Life after London
Posted on February 15th, 2018 by John Armstrong
Our current training schedules all end after the London Marathon. What will happen for the rest of the year?
I thought I’d let you know the key events we will base our training around once marathon/half-marathon season ends.
What do you need to do now to prepare?
- Go to our calendar and ask it to email all the events to your calendar. Sure you might not do them all, but its good to pencil them in.
- Enter Cabbage Patch 10.
- Be poised to enter St Neots.
In the summer we focus on shorter distances, from 5k to 10k. I hope we’ll also organise some middle distance and perhaps even sprint training too.
Our main club racing focus in the summer is 10k and 5 mile races for Summer League. This is a super friendly race series for absolutely all abilities and includes kids races, relays a picnic and (new this year) a bake-off. You simply enter on the day.
A second summer strand is track amd field with Southern athletics. If you have an inner sprinter or middle-distance runner you want to unleash, this should be your summer focus. Entry is free, but you will need to sign up in advance so the officials know who is running. You’ll be able to sign up using our calendar nearer the time.
If you fancy triathlon, the Crystal Palace Triathlon is our club championships. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info on how to enter.
Our club training will switch to a half marathon focus in the autumn.
The big races are the St Neots Half Marathon in November and our club championship the Cabbage Patch 10 mile. Both races sell out.
St Neots can sell out within hours so sign up as soon as entries open. If you’ve never entered before you could try liking them on Facebook and asking to be put on their mailing list. We will mention it in our Facebook group, but you don’t want to miss it.
You can already sign up for Cabbage Patch, so do.
The other autumn races we know we’ll be doing are the Essex Way Relay and the usual cross country races. Essex Way is a relay through some lovely countryside with legs for all abilities. Its brilliant. Its free to enter, but we will need to decide on teams in advance so will take names nearer the time.
Finally, if you plan to run an autumn marathon, Dublin and Abingdon are good choices that attract a lot of Chasers. Abingdon sells out fast, so be poised ready to enter.
Hopefully we’ll also organise a trip to the countryside for some trail running, probably in May. We may also book the track for the day so we can all finish the summer with PBs (and I can show Lauren Longhurst how to win at the wheelbarrow race).
Watch this space.