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Thinking about what to write for this edition ofChairman's Chatter I was reminded about the realdiversity of things we offer at Werrington JoggersI've heard it said in the past, "Why do I want to payand join a club, I can just fall out of my front door andgo for a run whenever I want" and indeed you can, butI think we need to sell the benefits of not just joiningany club, but joining Werrington Joggers to all those
many "unattached" runners we meetFirst of all we need to break down the taboo that "we'll be too quick",
or "I'll slow you all down" or "you go too far", we all know none of thoseare true, with our experienced runners’ rota we really do cater foreveryone. Then we need to promote all the other running opportunities weoffer such as Sunday club runs, Speed training either at Werrington or thetrack, coaching help and advice, XC and Frostbite Friendly League races(free of charge), annual club championships - for all ages, then events likethe guesstimate, our own 5k race and inter-club events like the Eyehandicap and BBQ or the Yaxley Summer run
Then if all that isn't enough we have the social side, where would webe without cake on Sundays, involvement in the BUPA 10k and VirginLondon Marathon, Presentation evenings and regular buffets to celebratethe PGER, VLM and Guesstimate?
So next time you're at a race, parkrun or just talking to someoneinterested in running and they are not involved with a club, invite themdown, give them my name and promise them, they won't be last!!
Meanwhile enjoy the light nights - they're nearly back!!Keep running, Tim
Another successful evening was had by over 100 Joggers atthe Parkway club, Peterborough. With plenty of food anddrink to keep everyone happy and Abba music to dance to,as an alternative option to keeping fit. Joggers enjoyed the awards presentation where manymembers were honoured for their running results this yearand others for their involvement in the club.
Well, I love jogging even though it’s more like plodding these days. I haveenjoyed plodding for many years now. In particular, on my own and there isnothing wrong in that. I plod at my own pace and do not have to be beholdento anyone else. I have my own thoughts and music. Some of my best thoughtscome out of the blue in solving problems whether they were work related orjust home things.
It does take a lot to get up first thing in the morning during the wintermonths and go out, but, once out, what a feeling, getting soaked and cold, onecannot beat it. Preferably, better when one has completed the training periodand home with a hot cup of tea.
Yet, with the passing of a close training colleague last year, Peter Smith,who would participate with me in jogging around Ferry Meadows once aweek, I do miss his company. We know that we could be heard discussing,arguing about all sorts of subjects. We had some lively disagreements, butnever really fell out, as we would always meet up on a Sunday. Admittedly, Ido miss that. Occasionally, a family member will join me which is enjoyable.
Sometimes I'm asked why I don't join the others, yourselves. It’s becausehistorically I used to teach on club nights. Now, as before, I train on my ownbecause I do enjoy it, but yet when the occasional Werrington Joggerrecognises me, or vice versa, with an acknowledgement, that is certainly aboost to my ego. So this is to say “Thank you" to all those Werrington Joggerswho do say "hello" to an old overdressed, heated and sweaty plodder out onthe streets of Peterborough. All the best to Werrington Joggers.
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WJ Presentation Evening 2014
Fancy a bike rideinstead of a run?On Sunday 18thMay 2014 theMarholm Sportive
takes place.Distances of 50, 70 or 100 miles are on offer. Thereare feed stations on the route. Entry is £12.For more details seewww.peterborough5X5challenge.org
by Jim Fell
by Des Stone
Chairman’s Chatter"The Ely 10k New Year’s Eve race is a very popularevent and entries close in an astonishingly quicktime (they closed in September) even though thereis a race limit of 700 competitors, which meansthere are never any entries on the day. What makesthis race so popular? Other than the last chance to bag a PB in the year it isalso nicely organised and a good flat fen race with only a couple of gradualinclines to tackle. It’s definitely a race where you can aim for a PB if you wantto - but I think like other races it’s a victim of its own popularity; it sells outquickly because "everyone knows" it sells out, so they enter early. That said,they got 682 runners this year so most of the people who entered went on torun it; perhaps it’s the free bottle of beer to all competitors.
The organisers at Ely Runners advertise that the race is held "in all butthe severest weather" so it’s not likely that the 40 mile journey fromPeterborough will turn out to be wasted but you do need to leave a good hourfor the drive and possibly longer in poor weather. The race instructions areall sent by e-mail and you collect your number on the day. Parking is invarious locations at Little Downham and the marshals guide you to a parkingarea as you enter the village; none of the parking places are particularlylarge but I found no problem arriving at 10:15 for an 11:00 race, justhaving a short walk (no more than 5 minutes) to the race HQ.
The HQ is in a hall with tea/coffee and cake, but does get crowded with thatmany runners so bag yourself a spot early if you want to sit down. Thenumbers and Sweatshop discount voucher are distributed from here as well.There are plenty of facilities, although there are long queues in the hallitself the organisers open a rugby pavilion and arrange additional portalooswithin a minute’s walk of the HQ. There was a good mixture of competitorsfrom Peterborough and district clubs but only myself and Chris Phillips forWerrington this year.
