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Mornington Chasers Newsletter

23 February 2015

Club News
URGENT Volunteers to represent club at RP 10K
National XC Championships
Call out for coaches and run leaders
Membership fees
Club vests
Weekly diary: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Summer Series dates
Triathlon England London League dates
Track racing and Southern Athletics League info
Race results


Julia Davis won the women's cup in Brighton Half Marathon today in a time of 1:18:20, a significant pb and victory - congratulations Julia on a fantastic achievement and to her (and our) coach Tom Craggs.

Many congratulations to Patrick and Angharad who married on Valentine’s Day (14 February) in London and all good wishes for a long and happy life together.

Last year we lost the Summer Series cup to Ealing Eagles - we'd love to get it back! Details and dates for 2015 are listed below, please put them in your diary today! The more people of every age and ability taking part the more likely we are to win the coverted trophy back again.

The first meeting of the new committee is to be held on Monday 2 March 2015 19:30 at Talacre, all members are welcome to attend.

Two volunteers are urgently needed to represent the club at the last of our 10K races this season. This series of races funds many of our activities and it is important that we are there to support the race and answer any questions. If you can help, please contact one of the race captains on Tuesday or by email. Thank you!

15 Chaser men and five women braved the muddy conditions at this spectacular event on Saturday. Our first six men came 51st out of 145 clubs and the first nine men came 35th out of 74 clubs and the first four Chaser women came 62nd. Individual results are below.

Many thanks to Mauricio Salidas for volunteering to marshal on behalf of Chasers. He was out on the course from 10am until the end of the mens race. Also thanks to everyone who came along to watch, cheer and help out - Hannah, Becky, Dan, Ruth and of course, Anna, who organised the Chaser team so successfully and provided home-baked cakes.

It was a brilliant race with top running and performances. The course was tough, lots of slow stodgy mud, sloppy mud swamps and slippery down hills. With the sunny and mild weather, it was an absolutely perfect day to round off the XC season. Fingers crossed that the frog spotted by one runner survived the day.

Hannah McQuarrie is gathering info about the Clubs wealth of coaching talent. If you have coaching / run leader qualifications or are in the process of attaining them please let her know: your qualifications, date and whether you have the full licence / insurance; if you lead runs at the club and how often; if there are other things you would be willing to do that use your coaching skills and experience.

If you’ve not yet paid your subs for 2015, please do so online through the new easy system http://www.chaser.me.uk/joining.shtml
Membership runs to 31 December 2015. And if you need a reminder of all the many benefits your membership brings please check out the re-designed website.
Thank you!

As a paid up member of the Mornington Chasers you get to own and wear our distinctive club vest. If you do not yet have one of these coverted runners must-haves, please print out the Pay-Pal membership confirmation email and bring it along on a Tuesday evening to claim your vest from one of the team captains or committee members.

Meet at Talacre Mezzanine Level at 1900 for briefing and 1915 departure.
Choice of group runs from 5 to 8.5 miles at various speeds.
Coached session often available – details announced in the briefing at 1900.
The last Tuesday of the month is usually coached by Avril and is suitable for all levels.
Once a month it is planned to have a mile time-trial round the inner-circle at Regent’s Park – an exellent way to map your progress.
All Tuesday runs are followed by tea, soft-drinks and biscuits at Talacre (please volunteer at least once a year to provide this vital service – details of the very simple duties are on the website).
First Tuesday of the month – pub night.

Yoga - subsidised yoga class, 1900 to 2000 at Talacre. Led by runner and yoga teacher Amy, yoga is the perfect way to complement your running. £5 for members and £8.00 for non-members. Sign-up at http://goo.gl/4b3cLl

Coached sessions run by Tom Craggs designed for all members. Tom usually provides two programmes, one for endurance running (10K and upwards) and the other for middle-distance (800-5000m). Over the next few weeks, sessions alternate between hills and track.
26 February, TRACK, 5 March, HILLS
NEW THURSDAY PUB NIGHT! Started 19 February at the Camden Brewery (close to Talacre) and thereafter about every six weeks - watch for announcements.

Long run – these runs are generally for members who can run a minimum of 10 miles non-stop. Except when there are Summer League races taking place, runs from Talacre on Sunday mornings usually start at 0900. Please check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute info as times do vary.

The Summer League is a series of five Sunday morning 'inter-club race events' run over the summer. Each 'event' includes an adult race of either 5 miles or 10K, a one-mile tenderfoot race for children, a very short parent and toddler race and 400m relays that involve just about everyone. The host club lays on a feast, marshals and organises their event. Points are scored with team and individual prizes at the end of each season presented at the start of the next. Lizzy Muggeridge is our Summer Series organiser this year. We lost the Club cup last year and it would be great to win it back again in 2015!

