Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the

WAC Members' Monthly Newsletter

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

The programme for the Thursday evening track sessions at Hethersett Old Hall School is here.
Event: Fritton Lake Parkrun

Date: Saturday 28 May 2016
Distance: 5k
Location: Fritton Lake Contry Park, Beccles Road, Fritton, Blickling, Aylsham, Norwich, NR31 9HA
Time: 9.00 am

Date: Sunday 22 May 2016

Location: Colney Lane - River Yare valley
Time: 8.30 am Earlham Park Car Park (first right off University Drive when entering from Earlham Road). 
Distance: Around one hour (circular or out and back)
Pace: To suit all (8min/mile, 9min/mile and all-comers groups) ((there';
Afterwards: Coffee in the Earlham Park Cafe
Contact: Tony Richardson

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)
Sharon Wray (Treasurer)
Dave Hazleton (Secretary)
Al Bowen
Cindy Burgess
Emma Fickling
Roy Harvey
Tracey Salisbury
Mark Tufts
Rebecca Riddoch

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.

May Newsletter

This is a  bumper edition so I'll keep the introduction short!

If you're reading this on the way to run in the GEAR in King's Lynn I hope you have a good race and that, unlike some of this year's marathon runners, you're not competing in snow and hail.

The summer track sessions have already started and we're offering some hill sessions in parallel this year.

The newsletter contains details of many up and coming races, but, as ever, I'd advise you to book your place early as pretty much every race seems to be full these days.

It's been great over the last few weeks to see so many of you out at races  supporting other members, especially at the longer races and triathlons.  In particular, it was wonderful to see such a large contingent of loyal supporters at the Manchester and Bungay Marathons, and to have so many "first timers" completing marathons and half marathons over the past few weeks.

May is a busy month for races, especially over some of the shorter distances, so I hope that your training stands you in good stead, that you remain injury free and that you achieve your goals.


Subscription renewal

The new membership year starts on 1 April 2016 and subscription payments were due before that date if your membership is to continue uninterrupted.

If you are one of the few people who has not renewed your subscription but are intending to do so please pay your subscription now.  The new membership form is here.

Points from events that you take part in whilst your subscription is overdue will not be counted.

2016/17 membership fees are £32, and £27 for additional members at the same address.  The second claim subscription is £19.

You will not receive any further newsletters if you have not renewed your subscription.

Membership cards will be sent by email.

May Club Nights

  • Monday 2 May 2016 - No club night (Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 9 May 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 16 May 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 23 May 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 30 May 2016 - No club night (Bank Holiday).
We are continuing with the Monday night recovery runs as an option for those wanting to back off a little from their usual training regime.  If you're willing to lead a recovery run please mention it to Kim or Tony.
We would ask you to follow the guidance for such runs that are here and on the notice board.  You should also be aware of the risk assessment that's here.
If you're looking to take part in a recovery run please have a word with Tony on the night.

May social run

The next social run is on Sunday 22 May 2016, starting in Colney Lane and taking in part of the scenic valley of the River Yare.

We're planning three groups, paced at around:
  • 8 min/mile
  • 9 min/mile
  • 10 min mile (or slower - to suit slowest runner).
We'll run for around an hour and meet up back at the cafe in Earlham Park for coffee and a cake.

Put the date in your diary (and 12 June for a beach run).  Both runs will move off  at 8.30am.

If the May run well supported and the format is liked we'll do it again.  If not, we won't.

WAC Committee

If you think that you'd like to give something back to the Club and to contribute your views please think about joining the Committee at the reconvened AGM in May.

Please get in touch with Tony if you'd like to talk about it (in confidence, and without obligation, of course).  And, if you'd like to help more with the Club's activities, perhaps with the occasional event, but don't what to join the Committee do please let Tony know.


The current plan is to reconvene the adjourned AGM on 23 May 2016.
We'll have an EGM on the same day to consider a minor amendment to the new constitution.

Notices of the two meetings will be sent by email to members who have paid their 2016/17 subscription. If you've not renewed you'll not be entitled to attend the meetings..

Ekiden Relay - Sunday, 17 July 2016

For over 20 years Ipswich JAFFA have been staging the only Ekiden Relay held in the UK.

The 26.2 mile race is run by teams of six as a relay.  There's a 7.2km leg, 3 legs of 5km and 2 legs of 10km.

We will be entering four teams and there are still a few places left.  So if you didn't put your name down and would like to take part in this very sociable event please email here.

