Welcome to the September 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 sessions at the Police Station will be available on our website soon.
Event: Gorleston Park Run

Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
Distance: 5k
Location: Gorleston Cliffs, north end of Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth 

Time: 9.00 am
Afterwards:  Meet for coffee and cake in the Café among the lower level shops afterwards. 

Event: Round Norfolk Relay

Date:  Saturday 17/Sunday 18 September 2016
Distance: Various
Location: Various  

Time: From 5:30 am
Details:  See paragraph in main body of the Newsletter for details  

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)
Rob Winner (Treasurer)
Dave Hazleton (Secretary)
Al Bowen (Membership Secretary)
Cindy Burgess
Emma Fickling
Roy Harvey
Rebecca Riddoch
Tracey Salisbury
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.

September Newsletter

We seem to have an extremely long Newsletter this month, so I'll keep the introduction short!

Must just say well done to everyone who has raced this month, often in very warm weather, we have had some good results. This reflects the hard work put in by the runners in training with the help and encouragement of our coaches.  So, a big thank you to all the coaches and to all the others who give up their time for the club.
On behalf of the Committee

September Club Nights

  • Monday  5 September 2016  - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 12 September 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 19 September 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 26 September 2016 - Normal Club Night
Thursday night hill sessions at Earlham Park on 1, 8, 15 September.  Back to the Police Station, Wymondham on 22 September.  Further details below.

Thursday Night Sessions

Our Summer Thursday evening track coaching at Hethersett Old Hall School has been very well supported across the summer and concluded with a well attended session on 18 August 2016
Thanks are due to Dave Hazleton for organising the programme and the coaches and to Dave, Terry Brannan, Karl Chapman, Mark Tufts, Andy Preston, Kevin Garwood and Martin Stringfellow for leading sessions.  We are also grateful to Olympian and Chicago Marathon winner, Paul Evans, for leading a session for us in July.
For the next few weeks Thursday evening sessions will be at Earlham Park, led by Dave Hazleton on 1 September and 8 September and Andy Preston on 15 September 2016.  Everyone is welcome.  It’s fair to say that the sessions involve a bit of hill work!
We meet in the car park just off the roundabout (near NNUH) where Roundhouse Way meets Colney Lane.  Please be there at 6.30 sharp as we’ll be ending the sessions in failing light if we start late.  If you don’t make it to the rendezvous in time please run through to Earlham park and look out for the group near the river, just down from the café.
Thursday evening sessions at the Police Station begin on Thursday, 22 September 2016.  The programme will be available shortly on the WAC website.

Race of the Month - August
Run Norwich 10k - Sunday 7 August 2016

Well done to the magnificent 49 WAC runners who completed the "hot and hilly"  Run Norwich 10k!  Most people agreed that the course this year was a great improvement on last year's, especially at the start.

Special congratulations to Andy Preston for gaining 1st place in the 50-54 male age group and Gerry Watson for gaining 3rd place in the 60-64 male age group.

It was a tough race - who says Norfolk isn't hilly?!