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The Loneliness of A LongDistance Plodder
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Piping in the NewYear - Ely 10k
Presentation Evening 2014Awards were made to the following people
Club Runner of the Year - Paul DenyerClub Runner of the Year Runner Up - Sharon HallNewcomer of the Year - Claire SmithOscar Winner - Steph CooperGeorge Cant Trophy - Phil LloydTrack and Field Winner - Gerald Watson
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013Senior Man Winner – Jeff LucasSenior Man Runner Up – Scott LloydSenior Man 3rd Place – Martin StevensMale Vet 40 Winner – Philip HamlynMale Vet 40 Runner Up – Mark MorrisMale Vet 45 Winner – Sean MurphyMale Vet 45 Runner Up – Rodney HallMale Vet 45 3rd Place – Calvin SearleMale Vet 50 Winner – Jeremy ThompsonMale Vet 50 Runner Up – Julian HuckleMale Vet 50 3rd Place – Kevin NankervisMale Vet 55 Winner – David HullMale Vet 60 Winner – Ron CaveMale Vet 60 Runner Up – Paul BurgessMale Vet 60 3rd Place – Bob NitschMale Vet 65 Winner – Jim Fell
Under 17 Junior Ladies Winner – Katie GreenUnder 20 Junior Ladies Winner - Jade WatsonSenior Ladies Winner – Suzy WildSenior Ladies Runner Up - Helen StockhamFemale Vet 35 Winner – Karen LockwoodFemale Vet 35 Runner Up - Claire SmithFemale Vet 35 3rd Place - Sharon ThomasFemale Vet 40 Winner – Sharon HallFemale Vet 40 Runner Up – Ros HamlynFemale Vet 40 3rd Place – Elaine PalmerFemale Vet 45 Winner – Tanya GreenwayFemale Vet 45 Runner Up – Lorraine DingFemale Vet 45 3rd Place – Caroline HallFemale Vet 50 Winner – Ann WoodFemale Vet 50 Runner Up – Jan WilliamsFemale Vet 50 3rd Place – Sue BurnettFemale Vet 60 Winner – Rosie Loughton
Summer Handicap Trophies 2013Winner – Chris WelchRunner Up – James Curt 3rd place – Mark Turner
Piping in the New Year - Ely 10kThis year's race was notable, for me, by an unusuallycrowded start and the weather.
The start seemed to get very congested at the lastmoment as there was no start sign - runners like memilled around where we thought the start wasuntil the marshals took control and inevitablysqueezed us all backward to the invisible start line;consequently there was a lot of elbows andtip-toeing for the first 200m, probably needing thatlong for any of the runners to find their correctstride. With 682 runners this led to a degree offrustration as people in front might be jostled from behind and all runnerstried to find some space. My advice would be - find out from one of the manymarshals exactly where the start line is, and use your previous race judgementto find a spot back from it, and stay at the side of the road until everything hassettled down, then join from the side. If you stand in the road you will bepushed back some way from where you want to be.
The initial 1km is downhill and there was no traffic so the whole width of theroad can be used (with care) to get your pace correct and start getting intoyour stride. The race organisers emphasise the need for runners to stay left onthe unclosed roads and by-and-large it is a left-turn-only course so there is nospecial attention needed to keep to this rule. Overall there was very little trafficand plenty of marshals.
It was a windy day and the wind cut across the race line for the first 5km andby the water station just before the 5km mark this hadn't really made itspresence felt, but when the sharp turning by Pymore came at 5.25km the windwas directly into your face. My race plan fell apart at this point - as dideveryone else’s; the name of the game was to find a group or someoneparticularly tall to shelter behind - there was no let-up until the 8km markerand then only briefly. I ran the Fenland 10 this year and the wind speedseemed much stronger at Ely - I estimated about 20mph. For me it wasenough to slow me by 1 minute/mile as, try as I might, I just couldn't connectup with another group. This isn't just a tactic for PB chasers either -measurements taken (1971 LG Pugh, courtesy of RunnersConnect.net) ofrunning into headwind indicate that slipstreaming (running close behindanother runner) will reduce the wind resistance on you by 80%, and oxygenconsumption by 6% - unhappily the effect of a tailwind cannot make up forthe this, same source indicates that a tailwind will push you forwards but onlyat 50% of the rate that a headwind slows you. Windy races are slower thancalm races if they are circular, so tack onto the back of a group if you can, andif they are clubmates, share the burden of front running.
Having failed to find a nice big group to shelter behind I "went backwards"for the next 2km until we hit the only real hill in the race which starts at 8.5kmfor about 0.5km - it’s not a big or steep hill but it is draining, but traditionallythere is a piper at the top for encouragement and if the weather it clear (as itwas this year) a superb view of Ely Cathedral "the ship of the fens" when youstart your last kilometre.
There is one last surprise - after a run through the houses of Little Downhamthe race ends down a muddy, slippery 200m footpath; just to keep us on ourtoes before collecting our nice cotton T-Shirt and beer.
Summary : a nice end to the year, fully booked very early so keep an eye out,a large field of friendly runners.
Race Length : 10 kilometresPosition : 67/553Time : 41:28 (gun)"
Editor – thanks to Phil for the race reports he provides for inclusion in thenewsletters. If you want a change of venue, distance or terrain it issometimes hard to know what race to pick. Phil’s reports provide an insightinto various races from a running, spectating and goody bag prospective.
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textThere are so many new races springing up all over the country like ToughMudder, Hellrunner and Getmuddyandpayfortyquidrunner (the last one maybe made up) that attract thousands of runners all of whom seem to be havinga really great time(if the photos on the websites and Facebook of these racescan be considered as evidence)
However traditional cross country races seem to struggle to get anyone toenter. The Under 20 womens race at Lincs County Championships this yearhas just 2 runners (luckily the race was run in conjunction with the SeniorWomens race so at least the 2 ladies concerned had some company)
Across both Lincs and Cambs Country Championships 4 of the races had lessthan 10 runners.
I'm not knocking the new races or any of the people that run them, one of thethings I love about WJ is that we can all run where, when, and how far or howfast we want I just don't understand why one type of race gets thousands ofrunners paying a lot of money and the other type gets less than a handful ofrunners
Perhaps some of this may be down to the words "League" or"Championships" being used in these races? Perhaps it might be down to thefact that the big televised races seem to be just running round and roundvarious parks with none of the old proper hills, bogs and streams that we allran through as kids? Perhaps the are too many memories of being sent out inschool shirt and underpants by a sadistic PE teacher?
This year the National Cross Country Championships showed that at least onetraditional race is bucking the trend with record numbers. Over 10,000 runnersof all ages and abilities competed. There was no qualifying standard, runnersjust needed to be UKA registered and enter via their club in advance.. The factthat the different age groups and sexes run separately mean we can watch andsupport our clubmates. The 5 Werrington Joggers who ran this year will all beable to tell you how great it was.
Next year the Nationals are at Parliament Hill in London in late February. Thatvenue is to Cross Country running what Lords is to cricket, Wimbledon toTennis and Wembley to football. We all have the chance to run there next yearfor an entry fee of a few quid and have a great day out too, running in anevent that was first run almost 140 years ago, so come and join us in 2015.
• County Champs• Lincs Champs- CaythorpeSenior men – 21st MartinStevensVet men – 28th Andy RawlinsSenior ladies – 11th WendyPerkins (2nd claim WJ)
• Cambs Champs – St NeotsU11 boys – 29th AdamMathieson, 35th Brynn Jones U13 girls – 2nd AmeliaMonaghanU13 boys - 13th MatthewWouldham, 42nd Mitchell GarnerU15 boys - 29th Thomas Hamlyn Senior men – 45th Simon JacklinU20 women – 5th Jade Watson, 7th Kelly GreenSenior women – Roz Hamlyn
• Regional ChampsSouthern Champs – Parliament HillSenior men – 875th Geoff Walden
• National Champs – NottinghamSenior men – 1342nd Andy Rawlins, 1377thGeoff WaldenSenior women – 583rd – Deirdre Fee
Cross Country Season by Linda Rawlins& Martin Stevens
It is a shame that some of the Joggers do not embrace what I consider to berunning in its purist form, Cross Country and fell running, as some of youwould find this form of running very beneficial like our cavemen/womenancestors.
This year's turnouts have been poor but this did not stop three joggers,husband and wife, Deirdre Fee & Geoff Walden, and myself from competing inthe National XC Championships at Wollaton park in Nottingham.
On an undulating and very testing course with a few really muddy stretchesreasonable running speeds were possible for most of the 3 laps. Geoff and Ihad only run about 1 1/2 laps when we were passed by the leaders includingOlympic triathlon bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee. We tried to stay with thembut with Geoff and I doing 8 minute miling and the leaders probably 2 or 3minutes quicker we just watched in awe at their speed over this type ofground.
So if you fancy building strength, stamina and speed for your running why notgive cross country running a go next winter.
National Cross Country by AndyRawlins
Club Championship RulesTo qualify for the club championships a minimum of 3 races must becompleted and then your best 4 out of 7 race scores are added together togive your final total.Seven races - minimum 3 with best 4 from 7 to score.Five-year age groups (age group based on your age at 1st January 2014).Provided 3 races have been run there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in eachcategory (consists of 6 or more runners) only 1st will be awarded if less than 6runners.Membership subscriptions must be fully paid and up to date on the day ofclub championship races to qualify for points from that raceCLUB VESTS MUST BE WORN IN ALL EVENTS
Peterborough parkrunlaunched in August 2013 and has proved to be a successful event. To enablelocal clubs to promote the benefits of membership to the large number ofunattached runners taking part, all local clubs were offered the opportunity to“take over” a parkrun. The Hamlyns (my husband Phillip, son Thomas and me) together with theTurners (Jayne, Mark and Jenny) agreed to take on the role of organising theevent and the volunteers. A date was chosen of 1st February as this was theday before a Frostbite and therefore club members would be less likely towant to run and be free to volunteer.The day dawned sunny but cold but at least the rain stayed away. Whilst wedid not have a record number of runners, there were a record number ofvolunteers, 41 in total including 4 pacers giving a ratio of approximately 1volunteer to every 7 runners. The pacers were certainly very popular andreceived a great deal of favourable feedback on the parkrun Facebook page. I would like to say a big thank you and well done to all those from WerringtonJoggers who supported the run. We certainly showed everyone that we are asupportive and friendly club.Team Hamlyn and Team Turner are negotiating another date in the autumn toorganise another parkrun to promote Werrington Joggers.
