W/C 19th November – 19/11/2018

This weekend saw two Alchester members take on the Escape from Meriden challenge.  Nicky Haynes and Jen Page started at Meriden (the centre point of England) at 12 midnight on Friday and needed to travel by foot as far from the start point as they could. The distance counted was as the crow flies NOT the distance the pair covered on foot, the event is self navigated and self supported and if this was not hard enough the two were attached together at the wrist by a 2kg chain. Nicky and Jen made their way south on roads and canal tow paths and  after 17 hours finished  in Kidlington having covered almost 70 miles and 43 as the crow flies from their original destination earning them a silver medal for their amazing effort. 

In other news, Saturday saw the clubs Mary Saunders run The Kendal Mountain Festival Trail 10k in 1:08:48. The  tough course started with a run up Beast Banks and continued with undulating climbing and a steep technical descent, including muddy cobbles. 

Mike Elms ran The Dirt Trail Half held in Leighton Buzzard in 1:50:38 a new Trail personal best time.

Sunday saw more runners from the club in action with Mike Fisher running the Gosport Half Marathon in 2hours and 4 minutes a massive 20 minutes off his previous personal best and bringing him closer to the sub 2 hour marker.

Four runners also competed at Rugged Radnage, a trail 10km which takes place on a beautiful course through the Chiltern trails and includes 2 brutal hills. First back was Graham Hill in a time of 46:16 placing 25th over all, followed by Simon Best 48:52, Sam Suter 52:36 and Claire Court 55:20.

Well done to Natasha Chamberlain who has reached her 50th parkrun. 

Weekly round up W/C 5th November – 09/11/2018

A quiet week on the racing front, however this week did see the annual Alchester Awards Dinner hosted by Richard Hallett at St Georges Barracks. Thank you to the social committee for organising another fantastic evening.

Here is a round up of the winners


Most Improved

Andrew Kelly  



Performance of the year

Annelies Henshall & Emma Nelson (14 half marathons in 14 months)



Male Runner of the year

Chris Lumley



Female Runner of the year

Sam Suter



New Comer

Alan Bowen



Club member of the year

Gary Warland


The Burkedale parkrun trophy

 Katy Andrews









Weekly round up WC 29 Oct – 04/11/2018

Oxon Xc round 1 

The weekend saw the first round of the Oxford mail cross country league held at newbury show ground.  Alchester had a great turn out and were ready to compete against the other clubs in the county. The men went first to take on 3 loops of the flat fast course, covering a distance of 8.5k. It was Chris Lumley who crossed the line first for the club in 33:39, with Paul Leverton (33:49) and Richard Gould (29:33:50) battling it out to cross the line in 2nd and 3rd for the club. They were closely followed by James Wright and Andy Stickley who along with Richard Francis and Shaun O'Gorman made of Alchesters A team and placing them in a strong 3rd team position at the start of the series.

The ladies were next off the line taking on 2 laps of the course and a distance of 6.5k just as the rain started. Sam Usher was first back for the club finishing an impressive 23rd in a competitive county field. Sam Suter (29:48) and Claire Court(30:49) were next back to score for the ladies A team. There were also strong performances for Caroline Kerr, Georgina Newell and Steph Fisher who is returning from injury.
Excellent cake as always, supplied by Master baker Mike Fisher ! If you have a reusable cup it would be great if you could bring it along for the coffee in the tent at the end of the races in an attempt to be environmentally friendly !

In other news, the clubs Nick Barnett took to the streets of New York to run the city's marathon. The conditions were near perfect at 15c and sunny and despite the hills Nick finished the course in a strong 4:44:48.  The mens race was won by Lelisa Desisa in 2:05:59  and Mary Keitany took the ladies title in a time of 2:22:48, her fourth victory in the event.

weekly round up WC 15/10/18 – 21/10/2018

Abingdon Marathon

Last weekend saw two Alchester runners compete in the Abingdon Marathon.  Ian Hunter completed the fast, flat course in 2:56:41, making this his 12th sub 3 you marathon, placing him 74th overall. It was also Ellie Dommetts 3rd marathon  and she ran the distance in 4:46:27.

Ampthill Trophy 10k 

Richard Francis was in action at the 'Ampthill Trophy' 10k cross country event on Sunday. The tough course covered 2 and a half laps hilly laps around Ampthill Park in Bedfordshire. Richard finished in a time of 42:23 and placing 14h overall .


Dorney Lake Duathlon 

Mike Elms represented the club in the Dorney  Duathlon, the event included a 5k run  followed by a 20km  cycle finishing with a second 5k run all around the beautiful lake. Mike completed the race in 1:20 finishing a solid 17th and 6th in his age group.


Blenheim 5k

 Finally, well done to Fiona Warland who continues her comeback and completed the Blenheim 5k held around the grounds of the estate.

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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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)

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