Please see this week's update for Kent AC members - 6th December 2020
KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
6th December, 2020
Back to the track:
Thanks for everyone’s co-operation and help last week to get training back on track. The track is available for group training Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Before attending a training session you must sign up on the appropriate group spreadsheet below, read the COVID self-declaration form and purchase a track pass (ensuring that your membership is valid).
Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs within):
Fundraise for the club with your Christmas shopping
You can raise money for the club through your Christmas shopping and easyfundraising. By making a purchase at one of the major retailers after going through the club's easyfundraising page, they will make donation to the club. Learn more here. Top tip: you can install the easyfundraising browser extension to never miss a donation!
EA Club Support Fund launched
EA officially launched the Club Support Fund earlier this week with the first themed round being focused on supporting clubs with small grants of up to £500 to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online application process is straight forward and simple to follow with a closing date of 15 January 2021. More information and details of the process can be found here where you will also find details of future funding rounds as part of the fund.
EA Run Leader Development Days are back for 2021
The popular Run Leader Development Day series is back for 2021…and being delivered virtually. The days involve a series of webinars aimed at existing leaders from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups who are currently supporting group runs. The content within the sessions will help leaders adapt their sessions, improve their knowledge, help with planning and give leaders some of the skills/confidence to progress to training as a coach.
For further details please click here & book your place via Athletics Hub. If you require further information please contact Rich Ayling.
In our new Q&A feature we focus this week on our man in the Welsh mountains, Russell Bentley, fell runner and current Snowdonia Marathon (Marathon Eryri) champ. He talked to Dan about his recent extraordinary attempt to stay motivated (spoiler alert, he didn't just go for a jog round the block).
Kent AC's man in the hills, Russell Bentley, completed the notorious winter Paddy Buckley Round in an epic 22:45, setting off last Tuesday at 4:00am. The Paddy Buckley Round takes in much of the Snowdonia National Park, covering over 62 miles and 47 summits on the way and is widely regarded as the tougher brother of its English equivalent, the Bob Graham Round.
We caught up with Russell to more about the challenge.
Fewer than 10 people have ever completed the Paddy Buckley round in the winter, what made you target a winter round having already attempted the round in the summer?
I needed something to focus on to stop me getting out of shape and miserable (the two go together). I was intimidated by the winter round, which was why I wanted to try it. Scary, but exciting enough to get me out of bed on the cold, dark, rainy mornings we all know and love here in the UK.
Running so much of the 62 miles in the dark, what bit do you find the hardest?
The last leg was very difficult, I was going increasingly blind. The concentration necessary was exhausting. I had to quickly accept that I wasn't going to get the record and this was the new reality.
You ran the round solo and unsupported, how did you manage to keep yourself fuelled for almost 23 hours?
I had a strategy of 2 gels on the hour every hour, plus a small chocolate bar (half a Duo). I hated hated HATED this part. The hours started coming round so fast. I couldn't believe every time I had to eat again already. Still makes me want to heave. I gave up on the chocolate bars. I don't know how people do it. Yuck!
It was a fantastic effort that even had the current winter record holder, Damian Hall, worried at some points. But what’s next after that mammoth effort?
You're right. It was a fantastic effort. You know, when you have achieved everything that I have in this sport, it gets harder to find new challenges. Maybe I would like to complete the 'Big Three' rounds and run between them. Then do the world's most boring documentary on it. I would also like to be able to do a backflip.
Read Russell's fantastic blog here.
Twitter feed is often an inspiriation, too: @russell_runner
No podcast this week, however you can catch our latest podcast with Zuzana Nemeckova talking nutrition on Spotify here.
Secret Cross Country - Beckenham:
Pete Lighting & Jon Tipper's brainchild was back this week with another race on the testing Beckenham course. Jake Simmonds came out on top after a close tussle with Jon Tipper, but stay tuned to get involved over the coming weeks.
Ben Noad is organising another 5k team race in Wimbledon after the success of the event a couple of months back, with the relay on Sunday 20th December - 9:45am start.
There are 14-15 teams (of 6) entered.
If interested please enter your name ASAP here.
A warm welcome to our new members this week. We hope you enjoy training with us.
This month's club draw winner is Mark Hall, with bonus ball number 18 last night.
Well done Mark.