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The Wymondham Athletic Club Newsletter

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Event: FritFr Fritton Lake parkrun
Date: Saturday 12 August  2017
Distance: 5k
Location: Fritton Lake Country Park, NR31 9HA 
Time: 9.00 am

Afterwards: Coffee in the Cafe
Event: Great Yarmouth Half Marathon 
Sunday 13 August 2017
Distance: 13.1 miles
Where: Ormiston Venture Academy, Oriel Avenue, Gorlesto, NR31 7JJ
Time: 10:30 am
Entries:  Runners are advised to enter in advance
More information:  Here MaThisis a Norfolk County  Championship race.
Supporters welcome
Event: Fun Run and BBQ
Date: Monday 21 August
Where:  Wymondham Rugby Club, Tuttles Lane, Wymondham
Time:  Meet at 6:30 for run at 7:00 followed by BBQ

The WAC Calendar listing all events for 2017 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)
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
Membership Secretary Tracy Stevens
Race Secretary Tracy Stevens
Head Coach Kim Reader
Cross Country Captain  Tony Beales
Records Secretary Eva Osborne

August Newsletter

July was a sad month for us as we lost our lovely Helen Lakey.  Heartfelt condolences go to her daughter Christina and all the family.  She was a much loved and admired lady, as was witnessed by the numbers of people who went to her funeral and the number of runners from many different clubs who turned up to run and/or help at the Mulbarton parkrun dedicated to Helen on Saturday - full report on that in the article below.

Congratulations to all 15 of our runners who took part in the Lord Mayor's 5k and who all beat the dreaded half way cut off time of 10 minutes!  This year we had 3 ladies, Cat Cummings, Alex Smith and Sarah Peachey, running which is fantastic for one club given there were only 15 ladies in total in the race. We're very proud of you all.

Don't forget our annual Fun Run and BBQ on 21 August.  Come along to club night at the usual time of 6:30, ready to run at 7:00 pm with BBQ to follow - hopefully the bar will be open!
On behalf of the Committee

August Club Nights

  • Monday  7 August- Normal club night
  • Monday 14 August- 5 mile summer time trial #2
  • Monday 21 August- Fun run and BBQ!
  • Monday 28 August- No club night- bank holiday
Thursday night running sessions:
  • Thursday 10 August Track Session, Hethersett
  • Thursday 17 August Track Session, Hethersett
  • Thursday 24 August Track Session, Hethersett
  • Thursday 31 August Track Session, Hethersett
WAC turn out in force to honour the memory of Helen Lakey

Mulbarton parkrun on Saturday 29 July was dedicated to the memory of WAC member Helen Lakey. It began with some happy reminiscences about Helen.

Helen had volunteered at 55 parkruns, mainly at Mulbarton, and had taken part in 149 parkruns, almost half of them at Mulbarton. In fact, Helen's association with the Mulbarton parkrun started before the first race - Helen was there for the "trial run".

But Helen's all too short life didn't allow her to make it to the 150th. On Saturday, however, her husband, Bill (I'm sure he'll not mind it being said that he is not a runner!), aimed to put that right, by ensuring that he and Helen's wristband covered the Mulbarton parkrun course.

It is a testimony to the regard in which Helen was held at the Club, that over 60 past and present WAC members also completed Saturday's Mulbarton parkun, in her memory and in support of Bill, daughter Christina and the family, with other WAC runners present as volunteers, or simply showing their support.

Helen remains with us in our thoughts, as do our cherished memories.


Ed Burton 5 Mile Time Trial Series
#2 The second Time Trial took place on 10 July and we had another great turn out from the club with 59 runners taking part. After a bit of rain at the start, the weather cleared up to provide good running conditions.  Thanks go to David Hazleton for organising this one and to his team of helpers.  Results are on our website here.

#3 will take place on Monday 14 August, meeting at the new start line which is the level crossing at Wymondham Halt Station, Becketswell Road, just a little further down from the old start at the War Memorial. Be there at 6:30 - 6:45, race will start promptly at 7:00.  Cindy will be organising this one and, as before, we will need a team of helpers in order to make it happen. We need course marshalls, timekeepers plus lead and sweep cyclists if possible. If you would be able to help out on the night, please let Cindy know at club or by email here.  Thank you!

July Race of the Month -  Humpty Dumpty 10k

The sun shone to celebrate the 10th anniversary Humpty Dumpty 10k on 2 July.  With 560 recorded finishers, it was great to see 24 of them were from Wymondham, with individual prizes going to:
Sharon Hurren - 1st Female 35 : Richard Johnson - 2nd Male 40 : Richard White -  2nd Male 55 : Mark Banfield - 3rd Male 40 and Andrew Lane 3rd Male 60.  In addition, WAC also won the 1st Vets Male team comprising: Richard Johnson, Mark Banfield, Stuart Barnard and Richard White.

Finishers were rewarded with a special 10th Anniversary medal and T-shirt.  This was also the 7th race in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series.

Round Norfolk Relay - 16/17 September

This year for the Round Norfolk Relay it was agreed by the committee to enter a male and female team and attempt to put in the fastest teams possible with the aim of breaking the club records. At present the ladies' record is 27.50.59 with an average pace of 8.31 per mile and the men's is 22.35.07 with an average pace of 6.54 per mile. Both already good times with the ladies winning in 2015 with their time and the men placed a brilliant 5th in the open class.