Round Norfolk  Relay - Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016

This year will be the 30th Round Norfolk Relay, a race around the coast and inland boundary of Norfolk, a distance of over 196 miles, with 17 legs, varying between 5.49 and 19.67 miles, some of them overnight.

Although the Committee agreed that the Club would provide funding towards two teams this year, the number of runners wanting to take part means that we'll be entering only one team.

We don't need to decide yet, but it looks like being a club team, which must comprise at least five ladies and at least six masters (which can include ladies).

Thank you to those who have offered assistance as drivers, timekeepers, cyclists (to accompany runners) and other helpers.  We'll be in touch with you personally very soon.

Thanks also to those who have offered to marshal at Geldeston roundabout. Again, we'll be in touch with you personally very soon.

Emma Fickling and Sharon Wray have offered to act as the team organisers and co-ordinators this year.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2016

Our club places in the London Marathon went to Rebecca Riddoch, Raphael Silver and Nicola Day.

Raph finished in a time of 3:35:35, a personal best.

Bex Riddoch finished in a time of 5:50:45, also a PB.

Unfortunately, Nicola was unable to take part due to injury.

Your race results

If you'd like your race results to count towards your points total for a Club Award you need to put it in the diary that is available at each Club Night.

If your time was a personal best (PB) then add that as well.

If you took part in a triathlon the distance of the running phase will count (only), but only if you write the distance in the diary.  Orienteering distances count as well, but only if you write the distance in the diary.

If you want the points but don't want the result read out wait until AFTER the announcements before you put it in the diary.

It's not practical to read out all the results in the diary, particularly on weeks when there have been many entries, but don't be put off by that.

If you were placed in your race overall or in your age category please put your placing alongside your result.

Results that are not put in the diary, or that are achived before you've paid your subscription (or whilst your subscription is overdue) don't count towards the points-based Club Awards.

Race of the Month - April

Great Yarmouth 5m series Race 1
Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ian Moore, Al Bowen, Sue Stirling, Gavin Hall, Cindy Burgess and Dennis Bartram all took part in the first race of this series, our race of the month for April.

You can enter the other two races in the series online via RunBritain here and BookitZone here and Runner's World here.  Please note that if you enter through RunBritain you are unable to purchase a series ticket and must enter each race individually.

Postal entry is available here.

The other two races are on 11 May and 25 May. The 11 May event is a Norfolk Grand Prix event.

The three race series takes place on the fast and flat two lap course along the seafront and offers a great opportunity for a PB.

Race of the Month - May

Dereham 10m
Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Dereham 10m race this year is a County Championship race and part of the Leathes Prior Grand Prix series (see elsewhere in this newsletter).

If you're not running (entries have now closed as the race is sold out), why not come along and support the WAC members taking part?

Please note that the race starts at 10.30am.

WAC Awards Night

We're still waiting on the engraver for the trophies from the WAC awards night.

We will get them to the winners as soon as they're ready.

Thursday Nights

Track sessions at Hethersett Old Hall School have started again.  The programme is here.

Sessions are at 6.30pm (for 6.45pm).  Please park at the Norwich end of the site and use the path in front of the gym to access the running track.  If you come by bike please use the same route to the running track.

Do your warm up laps freestyle on arrival.  These sessions are geared to all abilities and aspirations.

By popular demand Dave Hazleton will be running hill sessions at Earlham Park this summer on:
  • Thursday 26 May 2016
  • Thursday 30 June 2016
  • Thursday 4 August 2016.
Meet at the Colney Lane Car Park (where Colney Lane joins Roundhouse Way) at 6.30pm.

On these three evenings you'll have a choice of the track or Earlham Park.

European Masters' Indoor Championships

Anne Martin and Eva Osborne were among more than 3,000 athletes who competed in the 2016 Championships in Ancona in Italy a few weeks ago.

Their results deserve special mention in this newsletter.

Anne Martin (W80)

800m - Gold (British Record) (and, of course, Club record)
Triple Jump - Gold (British Record) (and, of course, Club record)
Long Jump - Gold (British Record) (and, of course, Club record)
200m - Silver (Club record)
400m - Silver (Club record)
Hammer - Silver
Weight - Silver

Eva Osborne (W75)

400m Gold
800m Gold
1500m - Silver
3000m - Silver
Cross Country - Silver
4 x 200m relay - Gold  W75 WORLD RECORD
Cross country team - Gold

An outstanding set of results from two great athletes.

