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Weekly roundup – 08/10/2018

Loch Rannoch 

Caroline Kerr was first lady at the Loch Rannoch half marathon last weekend, she completed the undulating course along the south shore of the stunning Scottish loch in a time superb time  of 1:41:06. Rob  also ran and picked up the 1st V60 prize in a time of 1:33:58, a new personal best.
Well done to you both !

Hanney 5
The weekend also saw a small group of Alchester runners venture out in the torrential rain to  run the Hanney 5 mile to make sure they bagged points in the last of club championship races ! The fast, flat course around the Oxfordshire countryside was the county 5 mile championship event and also part of the Oxon GP series.
Jamie Bagnell was first back finishing 8th over all and 3rd senior in an impressive time of 29:47. Shaun O'Gorman is back on form and was next home in a time of 30:49 and took the 3rd V50 county medal.
 First back for the ladies was Sam Usher (33:12) who took silver in the  V45 cat and along with Claire Court (34:57) and Sam Suter( 36:37) the ladies also took 3rd team overall .
The course also saw PBs for Simon Best 34:02, Claire Burnby 43;05 and Katy Andrews 47:24 with strong runs from Gary Warland 34:19 and Nigel Lambert 43:26.
Chiltern XC league
Saturday saw the return of the Chiltern Cross Country League with the first event taking place at Shotover. Three eager runners looking for some early practice took part.
Nick Lawrence participated in the ladies event finishing well within the top third in a time of  26:33.
For the men, it was Richard Francis and Simon Worfolk who took on the 8.5k hilly course.
Richard putting in a solid performance to finish in a time of 36:15 and Simon  in 42:47.

The next fixture is 12 November, Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes
Link to future Chiltern League fixtures 
Wimbledon Trail Half
Finally Tina Hawkins travelled to London to run the Wimbledon Trail Half. The Hilly and very muddy course around Wimbledon Common had the added attraction of a few wombles to help her out and finishing the tough run in a time of 2hours and 40 minutes. This event also has an awesome medal to make it worth your while !

Weekly Round Up (wc 1/08/18) – 08/10/2018

Chicago Marathon
Well done to Alchester runner Neil Greig who  took on the Chicago Marathon this weekend.  The windy City certainly lived up to its name but this didn't prove a problem for Neil, who ran a very strong race, completing the gruelling 26.2 miles in 03:10:46 a time very close to his PB and with negative splits !  Neil ran the marathon to raise funds for playground and sports facilities at local school Launton Primary
   Neils fund raising page is        
Chicago also saw Sir Mo Farah take his first marathon victory after a push in the final few hundred metres, that left Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew,  the fastest man in the field, unable to keep up. Farah finished in a new European record time of 2:05:11.

Oxford Half
The weekend saw one of Oxfordshires biggest running events take place, the Virgin Oxford Half Marathon. A large number of Alchester runners took part and there were plenty of personal bests achieved. The club was once again led home by Chris Lumley who completed the fast flat course in 1:19:53 with a finishing place of 79th overall, with Colin Hornby 1:20:03 and Andy Stickley 1:20:12 close behind.
Sam Usher was once again first lady for the club 1:28:20 and Edwina Colclough finishing in 1:32:27 a new PB. There were also personal bests for Graham Hill who ran under the 1hour 30 mark for the first time in 1:29:46, Alasdair Kerr 1:32:39, Steven Hopcroft 1;34;41, Alan Bowen 1:43:20 and Katy Andrews 2:08:32.

Fire Fighters XC
There were runners in action at several other events across the south, with success for Kevin French who competed in the Fire fighters Cross Country race held at Stowe, Kev finished the tough 5.3mile course in 36:24 bagging 2nd firefighter  in the V40 category and also being part of the winning team. Richard Francis also completed the course in 35:38 finishing as second placed guest.
Frieth Hilly 10k
 Shaun O'Gorman and Claire Court both took part in the Frieth Hilly 10k, a beautiful multi terrain race with over 500ft of elevation. Shaun finished in 10th spot over all and was the 1st vet 50 in a time of 41:20 winning a very nice buff !
Bournemouth Festival of Running
Richard Gould took part in the Bournemouth Festival of Running competing in the 10k, finishing in 36:58 and also the 5k completing the course in 18:34.

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Weekly report – 08/01/2018

Sunday was the 3rd round of the Oxford Mail cross country league take place at Shotover Country Park.   The event  incorporated the County Championships and saw 44 members turn out to run. Chris Lumley was on top form finishing 28th overall and being first home for the mens team in a time of 33:54. He was closely followed by Richard Gould 34:46, Colin Hornby 34:50, James Wright 34:52 and Paul Leverton 35:03 with David Ingram 35:57 and Richard Francis making up the A team and putting them 3rd in the A division . But it was John Nelson who took the clubs only county medal winning V60 gold in a time of 37:06. There were 29 men in total who 

The ladies were next to take to the shorter course, Claire Court was the first lady home in 32:45, closely followed by Sam Suter 33:14. Caroline Kerr was next home in 34:39 to complete the ladies A team and take the county V55 bronze.
Full results can be found on the results page.

We're Back for 2018!!! – 02/01/2018

Club nights return this week 

Pace Improvement at Gavray Drive (and it's not mile reps!) on Tuesday 2nd Jan

Club night with some very welcome newcomers on Thursday 4th Jan

Notice of AGM - Thursday 8th Feb 2018 – 01/01/2018

This year's club AGM will take place on Thursday 8th February at the Sports Centre (20:30 after club runs)

Key committee posts to be filled (reminder all posts are up for re-election:

  • Honorary Chairperson 
  • Honorary Secretary

Other roles:

  • Kit Secretary

Full Agenda to follow 

Club Nights over coming weeks – 22/08/2017

With summer drawing to a close locations and info on Tuesday's & Thursday's over the next couple of weeks:

  • Thursday 24th Aug - Normal club night, back of sports centre (7pm start - final week of summer routes)
  • Tuesday 29th Aug - Chesterton (final session)
  • Thursday 31st Aug - No club night - final Motivation race at Marston (7pm start)
  • Tuesday 5th Sept - 'Hill' session at Langford Lane (just before you get to Wendlebury if coming from Bicester) - prompt 7pm start
  • Thursday 7th Sept - Normal club night, back of sports centre (7pm start -return to winter routes)
  • Tuesday 12th Sept - Pace improvement returns to Gavray Drive (7pm start)

Photos from the Alchester Summer 5k – 17/08/2017

Mark Lewy from Abingdon kindly took some photo's at Tuesday's Alchester Summer 5k Link: