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Welcome to the January 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:  Catton parkrun
Date: Saturday 21 January 2017
Distance: 5k
Location: Catton Park, Oak Lane, Norwich NR6 7DB 
Time: 9.00 am

Afterwards: Meet for coffee in the cafe
Event:  Beach social run
Date: Sunday 8 January 2017
Pace and distance to suit all runners
Location: Sea Palling - Meet at Sea Palling Beach Car Park,  NR12 0UH 
Time:  8:30 am

Afterwards: Traditional paddle/swim (for the brave) in the sea. Then tea/coffee and bacon rolls in the Beach Café 
Contact:  Roy Harvey
Event: GYDAC Freethorpe 10 
Sunday 29 January 2017
Distance: 10 miles
Where: Freethorpe Village Hall, NR13 3NZ
Time: 11:00 am
Entries:  Limited entries still available
More information:  Here
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
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.

January Newsletter

Happy New Year!  Hope you had a lovely Christmas and are now eager to get out and run off those extra pounds!  Unfortunately, we are not back at Club until 9 January, although there will training at the Police Station and Circuits at Hethersett on 5 January 2017 at 6.30 pm. And don't forget our winter social beach run on 8 January!

We will, of course, see many of you at our New Year's 10k, which takes place on 2 January. Good luck to all those organising and helping out and to those who are running too!

As you may know if you follow WAC on Facebook, our Charity Lights run before Christmas raised £50 for our chosen charity of Nelson's Journey.  Many thanks to all who contributed.

On behalf of the Committee

January Club Nights

  • Monday  9 January  - Normal club night
  • Monday 16 January  - Normal club night
  • Monday 23 January  - Normal club night
  • Monday 30 January  - Normal club night
Thursday night running sessions:
  • Thursday 5 January 2017 Police Station, Wymondham
  • Thursday 12 January 2017 Hills session meet at Argos, Longwater 6:30
  • Thursday 19 January 2017 Police Station, Wymondham
  • Thursday 26 January 2017 Police Station, Wymondham
Circuit Training restarts on 5 January at Hethersett Old Hall School 6:30pm start.

WAC Club Calendar 2017

The Club Calendar for 2017 is available here and will be posted on our website.

There are many exciting opportunities coming up and the Calendar gives information on all the local races throughout the year. It also lets you know the chosen "Race of the Month" - running in this gives you extra points in the Points Awards Scheme (see Awards Night for more information) as does taking part in the parkrun of the month. (You may like to know that  the 11th February parkrun of the month will be Mulbarton's 200th event - one not to miss!)  Information is also provided on the various social runs and events throughout the year. So take a look and put some dates in your diary!

New Year's 10k

Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help at our New Year 10K.  We have a full roster of helpers, but if anyone is free on the day it would be useful to have back up in case of last minute illness, etc.  So please email Andrew Lane at if you are able to help and Andrew doesn't already know.

January Social Run

The first of our social runs for the year takes place on Sunday 8 January along the beach at Sea Palling.  This is an annual event and the brave are welcome to take a dip (or a paddle) in the sea afterwards!  Meet at the beach car park at Sea Palling at 8:30.  This is suitable for all abilities as we will run for half an hour out and half an hour back, in theory all arriving back at about the same time. Tea, coffee, bacon rolls available for purchase at the Café afterwards.

January Race of the month

The race of the month is the GYDAC BAM Nuttall Freethorpe 10 mile on 29 January.  This is the first in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix series of races.  The race headquarters is at the Village Hall in Freethorpe NR13 3NZ.  The race starts at 11:00.  There are very few places left so book soon if you want to take part.  Supporters are, as always, very welcome.  More information available here.

Wymondham AC Awards Night 2017

The Annual Awards Night Dinner/Dance is taking place this year on 18 March at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich.  This is a night for everyone to come together and celebrate another great year of running.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other club runners and have some fun! Friends and partners are most welcome.  Arrive at 7:00 pm for pre-dinner drinks, then a 3 course meal, followed by the awards presentation and after that you can dance the night away!

This year, the awards presented will be based on our new Awards Scheme published earlier in the year. 

Tickets will be available at any club night from 9 January and you can book your place for just a £5 deposit.  If you would like to reserve places, please download the form here and bring it to any Monday club night, pick up a form at club night or email me.  The full price of £25 for members and £28 for non-members will need to be paid by the end of February. A form for menu choices is available here and will also be available at club nights from 9 January.

We have again this year negotiated a special rate for overnight stays at the Maids Head for those who don't want to drive home afterwards. The rate is £95 bed & breakfast in a double room for single occupancy or £105 for two guests. Contact the hotel direct to book a room - stating it is for the WAC Awards Night.

If you won an award in March 2016 please dig out that shield from under the pile - we will need these back before the end of February!

Norfolk County Cross Country Championships

The Cross Country County Championships took place on 4 December at the Charles Burrell School in Thetford. The weather was perfect for running, a lovely sunny day with no wind, but a distinct chill in the air.  Nine Wymondham runners took part, four men and five ladies, with the ladies being particularly successful in bringing home the prizes as follows:

Cat Cummings - 3rd lady 35-39
Tracy Stevens - 3rd lady 45-49
Beres Ward - 2nd lady 60-64
Cindy Burgess - 1st lady 65+
Eva Osborne - 2nd lady 65+
Beres Ward, Cindy Burgess & Tracy Stevens - 2nd ladies team 45+

Well done everyone who took part.

Cross Country Dates

Ryston Runners XC Grand Prix
All races take place at Shouldham Warren starting at 11 am. The dates are:

Sunday 22nd January 2017 (5km)
Sunday 19th February 2017 (9km)
Sunday 26th March 2017 (6.5km)
See the website for more information.

Horsford XC Series
A wet and muddy series of races organised by Norwich Road Runners, dates are:

Sunday 15th January
Sunday 5th February
See the website for more information

EACCL Cross Country League
Races in the midweek league take place on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 2:30.  Dates are as follows:

Race 5 Jan 11th Shouldham Warren (Marham)
Race 6 Jan 18th UEA
Race 7 Feb 8th Chilton Hills (Stowmarket)
Race 8 Feb 22nd Knettisham Heath (Honington) (TBC)
Race 9 Mar 8th Nowton Park (Bury Pacers) (TBC)
Race 10 Mar 22nd Catton Park

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

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