Sunday, 21 August 2016

It's a Mad World


The Mad Cow

This weekend saw the Running of the Mad Cow with a Full Marathon on Saturday followed by a 10k and then a Full and a Half today. WSR always has a good YTRRC following and camping in the rain was also available (at a cost). 

Saturday saw Paul Allen take third place and Jon Crane first YTRRC runner over the line, first lady was Helen Nesbit. I am not sure but it might also have been Louise's first Trail Marathon. Well done to all that ran on the Saturday Full and at least the weather held out. The full results can be seen here.




The 10k was a very fast field and Anita was the first YTRRC over the line with a sprint finish to beat Joanne Crane, Sean Gaffney was the first male for the Club. The full results can be seen here.

On the Sunday saw a few more of the Club come down and a surprise entry in the Half from Pete Jakeman who was the first Club runner over the line with Joanne Crane first lady. The full results can be seen here.

The Full saw the same result as Saturday with Paul in third and Jon first Club runners over the line with Helen first lady.

Then we had a Club runner that I think said to me months ago "My marathon days are long gone and never again". Never again means a Quad one week and a double marathon the week after, I didn't know that. Well done to Jo Henley on her first of many doubles. Jo ran well and every time I saw her drinking, I mean running she was actually running and not walking. Very well done, have you heard of a Triple or a Quad?




From Jo: 

Day 2 done!! 5:01 yesterday & 5:05 today so very happy with that. A MASSIVE thank you to the Yeovil Town RRC, your support & encouragement made it happen. Now then NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

From Kat: 

Thank you to Chris for helping me run today love you <3 ,and our wonderful YTRRC crew, the awesome White Star Running peeps, Andy Palmer, Ginny Palmer, Kevin Day and all the other lovely peeps, it was a challenge as I was nearly hospitalised Monday. 
Marathon no. 3 done 6hr 52. in 24 months I have done 3 marathons and 22 half marathons and at least 10 months of this I was on bed rest.
Well done Chris for marathon no 33 today! 
Its sure a big day for celebrations, my boys come home today after 2 weeks away, lets break open the shiraz.
Feel like I have my life back 








Extreme North

Last weekend Paul Allen, Pete Jakeman and I took part in the Irish Quad in Donegal. With a Half Marathon and Full as well everyday. The Quadrathon courses are 4 separate routes over 104.8 mile of coastal roads around Inishowen 100 / Wild Atlantic Way scenic route. 

Paul and I did the Full and Pete not being so daft did the Halfs. You get a medal after each race and when you finish the last one there is a table with some screwdrivers to add them all together. It is some medal and very heavy. 

Overall a very hard four days and I will not rush back to do it again but would recommend it to Jo Henley for her first Quad.





  

54321 Half, Full and Ultra

This race always has a few of the Club there as its a local ish race and a run for all. Most are there for the Ultra to get their Hat and some are racing because they said they would never run over a Half distance again but are just lying. 



Lulworth Castle 10k

The Lulworth Castle 10k was also on last week with four YTRRC runners.




Maiden Newton 10k

The 13th Aug saw the Maiden Newton 10k with a handful of YTRRC runners, we had Paul Card first over the line and finishing in 2nd place and Melanie Denham was our first lady. The full results can be seen here.



Awards Night


From Anita:


Yeovil Town RRC Annual Awards Night Friday 25th November 2016 
Venue: Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett

3 course Christmas meal with disco after the awards ceremony
Tickets £25 for a club member and £30 for guest.

Payment in cash/cheque (YTRRC) to me (Anita) asap.
Can be paid in installments if you would like to (just let me know)
More details to follow - menu choices, seating etc.

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:30pm 23rd Aug

2.  The next Championship Race is Sun 28th 10k Battle of Sedgemoor (SS) 11.00 am

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from  Rose and Portcullis  Butleigh.

4. Track session on Friday 

5. The Sunday Long Runs will be from Goldenstones at 9:00 am.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Back to Racing

Bridport Jurassic Coastal Run

Linda went to Bridport 10k and met up with a few YTRRC 2nd Claim runners.




The Gloucester Marathon.

