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The Wymondham Athletic Club Newsletter

 1978 - 2018 - Forty years of running

Click here to download the Monday programme (may not be available for a day or two).

The Thursday Autumn/Winter programme is available on the website .

The Advanced group programme is available on the website here.
Event:  Colney Lane parkrun
Date: Saturday 24 March
Distance: 5k
Location: UEA Colney Lane Playing Fields, Norwich 
Time: 9.00 am
More information here

The WAC Calendar listing all events for 2018 is available on our website here
If you're looking to order a WAC club vest/singlet have a word with Dennis Bartrum or send an email here.

Click here to access the WAC page on the suppliers website for everything except your club vest/singlet.  Items available include running tights (long and short), hoodies and tracksuit tops.  Most items have the WAC logo on them.  Items are made to order so allow a few weeks for delivery.  A delivery charge applies so you may want to combine your order with the requirements of other members.
Anerew Lane (Chair)
Dave Hazleton (Secretary)
Rob Winner (Treasurer)
Tracy Stevens (Membership Secretary)
Tony Beales
Cindy Burgess
Karl Chapman

Rebecca Coleman
Steve Ely
Gavin Hall
Tracey Salisbury

If you've any thoughts about how the Club might be improved please let one of the Committee members know. The Committee usually meets every four to six weeks.

If you're keen to join the Committee or you'd like to offer practical support in some other way please contact the Chairman or Secretary.
Race Director Andrew Lane
Race Secretary Tracy Stevens
Head Coach Kim Reader
Cross Country Captain  Tony Beales
Records Secretary Eva Osborne

March Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who voted for the WAC Awards 2017, a fantastic 71 of you voted in the end for the various awards - you'll have to wait to hear the results though until 17 March at our Awards Night!
Thanks also go to Kate Quentin-Hicks for organising both a coffee and cake afternoon at her house and then a cake sale on the following Monday at club in memory of our lovely member Helen Lakey who lost her battle against cancer last year.  Kate raised a fantastic £485.64 from the two events for Breast Cancer Care.
On behalf of the Committee

March Club Nights

  • Monday 5 March - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 12 March - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 19 March - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 26 March - Normal Club Night
Thursday night training:
  • Thursday  1 March - Police Station 6:30 pm
  • Thursday  8 March - Police Station 6:30 pm 
  • Thursday 15 March - Police Station 6:30 pm
  • Thursday 22 March - Police Station 6:30 pm
  • Thursday 29 March - Police Station 6:30pm
  • Advanced Group - See website for details
  • Circuit training every Thursday at Hethersett Old Hall School 6:30pm start.

Important!  Volunteers wanted to help at 20 mile race on Sunday 25 March

Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered to help at the 20 mile race on Sunday 25 March (9.30 start).  This year we have dropped the T shirt and reduced the price, and as a result the entries are well up on last year, and are now close to the 465 limit.  It will be very busy on the day!
This is one of our two flagship events and has an excellent reputation, not least because of our enthusiastic marshals.  The races are also a major contributor to club funds.  Without them we would need to increase subscriptions significantly.
So, if you are available, please let us know if you can help, either by signing up on a Monday night or emailing us at 
For new members and those who haven’t volunteered before, it is a really enjoyable event, with appreciative runners.  We won’t ask you to do anything you are uncomfortable with, and virtually all our marshal points have two marshals, so you are not on your own.
If WAC members want to run the race, we ask that they provide help in some way.  This can be by giving out race numbers on the morning of the race; helping organise water supplies the day before; or asking a family member or friend to marshal.
Andrew Lane

Grand Prix Race of the Month - February 2018
Valentine 10k

The Valentine 10k, the second in the Sportlink Grand Prix series took place on a beautiful, sunny crisp spring day with a fantastic 38 Club members taking part.  Congratulations go to Yitzhak Ben-Aroya for gaining 1st place in the 55-59 men's age group, Stephen Dady for his 1st in the 65+ men's age group and Alex Smith for her 1st in the ladies' 40-44 age group.  Congratulations too go to the many WAC runners who gained PB's.

WAC - the Early Years

I guess most of you already know what happened next, but I am going to tell you anyway.
As you know, the Wymondham Joggers were encouraged to do gentle exercise with no hard sessions and no competition. After two years, we had progressed to a 3 mile loop around town, which we did on a regular basis at club nights.

It was on one of those outings in October 1980 when we heard about the first London Marathon to be held in the coming March. Whilst jogging along I listened to the comments made by my companions, discussing the absolute folly of running a Marathon. “Who on earth would want to do that? Just imagine, we would have to cover our loop almost 9 times! Total madness! Crazy idea!”
Whilst this discussion went on, I was thinking about the time when, as a little girl, I first heard about the epic run from Marathon to Athens and my big brother showed me the distance on the map. It made a huge impression on me and Pheidippides became my hero.

My fellow joggers continued their discussions until shy, quiet little me (well, in those days anyway) calmly announced that I was going to do it. I might as well have dropped a bomb, such was the reaction. After the initial shock and a week of reflecting, John Wood (a Wymondham Jogger) and two of his work colleagues joined me.
We had no idea how best to prepare, remember, we had never run more than three miles. We had no Running Magazines, no schedules, no training tips, no running watch, never heard of intervals, speed work, fartlek, carbo-loading or the benefit of fluids, sports drinks, bananas, energy bars etc. I didn't even have proper running shoes, just a pair of children's plimsolls.
Little did I know at the time, that my decision to run a marathon would have such a profound impact and would mark the end of “jogging for fun”.  Although not competing yet, other members joined us on our Sunday morning outings and it was at this time that the “Wymondham Joggers” turned into “Runners.” We made it to the Big Day, but more about that next time.
Return of the Mob Match WAC v Gazelles
Saturday 24 March 2018 9:00 at Colney Lane parkrun

