Welcome to the October 2016 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 autumn programme.
Event: Lowestoft parkrun

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016
Distance: 5k
Location: Lowestoft Promenade, Claremont Pier, Wellington Esplanade, Lowestoft NR33 0BS
Time: 9.00 am

Afterwards: Coffee in Nemo's Restaurant, Claremont Pier

Event: Holt 10k
When: Sunday 23 October 2016
Where: Gresham's School, Holt, NR25 6EA
Time: 10:30 am
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)
Al Bowen (Membership Secretary)
Rob Winner (Treasurer)
Cindy Burgess
Emma Fickling
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.

October Newsletter

As we move into autumn/winter we will, once more, be running in the dark. It is therefore important for your own safety that everyone running on club nights wears either a fluorescent top or hi-viz vest with reflective strips.  Although the Council has relented and turned back on the street lights in Tuttles Lane, there are still many poorly lit areas around Wymondham, and especially around the back of the Police Station, where the lights have not gone back on.  It might, therefore be a good idea to wear a head torch and these can be picked up quite cheaply online.

While talking about safety, can I just remind everyone to ALWAYS use the pedestrian crossing to the left of the Rugby Club entrance when crossing Tuttles Lane, this is for your own safety.

Earlier this year we received a request from some members of the club to look into the possibility of moving club nights to a Tuesday - mainly to avoid a hard training session either after a Sunday race or after a long Sunday training run.  The Committee did look at this in detail but, unfortunately, the Rugby Club is unavailable on a Tuesday and we were unable to find an alternative venue. So, for the foreseeable future at least, we are staying with our Monday club nights. Obviously, when the Rugby Club moves to its new venue the whole issue of where to meet will be looked at again.

On behalf of the Committee

October Club Nights

  • Monday  3 October 2016 - Winter Time Trial Heat #1
  • Monday 10 October 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 17 October 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 24 October 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 31 October 2016 - Normal Club Night
Thursday night running sessions:
  • Thursday  6 October 2016 - Police Station
  • Thursday 13 October 2016 - Hill Session at Longwater
  • Thursday 20 October 2016 - Police Station
  • Thursday 27 October 2016 - Police Station
Circuit training will be taking place every Thursday at Hethersett Old Hall School 6:30pm start.

Circuit Training

Circuit training sessions take place at Old Hall School, Hethersett, NR9 3DW on Thursday evenings. They will follow the same format as last year, with sessions geared towards gradual improvement. Circuit training is for strength and muscle endurance as well as challenging that all important cardio vascular system. If you have any questions about circuits please speak to Head Coach Kim, on a Monday club night. Sessions usually last around 1 hr this includes warm up time and cool down time. Warm up starts at 6:30 pm so please be prompt.

While building works are being carried out the previous Exit at the Norwich end of the site will be used as both entrance and exit for the sports hall. Please take care when entering and exiting and be aware of other users.

Race of the Month - October

Holt 10k
Sunday 23 October 2016

A mixed terrain course, this is the tenth and final race in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series. 

We have several members in top positions in the league, so this race may prove crucial in determining their final finish place!

Online entry available here.

Supporters very welcome!

September Race of the Month - Round Norfolk Relay

Congratulations to the WAC team of 17 runners who came 21st out of the 58 teams, completing the 198-mile course in a time 25:40:36.
Conditions were gruelling at times, with heavy rain and strong winds, particularly on the early, off-road legs, so a good performance all round.
This great team effort would not have been possible without the help of the team of cyclists, timekeepers and the support crew, and the organisation of Sharon Wray and Emma Fickling.  Our thanks to all of them.
The staging of the race relies on support from running clubs in Norfolk to provide marshals and our thanks go to the WAC members who were marshals at the Geldeston roundabout when the 58 runners passed through on Saturday night.
Final thanks go to Andy and Alison Preston, Ivan, Melinda and Lauren Colman, as well as little Archie, for encouraging the runners throughout most of the race.  The runners really appreciated it!
It was noticeable that many local clubs smaller than WAC fielded two or more teams this year.  If members are up for it, there's no reason why WAC shouldn't put two teams in the 2017 RNR.  More on this in due course.

British Masters Success

Anne Martin took part in the British Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham on 17/18 September and set four W80 British Records as follows:

200m - 44:55sec - W80 British Record - Club Record 
400m - 1min 48:53sec - W80 British Record - Club Record 
1500m - 8min 21sec - W80 British Record - Club Record 
Long Jump 2.46m - W80 British Record - Club Record 

Well done Anne - totally brilliant!

Winter Time Trial Dates

The first heat in the Winter Time Trials takes place on Monday 3 October.  Please come to club as normal and register for the Trial before making your way to the start at Hubbards Close.

The revised dates are as follows:
Monday  3 October 2016 - Heat #1
Monday  7 November 2016 - Heat #2
Monday 28 November 2016 - Heat #3
Monday 12 December 2016 - Final

Coaching Pathway

The first stepping stone on the coaching path is the Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) course.  This training course qualifies and insures leaders to deliver safe and fun running sessions.
There is a LiRF Course at Easton College on Sunday, 4 December 2016.
If you are willing to show a commitment to assisting the WAC coaching team between now and the course date, and for at least a year thereafter, the Club is willing to cover the cost of the course or, if the course costs more than £100, to contribute £100 towards the cost (other bursaries may be available).

Please contact Tony if this is of interest.
If you have completed a LiRF course (or similar) and have had practical experience and a desire and commitment to progress to the next level you may be interested to know that Athletics Norfolk is aiming to have a Certificate in Running Fitness (CiRF) course held locally in 2017.  They do, however, need early expressions of interest so please let Tony know if this may be for you.

New Year's Day 10k

Entries have now opened for the WAC 2017 New Year's Day 10k.

This year Race HQ will be the Ex-Servicemen's Club, as Central Hall is used for other events on a Sunday.  The race will start at 11.30 and the course is the same as for 2016, starting and finishing in Lady's Lane, just over the footbridge (the same finish as our own Ed Burton Memorial 5 mile races).

Andrew Lane is the new Race Director and has started collecting names of volunteers.  There will be a sign up sheet at the club every Monday from now on, but please email Andrew at if you are unlikely to be at the club in the next few weeks, but would like to help.  Our biggest requirement is for marshals out on the course.

Please note that WAC members can only participate in the New Year's Day 10k every other year. WAC members who do take part MUST either help before the race (either on the day or before the day clearing Lady's Lane) or provide a volunteer on the day.

Midweek Winter Cross Country - East Anglia League

The cross country season starts again this month.  Races in the midweek league take place on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 2:30.  Dates are as follows:

Race 1 Oct 19th West Runton Beach Confirmed
Race 2 Nov 9th Fritton Park (GYRR) TBC
Race 3 Nov 23rd Whittlingham Park (Tri Anglia) TBC
Race 4 Dec 14th Whitwell Station (Reepham Runners) TBC
Race 5 Jan 11th UEA TBC
Race 6 Jan 18th Shouldham Warren (Marham) TBC
Race 7 Feb 8th Chilton Hills (Stowmarket) TBC
Race 8 Feb 22nd Knettisham Heath (Honington) TBC
Race 9 Mar 8th Nowton Park (Bury Pacers) TBC
Race 10 Mar 22nd Catton Park Confirmed

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