Lynne went up to Gloucester for their new Marathon and posted:

Well that was hard! City off Gloucester marathon, didn't go well, struggled from 7-13 miles then got mojo back, note to self don't run when not 100%!



The Gaffneys

Sean and Fiona did one of those Obstacle thingy races which involves a bit of running and then drinking.


from Sean:

Although the winner finished 10 miles, off road, with a 4 miles fell section, 6 river crossings, two of which have to be swum. Plus approximately 20 other obstacles including, 3 X 8 foot walls, mud trenches, monkey bars. To name a few.....In a blistering 1hr 17 mins.


Notices

The month has passed quickly. It's cake request time again. 5K at Yeovilton on Wednesday.
Cakes/biscuits/savouries. Contributions required. ( don't forget, club can reimburse for ingredients) If anyone has a desire to do some baking but doesn't want to eat it all, then it will be gratefully received for refreshments on Wednesday.  Thank you in advance.
Also marshals and the normal Club support for the 4th Summer Series. 

Awards Night: From Anita:

Yeovil Town RRC Annual Awards Night 
Friday 25th November 2016
Venue: Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett
3 course Christmas meal with disco after the awards ceremony
Tickets £25 for a club member and £30 for guest
Payment in cash/cheque (YTRRC) to me (Anita) asap.
Can be paid in installments if you would like to (just let me know)
More details to follow - menu choices, seating etc.

Yeovil Marathon: From Bryn 

Planning for next years YTRRC hosted Yeovil Marathon has started and i am looking for some willing volunteers to help the club continue in it's success. The roles that need filling are: Route Master, Chief Marshal & Volunteers and Children's Fun Run. These roles last year were held by Peter Jakeman, Elizabeth Diamond and Katie Brooks and their hard work was instrumental in the success of 2016. If you would like to assist then either comment below or send me a pm.


No Blog next week as in Ireland running a couple of Marathons and then a couple more. If you want me add your race or comments then add them on a Sunday to the Club page. It takes too long going back through threads.:)


Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:30pm 9th Aug

2.  The next Championship Race is Sun 28th 10kBattle of Sedgemoor (SS) 11.00 am

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from  The Windwhistke Pub Cricket St Thomas.

4. Track session on Friday 

5. The Sunday Long Runs will be from Goldenstones at 9:00 am.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Not Many Races


Small World

Lovely Park Run around Muckross Estate and Killarney Lakes, highest position ever - 26th. Only 30 in the run!!!  By chance met up with members of Fiona Gaffney' family!




Katie's Trip

Katie was on her travels this week and took part in a few races.
She also ran a bit with Ben Smith 401, she said:

Fantastic few days representing the Green and Whites all over the place. First was supporting Ben on his 332nd Marathon around Lake Windermere, then down to Conwy for the North Wales Half Marathon. Very different running than I am use to with the first and last mile on the beach but with a mountain put in just for fun. The it was off to Wrexham for a flat 10k raising money for MHD. Both medals had great support and pretty  good bling. Felt very proud to be part of this Club.





Awards Night

Yeovil Town RRC Annual Awards Night 
Friday 25th November 2016
Venue: Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett
3 course Christmas meal with disco after the awards ceremony
Tickets £25 for a club member and £30 for guest
Payment in cash/cheque (YTRRC) to me (Anita) asap.
Can be paid in installments if you would like to (just let me know)
More details to follow - menu choices, seating etc.

Stoke Gabriel Carnival 10k

Stoke Gabriel Carnival 10k complete. A lovely low key, friendly run, lovely scenic route with lots of hills, woods, fields and beach.



Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:30pm 2nd Aug

2.  The next Championship Race is Wed 3rd 10kHaselbury Trail (SS) 7.30 pm

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from  The Rest and Welcome A37 Dorcherster Road.

4. Track session on Friday 

5. The Sunday Long Runs will be from Montacute at 9:00 am.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Quite Week


Outlaw Iron Man

Post from Caroline Watts:

This is what I've been upto today, awesome achievement 'Outlaw Ironman 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle & 26.2 mile run) ..... 15hrs 15 mins, thank you to everyone for all their kind words of support and encouragement, especially Graham Alan Watts for keeping me going on the run and his cheering on the cycle ride ....... Winter running with the club gave me the backbone to finish this.



