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Welcome to the February 2017 edition of the 
WAC Members' Monthly Newsletter


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

Click here to download the Thursday spring programme (may not be available for a day or two).
Event:  Mulbarton 200th parkrun
Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
Distance: 5k
Location: The Common, Mulbarton NR14 8AE 
Time: 9.00 am

Event: Valentine 10K 
Sunday 19 February 2017
Distance: 10k
Where: Easton College, Bawburgh Road, NR9 5GA
Time: 10:00 am
Entries:  Race Full
More information:  Here
Supporters welcome
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.
Tony Richardson (Chairman)
Dave Hazleton (Secretary)
Rob Winner (Treasurer)
Al Bowen
Cindy Burgess
Roy Harvey
Tracey Salisbury
Rebecca Riddoch

Sharon Wray

None of them bites hard so 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.
Andrew Lane - Race Director
Tracy Stevens - Membership Secretary/Race Secretary
Kim Reader - Head Coach
Eva Osborne - Cross Country Co-ordinator

February Newsletter

We have had some quite tough weather for running in the last month with cold, ice and freezing fog.  It has therefore been great to see really good numbers turn out for our Monday Club night and especially good to see many new runners coming along to try us out!  A big welcome to all of them.  A special thought goes out as well to all those training for spring marathons in this cold weather.

Our New Year's 10k was, once again, a great success. Many thanks to Andrew Lane for organising his first event as Race Director for WAC and thanks to everyone who helped out on the day - see below some comments put together by Andrew from emails he received after the event.

On behalf of the Committee

February Club Nights

  • Monday  6 February  - Normal club night
  • Monday 13 February  - Normal club night
  • Monday 20 February  - Normal club night
  • Monday 27 February  - Normal club night
Thursday night running sessions:
  • Thursday  2 February - Hill session meet at Argos, Longwater at 6.30*
  • Thursday  9 February - Police Station, Wymondham
  • Thursday 16 January - Police Station, Wymondham
  • Thursday 23 January - Police Station, Wymondham
* May change to Police Station - check on Facebook before turning up.

Circuit Training every Thursday at Hethersett Old Hall School 6:30pm start.

WAC Club Calendar 2017 - Updates

There are a couple of changes to the 2017 Club Calendar for 2017. The training workshop has moved from May to 1 October.  An "Adventure Weekend" camping at Fritton Lake is being organised for either June or July - further information in future Newsletters.

The up to date Calendar is available on our website - here.

Late News:  The proposed trip to the London Velodrome in March has been postponed and will be moved to later in the year.

February parkrun of the month

Mulbarton parkrun are celebration their 200th run on Saturday 11 February and it would be nice if as many Wymondham runners as possible could turn out to support them.  They meet at The Common in Mulbarton NR14 8AE.  Run starts at 9:00.

Wymondham AC Awards Night 2017

Tickets are selling well for the Annual Awards night on 18 March at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich.  Apart from the Awards ceremony, there is also a 3 course meal, dancing and a free prize draw (don't forget to bring your numbered ticket on the night!) 

This year, the awards presented will be based on our new Awards Scheme published earlier. 

Tickets are available at any club night and you can reserve your place for just a £5 deposit.  If you would like to reserve places, please download the form here and bring it to any Monday club night, pick up a form at club night or email me.  The full price of £25 for members and £28 for non-members will need to be paid by the end of February. A form for menu choices is available here and is also available at Monday club nights

We have again this year negotiated a special rate for overnight stays at the Maids Head for those who don't want to drive home afterwards. The rate is £95 bed & breakfast in a double room for single occupancy or £105 for two guests. Contact the hotel direct to book a room - stating it is for the WAC Awards Night.

WAC Club Awards and Charity of the Year Election

WAC Club Awards
The WAC Club Awards include a number of awards voted on by members. They are:
  • Road runner of the year - Female
  • Road runner of the year - Male
  • Cross country runner of the year – Female
  • Cross country runner of the year – Male
During the course of February you will be sent an email inviting you to vote for the winners from a nominated shortlist. Do please register your vote!

WAC Charity of the Year
During the course of the year the Club has a number of opportunities to raise money for a charity.The charity chosen by members currently is Nelson’s Journey, to which WAC contributed over £50 from the Christmas lights run alone plus other monies from things such as contributions for massages at the NY 10k.
We now need to choose a charity for 2017/18. When completing the voting slip for the “Runners of the Year” awards please remember to complete the section asking you to nominate your preferred local charity.

New Year's 10k

We are very grateful to everyone who helped out at the New Year 10K.  There were 672 finishers and it was again a very successful and popular event, which received a great write up in the EDP. 

We received lots of good feedback from runners, especially about the friendly and supportive marshals.  Here are some of the comments we received:

 “Thank you for a well organised and totally enjoyable run today.  The route was beautiful, the marshals encouraging (some slightly bonkers!!!) and the cake delicious!"

"It was brilliantly marshalled by loads of friendly people.  A great event."

”Thank you for all your work in organising a great race today.  I am just coming back to running after
a car accident last year and was one second off my PB, so over the moon!" 

"Just wanted to thank club and members for the race organisation on the 2nd.  I enjoyed the day, everything was well organised and the support of all the race marshals was great.  My first race in 30 years and enjoyed using new technology like the timing chips especially as it showed I did achieve my goal to run under an hour!"

"I would like to thank all at your club for such a lovely race.  Everybody was so friendly and encouraging, the route was beautiful and it was really well organised.  As a beginner who's started to brave turning up to these things by myself it was a lovely morning."

"Thanks for another good New Year run.  Well done with the sunshine too."