Please put these Summer Seriesdates in your diary:
31 May – Dulwich Park (hosted by Dulwich Park Runners)
14 June – Headstone Manor (hosted by Metros)
5 July – Perivale (hosted by Ealing Eagles – change from ESM in previous years)
19 July – Regent’s Park (hosted by Mornington Chasers, volunteers and cooks also required)
16 August – Battersea Park (hosted by Serpentine)

Triathlon England London League
We are one of the participating clubs in the Triathlon England London League. Each person pays their own entry fee into individual races and there are 10 in the series. Everyone who enters can have an effect on the team results and there are also prizes for individual performances. Each race is different with a mix of pools and open water swimming, cycling on roads and closed circuits and running on and off road. And, of course, there are always fabulous cakes!

The events and dates that form the London League 2015 are:

Event 1: Thames Turbo Triathlon, 6 April
Event 2: Kingfisher Aquathon, 19 April
Event 3: Ful-on-Duathlon, 26 April
Event 4: Crystal Palace Sprint Triathlon, 10 May
Event 5: Clash of the Tritons Aquathon, 7 June
Event 6: Jetstream Open Water Sprint Triathlon, 14 June
Event 7: Windrush Aquathon, 28 June
Event 8: Capital Tri Aquathon, 6 September
Event 9: London Fields Aquathon, 4 October
Event 10: Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon, 25 October

Races usually sell out quickly, so if you’re interested please book when you can and include that you are a member of Mornington Chasers. For full details and how to enter links visit www.triathlonengland.org.uk

Triathlon at Mornington Chasers is in its infancy but increasingly members are enjoying the benefits that cross-training can bring; we hope to develop this further in 2015. If you would like to know more or have experience you would like to share, please contact Andrea (andsand795@hotmail.com).

Kelly Thorneycroft is organising our debut season in the SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE. We join in Division 3 NE. Please register your interest with Kelly and your preferred distance. Track races are from 100m to 3000m for women and 5000m for men. Field events are available and officials/volunteers can also score points for the club. Team selection for each event to be made closer to the date.

Everyone is encouraged to have a go at track racing: a fantastic way to put all that track training to use, to sharpen your speed and race tactics. And, you have all your team mates cheering you on!

The fixtures are all held on Saturdays:
1. 25 April. Woodford.
2. 31 May. Hemel Hempstead.
3. 20 June. Battersea.
4. 4 July. Parliament Hill.
5. 15 August. Newham

For further details please contact Kelly (athletics@chaser.me.uk) and visit www.southernathletics.org.uk for a list of all the events, past results and more.


To include your results in the newsletter, please email Andrea (andsand795@hotmail.com) with the details. A one sentence, sound-bite summary of what you thought of the race and if you would recommend it to others would be great too.

Saucony National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, 22 February
Individual results
Anna Waterman 40:28
Avril Riddell 43:27
Emma Hayward 45:01
Rafaele Lamour 45:43
Alice Sullivan 52:41
(The winner was Lillian Partridge, Aldershot Farnham and District, 30:07)

William McNulty 48:11
Adam Parkes 48:22
Tom Craggs 49:07
Michael Duffy 51:56
Alex Kitromilides 51:56
John Armstrong 52:20
Richard Silverton 52:21
Jeff Bannister 52:29
Ian Girling 54:00
Georg Isola 58:14
Fabrizio Sidoli 58:25
John Lynch 58:43
Rob Mitchell 59:20
Sotoris Georgiopoulos 1:00:32
Gary Homewood 1:04:54
(The winner was Charlie Hulson, Sale Harriers, Manchester, 39:12)

15 February 2015 - Baldock Beast Half Marathon
A beautiful, undulating course through the Hertfordshire countryside. It is a tough but not beastly race run on country roads with two off road sections. The Chaser contingent would heartily recommend this race with this the third visit for most of us. The day was capped off by a visit to the Orange Tree Pub for a Sunday roast lunch and an excellent selection of beers and ciders.
Gavin Pugh 01:33:28
John Lynch 01:34:27
Rob Mitchell 01:35:16
Rafaele Lamour 01:51:50

15 February 2015 - South England Masters Indoor Championships, Lee Valley
First masters indoor race of the season at the fabulous Lee Valley Athletics Centre. The banked 200m track feels bouncy and a real treat to run on. There is no hiding place with indoor track which helps focus the mind. Thoroughly recommended!
Andrea Sanders-Reece
800m 2:57.29 (2nd VW55)
1500m 6:00.65 (2nd VW55)