Parrett Trail

From Rob:

The Parrett Trail relay race is fast approaching, this years is to be held on Saturday 8th October, last year our club did very well, we had five teams, it would be great if we could achieve the same this year with at least one ladies, men's and mixed team!
The route follows a beautiful course along the Parrett Trail from estuary to rivers source over seven sections. 
Please chat amongst your friends with a view to forming a team, volunteer to be a team captain or simply state your interest in being in a team. 
More information can be found at: 
http://www.parrettrace.btck.co.uk/ 

Durberville Dash 10k

Linda did the Durberville Dash today, no results yet.




Parkrun News

Our Chairman turned up at the Montacute Parkrun on Saturday morning with the Olympic Torch as it is nearly 4 years to the day that it came through Yeovil.    


Adam and Corinne were in Ireland:

Park Run near Ennis, west Ireland. Lovely course through woodland trails. 36 runners!!! 


Argentan 

Once again YTRRC will once again be taking part in the Argentan Half Marathon or if you prefer the 10.5K pairs relay
If you are interested then contact Phil Mac Quaid or Pete Jakeman with a £50 Deposit. It is hoped to keep the cost somewhere in the region of £140 which covers everything except your food on the ferry and of course booze.
Places are limited to the number of seats on the coach. The Hotel & Coach have to be confirmed and I require at least 33 confirmed bookings to go ahead. (The coach then goes free on the Ferry and we get the ferry group rate)
The accommodation is shared rooms with Double, Twin or even three beds per room.

Itinerary
Friday 30th Sept 0330 Every one to be at the Fleet Air Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton
DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT+ Photocopy
0400 The coach departs. We have to be at Portsmouth by 0600
0730 Ferry departs on the Mont St Michel
On departure Breakfast
1430 Arrive at Caen/Ouistreham
Arrive le Voyager Hotel
1900 Reception followed by Pasta Party
Sat 1st Oct 1000 Collect race numbers followed by Team Photos
Visit Supermarket
1200 return to the hotel
1300 Transport to the Start
1400 RACE START
1900 Meet in the hotel bar
Transport to the Evenings Entertainment
"Beware the Hippies from Yeovil"
Sun 2nd Oct Early run for some
Breakfast
1000 Depart Argentan
Cultural Visit on Route
1430 Arrive at the ferry port Caen/Ouistreham
1600 The ferry departs Mont St Michal
See Ferry timetable for dinner
2100 Arrive Portsmouth
Approx 2300 at The Fleet air Arm Museum
Final costs depend on the exchange rate and fuel prices
Lightly to be in the region £150 - £170 a head

Awards Night

Anita is collecting money for the Awards Night, put your money into an envelope with your name / names on it. Any questions then just ask. 

From Jo:

Evening All. Ok so we are going to book a 16 seater mini bus for the awards evening. The first 16 people to put £10 cash in an envelope with your name on it & hand it to me get a seat!! When this is full I will take a look to see if we have enough people for a second mini bus. Plan is for 2 pick ups & drops, 1 at the Globe Pub & 1 at the football ground. 

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:30pm 26th July

2.  The next Championship Race is Wed 3rd 10kHaselbury Trail (SS) 7.30 pm

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from Prince of Wales Ham Hill.

4. The Sunday Long Runs will be from Goldenstones at 9:00 am.

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Dorset Invader Weekend


The Dorset Invader Weekend

Well the weekend finally arrived and a few turn up at East Farm on Friday ready for the Half on Saturday Morning. Jo seemed to be happy anyway.

  
Then Saturday morning a few more turned up and the Sun was turned on and we got ready for the Half. 

The start was just your normal run of the mill start with a 5 year old boy on a pony and his dad dressed as a Centurion on a nervous horse.

 
Soon we were off and Race Director Andy Palmer turn up the Sun and we followed the horse. 


Well into the race you hit the Love Station and the Cider and Vodka Snaps (water and fruit is also available).
 
The day got a little bit hotter as we started to hit the finish line.


