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National Cross Country Championships! We wanted to give you updates throughout the racing, but apparently internet hasn’t really reached t’North as yet, so here’s the post-race update. On a hot and sunny afternoon it was unusual to be more concerned about sunburn than mud at the country’s biggest cross country event of the year! The ladies kicked things off in the mid-afternoon heat, with two hilly laps covering 8km of the beautiful Harewood House grounds. Kirsty Wood led the team home with a brilliant run, followed in by Charlotte Keeler, Lucy Fraser, Claire Cannon and Di Mattingly. Then followed the men and their 12km course, with the heat mercifully giving way half way through to help the guys finish strongly. There were 12 Lordshill men running in total, led home yet again by Kev Willsher, but with awesome performances throughout the team. Once again this was another cross country event that we broke new ground at, having full men’s and women’s teams finishing for the first time ever…
Lordshill have arrived at the National Cross Country Championships! The junior races are underway, we’ve collected our numbers, and the flag is bigger than everyone else’s! Only 45 minutes until the women’s race begins, and the guys are ready to cheer them on! In other news, it is lovely and warm in Leeds, calling into question whether it is still classified as being in the North. Let’s get ready to race! (Chris)
It was an early rise this morning for this intrepid band of Lordshillers, who today take on the English Cross Country Championships. In this moment I’m reminded of a quote by Ernest Shackleton: “No person who has not spent a period of his life in those ‘stark and sullen solitudes, that sentinel, the Pole’ will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.” And so we venture to Leeds, the grim North, to take on the country’s premier cross country event! A grand total of 20 Lordshillers have risen to the challenge, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on how the racing is coming along! The ladies start at 1:30pm followed by the men at 3:00pm, so we’d better get back on the bus! (Chris)
Another awesome Sunday morning in the CC6 league! For once the sun was shining as we set off for Ashurst Campsite and a new course for the CC6 league. Taking in Ashurst and Deerleap Park, this was 8km of brilliant trail running, and as always we had a brilliant Lordshill turnout. The men were led home by Kev Willsher (3rd) once again, who as well as looking to keep the team at the top of the league is also trying to maintain his place at the top of the individual standings! Kev was followed home by Ben Pitman (5th), Andy Proctor (17th) and Alan Graham (23rd). First for the ladies was Charlotte Keeler (25th), closely followed in by captain Lucy Fraser (28th) and vice-captain Claire Cannon (30th). Well done also to a number of Lordshill ladies who came along for their first taste of the CC6 this season, Eve Richardson, Dawn Heppell, Inez Walker and Michelle Nears – great running everyone! There is now only ONE race left in the league, and we want to keep our positions up towards the top of..
SUNDAY RUNDAY – IT’S CC6 TIME AGAIN! If you want to get involved in some cross country this weekend then come along on Sunday 17th February as the CC6 season nears it’s climax! There are only two events left, with the penultimate event taking place this Sunday at a new course at Ashurst Campsite (start time of 9:30 as always). We enter this race well positioned towards the top of both the men’s (1st place) and women’s (2nd place) leagues, and we’d love to get as big a turnout as possible to try and stay there until the end of the season. Every one of you will help the cause by taking positions off of other teams, so please come along and get muddy with the rest of the team! The course this weekend is approximately 5 miles long and made up of 60% gravel tracks, 30% muddy paths and 10% wooded sections. Currently the condition of the muddy tracks is quite runable – Trail running shoes with a good grip are recommended, but the course is not suitable for spikes. These events are suitable..
After a tough week, what a brilliant turnout we had this morning at Parkrun, with absolutely loads of Lordshill vests and shirts on show. Thank you all so much for helping to pay tribute to Julie Lavington. In addition to Parkrun, we also had a number of members out at the Hampshire Cross Country League finale (a series that Julie took place in multiple times this year) at Dibden Inclosure this afternoon, where the club finished our maiden season in the league very strongly. We’re pretty sure that the men have sealed promotion to Division 2 for next season (and it’s touch and go as to whether we ended as champions of Division 3), while the ladies also ran brilliantly today to push towards a top 10 finish in the overall league. Thank you to everyone who has taken part this year in a new competition for the club, especially Gwenda Evans, Claire Cannon and Aaron Rogers who turned out at every single event! It was a brilliant success and something we will definitely be doing again next season!..
