Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Week Ahead 28 November 2016

Down to the Beachley track on Tuesday for a 7 o'clock start.
Coach Kevin is introducing some new training - not to be missed.
On Thursday we have the Boughspring runs - long, longer and longest. Which will suit your needs?
And finally, on Saturday the third Gwent League of the season. It's the popular Blaise Castle course just over the S Bridge in Henbury on the north-west corner of Bristol. Funny, it always seems to be sunny at Blaise. Here's hoping!
Watch out for our Captains' posting for travelling arrangements.
Women's race at 12.35
Men's at 2.10

Friday, 25 November 2016

AGM Report

50 members attended Thursday's AGM with plenty of lively debate.
All Committee members up for election plus five new full members in the new 'without portfolio' category were voted in - Maria Anthony; Jenni Bell; Andy Creber; Rich Milliken; Tom Riddington (assisted by Lou Crockett). These five have full Committee status.
It was agreed that we'll publish Committee agendas and reports to all members, probably via WotsOn.
The new Membership scale was approved: it increases the early renewal discount to £7.50 and rationalises the Junior scale.
Jen Danger Harding and Jonathan Carter won the ballot for Club London Marathon places.
And finally, our race finish crew gave a snappy presentation on our marvellous exclusive finish technology.
And even more finally, those present collected their GLCL Double memento - a fine lidded drinks cup stamped with the Club logo. Those not present can pick up their cup from the MC on Club nights. All who ran or helped in at least one Leisure Centre League cross-country or road race in the 2015/16 season are eligible.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Week Ahead 21 November 2016

Down to the Severn Bridge Tuesday for the Long & Short Hill Session. Rich Milliken is taking charge of this one for his coaching debut. Go easy on him.
AGM on Thursday, food served from 7.30, business at 8. An early start for the night's run, the Tour of the Town leaving at 6.30.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Tonight's S Bridge Time Trial

We helpers have been worried about the weather forecast for this evening, but are prepared to go ahead with the Time Trial (7.30 start as usual) if enough people want to do it and the weather is not too horrific.
So we'll see how it's looking at 6.55 when we gather in the bar. If you're going straight to the Bridge, someone will pop by and tell you if it's off.
We'll have a run round the town otherwise.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Week Ahead 14 November 2016

On Tuesday we revel in the pleasures of the Danes Loop. The lap starts and finishes along Kingsmark Lene by Park View. So we set off  down the Lane,  turn left down Huntfield and back up Kingsmark Avenue. But what we don't do is stop at the top of the Avenue. Oh no! We carry on pushing along the lane right back to the finish opposite Park View. You'll find that the coach will be lurking at the top of the Avenue with our new cattle prod to encourage you to keep going.
On Thursday it's down to the Severn Bridge for the monthly 5k Time Trial. Can you beat your last time?
We're looking for two helpers please. Either on the turn-round which gives you the opportunity of doing the 5k run, albeit in 2 two-and-a-half k parts, or taking names/times at the finish. Please write your name in the Comments box below, or contact Dick direct.
On Saturday the Elan Valley 10 mile race up in the top of the region is the East Wales Road Champs for 2016. Medals for all age groups. A lovely scenic, quiet-laned course starting by the mighty dam.
And finally, on Sunday the second Leisure Centre League cross-country race in the hills behind Pontypool. Based near Pentwyn there is very little parking space, so we've been advised to share cars. The race starts at 11, so watch for the Captains' notice about meeting times at the LC.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Week Ahead 7 November 2016

Tuesday's session is the Beech Grove Paarlauf.

Beech Grove is opposite the tennis courts of the Athletic Club in Mathern Road in the middle of Bulwark - where we did Ivan's timed hill session a few weeks ago under the guardianship of the local constabulary.

You need a partner of about your own speed, and be warmed up and ready to go at 7.15. You can maybe sort out your partner in the LC bar before jogging down to Beech Grove. (Short Cut! The alley just before Larkfield garage takes you to the top of Beech Grove.)

Spoilt for choice on Thursday!

The 15 pioneers of the Core Fitness group are committed to Week 2 of Kevin's course.

The scheduled tempo run is down to Beachley and back via the Wyebank estate.

And we're also offering a track session at the Beachley camp. We're still sorting out the optimum lighting arrangements, so bring along your head torch just in case. Meet at Beachley at 6.55 ready to warm up.

And finally, the second Gwent League cross-country is at the Pen y Lan Leisure Centre at Brecon (dress warmly) on Saturday. Junior races start at 12; Senior Women at 12.50; Senior Men at 2.20.

This one incorporates the East Wales XC Championships for which all ages are invited to enter. Find the EW tent, fill in the form and pay your £1 and you're up for a much sought-after E Wales medal.

There are also team medals for all age groups, so we've all got a chance of bringing home a gong.

The Champs are also the main selection event for the East Wales team in the Inter Regional Champs at Builth Wells on 10 December. The first six in each age group gain automatic selection for the IR team, but their are 9 other places to be chosen on merit. If you miss the top six, but  ran well at Bridgend or are putting in good performances in other races, you still stand a good chance of running at Builth.