Comment onFacebookabout thisParkrunI took part inthe park runtoday justwant to saythank you forthe fabuloussupport Ireceivedfrom WJ. I
have come back to running this Jan after a very longtime away. Finding such supportive and understanding running communityjust thank you!
RACE 1 Huntingdon Frostbite 2 Marchwww.frostbiteleague.org.uk
RACE 2 Friskney Half Marathon 30 Marchbostonanddistrictac.com/bdac/index.htm
RACE 3 Eye 10K 11 Maywww.eye10k.co.uk
RACE 4 Club 1 Mile - Track Embankment 11 June tbcRACE 5 Park-Run 5K - Ferry Meadows 9 August tbc
RACE 6 West Pinchbeck 10K 28 Septemberwww.spaldingtri.co.uk/Pinchbeck%2010%20Info.php
RACE 7 Remembrance 11K 9 Novemberwww.peterborough5x5challenge.org
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 Peterborough Parkrun
The MuscatMarathon, 1/2Marathon was thein its third year ofexistence.Organised by theMuscat RoadRunners who aremainly ex-pats. Ittakes in some ofthe local tourist
attractions such asBeach Road, Muscat Opera House, and the Central Park. I must admit it wasvery well organised and maintained with volunteer marshals. There was anopen air breakfast buffet at the end, in which all the family could participate.
Muscat not a tourist attraction as such, as it is very expensive to travel around,stay and eat out. Yet, it is changing every year so it may, in a few years, bedifferent. (It pays to visit family.)
My son, Simon, and I decided to participate this year while visiting mydaughter, Sayeh, who wished to do it as well. We started off withapproximately a temperature of 28 rising to 30 degrees. Timing was irrelevantin this case as we wanted to run the circuit altogether as a group which wedid. We were not last to come in and some of the locals, ex pats, did not evenmake it round.
It is amazing as one of the marshals recognised the T Shirt and mentionedPeterborough. So Werrington Joggers is even recognised out in the MiddleEast.
Well, that's it. All the best to Werrington Joggers
Muscat, Oman Half Marathon
by Roz Hamlyn
by Des Stone
Congratulations to Claire Cook
who turned 21 in February
Congratulations to Scott Lloydand Zipporah Riondino who gotmarried in New York
Frostbite through the years
Final races of the 2013/14 series
Seniors The seniors finished 5th overall
March Frostbite - Hinchingbrooke SchoolJeff Lucas, Anthony Johnson, Sean Murphy, Rodney Hall, Will Hussey, PhilHamlyn, James Curt, Ann Wood, Deirdre Fee, Maria Borg
February Frostbite – BourneScoring Team: Jeff Lucas, Anthony Johnson, Martin Stevens, Justin Bentley,Malc Jacklin, Will Hussey, Phil Hamlyn, Terri Norman, Ann Wood, JillThompson
January Frostbite – MarchScoring Team: Jeff Lucas, Anthony Johnson, Martin Stevens, Barry Wild, MalcJacklin, Phil Hamlyn, Chris Philips, Terri Norman, Ann Wood, Jade Watson
December Frostbite – Hinchingbrooke ParkScoring Team: Paul Halford, Jeff Lucas, Anthony Johnson, Scott Lloyd, JamesCurt, Martin Stevens, Malc Jacklin, Ann Wood, Suzy Wild, Verity Miles
The junior team finished 9th overall
Fancy that: Did you know? • In 1990 a Frostbite took place at Helpston, the results were handwrittenwith 230 seniors completing the race. How times have changed both in termsof numbers competing and how the results are compiled.
Werrington Joggers who competed on that day and are still members areVerity Cave, in the Juniors. Seniors were Deirdre Fee, Sue Burnett, KevWoodcock, Phil Lloyd, Roger Richardson, Malc Jacklin, Ron Cave, Andy Scott.
• We had five Joggers complete the recent Frostbite fixture atHinchingbrooke Park who also ran for Werrington Joggers 20 years ago, inDecember 1993 in the Frostbite fixture at Little Paxton - they were Malc Jacklin,Ron Cave, Jeff Lucas, Tim Cook and Verity Miles (nee Cave – in the juniorrace).
There were also another 15 Joggers who competed 20 years ago but forone reason or another didn't run at Hinchingbrooke in December. They wereRoger Sayer, Rob Fox, Kev Woodcock, Roger Richardson, Phil Merritt, SueBurnett, Andy Rawlins, Les Barden, Tom Fairclough, Paul Denyer, Phil Lloyd,Tim Cook, Deirdre Fee, Carol Cook, Sue Merritt,
• Twenty of the 31 Joggers who competed in the first Frostbite to be held atBourne Woods over 16 years ago are still club members today! They are MalcJacklin, Geoff Walden, Roger Sayer, Kev Woodcock, Paul Denyer, Phil Merritt,Tom Fairclough, Paul Burgess, Sue Burnett, Deirdre Fee, Barry Loughton, NickBowlzer, Jim Fell, Roger Richardson, Tim Cook, Arthur Deaton, Pauline Haines,Margaret Dobbins, Carol Cook, Rosie Loughton.
