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Mornington Chasers Newsletter

19 April 2015

19 April 2015

Club News, including Club Championships 2015
London Marathon
Club clothing, vests and hoodies
Weekly diary: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Summer League
Triathlon England London League
Track racing and Southern Athletics League
Race results and brief reports


The club is looking to co-opt a NEW MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY to join the committee and to be the first point of email contact. Please speak to Avril if you are interested in this role. Next week's newsletter to include the names and responsibilities of all the committee members.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - The Cabbage Patch 10 mile race has been cancelled this year so after much consideration our championship race is to be the Mornington Chasers Regent's Park 10K on Sunday 1 November. It was agreed that we wanted a race that was accessible in terms of location, distance and price to as many members as possible.
The Committee has also decided to revert to the original system, as outlined in our constitution, whereby we have a stand-alone Championship Race with category prizes plus separate prizes for Summer League and Cross Country. (Last year a points system combined all three events to work out awards).

Next Sunday (26 April) is the LONDON MARATHON, if you are running, cheering or just joining in the celebrations in the evening, please see the section below.

After many years absence, we now have a team back in The SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE and the first match is on Saturday 25th April at Woodford. Whether you are completely new to track racing, not raced since schooldays or an experienced field and track athlete, Kelly would love to hear from you at athletics@chaser.me.uk. The plan is to travel out on the tube to Woodford together. Volunteers can also score points for the club. For more details see under the Track section below and links to the Southern Athletics League site with info about times and fixtures. This is a really exciting addition to the club's events calendar and it would be terrific to see as many members as possible taking part.

Our new TUESDAY COACH is Andrea Sanders-Reece. Andrea has been a member of the club for nearly 10 years and, as well as developing her coaching interests, is an experienced athlete at many distances from marathons to track racing and cross country. Avril continues to coach on the last Tuesday of each month. Unless specified all coached sessions are suitable for all levels.

Rob Mitchell has kindly volunteered to race direct the Mornington Chasers SUMMER LEAGUE race in The Regent's Park. Lizzy Muggeridge manages the complete series of races starting in Dulwich Park.

Please send Alice (a.sullivan@ioe.ac.uk) your name, marathon number, details about what you plan to wear (eg Chaser vest) and expected finishing time so that the cheering team is ready as you pass by on The Highway.

The cheering team sets up from around 0800 on The Highgway near the junction with Cannon Street Road opposite the BP garage and drive-thru McDonald's. If you would like to join the cheering team, brilliant the more the merrier! 
The map reference is: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/@51.509394,-0.0611495,19z?hl=en

POST MARATHON CELEBRATIONS to be held at The Pineapple Club Conservatory, Leverton Street, Kentish Town, from 1900 hours on 26 April and everyone is welcome to join in.

For more upcoming events and races please visit the Events listing on our website. www.chaser.me.uk

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

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.
The Club also has hoodies for sale at £20.00 - a most useful item for keeping warm at cross country and on cool summer days.

Meet at Talacre Mezzanine Level at 1900 for briefing and 1915 departure.

Choice of group runs from 5 to 6 or up to 10 miles in the summer at various speeds or coached session. The longer runs are across Hampstead Heath and can continue onto the Heath extension and Golders Green Park.

Coached sessions with Andrea except the last Tuesday of the month with Avril. 
MILE TIME TRIAL this Tuesday 21 April, led by Andrea. Please bring your own watch. The focus this month is on pacing the mile to optimise performance and is suitable for all levels.

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).
Tuesdays are the night that we welcome potential new members to try out the club and participate in one or two runs before joining.
First Tuesday of the month – pub night.

Yoga - club 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 are for all members and are designed to develop and inspire excellence whatever your chosen discipline. Tom's reputation as a leading UK coach is rapidly growing and he has recently coached several members to impressive personal best times and competition results in a mix of events and championships.
23 April - TRACK, 30 April - HILLS, 7 May - TRACK

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 duathlon 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

Hannah has been checking out potential Triathlon training sessions, please see our Facebook page for links and details.

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 or if you are able to volunteer. Track races are from 100m to 3000m for women and 5000m for men. Field events are available and actively encouraged. Officials and volunteers 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.

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.

Further result to add to last week's successes.
Steve Thompson 4:09:38 (new pb)
"Big thanks to everyone for helping me with my training."

Sarah Whittacker-Axon 3:52:33

Mike Shelton 3:24:53 (new pb)
"Perfect running conditions."

Chris Z 3:35
"A night marathon really is quite an experience. Running through torrential rain over a lovely course including around lit up old castles. A few teething problems including a chaotic finish line but with tweaking a race I would recommend."

5k run, 25k bike, 5k run
Sarah Brogden 1:44:49 (6th woman) (22.27, 58.07, 22.12)
"It was the most beautiful scenic race I have ever done. Highly recommend! Tough but pretty."

400m pool swim, 9K trail run
David Hidasi 46:10 (6:40, 39:29)
Andrea Sanders-Reece 53:13 (8:46, 44:26)
Becky Johnston 55:10 (10:49, 44:20)
A really well organised, friendly event set in the grounds of Morden Park,with fabulous cakes.