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Welcome to the April 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:  Blickling parkrun
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017
Distance: 5k
Location: Blickling Park, Blickling NR11 6NF 
Time: 9.00 am

Afterwards: Coffee at The National Trust Cafe
Event: Great East Anglian Run 
Sunday 30 April 2017
Distance: 10k
Where: Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn
Time: 10:45 am
Entries:  Runners are advised to enter in advance
More information:  Here
Supporters welcome
Event: Social Run 
Sunday 16 April 2017
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.
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.
Race Director Andrew Lane
Membership Secretary Tracy Stevens
Race Secretary Tracy Stevens
Head Coach Kim Reader
Cross Country Co-ordinator Eva Osborne
Records Secretary Eva Osborne

April Newsletter

The 20 mile race took place on a beautiful day and we have had some lovely comments from the runners (see Andrew's piece below). Well done to all the WAC runners who took part and to Andrew Lane for organising the event.

Its lovely to see the light evenings coming in and it means we'll soon be running around country lanes again rather than through town!  Track sessions at Hethersett Old Hall School will hopefully start again after Easter, although we are still awaiting confirmation from the school.

Finally, good luck to everyone running a spring marathon within the next few weeks!
On behalf of the Committee

April Club Nights

  • Monday   3 April - Normal club night
  • Monday 10 April - Normal club night
  • Monday 17 April - Bank Holiday
  • Monday 24 April - Normal club night.
Thursday night running sessions:
  • Thursday  7 April - Hill session Earlham Park*
  • Thursday 14 April - Hill session Earlham Park*
  • Thursday 21 April - Track session at Hethersett Old Hall School (to be confirmed)
  • Thursday 28 April - Track session at Hethersett Old Hall School (to be confirmed).
*Meet at Colney Lane car park.  Sessions start promptly at 6:30 to make the most of the daylight.

WAC 20 mile race - 26 March 2017

We are very grateful to everyone who helped out at the Wymondham 20 mile race.  Although there are fewer runners for this race than the New Year 10K, it is a bigger logistical and marshalling challenge because of the length of the race.  This year it clashed with Mother’s Day and with the start of British Summer Time, so we appreciate your commitment even more.  Some of you at the later marshalling points were out there for about 5 hours, so thanks very much!

There were 284 finishers, almost exactly the same as last year, and we received lots of good feedback from runners.  Here are some of the comments we received (have a look at the comments from the last finisher - we decided not to have a cut-off this year and when you read comments like that it seems the right decision.)

"Can I just thank everyone for this event. To all the brilliant marshals, to those who organised and put up the signs. So many of us using as our last training run before marathons and it was a pleasure to share the miles with so many lovely runners. Thank you and good luck to everyone running marathons in the next few weeks."

"Thanks for a great run! Marshall's were all fab! Lovely support on the route by locals too. Will hopefully be back again."

"Thank you for a fabulous race today - it was very well organised and the support was very encouraging!!!!"

"As the one who finished last, I would like to say a HUGE thanks to ALL the amazing volunteers who stood about until the bitter end for me and my running buddy . it was a great day; I’ m sorry I kept you all out so long, but thank you. especially the back driver who had to follow my fat a**e for 20 miles ! ....... would love to see some photos of us back girls if there are any!"

"Thank you for a great event, superbly organised and all the marshalls were brilliant, so friendly and encouraging!"

"Thoroughly enjoyed this, top work all round from everyone involved...up early and out there for a long time, thanks to all."

Wymondham AC Awards Night 2017

Around 60 members and guests attended the WAC Awards Night at the Maids Head Hotel on Saturday, 18 March 2017, and, judging by comments on Facebook, all had a good time.

The award winners were:

Road Runner of the Year: 
Male - Jack Gillick  Female:  Alex Smith
Cross Country Runner of the Year
Male - Martin Stringfellow  Female:  Cat Cummings
Founder Members’ Shield:  Andrew Lane
Bob Wood Shield:  Raph Silver

 Endeavour Awards: 
Julia Lloyd, Adam Masterson, Karl Chapman, Anne Martin

Winter Time Trial: 

Male winner - Richard Dade   Female winner - Lynn Ottaway
Ed Burton Trophy (Summer 5m series):
Male winner - Heath Alexander-Bew   Female winner – Julia Lloyd

Points Awards:
Highest placed male - Andy Preston
Second highest placed male - Rodney Freeburn
Third highest placed male - Andrew Lane

Highest placed female - Anne Martin
Second highest placed female - Alex Smith
Third highest placed female - Eva Osborne.

There was also a prize draw, with prizes kindly donated by Illusions Beauty Salon, Wymondham, Jude Durrant of Totally 4 You Sports Therapy, and with a year's free membership of WAC as the first prize.  Prizes were won by Paulette Forbes, Marianne Defernez and Julia Lloyd. 

March Race of the month - Broadland Half Marathon

A dozen WAC runners took part in the Broadland Half Marathon on 12 March; 9 men and 3 women.  The weather was good for running and our veteran men did particularly well, with:
  • Andrew Lane gaining 1st place in the M60-64 age category;
  • Tony Richardson gaining 3rd place in the M55-59 age category; and
  • Adrian Hall also gaining a 3rd place, in the M50-54 age category.
Well done all!