Norfolk Road Race Fixture List 2016

The latest (fourth) version of 2016 Norfolk race fixture list has just been published and is available here.

As you can see, the Norwich Half Marathon has disappeared (it is moving to the Spring, with the next running in 2017) and the second Trowse 10k is included, on 30 October 2016.  It will be around this date in future as well.

2016 Marathons (and more)

So far this year, WAC runners have run an impressive 27 marathons - Houston, Phoenix (London), Paris, Manchester, Brighton, Bungay and London.  And Andrew Lane completed the 56k Two Oceans Ultra in South Africa.

13 runners have recorded marathon PBs, two of them by Adam Masterson, who has run the Phoenix Marathon in London and the Greater Manchester Marathon so far this year.

The biggest WAC field was at the Manchester Marathon, where we were represented by 12 runners.

It's been great to see so many WAC members attending these races to support the runners, for whom it can provide a great lift, especially if they're running through snow and hail!

If you have completed a Marathon between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016 you are eligible to enter the Norfolk County Championships.

Just send an Official Result or press cutting (photocopy will suffice) (email/Website “links” are not acceptable) with the following information:

  • Full name and address
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone number
  • Club
  • Event
  • Date of event


Pat Brightman
Norfolk County Marathon
Main Road
Ormesby St Michael
Great Yarmouth
NR29 3LW

or email:

so as to be received by 1 November 2016.

Medals now being awarded in 5 year Age Categories
Senior, then 40 through to 65+.


Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series 2016

As you'll see from the 2016 Norfolk race fixture list (available here) there are ten races in the Grand Prix Series which count towards the prizes.

The placings after the first four races (the WAC 20m was the most recent) are available here.  There are quite a few WAC members with names in the placings.

As there are 2,153 runners so far, only the TOP 20 finishers in each category are listed.

The remaining races selected to form the 2016 Grand Prix Series are:

  • 8 May - Dereham 10m
  • 11 May - Great Yarmouth 5m
  • 15 June - Wroxham 5k
  • 26 June - Humpty Dumpty 10k
  • 14 August - Great Yarmouth Half Marathon
  • 23 October - Holt 10k.

Anyone can take part in the Grand Prix Series. All you need to do is enter the Grand Prix races in the normal way and then look out for your name in the GP standings ... 

Ages are as at 31 December 2016 with masters in five year age groups from 40 to 65+.

At every GP race the winner in each age group scores 100 GP points, second place scores 99 GP points and so on.

Although the final GP standings will count a runner's best seven performances from the ten available races, you don't need to do seven races to count in the final GP standings but it's clearly a good idea to do as many as possible.

The GP administrator for 2016 is Pat Brightman.

Please note that the Grand Prix End of Season Celebration Evening has been moved to Friday 11 November 2016.  This is not just for Prize
Winners, but a social event for everyone.  Further details will be available

WAC 20 mile Race 2016

There were 295 finishers in this important race in the Norfolk road running calendar, used as a warm up race by many of those running spring marathons.

As ever, we received many compliments from competitors on the friendliness of the WAC marshals and the support they gave to the runners.

Thanks are due to Karl Chapman, as Race Director, to the race committee and to the members, their friends and relatives who gave up their time before and on race day to make the race a success.

As you'll see elsewhere in the newsletter, this was Karl Chapman's last race as Race Director.

Round Norfolk Relay - Request from organisers

Three years ago volunteers from Dereham, Coltishall, CONAC and Thetford stepped in to keep the event going.

The RNR is in need of a safety officer and, at the end of this year's event, the current secretary and course manager are standing down. In respect of the latter two roles the RNR says that it would be beneficial to have a new volunteer step up before the event so that the role can be explained.

If you are interested please contract Neville Knights (contact details are available from Tony Richardson if you don't have them).

WAC Race Director - Time to pass the baton

Karl Chapman took over as WAC Race Director back in a 2005/2006, when he was also chairman of the Club. He has put a lot of time and energy into the races, growing and developing them into the success they are now.
When Karl took over there were four races a year with a profit of circa £3k per year but Karl decided to reduce the number of races and focus on two with the aim of increasing numbers and revenue, which we have now done, despite facing sharply rising costs.
Since joining WAC in 2002 Karl has marshaled or organised at every race that we have put on as a Club with the 2007 5k 2007 as the only exception (although he did organise everything behind the scenes) and New Year 2017 will be the first time since 2002 that Karl says that he will not be involved in the Club races.