Just a reminder, if you are planning on coming to Southampton Common Parkrun tomorrow, or indeed any Parkrun, please, please, please wear your Lordshill colours in memory of Julie Lavington who passed away earlier this week. If you’re a former member of the club, please feel free to also pull on your old vest for the morning as a show of respect for a much loved member of the local running community. We hope to see lots of you out at Parkrun in the morning. (Your committee)
An appeal to any of our members with an appetite to volunteer and a bit of free time this Saturday! Our friends at Hardley Runners are hosting this weekend’s Hampshire Cross Country League event at Dibden Inclosure on Saturday 09 February. This is a desperate appeal for Marshals for the Senior races. They currently still have only ONE volunteer from other HCCL Clubs (out of the 30+ Clubs). If anyone is free from 1pm your help would be really appreciated as there will otherwise be many vacant Marshal points. Dog walkers are particularly common in Dibden Inclosure and marshals are needed to try to protect runners (as courteously as possible) from running dogs. Many thanks (Chris)
Parkrun this Saturday – show your colours for Julie. As we’re sure you will all have seen by now, earlier in the week we unfortunately had to announce the passing of one of our members, Julie Lavington. Julie was an active member of the club, regularly attending a range of training sessions as well as racing in club colours, such as at the Hampshire Cross Country League events and many road races, including Chichester 10km only last weekend. Julie was also a regular at Parkrun, running 100 times at the Southampton Common event, as well as undertaking some Parkrun tourism as well. We therefore thought it would be a nice tribute to Julie to get as many people as possible wearing their Lordshill colours at this Saturday’s Southampton Common Parkrun event. A quiet mark of respect for a much loved member of Lordshill Road Runners. So please, if you are thinking about coming to Parkrun this Saturday, grab that white, red and blue vest / shirt before heading out of the door. (Your committee)
It is with much regret that we have to pass on the very sad news that Julie Lavington has passed away. Julie collapsed at work yesterday and unfortunately didn’t recover. Our deepest sympathies and love go to her family and friends and as one of our dearest and most treasured members. She will be very much missed by everyone that knew her.
RYDE 10 MILE – THE HRRL SEASON REACHES ITS HALF WAY POINT! Another brilliant race today over on the Isle of Wight as 22 Lordshillers headed over to Ryde to take on the 10 mile event. With stories of brutal hills swirling around, there were definitely some nerves on the start line. However, in some brilliant running conditions there were equally brilliant performances from the Lordshill teams. Chris Lowrey led home the men’s team, dipping below 70 minutes on a tough, tough course, with the A Team being rounded out by Matt Lovesey, Dan Gallagher and Ben Tavendale (all finishing seconds outside of 70 minutes). The ladies were brought home by Kirsty Wood (running a superb 70 minutes), followed by Lucy Fraser and Jill White – the ladies actually ran so well that they took home the 3rd place Ladies’ Team prize, while Jill White and Di Mattingly also won individual age category prizes! However, there was awesome running all round to keep the Lordshill teams well positioned in all leagues as..
WEDNESDAY TRAINING! Who’s up for some mixed Wintervals with Coach Martin? Meet at 6:50pm at the athletics track
CHARITY UPDATE Thank you all so much for all of your nominations for the club charity for the year. At the beginning of training tonight we had a draw to decide the charity that the club will be supporting for the year, and the lucky charity out of the hat was Different Strokes! Different Strokes are a national charity, helping younger Stroke Survivors reclaim their lives through active peer support and independent recovery. It is a charity run by younger stroke survivors, for younger stroke survivors. If you want to find out more about the work that Different Strokes does, have a look here: https://differentstrokes.co.uk/what-we-do/ You all helped to raise around £1,000 for the 2018 club charity, PICU, so hopefully we can do the same this year and help Different Strokes to continue with their amazing work. (Your committee)
MONDAY TRAINING SCHEDULES! Here’s what’s coming up in February & March. Happy running folks! ♀️ ♂️ (Rob)
Not sure what running to do this week? Well there’s always plenty of options available to you awesome Lordshillers! All of the following training sessions are taking place in the next 7 days, so come along and join us, and maybe even try something new! Monday 28th January – Group training starting as usual at 6:30pm at Richard Tauntons College. Tuesday 29th January – Strength and Conditioning with Coach James in the Richard Tauntons College sports hall, starting at 7:00pm. Wednesday 30th January – Coach Martin will be running a session of mixed intervals, meeting at the Sports Centre Athletics Track at 6:50pm for a 7:00pm start. Thursday 31st January – Come join in with a social run from 6:30pm starting at Oasis Academy in Lordshill, OR why not give some longer tempo intervals a try as part of the endurance training programme at the sports centre track, starting at 6:30pm. Sunday 3rd February – The Endurance Training long runs continue from Lordshill Sainsburys starting at 8:30am…
ENDURANCE TRAINING UPDATE! As promised, we’ve got a page put together on the Lordshill website containing all of the resources you’ll need for the endurance training programme! You’ve got the slides from Graham’s original presentation, as well as some additional notes from the night. There’s also details of the training plan itself, a suggested reading list to get even more information about distance running, and even some amazing recipes to get the nutrition side right! Have a look at everything here: http://www.lordshillroadrunners.org.uk/training/endurance/ And don’t forget, Thursday night sees the beginning of the tempo intervals element of the training plan! Starting at 6:30pm at the athletics track, this will see us running some longer intervals (between 4 and 6 laps) at around half marathon pace to make sure we’ll still have the speed we need come marathon day! Hopefully we’ll see loads of you there to keep the marathon training going! (Chris)
CLUB CHARITY 2019 We are looking for nominations for the club charity for this year. If you have a suggestion please post below or contact a member of the committee directly. The deadline for suggestions is 8pm on Sunday (27th), so we can have a vote and start raising money for our new good cause! There are so many great causes out there, let us know who you’d like to be our official charity this year. The charity can be local, national or even a global organisation!