East Anglian Cross Country League

The last race in the East Anglian Cross Country League 2016/17 took place at Catton Park on 22 March.  Results are based on the runners' best 8 races out of a total of 10.  WAC veteran runners did particularly well as first place went to Eva Osborne in the F75 category, first place to Mike Smith in the M70 category and first place to Rodney Freeburn in the M75 category.  A brilliant end to a great cross country season.

Awards Scheme 2016/17

If you who attended the Awards Night you will have seen those who achieved over 100 points in the Award Scheme have their attainment recognised by the award of medal that marked them gaining 100, 150 or 200 points.

Trophies were also awarded to the three male and three female members achieving the highest numbers of points in the 2016/17 season:

1st Male - Andy Preston
2nd Male - Rodney Freeburn
3rd Male - Andrew Lane
1st Female - Anne Martin
2nd Male - Alex Smith
3rd Female - Eva Osborne

Congratulations to all the WAC members who amassed over 100 points across the 2016/17 membership year.

Worthy of particular mention are these members who amassed over 200 points:

Tony Beales
Rodney Freeburn
Andrew Lane
Anne Martin
Adam Masterson
Eva Osborne
Andy Preston
Sam Russell
Alex Smith
Mark Tufts.
A full list of the award winners is here.

Prize winners who were not at the Awards Night can collect their medals on any Club Night in April (after which they will no longer be available).

2017/18 subscription due now

The WAC subscription for 2017/18 is due now. The membership form is available on our website here. Subscriptions can be paid by cheque, in cash, or by bank transfer.  Bank transfers are preferred but please make sure you use your name or UKA number as the reference.  Only when Tracy Stevens has received your form AND your payment can be identified will your subscription take effect.

2017 AGM

It is proposed that WAC's 2017 AGM will be held at 8.15am on Monday, 15 May 2017, at Wymondham Rugby Club.

If there's anything you'd like put on the agenda please speak to Dave Hazelton.
We're looking for new blood on the Committee so if you've even half a mind to contribute to the running of the Club please talk to Tony.

Race prize winners

The Committee asks that members entering races as WAC Members show their hosts (the race organisers) and race sponsors courtesy and appreciation, and acknowledge the achievement of their fellow runners, by attending the race prize giving and receiving any prizes that they may have won.

The Committee has decided that if a runner does not go up to receive a prize, trophy or momento when presented at a race then that prize etc. will not be presented at a Club Night.  The same will apply to WAC trophies and prizes awarded on Awards Night.

An exception may be made if prizes are not awarded at the race because the results or trophies are unavailable.

100 Points Awards Scheme - The next steps

As regular readers will know, the Committee took a look last year at what was then known as the 100 Points Award Scheme.

The review was prompted by a number of factors.  These included:
  • the changing demographic of the Club's membership;
  • the greater propensity of WAC members to participate in races;
  • the increased numbers of members competing in marathons, triathlons and ultra races; and
  • the phenomenal success of the parkrun movement and the impact it was having on recruitment into the Club and acting as a stimulus to a new group of members to take part in races.
Among the conclusions and goals identified by the review were:
  • that we should accrue points on a different basis to hitherto (for example, it didn't seem fair that someone running six marathons in a year would attain less than 100 points)
  • that we didn't want to "debase the currency" (typically around 60 runners achieved the 100 points); and
  • that achieving exceptionally high numbers of points should be differentiated from those achieving 100 points and recognised accordingly.
We've achieved some of the goals in full and some to a lesser extent.  But, with the benefit of hindsight, whilst the revised system is fairer, it is, perhaps, a little too complex, and it was, perhaps a little ambitious to think about running it on a "real time" basis proposed.  We also needed, during the course of the year to change the accrual period to align with the membership year (and the timing of the Awards Night.

So, this is still work in  progress and there'll be some further tweaks for the current (ie 2017/18) membership year.

If you have any thoughts on the subject please let Dave Hazleton know.

WAC Facebook page to become Open Forum for members

It has been decided thta the WAC Facebook page should be opened up to permit all WAC members to request permission to post on the page. Roy Harvey will be setting this up in the near future.

The page might be used for people looking to organise training or social runs, transfer race entries (rules permitting) or to share transport.  If you've any other ideas as to how members might make use of the Facebook page please put them in an email.

Roy, with the help of Sharon Wray, will be looking after the admin to ensure everyone sticks to a few basic rules, such as no advertisements and ensuring all posts are respectful of other members. Watch the Facebook page for more information!

In case you were wondering, there's no intention that the Club will use Facebook as its sole or main means of communicating with members - that will remain as part of the role for this newsletter and the Club Night announcements.

Round Norfolk Relay 16-17 September 2017

WAC intend to enter two teams into the 2017 Round Norfolk Relay, a men's team and a ladies' team. At this time we are looking for more ladies prepared to run the longer distances.  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 for the next few weeks.
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!

Monster Ambit 24 Hour race - High Lodge, Thetford Forest

The Monster Ambit takes place on 10/11 June 2017.  It's a 24-hour challenge that can be tackled solo, in pairs or in a team.
The course is a 11km route through the best woodland that Thetford Forest has to offer. You start at 12 noon on Saturday and see how far you can get in 24 hours. You will need to be well prepared for whatever Mother Nature can throw at you, with the magic of running through the night in a truly beautiful corner of England. There's car parking and camping on site, event T-shirts and finisher medals as standard. Entries limited to 600.  See here for more information.

If anyone is interested in making up a team to take on this challenge, please email your interest.  Or, if you just want to go along in support, Adam Masterson is planning to run the whole thing on his own and would love to receive some encouragement.
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