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THE HARRIERS HERALD

No. 156, February 2006

  

Editorial

Welcome to February’s Harriers Herald, which begins, as usual, with Thursday night schedules and Secretary’s correspondence.  The 2005 Bike Challenge has come to a close, and Susanne reports on this year’s attempts, the winning performance, and a new format for the 2006 challenge.  Thanks to Susanne for organising the challenge – it’s good to have an incentive to do some cross-training every now and again.  There are brief race reports and results for the Woodcote & Goring Lions 10K and for the Berkshire cross-country championships.  In Mo’s Website Update he tells us about our own new ‘domain name’, and his links of the month include a searchable database for sports facilities, and the BBC healthy living web page.  Mo’s Events Diary features a variety of races through to the end of April.  The fourth race of the Winter Handicap Race series has taken place, and the points competition is getting very exciting – read all about it on the back page!  Thanks to Susanne and Mo for this month’s contributions.

Sue

 

Thursday night schedule for February

Thurs    2nd                    Lucy to lead

Thurs    9th                    Pete to lead

Thurs    16th                   Handicap Race

Thurs    23rd                   Phil to lead

 

Thursday night schedule for March

Thurs    2nd                    Kirsty to lead

Thurs    9th                    Handicap Race

Thurs    16th                   Tom to lead

Thurs    23rd                         Preparation for Compton Downland Challenge

Sat       25th                  Compton Downland Challenge

Thurs    30th                   Mo to lead

  

Correspondence received by Secretary

Abbreviations:  BCAA = Berkshire County Athletic Association; SEAA = South of England Athletic Association; AAA = Amateur Athletic Association of England; UKA = UK Athletics

 

Correspondence received

Sender

Subject matter

Action

Frimley Park Hospital

Appeals Manager

Entry forms for 10K in aid of ‘Life Saver Appeal’          (26-03-06)

Events diary & notice board

Running Imp

2006 Catalogue

File

Andy Neal, UKA

Information on coaching courses

File

The Stroke Association

Letter & poster re charity places in 2006 London Marathon

Notice board

Nirvana Europe

Road running tours and warm weather training 2006

File

SEAA

Certificate to confirm affiliation of C. Harriers for 2006

Info. update #96; Nike Road Relays (M. Keynes, 26-03-05)

File

Silson Joggers

Silverstone 10K entry forms (02-05-06)

Notice board

Baxter’s Lochness Marathon

Lochness Marathon, 10K, 5K entry forms (01-10-06)

Notice board

Royal Nat. Inst. Blind

Run London Marathon to raise money for RNIB

Notice board

UKA

Club awards; new contacts for UKA club service dept.

File

City of Lincoln Council

City of Lincoln 10K entry forms (02-04-06)

Nnotice board

 

Bike challenge 2005

Susanne

 

Though it was with short notice, 5 Compton Harriers (one ex. member) managed to squeeze in an attempt at the 2005 bike challenge.  New rules and bad weather were, for some of us, the excuse for slower times.  It has to be admired that Andy, who unfortunately is an ex-Compton Harrier, managed a flying time of 18:35 so now we all have something to aim for!

Dick’s and Peter’s names were both ready to be picked.  Martin did the honours and picked Dick, who finally got his prize after having been among the two fastest in each challenge.  He received Paula Radcliff’s “My story so far”.

 

Our times compared with last year:

 

2004                2005

Dick                             19:47                19:35

Pete                             22:03                21:05

Susanne                        21:20                21:38

Sue                               20:23                22:42

 

The Bike Challenge Team have decided that, as soon as we have come up with a new route, the challenge will commence and will finish in December at our Christmas dinner.  So watch this space!

 

Well done Dick, we hope it was worth “nearly killing yourself for”.

 

The Bike Challenge Team

(Elo and Susanne)

  

Woodcote & Goring Lions 10K, 8th January

Sue

 

Three Harriers competed in this well-established annual road race, with great success.  It followed the usual route: gently downhill from Woodcote to Goring for the first 5K, then uphill to 6K, downhill to 7K, and finally a long drag back uphill to the finish at Woodcote.  It was a cold day, and there was a strong cross-wind on some of the more exposed sections.  Nearly 300 runners took part, but it was a lonely run for some of those nearer the front, particularly Martin who was in a gap 2 minutes behind the leading pair and 1 minute ahead of the next runner.  Those of us who were a bit further back had plenty of others to run with, and shelter behind, on the windy sections.  It was good to see Mo at two places on the route, having cycled round it to take photos and cheer us on.  Martin ran a minute faster than his 2005 time, Lucy was 30 seconds faster than in 2005, and Sue slightly slower.  As usual, the race was very well organised, and the presentation took place fairly promptly.  To our surprise and delight, we each came away with a trophy: a first for Lucy, a second for Sue, and a third for Martin.

