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Mornington Chasers Newsletter

29 March 2015

29 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


Please see section below about RENEWAL AND REGISTRATION FOR ENGLAND ATHLETICS for the year from April 2015. It won't happen automatically so please follow link as requested.

Helping out at the MARATHON ELITE DRINKS STATION is something that Mornington Chasers has carried out for many years. If you would to be part of this team please contact Dan Hedley. Our participation is yet to be confirmed but it would be great to know who would like to be involved.

POST MARATHON CELEBRATIONS to be held at The Pineapple Club Conservatory, Leverton Street, Kentish Town, from 1900 on 26 April. This is always a terrific opportunity to share post-marathon stories, relax and celebrate with runners and supporters alike. Thank you to Alice for organising.

THURSDAY NIGHT COACHING sessions with Tom to resume the spring / summer three-weekly format of two track sessions and one hill session - details below.

Thirteen members ran the mile-time trial on Tuesday. Times are listed below alphabetically not in finish order as this is about personal goals not positions.

The first match in the Southern Athletics League is 25 April. If you are not running the Virgin London Marathon or racing in the London Triathlon League the next day, please sign-up with Kelly to represent the club in our first athletics team event for about 20 years!

Clumber Park saw the first of three qualifying races for the GB Duathlon Age-Group teams for the World Championships in 2015 and European Championships in 2016. Andrea Sanders-Reece won her category in the Sprint Duathlon so is expected to qualify.

Results are listed as the last item of the newsletter. They do not appear automatically! 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

For upcoming events, please see the Events listings on our website www.chaser.me.uk

ACTION REQUIRED: England Athletics Membership renewal and joining

If Mornington Chasers is your first claim club and you would like to become a member of England Athletics (EA) or renew your membership for the year April 2015-March 2016 you must let us know by editing your membership details at http://15o9.mj.am/link/15o9/h39q2qv/1/BqMoFxreew8zFiny1oYUkg/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jaGFzZXIubWUudWsvam9pbmluZy9tZW1iZXJkZXRhaWxzLnBocA

It is essential that you do this even if you are a current EA member. The process is very quick and you can indicate that you want EA membership and ensure that the details we send them are correct. To ensure that your request is processed quickly, please do this now or at the latest by 10 April.

All first claim club members are entitled to EA membership but because it costs the club £15 per member, please only ask for it if you plan to use it. EA membership is essential if you plan to compete in championship events such as the National and Middlesex cross country championships. It also entitles you to a discount on many races where a UKA number is required. UKA is made up of each of the home nations affiliated organisations.

For general information on the benefits of England Athletics membership visit: http://15o9.mj.am/link/15o9/h39q2qv/2/kL9LFUu2ld5M38RlySOCPQ/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lbmdsYW5kYXRobGV0aWNzLm9yZy9lbmdsYW5kLWF0aGxldGljcy9tb3JlLWluZm9ybWF0aW9uLWZvci1hdGhsZXRlcw

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 (and longer in the summer) at various speeds.
Coached session often available – details announced in the briefing at 1900.
Tuesday 31 March, coached session with Avril.
Sessions with Avril are usually run on the last Tuesday of the month and are suitable for all abilities.
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). The programme is returning to two track plus one hills and represents a change to last week's listing, ie this week is to be track with the following week hills.
2 April, TRACK, 9 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. (newsletter@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 and 800m, the 5000m is now full. 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 brief description of what you thought of the race and if you would recommend it to others would be great too, but not essential.


Mike Shelton 1:30:48 (pb)

Set in and around the hilly, beautiful Clumber Park, Nottingham, this age-group qualifying event for the GB team was incredibly well supported. Not enough loos (are there ever?), a brisk north wind and a major A road (with fast traffic) all added to the challenge of this exciting, highly competitive event. The location was brilliant for trail running too - a possible location for a club away weekend?

Andrea Sanders-Reece 1:22:35 (5k run, 20k cycle, 2.5k run) 1st woman in AG

This no-frills, highly competitive, well-organised race (with highly experienced time-keepers) appears and disappears like Brigadoon in the blink of a lunchtime-eye. £2.00 entry fee, medals for the top three men and women and an annual age-graded championship make this one of the 'purest' races in the calendar.

Andrea Sanders-Reece 22:29

In incredibly difficult, windy conditions, many Chasers raced in half marathons today. Listed below are confirmed results received so far with more to follow next week.

A flat, fast course along country lanes in Kent. PB potential course had it not been for the very windy day!

Ian Girling 1:23.00
John Cope 1:26.32
Fiona Russell 1:30.34


Phil Tysoe 1:22.49
Emma Hayward 1:41.30


David Nelson 1:29.43 (pb)

This session is designed for members to assess their performance over a mile. It is not a race and it is hoped that each person uses it for their own aims whether that be recovery from injury, testing training progress or something else. Times are listed alphabetically.

Anna Waterman 6:01.99
Chris Zair 5:42.24
Dave Glencross 5:24.71
Dave Nelson 5:44.55
Dave Renton 6:00.29
Hannah McQuarrie 6:33.11
Jean Lee 8:47.1
Jerry Bryan 6:04.17
Lizzy Muggeridge 8:03.09
Nesta Thomas 7:46.4
Rob Scott 6:03.5
Seb Rule 5:35.45
Steve Thomas 6:18.12