Welcome to the February 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).

Click here to download the Thursday programme.  Please try to be at the meeting point at 6.30pm prompt.  The meeting points are Copper Smith Way, behind Wymondham Police Station (most Thursdays) and outside Argos on the Longwater Retail Estate for the monthly hills session at Queen's Hill.
Event: Mulbarton Parkrun

Date: Saturday 20 February 2016
Distance: 5k
Location: Mulbarton Common, Mulbarton, Norfolk, NR14 8AE
Time: 9.00 am

Date: Sunday 7 February 2016

Location: Riverside Retail Park, Norwich, NR12 8DL
Time: 8.30 am
Distance: To suit all
Pace: To suit all
Afterwards: Coffee and/or breakfast Costa Coffee
Contact: Roy Harvey

To: Cat Ricketts, who was the first lady back in the Mulbarton Parkruns on 2 and 9 January, a noteworthy start to her return to competitive running.
To: Adrian Hall, Ben Cooper, Steve Dady and Johnny Causton who were 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively at the Mulbarton Parkrun on 9 January.
To: Nichola Thatcher, who completed her 50th Parkrun at Mulbarton on 9 January.
To: Alex Smith, who completed her 100th Parkrun at Norwich on 16 January.
To: Tracy Stevens, who completed her 100th Parkrun at Norwich on 23 January.

To: Karl Chapman for his work on the Committee over the last year.  Although Karl has stood down I'm pleased to say that he will continue to organise the NYD and 20m races.
To:  Andy Stratton for his work on the Committee over the last year.  Andy will continue to assist Karl in organising the NYD and 20m races

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)
Sharon Wray (Treasurer)
Emma Godbold (Secretary)
Al Bowen
Emma Fickling
Roy Harvey
Dave Hazleton
Mark Tufts
Rebecca Riddoch

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.

February Newsletter

The running season seems to be moving into full swing now, and with races and the sport probably more popular than ever.

Races are reaching their entry limits more quickly (our own New Year's Day 10k being no exception) and entries on the day are fast becoming a thing of the past (great for organisers, but not so good for less organised runners!).

It's great to see so many members at the coaching sessions on Club Nights and Thursdays and, typically, over 30 WAC members running in road races.  Social runs are well attended too.

And, once again our NYD race got some great feedback.

This month we've another social run and also a curry night, and the last chance to buy your tickets for the Awards Night.

Of course, none of this happens by accident.  It takes time and commitment from some members and, in truth, the New Year's Day race aside relies on a core of very dedicated coaches and other people who give freely of their time for the benefit of their fellow WAC members.

If the Club is fulfilling your running needs then why not volunteer to help with the odd event,ideally by joining the committee, but, if not, by offering to help out with a few things.  And if the Club isn't doing what you'd like it to do let me know!

We all have pressures on our time, but by spreading the load a little it makes it more likely that the Club will continue to flourish.

I look forward to seeing you in February (and don't forget your Awards Night tickets!).

Happy running.


WAC Awards Night
- Saturday 12 March 2016


Tickets are selling out fast for the WAC Awards night to be held at The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich on Saturday 12 March 2016.

I know that you don't want to pay for your tickets before you have to but we are under pressure from the venue to finalise our booking and we'll only book places for tickets that are sold and paid for, so time is running out.

The evening will include a three course meal (with a vegetarian option and a pasta main), followed by tea or coffee, the awards presentations and a disco to end the evening.
Our private room has its own cash bar (where you can also order wine for your meal) and a dance floor. Tables will be of 8 - 10 so if you have a preference for who you would like to sit with please have a word with Emma Fickling, who is organising the evening.
Tickets, which are £25.00 for WAC members and £28.00 for guests are available from Emma Fickling, on a first come, first served, basis.
The room is available to us from 7pm until 12.30am. The hotel has a bar at which we can meet earlier if we want to.
Emma has negotiated with The Maids Head for a substantial discount on rooms on the night of the event as part of the package. The price, which includes breakfast, is £105 (the normal price is £175!).  Rooms will be booked up quickly so please speak to Emma if you would like to make a night of it and secure a room.
This promises to be a great evening and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. Let's make it a night to remember and celebrate what a great club we are all part of.