Karl feels that he has "done his bit" and is standing down as Race Director.  The Club is very grateful to Karl for his sterling work as Race Director and for increasing the stature of our races to their current level.

Karl believes that there are lots of people in the Club who could step up and continue the success of the races, adding their own ideas to the pot. Of course, there will be a handover and Karl will be offering guidance as required.

If you'd like to take over the Race Director role (for one or both of the WAC races) please have a word with Karl Chapman or Tony Richardson. 

Lord Mayor's 5k 2016

Run over two laps of a traffic-free city centre course, this 5k road race was first staged in 1996 and now attracts the best quality field for an event of its kind in the east of England.

The 21st edition takes place at 4.50pm on Saturday, 2 July 2016 and registration is now open – click here to enter (Sam Barker and Jack Gillick already have!)

The Lord Mayor’s 5k immediately precedes the annual Lord Mayor’s Street Procession through the city centre of Norwich. It provides an opportunity to race on traffic-free streets in front of an enthusiastic crowd that includes WAC members too slow to run it themselves (entry to the Lord Mayor’s 5k is limited to competitors capable of completing the 5k course in under 20 minutes).

The course record holders are 1996 Chicago Marathon winner and double Olympian Paul Evans who set the men’s record of 14mins 11secs back in 2000, while the fastest woman to date is current GB international Gemma Steel who clocked 15mins 59secs in both 2011 & 2012.

If you're not competing put the date in your diary and come along to support those WAC members who are running.  We'll go for a bite to eat and something to drink afterwards.

Alex Moore Memorial Relay - Sunday 29 May 2016

This race, organised by Norfolk Gazelles, is around the village of Skeyton. Teams consist of three runners: 1st runner (1 lap - 2.2 miles), 2nd and 3rd runners (2 laps - 4.4 miles) and together (all 3 runners as a team) (1 final lap - 2.2 miles)

Alex Moore was a former Norfolk Gazelle who died in a sky diving accident in 2003 at the age of 24. To celebrate Alex's life, Norfolk Gazelles set up the Alex Moore Memorial Relay in 2004.

Starting from The Goat Inn in Skeyton, the race is for teams of three and is run over one of Alex's regular training routes close to the former RAF Coltishall where he was based. The race has a relaxed, fun atmosphere enjoyed by runners and their families and attracts over 30 teams from across Norfolk.

Click here for the entry form (no online entry).

Midsummer Relays - Sunday 12 June 2016

Active Norfolk and Bure Valley Harriers are putting on The MidSummer Relays on Sunday 12th June at 11am at The Redmayne Playing Field, North Walsham Road, Norwich NR6 7JJ (aka Norwich Rugby Club).

There'll be teams of four, each running legs of approximately 2 miles.

As well as medals to the winning team in each category:
  • Senior Men
  • Senior Ladies
  • Vet Men (40+)
  • Vet Ladies (35+)
  • Mixed Team
there'll be a trophy to fastest man and woman.

Online entry is here.

Athletics Norfolk County Championships 2016

The Athletics Norfolk County Championships 2016 take place at the UEA track on the weekend of 14 and 15 May 2016.

Events include 5k track races.

Please go to for further information.

Hurry though, as entries close at midnight on Monday, 2 May 2016.

Run Norwich 10k

Entries for the
Run Norwich 10k, which takes place at 9.30am on Sunday, 7 August 2016, can be made here.

It is hoped to increase the field to 5,000 runners this year and entries are well on our way to achieving that!

As the race clashes with a Regional Track and Field event at the UEA the organisers are likely to be short of help and have asked if Wymondham AC can lend a hand.  So, if you aren’t running this year and can help out the organisers would be really grateful.

Please contact our very own Tracy Stevens in the first instance.

Summer Cross Country - East Anglia Cross Country League

The EACCL is hoping to run a race each month across the summer.

Race 1 is a 5k race on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at Cart Gap Beach Cart Gap Road, off the B1159, in Happisburgh (near Stalham), next to the beach and Lifeboat Station ( NR12 0QL). Start time is 2.30pm.
The terrain is mixed - sea wall and beach - and is not suitable for spikes.

Donations towards the race permit will be welcome.

There is a car park (£1.20 per hour), toilets and a cafe.

The East Anglian Cross Country League website is here.

Wherryman's Way

If you are contemplating one of your long runs along Wherryman's Way please note that it is closed indefinitely (until the summer at least) near Hardley Hall/Hardley Flood, Loddon due to dangerous bridges.
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