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Championship 2018 Announcement!

Hi all,

With the 2017 championship starting to wrap up, it’s time to start thinking about 2018. It has been noticed that over the last few years, interest in the championship seems to have dropped off, this year there are few who have managed to have completed the 5 race minimum to qualify. So I have looked into making some changes for 2018.

Taking on board feedback from the AGM, the survey, and just in general, in 2018 we are trying a new format.

There will be 2 smaller championships, one for shorter events, one for longer events, and an overall championship which will bring the two together, which is still in line with the current championship. This way the overall club champion will still be the best all rounder, but for those who would rather stick to the shorter stuff, they can do that and still win something, the same goes for those who prefer the longer races. I have summarised this in a handy diagram.

2018 Championship explained – venn diagram!!!

When choosing races, I have tried to consider the following things.

I have tried my best to take out races which sell out quickly and are hard to get a place in, so races like Bourton, Linda Franks, and Frampton have been taken out for 2018. I will endeavour to keep track of when races open, and let people know, but it is ultimately your responsibilty to keep an eye on when races open if you want to enter them.

I have started the Short Stuff Specialist championship later as many club members are often training for spring marathons, and would rather not be doing the short stuff in Jan/Feb when they’re getting their mileage in.

Have tried to keep it interesting with a variety of distances and and terrain. A few new races this year, but some old favourites as well.

I have kept June free from club races as this is a busy club month with Fairford, Hope 24 and Cotswold Way.

There will soon be more specific info in the championship section, but for now here are the races.

Championship races 2018

Club Championship 2017 – Round 5 & 6

Dear all,

Unfortunately I did not get round to posting the results following round 5 of the club championship till now, so have combined them into the update for round 6. Hopefully it has kept you in suspense, or left you to do the mathematics of where you are! So without further ado:

Sunday 7th May saw the Forest of Dean 10k, which was a race along the fire track and trails in the woodland of the Forest of Dean and was the fifth race of the 2017 club championship. This was a new race to the championship, and saw 5 ladies and 3 men from the club race for the championship points. Remember to qualify for club championship points you must be wearing the official club running vest, otherwise your effort will not count.

Saturday 17th June was the Humph’s Hilly Half marathon, which was the 6th race in the 2017 club championship. The race was a single loop around the picturesque villages near Bourton-on-the-Water, and as the name suggests includes a few “gradients”, this year made more fun by the sweltering temperatures. This year saw 4 ladies and 5 men take on the challenge and compete for the championship points. Remember to qualify for club championship points you must be wearing the official club running vest, otherwise your effort will not count.

So after rounds 5 and 6 of the championship, who is heading up the leader board? Have there been any changes?… well, let’s find out… the top five are:

Ladies Championship:
1) Nadine Brown (50 points)
2) Elaine Chapman (47 points)
3) Amelia Culshaw (30 points)
4) JOINT: Kirsty Pitts & Teresa Hazelwood (15 points)

Men’s championship:
1) Mark Manley (47 points)
2) Dave Witnall (34 points)
3) Jonathan Lewis (28 points)
4) Matt Lambourne (19 points)
5) Oliver Hazel (18 points)

The next club championship race is the Frampton 10k, on Monday 3rd July. The race is a flat course on the roads and lanes around the picturesque village of Frampton-upon-Severn. Good luck to all of those who have entered.

And finally, this will be the last update from me as your Captain. It has been a pleasure to run with you all, and I wish you all the best of luck in your varied endeavours. I wish my successor the very best in the position. Therefore it remains for me to say, for the last time…

Happy running!

Graham

Club Championship 2017 – Round 4

Dear all,

Sunday 19th March saw the Gloucester 20 road race, which was the fourth race of the 2017 club championship. The race is a three lap race around the “undulating” roads and lanes near Quedgley, just to the South of Gloucester. The Gloucester 20 is a great race to enter if you are preparing for a spring marathon, so bear that in mind for next year! This year there were 3 runners from the club, all of whom were ladies!

Remember to qualify for club championship points you must be wearing the official club running vest, otherwise your effort will not count.

So following the 4 races so far the top three places in club championships now look like this:

Ladies Championship:
1) Elaine Chapman (38 points)
2) Nadine Brown (33 points)
3) Amelia Culshaw (20 points)

Men’s championship:
1) Mark Manley (28 points)
2) Dave Witnall (25 points)
3) Jonathan Lewis (21 points)

The next club championship race is the Forest of Dean 10k, on the 7th May which is a scenic run along the fire tracks and trails in the woodlands of the Forest of Dean. Good luck to all of those who have entered.

Happy running!

Graham

Runathon 2017 – February

Dear all,

February saw the start of the Runathon 2017. The Runathon 2017 is a challenge to all the club members to help celebrate our tenth anniversary. The challenge does not solely rely upon your speed, but rewards those for consistency and determination. It does this by using the distance and the elevation that a runner manages to cover in a month and uploads to Strava.

In February there were 17 runners that entered the distance challenge and 19 runners who entered the climbing challenge. The top three finishers in the two categories were:

Distance Challenge:
1) Andy Masser (192 km)
2) Elaine Chapman (184 km)
3) Matt Lambourne (172 km)

Climbing challenge:
1) Matt Lambourne (1079 m)
2) Dave Witnall (1015 m)
3) Ben Chapman (977 m)

Well done to you all, an amazing effort, this looks like it could be a close contest each month. Good luck to all of those who have entered for the March challenges.

Happy running!

Graham