Year end and constitution

You will have received by now notice of the 2016 AGM and of a special general meeting regarding a proposed new constitution.

The proposal stems from the fact that the committee believes that it would be beneficial if we change the membership year so as to run from 1 April to 31 March.

The reasoning behind this proposal, the implications and the proposed constitution can be found here.

The AGM and Special GM will be held on Monday 22 February 2016 at 8.15pm.

If, as members are being recommended to do, the new constitution is accepted, we'd reconvene the AGM and deal with all the usual AGM business when the accounts are available for the 15 months to 31 March 2016.

WAC 2016 Programme v1

The first version of the WAC programme of events for 2016 is available here.


February Club Nights

  • Monday 1 February 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 8 February 2016 - Normal Club Night
  • Monday 19 February 2016 - Normal Club Night plus AGM and SGM
  • Monday 26 February 2016 - Normal Club Night.

Recovery runs

We are continuing with the Monday night recovery runs as an option for those wanting to back off a little from their usual training regime.  If you're willing to lead a recovery run please mention it to Kim or Tony.
We would ask you to follow the guidance for such runs that are here and on the notice board.  You should also be aware of the risk assessment that's here.
If you're looking to take part in a recovery run please have a word with Tony on the night.

Race of the Month - January

BAM Nuttall Freethorpe 10m

36 members took part in this very popular and well organised race.

First WAC man home was Sam Russell, in 1:01:17.  First WAC lady home was Alex Smith in 1:07:38.  Congratulations to them and all the other WAC runners who took part. 

I also know that GYDAC is particularly grateful to those WAC members who volunteered and helped on the day.  GYDAC is a small club and, as we know ourselves, putting on longer races, particularly over a single lap course, is a big task.

Race of the Month - February

Norfolk Gazelles - Valentines 10k

This is the second race in the 2016 Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series.

The race is now full, but do please come along to support the many WAC runners, either at the start (10am)/finish at Easton College, or along the route.  There's more information here.

Runners' training day

Jude Durrant has organised a training day at City Academy,Norwich on Saturday, 5 March 2016.

Learn how to structure your training, develop essential core strength for injury prevention, and of course do lots of running!
(they'll even throw in a bacon butty, they say!).

To get more info or to book your place email here  or phone Jane on 07748 340485 or Jude Durrant on 07788 918965.

January Social Run

Over 30 members set off from Sea Palling on Sunday, 10 January, heading northwards along the beach for an "out and back" run.  The fittest and fastest made it to Happisburgh, whilst the rest of us turned round and headed back somewhere short of that!

The tea and cakes were a welcome end to a sociable morning run.

Our February Social run is on Sunday 7 February (see elsewhere in this newsletter).

February Social Run

Our February Social Run will be something a little different.

We'll be meeting at Riverside Retail Park (park near Next, not in the Morrisons Car Park) at 8.30am for a run through Norwich, mainly alongside the River Yare.

The meeting point is not chosen at random - I believe there's two hours' free parking (please check!!) and we'll be right outside Costa Coffee when it opens!

We'll run at a pace and distance to suit all who come along, but we'll look to run for about an hour.

February Social Evening - Curry Night

On Saturday, 27 February why not enjoy a curry at the WAC social night at the Merchants of Spice, in Colegate, Norwich at 7.30 pm.

If you're up for this please let Emma Fickling know.  You can email her here or speak to her at Club Night.


Manchester Marathon

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
10th April 2016

A number of members are heading for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday, 10 April 2016.

If you'd like to go along and support them you may want to join some of them on the 10am train from Norwich on Saturday, 9 April 2016, and returning on the 10.55am from Manchester on Monday, 11 April.

Depending on the train you come back on, the return fare should be around £50.

The Premier Inn, at Salford Central (see here) seems a popular choice for WAC runners

WAC Committee

As you'll probably appreciate, the Club doesn't run itself and the Committee members give of their time voluntarily so that the Club will flourish and provide what members would like of it.

Committee members offer themselves for re-election after two years on the Committee.