Race of the Month September -
Round Norfolk Relay 17/18 September 2016

The Round Norfolk Relay is run around the county boundary of Norfolk, over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages. The race starts at Lynnsport in Kings Lynn and then, from Hunstanton, follows the coastline taking the Norfolk Coastal path as far as Cromer. The 35 miles from Cromer to Great Yarmouth are on the road. By the time the majority of teams reach Great Yarmouth it is dark.
From Great Yarmouth, the course follows main roads for 67 miles to Feltwell, all run in darkness.  From Feltwell, the last 33 miles are run across the flat Fens through the early morning mist. Finally, following Great Ouse River into King's Lynn and then on to the Finish at Lynnsport.
A staggered start, based on anticipated finishing times, ensures that teams of similar ability start together, with faster teams chasing.  If the stagger works, all teams should finish the race by 9:15am to 10:00am on the Sunday. With the first teams starting at 5:30 am on Saturday, this allows for teams running an average of 8mins 40secs per mile throughout the course.
This is the Wymondham AC Round Norfolk Relay team:
From-to Leg No. Miles Runner
King’s Lynn - Hunstanton 1 16.32 Jack Gillick
Hunstanton – Burnham Overy Staithe 2 14.06 Andrew Lane
Burnham Overy Staithe – Wells 3 5.76 Marianne Defernez
Wells – Cley 4 11.14 Jayne Allen
Cley – Cromer 5 10.81 Karl Chapman
Cromer – Mundesley 6 7.90 Cat Rickets
Mundesley – Lessingham 7 9.24 Adrian Hall
Lessingham- Horsey 8 7.52 Heath Alexander-Bew
Horsey – Belton 9 16.60 Peter Harvey
Belton – Earsham 10 18.13 Jen Rudd
Earsham – Scole 11 12.45 Martin Stringfellow
Scole – Thetford 12 19.67 Mark Tufts
Thetford – Feltwell 13 13.25 Keith Hood
Feltwell – Wissington 14 7.27 Anthony Beales
Wissington – Downham Market 15 10.59 Julia Lloyd
Downham Market – Stowbridge 16 5.49 Oliver Timpson
Stowbridge – King’s Lynn 17 11.73 Sam Russell
The race is about so much more than the runners, however.  We also have a support team which, like the runners, has been organised this year by Sharon Wray and Emma Fickling.  The support team covers a number of roles, such as cycling with the runners when they're on the road, run with some of them when they're off road, drive and man the support minibus, provide timekeeping at every changeover point and provide organisational logistics.  WAC also provides a team of marshals, led by Ian Sturgess, for the roundabout where the A146 crosses the A143, near Geldeston.
We send our good wishes to the whole team, runners and support, for an enjoyable and successful race and thank all of them for giving up their time to represent Wymondham AC in this major event.  Our thanks too to the very many members who have offered to help with the event.
Your support on the weekend would be especially welcome by all the runners.  Estimated start times for each leg will be posted on Facebook nearer the day and we'll aim to keep Facebook up to date with the team's progress through the race.  Please feel free to pitch up on the route.  And, if you're free around 9am on the Sunday morning, why not come along to welcome Sam Russell on his lap around the track and over the finish line at Lynnsport.

August Social Event - Club BBQ

Monday, 22 August 2016

What a great night! Starting off with the treasure hunt run round Wymondham, we all discovered facts about Wymondham that we never knew before and by the time most of us arrived back at the Rugby Club it was beginning to get dark.   The bar was doing a roaring trade as we all drifted in needing a drink and shortly afterwards the BBQ food was ready to eat.  It was a lovely warm night which encouraged people to stay and socialise long into the evening. 

Ivan Colman's team won the treasure hunt with the most correct answers and were given a bottle of wine each as a prize.

I am sure we would all like to thank to Emma, Sharon, Alex, Bex, Melinda and all the helpers for organising the treasure hunt and to Roy for organising the bar and BBQ - great job guys!

New Treasurer

We are very pleased to welcome Rob Winner to the Committee.  Rob has kindly volunteered to take on the job of Treasurer in Sharon's place. Many thanks to Rob for volunteering!

WAC New Year's Day 10k 2017

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

Andrew Lane, who has taken over from Karl Chapman as Race Director, says that he will be trying to follow in his very successful footsteps.  Andrew comments: "To do this, I will need lots of help from club members and I am sure that many of you will be available on the day as in previous years.

This year Race HQ will be the Ex-Servicemen's Club, as Central Hal 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).

We will be publicising the event in the coming weeks and will start collecting names of volunteers in October.

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.

Leadership in Running Fitness (LIRF) Course

There is a LIFR course taking place at Easton College on 4 December. This course enables runners to lead running sessions.  As a club we are very lucky to have a great set of coaches who give up their time to plan and run sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings but, with an ever growing club we are always in need of more helpers.  If you would like to go on this course, the Club is prepared to pay £100 towards the fee, the remaining balance of around £40 to be paid by yourself.  If you are interested, please speak to Tony or email here.

Winter Time Trial Dates

During the winter months, usually October through to February, we hold a Handicap series for members on a Monday club night. This is a 2.3 mile time trialled race which all members are encouraged to take part in. The races are run on a handicap basis, with the slowest runners setting off first through to the faster paced runners at 20 second intervals, with the intention of all crossing the finish line together. There are four races in total, with the final race held in February. In order to compete in the final race, you must have completed at least two of the time trials beforehand. The first male and female to cross the finish line in the final race are the Winter Time Trial champions.

Runners must complete a minimum of two races to be able to enter the final race. 
Dates for the Winter time trail 2016/17 are:
Monday 3 October 2016
Monday 31 October 2016
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