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Mornington Chasers Newsletter

8 November 2015

In this Newsletter:

This week’s news plus:

-	Christmas Party
-	Winter Series, help needed
-	Results, reports and comments

FOR DETAILS ABOUT ALL CLUB ACTIVITIES, DATES, BOOKING ETC ....please visit the club website www.chaser.me.uk


This is my last newsletter as editor and as a member of the committee. Lizzy takes over from next week and can be contacted at the same email address newsletter@chaser.me.uk Thank you to you all for your support and contributions over the year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting the newsletter together and gathering your reports and results. 

Unfortunately I missed the AGM  but would like to pass on my personal gratitude to the committee members who have served the club so well and are no longer on the committee. These include Rhonda, Avril and Raphaële. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone, but as I was not at the meeting I’m not sure who is staying and who is leaving.

For the last few years, people who had been members of the club for 10 years were automatically given life membership and life memberships were also awarded earlier in the year to founder members of the club. However, other members who had attained 10 years during 2015 did not receive automatic life membership and won’t do so in the future. At the AGM this practice was officially stopped and the wording for appointing lifetime members clarified in the new constitution. 

Under the new system, Maurice Raynor was awarded lifetime membership. Maurice is a previous treasurer of the club and for many years race directed the Mornington Chasers Regent’s Park 10K Series. When I first joined the club, Maurice had a table set up by the ice-cream kiosk in Regent’s Park and all race entrants names were written by hand into a large book. Times were recorded on a stop watch and the race results later typed onto a spread sheet before loading onto the club website. The race route included crossing the road that leads to the inner circle where two of us marshalled. Maurice introduced the chip and electronic timing and entrance fees increased. As an overweight, middle-aged man, Maurice started running to lose weight and increase fitness. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club encouraged many new members to join and he often led Tuesday night runs. 

If any members use the track at Parliament Hill for training outside our regular Thursday nights we have a few TRACK PASSES that you can use. Please contact me if you would like one and I’ll pass on your details when I know who on the new committee is handling these.

The Club CHRISTMAS PARTY is on Friday 4 December at the Grafton. Members past and present and their friends are welcome. This event is subsidised by the club with tickets costing just 10.50 including a glass of Prosecco and food. Please buy your tickets on line as soon as possible so that Seb and Alice have a good idea of the numbers for finalising the booking. For further details and to buy tickets visit the club online shop at www.chaser.me.uk

CLUB WINTER SERIES 10K in The Regent’s Park
Members are needed to marshal the next four races in our winter series. These races are essential to help keep our membership fees low and provide the many benefits that we all enjoy. And if you need an extra incentive above the warm feeling that volunteering and cheering the runners provides, you also get free entry to one of the races. Marshalling is just one of the many ways you can be involved with the club. Please let Alice know if you would like to volunteer.

Tuesday with Andrea suitable for all levels and this week to include hills for strength. 
Thursday track with Andrea.
The session details are usually posted on our Facebook page on the day.
For details about other runs on Tuesdays and across the week, cycle rides and reps plus our Couch to 5K programme for non-members please see the club website or Facebook page.

Dates that are posted in the newsletter are then added to the Events Calendar on the club website. The listings choice is broken down by type of event for example, cross country, road, triathlon.

To include your results in the newsletter please email Lizzy (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. There is no need to send results from Club races such as Summer League, Southern Athletics League and Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League as these are gathered by the team captains / event managers. 

‘A fun day, and lovely course along the Thames the whole way. The weather on Saturday made it a bit like running in extra windy mud bath, which made things interesting....and my number came off at a pinch point - so the time is thanks to my Garmin :-) Even so, would do it again - and the cake at the end was lovely!’ BB
‘It was blowing a gale and very muddy with massive puddles along a lot of the course. But really nice event and pretty route along the Thames path from Kingston to Kew. Would definitely recommend.’ LE

Ben Barker 1:35:07 
Nesta Thomas 02:04:06
Lucy Ellis 02:15:31 

‘A spectacular day on the Côte D’Azur for Le Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes, not a gust of wind nor a cloud in the sky for this stunning coastal marathon from Nice to Cannes. A pancake-flat course bar one short hill in Antibes was an ideal setting for a PB in 3h16m. Highly recommended for a sunny November getaway and PB opportunity.’ Chris Zair.

Rounding off what has been a remarkable year for me, on Saturday night I received an award for winning my age-group in the Triathlon England London League 2015, scoring 400 the maximum number of points possible. Other landmarks include celebrating 10 years as a member of the club, winning the British and ITU World Championships for Sprint Duathlon and Silver in the BMAF Championships at 1500m. As coach, helping members blossom and grow, achieve new pbs and try out new sports on the track, in the pool and on the bike is the icing on the cake. Andrea Sanders-Reece

For those of you who are on STRAVA, we have a Mornington Chasers STRAVA group (https://www.strava.com/clubs/mornington-chasers). Members can like each other's activities, comment on them or simply see what others are doing. 

Join the club's Facebook group or follow us on Twitter: @chasersldn