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Mornington Chasers Newsletter

27 April 2015

26 April 2015

Club News
Club Championships 2015
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


Today was the VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON. Huge congratulations to all of you who ran (results at the end of the newsletter) and experienced all the training and dedication come to a successful conclusion. Every one of you is a star!

Fiona Russell achieved a new marathon pb and came 14th in her category, a fantastic acheivement. Meanwhile, in Madrid, Rob Mitchell reached his best marathon time for 33 years.

The London Marathon means so much more to the club than the running, it's also being part of the event, it is part of our history. A huge thank you to Alice who organised the cheering group and pub celebrations and everyone who supported our runners. Thank you too to the members who managed one of the elite runners drinks tables.

And before marathon day is the training: Tom in particular plus Avril, Ian and Mairead have been instrumental in helping shape marathon training both at the club and for individual members - thank you all.

The first event in 2015 SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE, the day before the London Marathon, was always going to find it difficult to recruit members. Many thanks to Kelly for spurring on the athletics initiative. Our return to competition was rewarded with inspiring performances, pb times, a few high scoring events and bags of enthusiasm. Full report next week together with the result which are yet to be published.

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).

For more upcoming events and races please visit the EVENTS LISTING on our website where you can sort by type of race. www.chaser.me.uk

RESULTS are listed as the last item of the newsletter. They do not appear automatically (except for the London Marathon)! 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.
Coached session with Avril - this week 'circuits' at Regent's Park track with a different activity at each station. A great session for all levels to help build strength, fitness and speed.
Choice of group runs from 5 to 6 or up to 10 miles at various speeds.
The longer runs are across Hampstead Heath and may continue onto the Heath extension and into Golders Green Park.
Potential new members are welcome to try us out on a Tuesday night. Please introduce yourself to the team captain announcing the runs who can place you with a suitably paced group.
Tea and biscuits after the run.

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.
30 April - HILLS, 7 May - TRACK, 14 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!

Rob Mitchell is race directing the event we host.

Triathlon England London League
We are one of the participating clubs in the Triathlon England London League 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!

For full details and how to enter links visit www.triathlonengland.org.uk

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.

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.

Diane Morrison 4:28.:51 (new pb)

Isabel Maciver 3:48:37 (new pb)

‘The Blackpool half had fantastic weather - on closed roads or pedestrianised promenade throughout. A bit breezy, but not too bad, and clear blue skies all the way. Very flat, except for a few inclines moving from the road to the seaside walk. It seemed well organised and I'd do it again - the race HQ was in the Hilton hotel, which had the fanciest toilets I 
have ever seen pre-race! They had a full or a half on the day, as well as a 10k.’
Ben Barker 1:29:33 (new pb)

‘A grand tour of the sites of Madrid starting and finishing in the city centre. Only 15,000 entrants with wide boulevards to run on and an enthusiastic crowd (even in the pouring rain) to encourage you with shouts of vamos, venga and bravo chicos. I would thoroughly recommend Madrid as a great running destination.’
Rob Mitchell 3:28:42 (best in 33 years must rank as a PBG)

Matthew Chattaway 2:41:56
Will McNulty 2:43:06
John Armstrong 2:49:09
Alex Kitromilides 2:58:49
Rory Campbell 3:02:28
Fiona Russell 3:04:20 (new pb, 14th in category)
Ian Girling 3:04:50
William Barrie 3:12:07
Ruth Aston 3:15:47
Michael Smith 3:15:47
Philip Sellar 3:25:33
Natalie Graham 3:30:06
Anna Waterman 3:35:55
Andrew Fassnidge 3:49:39


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