It just shows how many long standing club members we have.Most of the old Frostbite results can be found on the Frostbite Friendly Leagueweb site
After the Frostbite races atHinchingbrooke in March thepresentations were made to eachclub’s runners of the series, oursenior awards went to HeatherHayes-Bowlzer and AnthonyJohnson whilst the junior winnerswere Hannah Campbell and AlexShaul
Runners of the series
• Martin Stevens3rd Viking Marathon
• Gerald WatsonTrack and Field athlete of the year
• Jade WatsonCambridgeshire County colours forrepresenting Cambridgeshire threetimes (yes, she is related to Gerald,they are father and daughter,obviously passed on the runninggenes)
Roll of honour
We currently have two spaces for people to advertise in this newsletter.We are asking for contributions of £30 which gives you an advert in foureditions over the next two years. Your advert will appear in alternateeditions. The size is the same as the existing adverts in this newsletter. If you are interested please contact Linda Rawlins [email protected].
If you want your race result to appear on the Werrington Joggers websiteemail your results to [email protected]
After the Frostbite races at Hinchingbrooke in March the presentations weremade to each club’s runners of the series, our senior awards went to HeatherHayes-Bowlzer and Anthony Johnson whilst the junior winners were HannahCampbell and Alex Shaul
Hannah CampbellHannah is a hugely keen and enthusiasticrunner who always gives 100%. She has improved as the season progresses andbeen part of our junior scoring team but moreimportantly we always know that where evershe comes in a race and whatever the terrain,she will always come across the linesmiling!! She shows lots of potential and welook forward to seeing her progress in thecoming years.
Alex ShaulAlex has only recently taken up running but has
run in all the Frostbites since he joinedWerrington Joggers. His commitment and
improvement have been significant and caughtthe attention of all our junior coaches.
At each race he has progressively finishedhigher up the field and we are confident that he
can continue this improvement next yearWell done Alex, it’s been great to watch one of
our athletes show such commitment andenthusiasm. Keep up the training
Junior Frostbite Runners ofthe series 2013/2014
by Lou RichardsonJUNIORS: Frostbite Final races of the2013/2014 seriesJuniors The junior team finished 9th overall
March Frostbite - Hinchingbrooke SchoolScoring Team: Matthew Wouldham -24th, Sam Staines – 50th, AdamMathieson – 56th, Luke Welch – 66th, Paige Nealon – 67th
February Frostbite – BourneScoring Team: Matthew Wouldham – 32nd, Harvey Hancock – 34th, AdamMathieson – 36th, Luke Welch – 37th, Emma Hickling – 145th
January Frostbite – MarchScoring Team: Matthew Wouldham – 14th, Harvey Hancock – 35th, Alex Shaul– 54th, Adam Mathieson 62nd, Hannah Campbell – 99th
December Frostbite – Hinchingbrooke ParkScoring Team: Matthew Wouldham – 22nd, Harvey Hancock – 24th, AdamMathieson 68th, James Cooper 73rd, No girl scorer so last place added
The seniors finished 5th overall
Trophy winners for 2013Club Championship2013Joint Winner Year 4/5 BoysLuke Welch
WinnerYear 4/5 GirlsLeah Rayment
Joint WinnerYear 4/5 BoysJames Cooper
2nd PlaceYear 4/5 GirlsHannah Campbell
3rd PlaceYear 4/5 BoysAdam Mathieson
Winner Year 6/7 BoysKieran Driscol-Freeman
WinnerYear 6/7 GirlsAmelia Monaghan
2nd PlaceYear 6/7 Boys Dexter Bole
2nd PlaceYear 6/7 GirlsGrace Sutton
3rd PlaceYear 6/7 Boys
3rd PlaceYear 6/7 GirlsAbbie Rayment
Winner Year 8/9 BoysJacobNankervis
2nd PlaceYear 8/9GirlsBethanyHunter
Winner Year10/11BoysRyan Hunter
WinnerYear 10/11 GirlsAmber Nankervis
Year 10/11 BoysJack Green
2nd PlaceYear 10/11 GirlsKatie Green
1 1/2 Mile HandicapSeriesWinnerScarlett Hart
Joint 2nd Place8
Joint 2nd PlaceHannah Campbell
Winnerof u13 Girls 3k Series2013Amelia Monaghan
Juniorrunner of the yearThomas Hamlyn
Juniors - January to MarchWe started the year with our first Tuesday back being an induction eveningand we had a fantastic turnout of new runners wanting to join us. Carol andTim Cook kindly came along and took the induction evening explaining whatWerrington Joggers is all about, safety aspects, behaviour, commitment andenjoyment. I then took the newbies out for half a session to get to knowthem and Carol and Tim helped their parents fill out all the paperwork andfielded their many questions.
I would like to welcome the following Juniors to our club.Henry Hussey Sam StainesOliver Smith Eddie MalcolmErin McCrudden Leia CampanellaZoe George Arthur BlacklerJadeanna Christian
Coaching Ros Hamlyn, one of our coaching assistants, is over half way through herCoaching qualification. She is our first leader to take the new UK Athletics,Athletics Coach Award which replaced the level 2 award, currently held by therest of us. It has been interesting for us and the juniors to experience hernewly taught coaching skills and to see a new approach and ideas. Ros islearning and teaching the juniors about throws, jumps, running and corestability work over this 10 week period. Therefore a group of our juniors haveenjoyed coming into the centre to taking part in some indoor sessions. I amsure they have been coming home with some interesting tales.
