard. Please read the invite carefully. Those wishing to put forward motions for consideration need to do so by the end of this month.

Most Improved Athlete Awards 2014
This award is given at the AGM - please see details on the noticeboard about nominating your club mates for this prized trophy.

Now for races and fixtures:

Metropolitan League XC – The first race of the season took place at a balmy Claybury Woods in the sunshine. The results are available here.  We had a great race with an incredible turnout of Juniors - well done to Cornelia and Marcello for getting such a great show out.  Our women came top of the Senior and Veterans Division 2 teams whilst our man had a solid start against tough competition.  We'll need good showing of members at each of the coming races though to ensure a successful season.

Chingford League – The first race took place at a moonlit cycling circuit. The results are available here

Club WInter Road & XC fixtures list
The fixtures list has been updated. Please see this post on the noticeboard for more details and a link to the list. It now includes the rest of the club champs

Sat 1st November – Club Championships 3.5 mile – Victoria Park – 10:30am
The club's winter series of five races kicked off with the mile race back in September. Remember, these races are completely free to club members, who may also invite guests to run.  There is usually tea and cake in the bar afterwards and it won't take up all of your Saturday.  If you're unable to run but could spare some time helping with timekeeping please get in touch - we need 3-4 volunteers ideally to help marshall and record times.  I've put all of the previous times on this document if you'd like to have a look.

Sat 8th November – Met League Race 2 – Stevenage
Full details on this fixture can be found at the Met League Website as linked above. Keep an eye out on the club noticeboard and Facebook nearer the time for race travel details.

Sat 15th November - London Cross Country Championships – Parliament Hill
A great event held around beautiful Hampstead Heath. As this is a one-off race you need to register in advance. It's free for club members – you need to be a first claim member though.
Please see this post on the noticeboard for more details and a link to the simple online sign-up form. Deadline for entries is Wednesday 29th October.

Sat 22nd November – North London XC Champs – Alexandra Palace Park (2pm, 2:45pm)
A lower key race than the big event above but the club sends a good contingent each year. Again, pre-entry is required.  I will be opening up the entries in the next week or so so please keep an eye on Facebook / noticeboard for more details nearer the time.

Right, I shall stop writing about November fixtures now, or next month's newsletter will be very plain indeed.

Men's Road and Cross Country Captain

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