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Coaching Plans for 2022…

We are pleased to announce your club coaches have been working hard behind the scenes to help improve the coaching offer we give you as Running Somewhere Else members.

Over the coming months we will be delivering your Wednesday night efforts sessions not as individual sessions but as part of a bigger picture which is designed to help you all improve as runners.

In fact we’ve already been doing it since Christmas…

Below you will find the coaching calendar we are working to highlighting the various training blocks within the first 6 months of the year.

  • Jan 3rd > 23rd – 3 Week New Year Kick Starter
    • A short sharp program of efforts to burn off the Christmas excess and start 2022 in style.
  • Jan 24th > Feb 27th – 4 Week Drill Introduction & Development
    • Introduction to the importance and benefits of running drills.
    • Development of ability to complete drills.
  • Feb 28th > April 24th – 8 Week Speed Endurance
    • 8 weeks of targeted efforts sessions designed to give runners the ability to run faster for longer.
    • These sessions will help runners improve thier times over any distance from 5k to Marathon and will be of particular benefit to those looking for a good time at the Stratford 1/2 Marathon.
  • April 25th > June 19th – 8 Weeks Running Stronger
    • This 8 week training block will focus on making you a stronger and more injury resistant runner.
  • June 20th > July 17th – 4 Weeks of Fun with Form
    • During the summer months efforts can be exactly that, an effort.
    • This 4 week block provides an opportunity to have some fun, look at our running form and take the chance to enjoy ourselves on what we hope will be some sunny, warm summer evenings.

We want to assure you that the plans we have in place are as inclussive as they always have been (so much so I doubt anyone really noticed we have changed things) but we are now all working towards a targeted goal.

For those of you competing in the club championship races these sessions will act as a great spring board towards improved performances and for those who aren’t we will still help you improve and maintain your running fitness just the same as we always have…

In addition to this later in the year we will be looking at providing individual training plans to work alongside the club structure for members who are targeting specific events. More on this to follow so watch this space.

If you have any questions about what we are doing feel free to speak to either Carol, Dave or Kevin.

A New Look to RSE Club Nights

With the changes in restrictions easing, we are pleased to launch the following changes to RSE Club Nights.

Monday Club Runs

Starting Monday 7th June 2021, we will be running as two groups instead of the current six. The two groups will still be split by 10k pace but the range of pace within the group will be far broader:

  • The current Groups 1, 2 & 3 (sub 55min 10k) will combine to form Group A.
  • The current Groups 4, 5 & 6 (55min plus 10k) will combine to form Group B.

Each group will have a lead runner and a tail runner and you can run at whatever pace you choose within the group.

In order for you to book the run of your choice, the new Groups will be available on the RunTogether App from 08.00 on Thursday 2nd June.

As per normal you will be able to view your group leader, tail runner and route info via the club website calendar by clicking on the run.

Wednesday Effort Sessions

Starting on Wednesday 9th June 2021

Choose between two Effort Sessions: Running Focused or Running Fitter

Both meeting at: 6:25pm (for a 6:30 start until 7:30pm)

Where? Old Station Car Park (or other location if announced)

(Excludes Wednesday 30th June as this is our annual RSE Scavenger Hunt – more details to follow)

To enable you to book your session of choice, all current efforts session bookings will be cancelled with the new look sessions available to book via the Run Together App by 08.00 Thursday 3rd June.

RSE Club Report – Charities, Championships and Ultra Challenges

Salcey Forest 6 Hour Challenge

It takes a certain kind of person to enter a 6 hour run for ‘training’, but that’s just what club member Mark Manley did this week, completing 40 miles at the Salcey Forest 6 hour challenge! The event consists of 5k laps through Salcey forest near Northampton, the trail course taking in the beautiful countryside and woodland. Mark ran a total of 12 laps, completing the 40 miles in 6 hours 40 minutes! Fantastic work, Mark!

RSE Club Championship 2021

Chippenham Half Marathon, 2019

The Club Championship has been running in RSE since its foundation, and many club members now have some very shiny trophies in their homes (and some more than 1!). The championship is open to all members, and is an opportunity to aim for personal bests with the support of other club members. It is a great way to run as a club and paint the events yellow, red and black! And have some fun while we’re at it.

There is, of course, the chance to enter the Overall Championship, in which an accumulation of points across different events will lead to an overall winner in Men’s, Women’s and VET categories. In each race, the front runner of each category earns 10 points, second receives 9 points, etc. If you enter and finish one of the runs, you will automatically receive 1 point, so the more races you enter, the more points you receive. To be Overall Champion, you need to enter a minimum of 7 races.

This year, there have been some changes to the format of RSE’s championship, due to the government restrictions.

Highworth 5, 2018

Club Captain, Elaine Chapman, explains more:

The club championship is important for many reasons. It is an opportunity to be part of something bigger. When you are out there racing in your RSE vest, you are not on your own, you have your friends out with you. I love being at the start of a club race, having those nervous chats with my fellow RSE runners on the start line.

As a club we are proud of how well we support each other, and this support really shines during club races.

Club races give us the chance to put everything we have learned at club training sessions into practice too. Everyone has their own personal targets, we have a wide range of races so people have the chance to achieve their targets, be it run non stop for a 5km, or get a good for age marathon place.

RSE Club Captains, Elaine Chapman and Dave Witnall, at Birmingham half marathon

RSE Charity of the Year 2021/2022

The club is looking to choose a new charity to support for the following year. If you would like to nominate a local charity, please fill in the form by clicking the link below:

Thank you for your response in advance!

Monday Night Running

Following a highly successful return to running on Mondays, we are aware many of our groups are regularly fully booked. The coaching team have been working hard on capacity for our Monday night run groups and, with this in mind, from Monday 17th May we will be increasing our group size from a maximum of 6 to 8 runners. This small increase is well within the current Covid Secure guidance issued by England Athletics and will hopefully enable everyone to get a slot within the pace group they want.
We have also reviewed our routes to introduce some of our more popular summer routes. These routes will be added to the routes page on RunTogether over the next week or so, for you to familiarise yourself with them before they come into active service from May 17th.
Details for May & June’s groups, routes & leaders are below and bookings will be available on RunTogether from 08.00 on Monday 3rd May.

Joining RSE/ Club Renewal

April is renewal time for membership and also a great time to join a fantastic, friendly running club!

Click the button above to join or renew membership – you will need to complete a form and then will be prompted to make a bank transfer for the membership costs.

If you have any questions please email Tracey Pitts – membershipsecretary@runningsomewhereelse.com