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Mornington Chasers Newsletter

20 March 2015

Club News
Club vests
Weekly diary: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Summer League
Triathlon England London League
Track racing and Southern Athletics League
Race results and brief reports

This newsletter is going out a couple of days early as I'm away over the weekend. Good luck if you are racing and please do send results through for inclusion next week. Thank you!


Sarah Mayne, our outgoing chairperson, thanked everyone for her much appreciated gifts presented after the run on Tuesday evening. She and her husband, Alex, shared tea and biscuits to celebrate with members. The baton is passed on to our new chairperson Avril Riddell.

Congratulations to Kelly Thorneycroft who joins the ever-growing number of members achieving British championship marathon qualifying times. Following a difficult year beset with injury, Kelly has worked incredibly hard to get back to form, showing great courage and determination. She is also spearheading our entry into the Southern Athletics League.

Previously unpublished results are listed at the end of the newsletter. If you would like to share your results with other members please email details about the race and your time to newsletter@chaser.me.uk

The Triathlon London League Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon has been added back into the events section as it now includes an adult race. The Charlton 50 metre heated outdoor pool is used for the swim leg (750 metres plus 5K run). If you've not yet tried multi-sport, there is also a Go-Tri event with a shorter swim and run specifically created to encourage people to give triathlon /aquathlon / duathlon events a go.

The Events Calendar is now available on our website (www.chaser.me.uk). Summer League, Southern Althletics League and London Triathlon League plus a few sundry dates are now all listed plus social events (pub night) and links where appropriate to entry or further information.

If you've enjoyed the mile time-trials, the Westminster Mile race, 24 May provides a terrific opportunity to race against similarly paced people (see the events calendar for web address).

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.
The next MILE TIME TRIAL is 24 March, organised by Mairead and Andrea.
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

Sessions run by our coach 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 March, TRACK, 2 April, HILLS
Thursday pub nights, approximately every six weeks, see the events calendar and future newsletters for dates.

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 and pace groups do vary.

The Summer League is a series of five Sunday morning 'inter-club race events' run from May to August. 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. If you have children they are very welcome to participate for the club making these a terrific family outing. 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 - this year at Dulwich Park. Lizzy Muggeridge is our Summer Series organiser for 2015. We lost the Club cup last year and it would be great to win it back again!

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 adult races 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!

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. (triathlon@chaser.me.uk).

The Velopark Duathlon races - 2 mile run + 10 mile cycle + 1 mile run - offer a fantastic opportunity to try multi-sports in a friendly and supportive atmosphere where the level of competition covers novices through to the elite. Several members have raced here and love it. Find out more at www.veloparkduathlon.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 or field events. Track races are from 100m to 3000m for women and 5000m for men. Field events are available and actively encouraged. 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!

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.

If you are aged over 35 you can race in 'Masters' events. Our regional club which provides affiliation to British Masters Athletics Federation and opens up the opportunity to participate in national and international events, is Veterans AC, www.vetsac.org.uk for details.

Highgate Harriers host an early season open track meeting at Parliament Hill on Wednesday, 15 April. Sprints, 800m and 5000m are on offer. Sign up in advance at www.highgateharriers.org.uk

To include your results in the newsletter, please email Andrea (newsletter@chaser.me.uk) 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, but not essential.

Mel Lomax 1:39:34

Imogen Keene 1:36:28

Kelly Thorneycroft 1:29:44