Ron Cave, who mainly takes the Blue group, has been assisting Duncan Mills,one of our older junior helpers, to complete his Certificate of SportsLeadership. Therefore Duncan has been helping to lead some of the sessionswith myself and Ron watching and advising him. Duncan is showing a lot ofpromise and should have no problem passing this qualification.
Well done to all the juniors who have taken part in either the County CrossCountry or the frostbites this season.
I did the Grafham Duathlon on Sunday 23 February. Standard distance 10krun, 42k bike and 5k run.Conditions were fine but very windy which was a problem on the bike as itwas on some exposed roads. A few people were DNS because of the wind Ithink.
My times were 51:36 run1, 1:26:10 bike and 27:27 run2. As an experiment Idid the event without a watch. The two transition times were very poor, over2 minutes; my wife Carol and George Prodrick asked if I enjoyed the showerin T2.I got the MV60 prize despite being the oldest competitor in the race. I was latefor the prize giving and saw there was a big plate left on the table. Thinkingthat was the MV60 I went over to look at it and saw it was the overall prize.Mine was about the size of an ashtray.
Still, a good start to the season.
Jim FellDambuster DuathlonJim also competed in the aboveDuathlon, which was a qualifier for theWorld and European Duathlon champs.Jim had a good run and bike but theresults don't reflect that. He was 5th inhis age group and needed a smidgeover a minute to get 4th and qualify.Still a brilliant result
Grafham Duathlon by Jim Fell
"We have been invited to join Pactracon Sunday 6th April for their Annual Ride and Tie event atWoodnewton. This involves biking and running in teams of two. Due to achange in Insurance terms with the British Triathlon Federation, all Pactracevents this year, need to be for Pactrac club members only. To getaround this Pactrac have introduced a New Members Packagewhich for £20 includes Membership plus one club event (value £6) (Juniors and >60s £16).
This will also apply to the Novice Triathlon at Oundle on Wednesday 28th May (Distances: swim 400 yards, bike 10 miles, run 3.5 miles), as well as to the 10 Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon's from 21st May to 30th July. The Novice Triathlon is for those new to the sport, or who have been involved for less than a year.
Having paid £20 to join; after the first free event, all subsequent club events will be at the Members price of £6.
The Ride and Tie involves 3-laps of a 6-mile circuit. Team Member A bikes 1-lap and then runs 1-lap, whilst Team Member B runs 1-lap and then bikes 1-lap. On the 3rd lap each team only has 1 bike, and can swap bikers and runners as many times as they like, in order to get the second member across the line in the quickest possible time. Teams can pair up in advance. Entry is on-the-day.
For those not wishing to do the event, we have our usual Sunday run from the same venue at Woodnewton Village Hall at 9:30am over some fantastic countryside, so hopefully something for everyone."
Annual Ride and Tie by Steve Hope
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Coaches Corner - Warm-up and race prepThere are so many different views on what should constitute a warm-up for arace.The idea of a warm-up is to bring your muscles up to close to racetemperature and heart rate up to a high level so that they will be moreefficient when the race starts and decrease the risk of injury. Generally speaking, the shorter the race, the more important a warm-up is –and this applies to how long it will take you as opposed to the distance. Somewould not even bother with a warm-up for a marathon, for example, as youwill be going relatively slowly so can warm-up during the first mile or two.On the other hand, some sprinters – not that many of you reading this will fitinto that category – can spend hours warming up.It is good to start off with a period of very easy running – slower than for yourtypical easy runs. The idea is just to get the muscles moving.Following up to 15 minutes of easy running, some like to stretch, the dynamicvariety being better than static – in other words gentle stretching movementssimilar to the ones you will be using during the race.Then it might be a good time to strip down to the clothes you are going towear in the race. However, if it is particularly cold and especially for longerraces, you might want to keep an extra layer on your top half until as late aspossible before the gun, whether this means handing something to a friend in
the start area or discarding one of those many wrongly-sized T-shirts you pickup as race freebies.Then it's time to find a toilet or a bush – queue-length time or appropriatelywell-concealed location properly researched beforehand of course.The last part of the warm-up could be some “strides” – perhaps three to fivesegments of round 30 seconds at race pace with at least a minute and a half inbetween. Then you should also leave around five minutes clear before thestart of the race, during which time you do little but a bit of walking, trotting orthe sort of shaking of the limbs or slapping of the thighs that you've commonlyseen while the starter is on his final countdown.People will have different warm-up methods, but it is good to get into a setroutine as this will be important with regards to not only making the start lineon time, but also ensuring you're not either worn-out or back to cold againwhen the gun goes.However, when it comes to bigger races perhaps with many start pens or onethat you might not be used to, you may have to start your warm-up a littleearlier. Remember it could take a bit longer to find the right position at thestart and the start pens could even close early. Having said that, whenever theorganisers say they want you in the start pens, you can usually manage toleave it a little bit later.