I have been tasked with putting together the men's team and Tony is putting together the ladies' team. As always with the RNR and a relatively small club this is a challenge.  However,  I now have the men's provisional team and we are looking at a pace of 6.37 per mile and a predicted time of 21.50.24. Of course lots can change, some runners may have a good run others may not!  We may also get people injured etc., however I think we are looking good to, not only break the record, but also to be competitive in the open class. Only time will tell and the pressure is on the team to deliver. See the men's stages and team time calculator here.

Tony has yet to finalise the ladies' team and is keeping his cards close to his chest to make sure he gets the best team possible. If you have not yet volunteered to run in the ladies' team please speak to Tony ASAP as he may still need some firepower on some of the stages.

Of course, as always, there will be some people who really wanted to run but have not made the teams. However we still need your support to help and Tony and I will be badgering people to support both teams on the weekend of the 16th & 17th September. As a large race we are also required to marshal the Geldeston roundabout and we will need volunteers for this too, If you speak to Andrew he can take your names and help get this sorted.

The race is about 7 weeks away, so those that are selected please keep up the hard training and lets make the club proud.

Karl Chapman.

Cross Country - EACCL Summer Series
 The 2nd race took place on 26th July in the EACCL Mid Week Summer Series at RAF Marham, this was a 10k road race of 2 x 5k laps with 1 lap for the ladies and 2 for the men, with extra bonus points available for ladies who decided to run 2 laps.


WAC had 4 runners in attendance Tony Beales, Keith Hood, Karl Chapman and Adrian Hall. Weather conditions weren’t particularly good as it was wet and windy. We had 3 finishers with Karl Chapman being the first WAC runner home, unfortunately Adrian Hall had to withdraw early on with a damaged hamstring, we hope that mends soon Adrian and you won’t be out for too long.


The next race is confirmed for the 30th August and this will be run at Brandon Country Park, everyone is welcome, cost is a £1 payable on the day, the 4th and final race of the 4 race series will be back at RAF Marham but we understand this will be off road although we are awaiting confirmation of this.


A date for your diaries is Wednesday 20th September and this is the RAF Honington 10k, regarded as the curtain raiser for the EACCL Mid week Winter series, EACCL hold their AGM prior to this race being run, the race itself doesn’t form part of the league and entry is now open for this event link available here. Entry Fees: £12 Affiliated Club Members, £16 On the day entries. All proceeds from the event will go to the Royal Air Force Association. Registration on the day is from 11:00-13:00, main race brief 13:30, move to start 13:45, race start 14:00, presentation 15:45 onwards. This is a timed event and it’s a very decent 1 lap course.

The mid week winter league series starts in October, full details will be announced in due course.  If anyone wishes to join the WAC Cross Country WhatsApp group chat, then please send Tony Beales a text to 07970203228, and he’ll add you to the group.  

Tony Beales

Mob Match - WAC v Gazelles - Saturday 21 October 2017

We will be holding our first ever inter-club mob match with Norfolk Gazelles on Saturday 21 October, at Mulbarton parkrun.  Please put it in your diaries now!

"Mob Matches" date
back to the 19th century, in 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.  


The Gazelles have agreed to join us in a mob match at Mulbarton on Saturday 21 October.  The mob match is part of the parkrun on that day: ie we simply use the parkrun results to calculate the outcome.  This has the huge advantage that there is no need for separate organisation, volunteers, etc.  The Mulbarton parkrun team are pleased to host us.

I used to run in mob matches with my old London club, The Stragglers, and Karl Chapman ran them against various clubs in Hertfordshire.  For those who are interested, here is a bit of history, plus the scoring system, which amazingly was agreed in 1909 and has never been altered since!  This is from the Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC website:

What is a MOB MATCH?

Quite simply it is a Mob of us against a Mob of them...

Statistically the more competitors one team has the better their chances of winning... The way it works is that you add up the number of runners on each side then take three off the smaller number. For example, if SLH have 47 and B&B have 60 then we score the first 44 from each side. Adds up to big numbers and the team with the lower score is the winner. First place counts 1 point, 2nd 2 etc etc - if you finish in 98th place you score 98 points.

So, the result is not normally known until the last few runners finish. Regardless of your age or sex you can make a big difference just by running. Think about it - even if all our scoring runners are home and dry, and theirs are not, you still help by pushing the opponents score higher by finishing in front of any of their scoring runners. Great fun and it's been going on since the 1800s.

Andrew Lane

WAC Awards and 100+ points scheme

The 100+ Points Scheme was set up to provide members with an incentive to take part in races no matter what the standard of runner.  A number of achievement award milestones have been set which club members can work towards.  The aim is to encourage members to participate in races of all distances and earn points towards an award and track their own improvement.  It is also intended to help members with individual goal setting and attainment. Members can earn points by taking part in races and volunteering at Club events.  As reported last month, we propose to give out awards throughout the year to members achieving over 100, 150 and 200 points at club nights, and the first presentations will take place shortly.  See a list of all those who have already gained 100+ points here.

It is also intended that special awards for the top three points scorers for men and ladies will be presented at the Annual Club Awards Night.
Full details of  the Awards Scheme and how to earn club points can be found here.  We hope to be publishing points results 2 or 3 times a year, but If you want to know how many points you have accrued at any time, just look at the race book on Monday club nights.

Dates for your Diary

21st  WAC summer Fun Run and BBQ!!

16/17th Race of the month - Round Norfolk Relay
23rd parkrun of the month - Gorleston parkrun

21st Mob Match - Mulbarton parkrun 9:00

25th Music Quiz - The Green Dragon, Wymondham

March 2018
17 March - WAC Awards Night, The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich.

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