Not all committee members are willing or able to undertake a further term and we're always looking for people willing to support the Club by joining the Committee.

The Committee usually meets monthly for a few hours to discuss the direction of the Club, future plans, races and social events and then sets about making things happen.

Ideally, we should have a committee that is representative of ALL members, whatever their motivation for running, and whether they race or not.  Everyone's thoughts are welcome and valued.

If you think that you'd like to give something back to the Club and to contribute your views please think about joining the Committee at the forthcoming AGM.

Please get in touch with Tony if you'd like to talk about it (in confidence, and without obligation, of course).  And, if you'd like to help more with the Club's activities, perhaps with the occasional event, but don't what to join the Committee do please let Tony know.

Thursday Night Road Running - Winter

The programme for Thursday evening session through to Easter is here.  All members are welcome and all abilities and fitness levels will be accommodated.
The hills sessions through to Easter 2016 will be on the first Thursday in each month. This month it's on Thursday 4 February 2016.  Meet near Argos on the Longwater Retail Park, Costessey (near the Showground) (NR5 0JT) at 6.30pm and move off at 6.40pm sharp to Sir Alfred Munnings Way, where the session takes place.
The other sessions meet at Copper Smith Way, Wymondham (NR18 0WY) at 6.30pm.  Parking is available at Carbon Fibre Technologies.  When you arrive please feel free to run around the block to begin a gentle warm up.

Routes for Thursday evenings from the Police Station
  • "Out and back" route here - maximum distance is 8 miles (4 miles out and 4 miles back).
  • 7m route here.
  • 5m route here.

Norfolk Road Race Fixture List 2016

The latest (third!) version of 2016 Norfolk race fixture list available here.

Note that:

  • there'll be no Norwich Half Marathon in 2016 (the next one is in April 2017)
  • the date for Chase the Train has been changed to 22 May 2016.

Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series 2016

The remaining races in the 2016 Grand Prix Series are:

  • 14 February - Valentine 10k  FULL
  • 13 March - Broadland Half Marathon
  • 3 April - Wymondham 20m (restrictions apply to WAC members)
  • 8 May - Dereham 10m
  • 11 May - Great Yarmouth 5m
  • 15 June - Wroxham 5k
  • 26 June - Humpty Dumpty 10k
  • 14 August - Great Yarmouth Half Marathon
  • 23 October - Holt 10k.
Although the final GP standings will count a runner's best seven performances from the ten available races, you don't need to do seven races to count in the final GP standings, but it's clearly a good idea to do as many as possible.

The GP administrator for 2016 is Pat Brightman.

New Year's Day 2016 - WAC 10k Race

There were 676 finishers in our New Year's Day 10k race!

First home was CONAC's Tom Hook, in 32:05, nearly 40 seconds ahead of Norwich Road Runner's Simon Millett, second in 32:43.  First lady home was Kelly Grant (CONAC) in 37:09.

We received some very positive feedback from competitors, commenting on the smooth running of the race and the friendliness and supportive nature of the WAC marshals.

As ever, there'll be a few things we'll look at tweaking next time, but this was a very successful race.

I suspect that few appreciate what a task these races are to organise, not just on the day, but with the pre-race planning and liaising with third parties. The well-oiled machine, under the leadership of Karl Chapman, did a great job as ever.

Unfortunately, it's not practical to name everyone here, but my thanks to Karl and to all members who helped either on the day or in advance, and also to their friends and relatives that they roped in as well. 

Our races are a major contributor to our finances and without them subscriptions would be at a multiple of their current levels.

This is your club - if you didn't help on New Year's Day please put your name down to help with the 20 mile race on Sunday, 3 April 2016.  Don't assume that if you don't help someone else will!

The Greenwheel Relay

19 June 2016


The GREEN WHEEL relay is a seven stage race starting and finishing at The Athletics Arena, Bishops Road, Peterborough. The total distance is 50 miles and the route follows the outline of the Green Wheel.

The Green Wheel cycle route provides over 45 miles of continuous sustainable routes around the city of Peterborough. Opening in 2000, it was one of the first large scale projects delivered by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT). Although aimed at Cyclists the route is equally good for running.