Thank you to all those of you who came to Billy Bash, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Congratulations to all those who were prize winners (some of which are pictured below) and very well done to the impressive amount of you who still participated in the CC6 and Endurance Training the following day, proving once again what amazing runners you are! If you missed out on the fun, or perhaps need a little help remembering after those celebratory drinks, the full list of awards will be circulated in this week’s email and available on the website soon. However, if like me you are sad it is all over for another year then why not console yourself by making sure you are in with a chance of winning a prize next year. The chosen races for 2019 are as follows: Short Age Graded race: https://www.romseyroadrunners.co.uk/beer-race/ Club Championship: https://wyvern10k.weebly.com/ Long Age Graded race: http://www.hardleyrunners.co.uk/SolentHalf.html Finally, thank you to Abbie Dent for all her..
The morning after the night before… With the Billy Bash still in many people’s legs / heads, we still managed to get a brilliant team out today at King’s Garn Gutter for race six in the CC6 league. The men were led home by Kev Willsher in 3rd place, supported by Ben Pitman in 5th, Dom Ashton in a brilliant 17th, and vice captain Rob Agar in 23rd! With such an amazing performance from the A Team the league title is now one race closer! Meanwhile the ladies had an awesome race too, led home by Sari Giering in 11th place, closely followed by Viki Middleton in 16th and Charlotte Keeler in 17th. Second place in the league is a real possibility with only two races left! Great running today everyone, and we hope to see even more of you out at the next race on February 17th! (Chris)
Well done to those who took part in endurance training nice and early at 8:30am this morning. We are now running two groups to suit all paces, although this session is slow paced and aimed at getting those important miles in the legs If you like long runs and have longer races planned please come along!
The Billy Bash may be in the forefront of all of our minds at the moment, but do have a think about how you want to run off your dancing / drinking legs in the morning! Fancy some cross country? Then come along to the CC6 at King’s Garn Gutter – a 9:30am start for a classically hilly and muddy five miles! The guys are top of the league, and the ladies well placed in second, so come along and help the club to yet more success as the season’s end draws near! Or maybe you’re marathon training and need to get a long run in? Well, then head over to our endurance training session, starting at Lordshill Sainsbury at 8:30am – there was a great turnout last week, so it’d be great to see the same again on this week’s 1hr 45min run at a nice steady base pace. We’ll be splitting into groups of all different paces, so whatever your marathon aims you’ll find a group to run with! (Chris)
We’re looking forward to the Billy Bash tomorrow, can’t wait to give all of these out to you for your AMAZING running over the last 12 months! See you there!
Whilst many of us are getting excited about Billy Bash on Saturday, the even more exciting news is that there is also a CC6 on Sunday at Kings Garn Gutter! This is a challenging course of about 4.5 miles, with two laps of the middle section and a climb to the finish, run on a mixture of gravel and very muddy forest tracks – don’t expect to finish with dry socks! There are no changing or toilet facilities. Parking near the race venue is in three areas known as (1) Janesmore Pond, (2) Stoney Cross Plain and (3) Stoney Cross. Then walking access to the race area via Longbeech campsite. There is to be no other parking, not on any of the road verges or in the public lay-by areas and do not park in or along the Longbeech road as this is for emergency vehicles access. It is of utmost importance that runners abide by this, so please car share as much as possible as parking is limited. The race start area is a 10/15 mins walk from the parking areas and race start will be at 0930 prompt.
What. A. Weekend!!! So much running over the last couple of days, so much to tell you all about! Let’s start with yesterday, and race #4 in the Hampshire Cross Country League. Once again we got a full men’s and women’s team out, keeping up our record of doing this at every race so far this season! This should keep us TOP of the men’s third division, and also keep the ladies well placed around the top 10 of the overall women’s league. Not bad for a first full season in the competition! Then this morning we took on Stubbington 10k, a favourite of the Hampshire Road Race League on a fast course with a nice tail wind pushing us along the sea front! A huge 64 of you came along to race (too many to photograph!), and carried us to some phenomenal results that will keep us fighting on all fronts in the league tables (with the men’s and women’s A teams both in the hunt for podium finishes, and the B teams being real title contenders)! And finally, Sunday morning saw the first of the new Endurance..