Helen Nesbitt was the first Club runner over the line and Dave Tinsley was first male. A great race and well worth more of the Club coming down for it. 

After the Half was the Chaos in the Evening and a bit of fun. First there was the take off your shoes and put one in each of the two sacks and then the van took them up the hill while we did the warm up, a conga with about 200 people through the Roman Bath and up the Hill. Then we started the race which was up the hill to find your shoes and then round around the Farm up a track and then round the field, through the wood and then you were given another number different from yours and you had to either find or wait till that number turned up. You were then plasticuffed to that runner / child and then ran down the hill to the finish for the medal and lollypop, simple.




Saturday came to an end and it was time for bed with our sunburn and for some the Marathon, the Sunday runners turned up and the field soon filled up with more runners for the main event the Marathon and also my 100th (102, but that's another story). 


The start was the same as Saturday, a couple of horses, a little boy and his dad again. We set off and the nice Race Director turned the Sun up again (such a nice man). This time Helen stayed on course and didn't run around the barn in the wrong direction like she did the day before. The route was the same as the Half  up to the Love Station and then we went off in another direction for the second loop. 

As the day went on the Sun got hotter and WSR decided to add in a impromptu water stop and this saved a load of people from overheating or getting more dehydrated. On to the results and Paul Card was the first over the line for the club and Helen Nesbitt was our first lady. As the day wore on we still had four runners out there in the heat and it was well over the 7 hour mark so a long time in the heat on a tough course. Eventually the famous four appeared over the hill, I have seen Paul Meadows at a few marathons and also in the heat in Malaga and the Somerset Levels not to mention Ham to Lyme and he is normally slightly pale and looking the worse for ware but he crossed the line looking very fresh and ready for another lap. 

Well done all a hard day at the office.

 

Eventually I crossed the line with Pete for my official 100th, it was a great feeling but was glad to have finished due to the heat and being dehydrated. 


It was great to see other Club members come down just for celebration of my 100th, also to Helen and Sean for making some awesome cakes.



  It was a great day and one I will not forget, thanks to Paul Allen for the presentation of the 100th Marathon Club T-Shirt. 




All that remains is to thank all Yeovil Town RRC club members for being such a great social Club that support all levels of running standards, I might be the first YTRRC runner to reach 100 marathon but I think it will not be long till our first lady is there, the question is will it be Helen or Lynne.  

The Piece of Cake

From Chris:
Kate and I traveled to Shropshire this weekend for a half and marathon respectively, 'The Piece of Cake' ran by 'How hard can it be' is set in the national trust owned area which starts and finishes at Carding Mill Valley. In typical runners style anything call piece if cake or easy in the title you know it's not going to be, but I wasn't expecting quite so tough. The marathon is two laps, and the the first 4 miles of each lap is basically all uphill, and totally energy sapping by two mile point, I was pulling out the hiking poles to get me up that hill, the next couple of miles were downhill, but was this a relief, well it made up some time followed by another 3 and bit miles of climbing and a bit of flat on top the hills where the views were as far as they eye could see, last two miles of the lap were all down the craggy valley back to the start area. In total the marathon had over 1200mtrs of climbing and no wonder 20 people pulled out of the marathon at the halfway point, if i hadn't had the poles I'd certainly not have finished the course, the climbs were relentless, but when finished you knew you'd worked for that medal. I'd recommend making the trip and doing one of Denzil's events, don't expect a PB, but you will enjoy it and work your arse off.



Parrett Trial

From Rob:

The Parrett Trail relay race is fast approaching, this years is to be held on Saturday 8th October, last year our club did very well, we had five teams, it would be great if we could achieve the same this year with at least one ladies, men's and mixed team!
The route follows a beautiful course along the Parrett Trail from estuary to rivers source over seven sections. 
Please chat amongst your friends with a view to forming a team, volunteer to be a team captain or simply state your interest in being in a team. 
More information can be found at: The Parrett Trail

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:30pm 19th July

2.  The next Championship Race is Sun 24th 20 ml Exmoor Seaview 10.00 am

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from The Castkebrook Compton Dundon at 6:30pm.

4. The Sunday Long Runs will be from Goldenstones at 9:00 am.