This race has been designed specifically as a 'Team' event, with the intention that members of the team (or non runners) support each other. Whilst instructions for each stage have been prepared, the course itself is unmarshalled, other than at the changeover points, where times will be recorded.

The plan is that the majority of teams will finish within a short time frame. Accordingly, start times will be allocated at 15 minute intervals between 7.15am and 11.00 am.

This years race is organised on behalf of the Greater Peterborough Athletic Network GPAN, a network of seven local running and athletic clubs.

There's more information here.

If this is of interest please get together with some like minded people and put in a WAC team or two.  I am happy to pass on names and contact details if you email me here.

On yer bike!

It seems that we're spoilt for choice this year when it comes to a social bike ride.

So we've decided to organise two social outings that take in two of the sportives this year.

The Tour de Broads is taking place on Sunday, 21 August 2016.  There are 40, 75 and 100 mile routes, starting from Scottow.  There's also a 4 rider team relay.

The Richardson's Tour de Broads is the biggest locally organised and run cycling event and for 2016 has an updated route with more Broads, more villages, bigger and brighter all day festival ambience and activities plus a team relay. There's new venue for race HQ - PedalPark at Scottow, near Coltishall. According to Pedal Revolution, the organisers, there's plenty of parking, easier access and reinvented ticketing process that requires no on-the-day registration.

Emma Fickling is the point of contact for this event.

The Norfolk Sportive sets off from the Crusaders Rugby Club, Little Melton, on Sunday, 24 July 2016, with routes of 25, 50 and 100 miles.  We've chosen this one as pat of the routes is over roads that will be familiar to those who do their running training around Wymondham and the surrounding villages.

This event sold out last year.  There's more information here.  Al Bowen is the point of contact for this event.

Put the dates in your diary now and get your entries in if you like (there's an Early Bird Offer for the Tour de Broads until 14 February.

We're not going to make this too complicated.  We'll simply put in touch with one another those interested in cycling together.  If you are interested in us organising a WAC cycling top please email Rebeecca Riddoch here.

Don't worry, we're NOT becoming a cycling club (nor a tri- club!) - it's just a couple of social events that members might like to do together and perhaps bring family and friends along too.

Nelson's Journey

Nelson's Journey, is a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk, is our chosen charity this year.

We'll be having a raffle (or similar) at the Awards Night, with the proceeds of the raffle being donated to the charity.

If you have a business or any business contacts that would like to support the charity by way of providing a prize (or two?) for the raffle please let Emma Fickling know.  Of course, we will give due recognition to the donor for their generosity and support.

There's more information here about Nelson's Journey.


Ryston Runners Winter Cross Country Grand Prix

Shouldham Warren @ 11.40am.
  • 7 February 2016 - 9k
  • 13 March 2016 - 6.5k
Entries on the day only £4.  No facilities.

For more information speak to Eva Osborne.

Norwich Road Runners Winter Cross Country Series


The last race of the series was at Horsford Plantation on Sunday 17 January 2016.

The Series results are a testament to the tenacity and fitness of Wymondham ACs cross country runners:
  • 1st M40 - Martin Stringfellow
  • 3rd W40 - Zoe Jones
  • 1st M45 - Mark Tufts
  • 2nd M45 - Niall Mahoney
  • 1st M60 - Robert Scarfe
  • 2nd M60 - Mike Pope
  • 1st W55 - Angie Bear
  • 1st W70 - Eva Osborne.
What a great set of results!  Well done to all who took part, especially in the last, and coldest and muddiest race of the series.

Mark and Niall actually drew but Mark had two 1sts under his belt.

Full series results are here.

Midweek Winter Cross Country - East Anglia League

All at 2.30pm:
  • 10 February 2016 - Orwell Park (TBC)
  • 24 February 2016 - Bacton Woods (TBC)
  • 9 March 2016 - Nowton Park
  • 11 March 2015 - Catton Park & Presentation (note change of date)
Cost for the full league £5.00.  No need to enter - turn up and run. Basic facilities.

WAC members can compete for the Sportlink team.

For more information speak to Eva Osborne.

There's also information on the East Anglian Cross Country League website here.
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