Massage for RunnersNot only does it feel great, but it can also help speed recovery, reducemuscle soreness and facilitate injury healing. Although there is stillconfusion surrounding massage and running, for instance, when is the besttime to get one? Which type is best for the runner?
The internet is a great source for researching into different types oftreatments readily available for athletes. However runners can go beyondthe typical ‘sports massage’ to get results.
Though experience The Fane Clinic has found the following techniquesparticularly beneficial for runners
Active Release Therapy – commonly known as A.R.T. is a massage techniquethat combines movement with specific, deep pressure to help relieve muscleadhesions and reduce scar tissue build up. Most effective for treatingspecific injuries. Ones where the formation of scar tissue is impacting thebodies healing process.
Swedish Massage – the most well-known of the common massagemodalities often associated with relaxation and pampering. This massageutilizes long, flowing strokes of various pressure to release muscle tensionand increase blood flow. Best used in the days before big competitions or asa recovery tool after hard workouts. Good for before a race, especially ifyou are coming off a hard week of training.
Trigger Point Therapy – specifically designed to target muscle knots andareas of referred pain in the muscle tissue. Therapists target and find knotsin the muscles and use deep pressure to help loosen the adhesions. Bestused to treat injuries
Deep Tissue Massage – this massage is often confused with deep pressure.Deep tissue massage targets both the superficial and deep layers of musclesand fascia and are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focusedwork. Typically this focuses on a few specific problem areas and, unliketrigger point therapy, works the entire muscle. Deep tissue massage is oftenthe modality of choice during hard training segments because often themuscles become tighter and interconnect issues when volume and intensityare high.
How Often Should You Get AMassage?
This is completely individual choice.Frequency will depend on how much you likemassage, how intense your training is, and of course your budget.
If it’s in your budget a monthly or weekly massage can prevent injuries. Thisis because you would be sustaining and maintaining tight areas before theybecome problematic. However if this isn’t an option for you, considergetting one or two during your hardest training block or if you’re doing a lotof speed work.
It’s advisable to get a massage either the evening after a hard workout orthe following morning. By timing this massage as close to your last hardworkout allows the body optimum time to recover and ‘feel back to normal’as methods which use deep techniques can leave the muscles sore orlethargic for a few days after.
Planning a massage before your next big race? Schedule it at least 3 daysout from the race. And note that the deeper the massage, the longer it takesfor the body to recover and respond.
Of recent years the snow and cold of early February has come to mean onething for a few Werrington Joggers, the British University and College SportsCross Country championships, or BUCS XC as it is known. This year was my
second outing at the race and on Friday the 31st of January,myself and
fellowKeele student Jade Watson began the journey up toStirling University with the rest of the team. Due to anerror on the Travelodge’s part (name and shame!) wehad ended up being moved from our Stirling hotel totheir Falkirk one, 20 miles away. This was compoundedby our team minibus battery giving up the ghost as we tried to leave on theSaturday morning prompting an expensive and fairly frantic taxi journey to therace. We arrived 20 minutes before the start forcing myself and friend Alexinto an impromptu 2 mile tempo to register our athletes and get back to thestart to get ready. I just made it onto the line with 2 minutes to go with mypulse hammering and ears ringing from the supporters. The race itself was abit of a blur and I don’t think I heard my own breathing over the din of thecrowd for the duration of the 7 mile race. 20 years prior, Werrington’s MartinStevens ran the same race at Stirling and while the hairstyles would be havebeen different, I’d imagine both races had wind, mud and rain; my now brownspikes and sodden vest evidence of this. The bitter rivalry betweenBirmingham and St Mary’s resulted in St Mary’s emerging on top in the men’srace and Birmingham taking the plaudits in the women’s event. My ownperformance was a fairly nondescript mid pack finish but Jade would’vehelped the Keele ladies to a very respectable position had her timing chip notcome loose; strong team performances all round.There has been a lot in the athletics media of late about the decline of crosscountry, especially following comments about Briton Andy Vernon’s bronze atthe European XC as being insignificant. However what I saw at Stirling was byno means a sport in decline. Over the years I have watched the Tour deFrance, Olympics, the London marathon and countless other sporting eventsbut few crowds match up to the raw passion on show at BUCS. Imagine 50universities all screaming at the top of their voices, chanting a cobbledtogether limerick or ringing a cowbell; throw in some bagpipes and you’ve gotsomething resembling a scene from ‘Braveheart’. I’m not joking about thebagpipes; some of the St Mary’s runners had painted their entire heads royalblue so I was strongly resisting the urge to cry ‘Freedom!’ One team captainwas heard hollering ‘remember lads, this is why you came to university!’Perhaps a slur on our education system, the hunger shines throughnonetheless.I think mainstream cross country can learn a lot from BUCS if it wants toincrease its following; we want passion, rivalry and excitement not the sincereformalities that we get at nationals and the like. Why not televise BUCS like theinter-counties? It’s the most interesting cross country racing you’ll get with theslaying of giants. Emelia Gorecka has been omniscient across British crosscountry for the past ten years, never really being challenged in the juniorranks but triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown turned the tables at BUCS and beather to the win. The university system in this country could be a breedingground for our next batch of world beaters with university pride and honourpushing our best young athletes on to bigger and better things. Just look at theresults of the American collegiate system and the evidence is plain to see.When all is said and done, I feel cross country is in safe, if slightly crazy hands.One thing is for sure, I think I’m going to have to do my PhD, if only for thefact that it’ll give me another three years of BUCS madness!