 

Martin                                      37:43                3rd

Sue                                           41:20                21st (2nd lady)

Lucy                                         46:46                66th (1st FV40)

Mike Trees (ORCA UK)           34:55                1st

Belinda Davies (RRR)               40:33                12th (1st lady)

Diane Binnie (Reading)              79:52                288th (Last finisher)

 

Berkshire County Cross-Country Champs, Maidenhead, 15th January

 

Pete represented Compton Harriers at the county championships, held at Burchett’s Green Agricultural College, near Maidenhead.  The challenging route was mostly around field margins with some around stony tracks and alongside a wood.  I have tried without success to access the full results, so I don’t know Pete’s position or time.  However, he did well on the 12K course to pass his usual Team Kennet ‘rivals’ in the later stages.  Sue represented Reading A.C. in the ladies 6K race and finished 5th.

  

Website update… http://comptonharriers.org.uk

Mo

 

 

 

 

Several members have commented about the annoying increase in pop-ups when accessing the website; unfortunately this is one of the pitfalls encountered when using free sub-domain names … pop-ups bring in money for the domain name holders through advertising.  Well as the number of pop-ups is now spoiling our on-line visits, I have decided to do something about it and bring back the undoubted pleasure of visiting the Harriers website once more!

 

Have you noticed the website address above?  We now have our own domain name, so by using the new address, you will notice an immediate drop in pop-ups … in fact, you shouldn’t get any at all!  Of course, this won’t cover links to other websites, but at least all pages on the Harriers main website will be pop-up free.  We will also have another email address for the new domain, comptonharriers@comptonharriers.org.uk .

 

Of course, the other sub-domain names, comptonharriers.cjb.net and comptonharriersrc.cjb.net and associated email addresses will continue to operate (pop-ups included) but, over time as the general populous becomes familiar with our own domain name, they can be phased out. 

 

As a follow up to last month’s links to web sites on running gear, it’s worth having a look at the current Runner’s World home page and following the links to the articles on new shoes and clothing.  The clothing covers a section on sports bras and the reasons why lady runners need support.  There are also many other superb articles and links to other sports gear websites.  The link is http://www.runnersworld.co.uk . 

 

If you want to find sports facilities in any particular area around the country, then I suggest a visit to http://www.activeplaces.com which is a searchable database from Sport England.  The interactive search facility also makes use of ordnance survey maps to show the exact location of the facility you are searching for. Whilst on the subject of sports facilities, another searchable database for finding a local gym or health club can be found at http://www.thefitmap.co.uk .  This site also includes useful information on health & fitness in general.

 

My last link for this month is on the good old BBC website where you can find all the facts you need on fitness and healthy living at http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/healthy_living .

 

Events Diary: A selection of local and other well known events for your information.  If you need any entry forms, I can email most of them on request.

 

·       Sunday 5th February 2006 - OXFORD MAIL X-COUNTRY LEAGUE – Cirencester

 

·       Sunday 12th February 2006 – WOKINGHAM ½ MARATHON -  10:00am, Cantley Park, Wokingham

     http://www.wokinghamhalfmarathon.co.uk

 

·      Sunday 19th February 2006 – DURSLEY DOZEN – 10:30 am, May Lane car park (opposite the Old Spot pub) http://www.g4cio.demon.co.uk/ddozen/ddozen.htm

 

·      Sunday 19th February 2006 – HARDWICK X-COUNTRY RACE (Approx 6miles)- 11:00 am, Manor House Farm, Hardwick, Nr Aylesbury, Bucks. http://www.bearbrookjoggers.co.uk

 

·      Sunday 26th February 2006 – THE GORING 10K – 11:00 am, Gardiner Recreation Ground,

     Goring-on-Thames http://www.goring10k.com

 

·      Sunday 26th February 2006 – THE TERMINATOR 10 – 10:30 am,  Pewsey School, 10 miles MT

 http://www.pewseyvalerunningclub.com

 

·      Sunday 5th March 2006 - OXFORD MAIL X-COUNTRY LEAGUE – Banbury

 

·      Sunday 12th March 2006 – THE GRIZZLY 2006 – 10:30 am, Seaton, Devon.