After the success of our first ever mob match at Mulbarton in October, the Norfolk Gazelles have challenged us to a return match at Colney Lane parkrun on Saturday 24 March.  There were 64 of us at Mulbarton so let’s see if we can get a similar turnout at Colney Lane.
The mob match is part of the normal parkrun on that day: ie we simply use the parkrun results to calculate the outcome. If you haven’t ever run a parkun before, you need to register first (free) and bring along a printed barcode (not smartphone, because they don’t scan).
Registration is at
(“Mob matches” date back to the 19th century, to the early days of cross country running.  They are a great opportunity for runners of all abilities and ages to turn out for their club – the more who turn out, the more likely your club is to win.)
Andrew Lane

Subscriptions from 1 April 2018 onwards

We are pleased to let you all know that the annual subscription will remain unchanged at £35.  This is despite an increase in the England Athletics element from £14 to £15, and means that the club part of your subscription has been reduced from £21 to £20.  We are able to do this because our finances are healthy, as a result of the success of our 10K and 20 mile races.  If you are a new member, you can join from 1 March onwards on a 13 month basis but your EA subscription (entitling you to £2 off most road races) will not start till 1 April.

Andrew Lane

100+ Points Awards 

2018 - February points update

Points update at the end of February shown here. February has been generally a quiet month for road races although there have been lots of parkruns (23 locations already by WAC this year!), and one overseas half marathon (Anneke, Barcelona). 
Gavin Hall

Cross Country

Another really busy month in the WAC world of Cross Country which saw some excellent WAC turn outs at the two mid week XC races, as well as the Hunny Bell Cross Country over at Stody near Holt. 

EACCL Mid Week Series 

Our WAC Runners at Thetford
The two races in February were at Thetford and Stowmarket, we had around 20 runners at Thetford and approx a dozen at Stowmarket. Thetford (Race 7) was run on a mostly grassy woodland terrain with Alex Smith first WAC lady home and Steve Jones first home in the Men’s race.

Stowmarket (Race 8) however was run on a mostly muddy course but still enjoyable all the same, Juliette Watkinson was first WAC lady home and 2nd overall in the Lady’s race with Kevin Fraser first home in the Men’s race. For team and individual results in the Mid-Week League, please use the link

The last two Mid Week League races are scheduled and confirmed for 7th March at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds and the very last race of the series coupled with prize giving will be at Catton Park, Norwich, both races start at 2.30pm (see website for further information).  

If you haven’t yet run in this seasons winter mid week series and would like to be part of our WAC Cross Country Mid Week League Team, then please see me at Club on Monday Nights or on the day of the race at 1.30pm to 2.00pm to sign the disclaimer, there are no race entry fees to pay either, it’s all included in your club membership. It’s a great team event, all abilities are very much welcome, so just turn up on the day, ready to race.

Ryston Series Race 5

This was run over a 9k undulating woodland course on another bitterly cold morning at Shouldham Warren on 25th February.  For results please use the link  

The Horsford Cross Country Series Race 3

The 3rd and final race of the three race series took place on 4th February. We had 8 runners competing with congratulations going to Eva Osbourne, Angie Bear, Patrick Larke and Adrian Hall for winning their respective age categories in the race with Mark Banfield finishing 2nd in his age category. Race 3 results here.

Final Series Standings: Congratulation go to Eva Osbourne for winning F 75+ category and to Adrian Hall for winning the M50-54 category. Full Series Results 

Marriotts Way Trail Half Marathon

The Half Marathon was a sold out event and was run on 18th February following Marriott’s Way from Whitwell Station round the Themelthorpe Curve to Aylsham, finishing up the steps and into the town hall where the chip mat was positioned. We had three runners competing in this event with Tony Beales finishing 3rd in age category M 50-54. For results please follow the link.

Hunny Bell Cross Country on Sunday 25th February

This race was run on the Stody Estate, near Holt, on 25th February and was another sold out event. The 5 mile race was run on an undulating part woodland, track and grassy course. We had approx 20 runners competing in this event however this isn’t clear in the results. Congratulations go to Cat Cummings and Sarah Peachy for finishing 2nd & 3rd respectively in the Female Seniors Category, and to Ben Rivett for being first WAC home and finishing 4th overall in the Race with Andy Preston first home in the Male Vets category. For results see here.

Some other Cross Country Races Coming Up

Ryston Series Cross Country Grand Prix Race 6,  6.5K, on 18th March. This is the 6th and final race of the 6 race series and is once again run in the woods over at Shouldham Warren, West Norfolk. The race distance is 6.5K, with entry on the day, final check-in is at 10.30am with the race starting at around 11.30am. For further race information follow the link.

Thetford Forest 10K Hoohaah, Santon Downham on 11th March.

The route is a multi-terrain course around the picturesque area of Thetford Forest. The route will include stretches of footpaths, woodland and meadows. Santon Downham is nestled in rolling countryside and some moderate hills form part of the course. Parts of the course may be muddy and all terrain running shoes are advisable. A water station is located at approximately the 5km mark. More information here.
March is the last month of the winter Cross Country season, we still have two very important fixtures to fulfil in the mid week league with races at Bury and Catton Park, I believe with a good strong WAC presence at both these meetings we can finish on a strong positive note with the aim of finishing as high up both leagues as we possibly can #TeamWAC #TogetherStronger.

Have a great month.

Tony B

Dates for your Diary

March 2018
17 March - WAC Awards Night, The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich.
24 March - Mob Match at Colney Lane parkrun + parkrun of the month
25 March - Wymondham 20 Mile race

April 2018
21 April - parkrun of the month at Catton Park

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