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It’s that time of year again when people are in training ready for springmarathon races. Some doing a marathon for the first time and some aredoing it for the umpteenth time. Some are doing more than one this year.
A big good luck to everyone who is running a marathon this year. Enjoy themoment, you will all have put in a large number of hours of training and it willbe worth it when you cross that line smiling.London - Tim Cook, Sharon Thomas Louise Jinks Bill Diver Trudi Hall GrahamCook Martin Stevens Juliette Havel Chris Welch and Justin BentleyBrighton - Sharon Hall Andrew Hall Mark Morris Martin Stevens KarenLockwood Tanya Greenway Lorraine Ding Elaine Palmer Ken Rigg. Brathay marathon lake district - Stephen GibbMilton Keynes - Rodney Hall.
Martin Stevens is part of the group doing 14 marathons in 2014 and is also anofficial pacer at the Brighton marathon for the organiser, doing 3hours
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Regular Club Night:Tuesday at 19:00 at Werrington Sports Centre and afterwards atthe Blue Bell Werrington. Anyone welcome, all abilities, men & ladies. Juniors (9-16Years) at 18:00 supervised by qualified coaches. Furtherinformation call Tim Cook (Chairman) 01778-342913 or SueMerritt (Secretary) 01733-350930 or e-mail via website.
Sunday Run Grading:A = up to 10mi fairly flat; B = 10 - 11mi; C = 11+mi, and/orhills, mud, etc. Winter Sunday Club Runs start at 09:30 unlessnoted. Any suggestions for Sunday Runs (e.g. new courses) toKelvin Chilvers 07415 664514 or e-mail via website
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Kit: Vests, tops, woolly hats, fluorescent bibs and gloves for thewinter, base ball caps to keep the sun out of your eyes orrain off your glasses, waterproof jackets, - See web site shopor order from Sue Merritt.
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Sun 6th 11:00 Cambourne 10k 9:30 Woodnewton –A/B Paul Burgess09:15 Brighton Marathon (also PACTRAC’s Ride & Tie)
Sun 13th London Marathon NoneSun 20th 9:30 Morrisons (Stamford) – B Ken PoppleMon 21st 10.30 Stanwick 10k (Nr Rushden)Tue 22nd 18:00 Easter Egg run JNR (TBC)
21:00 Post-London Buffet - Blue BellSun 27th 9:30 Helpston (Cross) - B Nic BowlzerSun 4th 11:00 Titchmarsh 10K 9:00 Castor Hanglands (Castor) Tim Cook
10:00 Langtoft 10kWed 7th 19:30 Silverstone 10KSun 11th 11:00 Eye 10K (Ron Dodson cup) JNR None
(CRL2) (CC3)Thurs 15th 19:00 Yaxley Social Run Yaxley Runners
(Farmers Arms, Yaxley)Sun 18th 11:00 Market Deeping 10k 9:00 Elton (Middle St) - B/C Barry and Suzy Wild
(Rugby ground)Sun 25th 9:30 Woodman (F. Meadows organised Eye Community Runners
by Eye Runners). A/B/C + short optionsSun 1st 11:15 Woodhall Spa 10k 9:00 Marholm - A - Cakes at PB’s House! Paul BurgessWed 4th 19:30 5K Series Race 1 F. MeadowsSun 8th 10:00 St Albans ½ Marathon 9:00 King’s Cliffe (Church) – A/B Paul DenyerWed 11th 19:00 Club Mile (Track) (CC4) Tim CookSun 15th 10:00 Huntingdon Charity 10k 9:00 Father’s Day run (Itter Park) - cakes Jayne TurnerWed 18th 19:30 5k Series Race 2 EyeSun 22nd From 8:00 Green Wheel Relay 9:00 Etton Run (Golden Pheasant) - A Andy Scott
(Embankment) - WJ Teams Kelvin ChilversSun 29th 10:30 Abbey 10k (Ramsey) (CRL3) 9:00 Bourne (4 Hamilton Cl) - A/B/C +
Short option - Cakes & Bacon Baps Bob Nitsch
DIARY - April to June 2014
JNR indicates there is also a junior race CC indicates Club Champs
CRL indicates Cambs Road League
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: 7 Races, must do 3 to qualify, best 4 countRACE 1 Huntingdon Frostbite 2 MarchRACE 2 Friskney Half Marathon 30 MarchRACE 3 Eye 10K 11 MayRACE 4 Club 1 Mile - Track Embankment 11 June tbcRACE 5 Park-Run 5K - Ferry Meadows 9 August RACE 6 West Pinchbeck 10K 28 SeptRACE 7 Remembrance 11K 9 Nov
TRY THE ATHLETIC TRACK:3rd Wednesday every month at 7pm. £1.00 per person16th April21st May Must be aged 17 or over18th June