Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Febrrrrrrrruary newsletter

First newsletter of the new year, how exciting!  I proudly present a range of cold-defying activities, guaranteed to get you out of the house.

This Saturday 7th February - Met League XC Race #5 - Wormwood Scrubs - From 1pm
If you click on one link in this newsletter, make it this one about this Saturday's Met League finale.  We really, really need as many of you as possible out racing at Wormwood Scrubs. Our men's team's need to secure their places in Division A and Division C, our women are competing for promotion to Division A.  We also need to cheer on our fantastic juniors who have cheered us adults on at each and every race so far this year.  

Saturday 14th February - Chingford League Race #5 - Victoria Park - Helpers needed
Show the love for your club this Valentines Day.  It's our turn to host the Chingford League and we really need helpers on the day: before, during or after the race. If you can manage none of these, how about baking a cake to sell?  All the details are here on the noticeboard. Please contact Laura or me if you can help out.  

Saturday 14th February - Chingford League Race #5 - Victoria Park - Runners Needed - 2:30pm
Show the love for your club this Valentine's Day by running.  After the unbelievable mud fest at Chingford back in January you'll be pleased to know this fixture is on the clean tarmac of Victoria Park.  It's just under five miles (two laps of our renowned figure-of-8 course).  If you make one fixture of the Chingford League this year at least make it this one. Cancel your parkrun in the morning, come and run a real race and make it count for the club.  More details on the noticeboard and Facebook nearer the time.

Saturday 21st February - English National XC - Parliament Hill London
The entries were submitted some time ago - the club will proudly be sending 39 senior athletes (and plenty of juniors) to this event.  All those who have entered should have received confirmation from me.  If you haven't, please get in touch.  If you're not running, come and enjoy a day out on the heath and maybe a beer or two afterwards in our favourite backstreet boozer.

Saturday 28th February - Club Championships 10 mile race - 10:30am Start
The penultimate event in our own Winter series, and a nice break from XC running for those who need it.  10 miles of fast, flat, traffic-free running against yourself or your fellow club members.  Please get to the club house by 10am as we will depart the club house at 10:15 for a prompt start.  The course is a measured straight + five '2 mile' loops, finishing in front of the White Lodge.  There are cups for the winners + tea, cakes and glory in the clubhouse bar afterwards. What's not to like?

As usual, not running but could spare 1-2 hours?  I could use some support with the timekeeping and results recording. Please get in touch.

A reminder that Start2Run has Started2Run on Monday nights at the club house. An introduction to running for absolute beginners.  Led by bold Laura Morgan and her band of helpers.  Please spread the word to friends and family - they don't need to be members to join in these sessions.  More details on the noticeboard.
Spaces at Les Stables Triathlon camp in France - July 1st-8th
Last year the club booked out the entire Les Stables training camp in a picturesque part of the south of France.  We're taking another group this year (organised by the tireless Ben Wickham). There are a couple of spaces left (18 already taken).  Last year was a lot of fun indeed (even though I was there!) so don't miss this opportunity.  Chances to share travel to keep costs low.  Please contact Ben Wickham directly (he's on Facebook) or through me.

Don't forget this Saturday.

Men's Road and Cross Country Captain

Remember, there are many ways to keep in touch with your club:

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