 

·      Saturday 25th March 2006 – THE 11th COMPTON CHALLENGE – 9:00 am, The Downs School, Compton, Newbury, Berks. http://comptonharriers.cjb.net

 

·       Sunday 26th March 2006 – FRIMLEY PARK HOSPITAL 10K & 2.5K FUN RUN – 09:30 am 

     Frimley Park Hospital – Entry forms on club notice board.

 

·      Sunday 2nd April 2006 – 24th WHITE HORSE HALF-MARATHON - 10:00am, Millbrook School,   School Lane, Grove, Oxon OX12 7LB  http://www.whitehorseharriers.org

 

·      Sunday 9th April 2006 – READING HALF MARATHON & GREEN PARK CHALLENGE 4K – 10:05 am, Green Park (Behind Madejski Stadium) and 10:15 am for the 4k Challenge http://racepayment.mirrorservers.co.uk/readinghalfmarathon

 

·      Sunday 23rd April 2006 – THE LONDON MARATHON – 09:45 am, Blackheath, London

  http://www.london-marathon.co.uk/

 

 (Mo – February 2006)

 

Handicap Race

Sue

 

January’s Handicap Race was delayed for a week so that Martin and Lucy would be back from holiday and able to race each other in what remains a very close battle between them.  Unfortunately, the new date coincided with a variety of ‘goings-on’ in Compton, which gave us a few obstacles.  We had a set of traffic lights for roadworks by Wilson Close (which seemed to have turned off all the street-lights along that stretch of road), a lot of parked cars at the top of Newbury Lane, another set of roadworks and lights on the final stretch, and a pile of ballast at our finish point.  As if that wasn’t enough, it was bitterly cold.  The regular Harriers were joined by ‘guest’ runner Jane, a lady from Edinburgh University who was visiting IAH-Compton for a week.  Jane, more used to running longer distances, predicted she would run 14 – 15 minutes and was given an appropriate start time.  However, she had underestimated her capabilities and pushed on well to take first place.  Kirsty was next home, with Lucy, then Martin very close behind.  Vicky, back in action after a long-term knee injury, and Sue, also running with a dodgy knee, followed in close succession.  Pete just managed to stay ahead of Dick, as they took 7th and 8th spots.  Well done to Kirsty, who was awarded the trophy as Jane did not foresee any further visits to Compton.  Thanks to Jan for timing on such a cold night.  Later that evening, I spotted that she had written on the time-keeping sheet next to ‘Timekeeper: Jan’ the words “Looking forward to summer!”.  As the next Handicap Race is scheduled for 16th February, I’m afraid I can’t guarantee that will be any warmer!

 

Pos

Name

Start time

Finish time

Actual time

Handicap Beaten?

1

Jane

1:44

15:20

13:36

New runner

2

Kirsty

0:44

15:44

15:00

-0:16

3

Lucy

2:24

15:48

13:24

-0:12

4

Martin

4:43

15:54

11:11

-0:06

5

Vicky

1:44

16:13

14:29

+0:13

6

Sue F

4:15

16:15

12:00

+0:15

7

Pete

2:43

16:39

13:56

+0:39

8

Dick

3:08

16:49

13:41

+0:52

 

When updating the Championship points, I at first thought I should omit Jane and start the scoring from Kirsty.  Then I decided it didn’t matter, because Jane did not separate two other runners, and giving her a score would thus not affect the relative scores of the rest of us.  After 3 months of Martin and Lucy swapping the lead between them, they both now have exactly the same points score.  With only two more races to go, there is little hope for the rest of us…unless of course Martin should mysteriously ‘fall’ off a cliff in the Lake District, or if Lucy should get lost in the dark on the ‘wrong concrete road’……   The excitement mounts.

 

 Position

Name

Race points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

Total

1=

Martin

7

4

6

4

-

-

21

1=

Lucy

5

7

4

5

-

-

21

3

Sue

4

5

3

2

-

-

14

4=

Pete

3

-

5

1

-

-

9

4=

Susanne

1

6

2

-

-

-

9

6=

Kirsty

2

-

-

6

-

-

8

6=

Kevin

1

-

7

-

-

-

8

8=

Dick

6

-

-

1

-

-

7

8=

Jane

-

-

-

7

-

-

7

10

Vicky

-

-

-

3

-

-

3