"Didn't do this event last year and missed it.  Back this year and really enjoyed it.  Thanks to all - well organised, good atmosphere and cheery marshalls."

"I just wanted to drop a note thanking you and your team in an excellent event and organisation of yesterdays 10k race in Wymondham."

"I have never entered such an event before and only started running in October last year!  The atmosphere and people made it a fantastic experience for me in my preparation for this years London Marathon which I have entered as a charity runner for Children with Cancer.  I would like to pay special thanks to the marshalls who were out there in the freezing cold and really support you on the course ... amazing every one of you."

WAC 20 mile race - 26 March 2017

We now need to start thinking about our next race in March.  As always we will need helpers for the day and the volunteers' list will be available every Monday night - so please sign up!

Normal rules apply to any WAC runner wanting to enter the race, ie you can only run it every other year and, if you do enter, you will either need to provide someone to help out on the day in your place or offer to help yourself before and/or after the race.

January Social Run

There was a great turn out for our first social run of the year along the beach at Sea Palling to Happisburgh lighthouse and back.  A lovely day for a beach run with the weather being slightly warmer than in some previous years.  Well done to the Café owners who coped well with all the extra customers afterwards!

January Race of the month - Freethorpe 10 mile

Great to see so many (34) WAC runners complete the first race in the 2017 Leathes Prior GP series.

Congratulations to all runners, especially the many who took advantage of the near-perfect conditions and achieved PBs and those who took trophies home.

Thanks also to those members who came to support, especially those who offered their time to GYDAC to act as marshals, whilst also cheering on the WAC runners. It's good to see Wymondham AC helping at other events.

Make a Difference in 2017

Fantastic article in the EDP on Andrew Lane who is backing the "Voluntary Norfolk Make a Difference in 2017" campaign. Andrew was in at the beginning of the parkrun phenomenon and is an Ambassador for parkrun in Norfolk.  Read the full article here.

Developing Running Coaches

We have received an email from the Chair of Athletics Norfolk to say that England Athletics have recognised the need for a CiRF course for Norfolk and the suggestion is, at the moment, to hold a LiRF course in the spring (provisional date is 12 March) followed by a CiRF course in the summer - probably at King's Lynn.

If anyone is interested in either or these courses, please contact Tony.

LiRF - Leadership in running fitness - see information about what this course involves here.
CiRF - Coach in running fitness - see information about what this course involves here.

Round Norfolk Relay 16-17 September 2017

The Round Norfolk Relay (RNR), which is in its 31st year in 2017, is a team race that mirrors the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages. Norfolk's enormous skies, vast sandy beaches, open spaces and picturesque towns and villages, with their attractive cottages and medieval churches, all contribute to making the race a unique running experience, with on- and off-road legs and around 60 teams running through the day and night to finish at King’s Lynn on the Sunday morning.
The Committee has decided that, subject to getting enough runners and support, WAC will enter two teams into the 2017 Round Norfolk Relay.
There will be a men's team, which Karl Chapman has agreed to organise, and a ladies’ team, that Roy Harvey and Tony Richardson have agreed to organise.
Sign up sheets for runners and volunteers (whose help is needed to accompany and transport runners, with time-keeping, logistics and marshalling) will be available at Club Nights in February.
If you’ve been involved before you’ll know how much fun this unique event is and just how much team work is involved between runners and volunteers.  If you haven’t, but you may like to get involved please take a look at the RNR website here and ask someone who has been involved in previous years.
If you do sign up as being interested in running please bear in mind that you may be called on as a helper!.

Ekiden Relay and Alex Moore Relay

In recent years the Committee has organised participation by Wymondham AC in the annual Ekiden Relay organised by Ipswich Jaffa Running Club.  We did this with a view to enabling members of all abilities to participate in teams whose abilities as a team were matched as far as possible.
A considerable amount of planning went into this, but, with the number of WAC teams dwindling, the Committee has decided not to organise entries for this year’s race.
Of course, if you would like to join the event, in which over 150 teams compete, why not put together your own team of 6 WAC runners (the legs are 1 x 7.2km, 3 x 5km and 2 x 10km) and enter as a WAC team.  This year’s race, which is on grass on the playing fields of Woodbridge School, is on Sunday, 16 July 2017.
If this is of interest and you’d like to benefit from the priority booking let Tony know.  Otherwise, just go the Ekiden Relay website here (although at the time of writing the page hadn’t been updated for 2017).
On the subject of relays, you may also be interest in putting a team together for the Alex Moore Relay, a relay race around the village of Skeyton.  This year’s race takes place on Sunday, 11 June 2017.   The course is 2.2m on road, with teams consisting of three runners with the 1st runner running one lap, the 2nd and 3rd runners each doing two laps and all three runners together running the final lap.  There’s more information here on the Coltishall Jaguars’ website, although at the time of writing the page hadn’t been updated for 2017.

Cross Country Dates

Ryston Runners XC Grand Prix
All races take place at Shouldham Warren starting at 11 am. The dates are:

Sunday 19th February 2017 (9km)
Sunday 26th March 2017 (6.5km)
See the website for more information.

Horsford XC Series
A wet and muddy series of races organised by Norwich Road Runners, dates are:

Sunday 5th February
See the website for more information

EACCL Cross Country League
Races in the midweek league take place on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 2:30.  Dates are as follows:

Race 7: Feb 8th Chilton Hills (Stowmarket)
Race 8: Feb 22nd Knettisham Heath (Honington) (TBC)
Race 9: Mar 8th Nowton Park (Bury Pacers) (TBC)
Race 10: Mar 22nd Catton Park

The East Anglian Cross Country League website is here and facebook page here.

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